Since I beat up The Sacramento Bee last week, it seems only fair that I throw some kudos their way today. Today's editorial, "Stars of Shame for Seven Leaders," is spot on. The performance of the California Legislature in 2008 has been beyond shameful - bordering on the criminal. Right now, it's not hard to imagine that 120 Californians plucked at random from the Golden State could do as good a job, if not better, at grasping the myriad fiscal problems facing the state today.
There is plenty of blame to go around - the governor, Democrats, and Republicans all deserve their fair share. I'm willing to concede that they are well meaning, and genuinely care about their constituents and the citizens of this state. That does not excuse their performance this year. They get a solid "F" in achievement, and "F-minus" in effort.
A pox on all their houses. They should be locked in the Capitol, sans air conditioning, until a reasonable, thoughtful approach to the state budget is developed.