Wednesday, January 23, 2008

With Support Like That, Who Needs Opposition

Looks like the governor's health care reform plan is in trouble:

"...On the eve of a pivotal legislative hearing, the healthcare overhaul pushed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has won so little support in the California Senate that the Democratic leadership may have to alter a committee's makeup for the measure to pass...

...Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland) is a co-sponsor of the bill. People close to Perata said he wants the bill to pass out of the Senate and is considering adding several new members to the Health Committee to create a majority in favor of the bill. Alternatively, Perata could pressure lawmakers to change their votes using other incentives."

Now that's just the sort of thing to get voters excited about the integrity of their elected leaders, less than two weeks away from deciding whether to alter the state's term limits law. Term limits are a terrible idea and have turned California's Legislature into the political personification of amateur hour, but the initiative on the ballot - which would allow only 12 years of elected service, all of which could be spent in one house if so desired - is worse. Hopefully, California voters will eventually recognize the folly of what they did in 1990, and throw the whole thing out. But I'm not holding my breath.

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