The most pressing business for California legislature?

posted at 6:34 pm on July 6, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The race to win the Most Dysfunctional State Legislature has California and New York running neck and neck.  New York has taken the petty partisan approach, with the two political parties attempting to grab control of the Senate, which resulted in Democrats refusing to stand for the Republican-led Pledge of Allegiance last week.  California, though, jumped out in front by debating cow tails while the state went bankrupt, and today extend their lead by focusing on an apology to Chinese workers of the 19th century:

Assembly Concurrent Resolution 42 calls for an apology for forcing the Chinese to pay higher taxes on gold than whites; barring them from holding certain jobs, owning property or testifying in trials; and segregating them and forbidding them from marrying whites or bringing family from China.

California politicians, the authors also note, were instrumental in persuading Congress to pass the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred more Chinese immigration.

“It’s a shameful chapter in California legislative history,” said Fong, D-Cupertino, who is of Chinese descent. …

They’ve received some criticism, mostly anonymous Web site postings, for pursuing a symbolic act while the state is mired in a budget crisis.

I don’t think anyone doubts that Chinese migrant workers were badly treated by California in the late 1800s.  However, bankruptcy is an equally shameful chapter in California’s history, and one that the current legislature should be addressing.  With creditors about to reduce California debt to junk-bond status, making it even more expensive for Californians to meet their obligations, symbolic acts are even less relevant than cow tails.  At least that addressed something that happened in the past 40 years, if rarely.

Their constituents should demand an apology for the disastrous leadership its political class has shown over the past year, rather than worry about what happened more than a century ago.  Obviously, though, the current set of lawmakers would do anything to avoid dealing with the consequences of their own failures.


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Bulldogger on July 6, 2009 at 9:19 PM

If you Californians will amend your Constitution to make it a Felony for the legislature to pass an unbalanced budget. It must involve immediate termination from Political office and prosecution plus a permanent ban on holding any Political Office in the State. Then I would go for a bailout. Lots of luck with the above. My daughter and I tried to get it going in 1999 but everybody we talked to thought we were quite nuts. My daughter left Kalifornia in 2002 and My wife and I in 2007.

chemman on July 6, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Where are their priorities? What about debating when to have Belgian Endive Week?

Loxodonta on July 6, 2009 at 9:33 PM

If you Californians will amend your Constitution to make it a Felony for the legislature to pass an unbalanced budget. It must involve immediate termination from Political office and prosecution plus a permanent ban on holding any Political Office in the State

Never going to happen as there are too many illegal aliens voting in California elections, Oh and don’t forget we have a town named San Francisco in our State. Come on folks it’s only going to cost ya a couple of hundred bucks each to help us out.

Bulldogger on July 6, 2009 at 9:43 PM

Maybe one of these days California can apologize to the rest of us…for being such a screwed up Libtard state.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 6, 2009 at 9:57 PM

The states of Nevada and Arizona need to mobilize their National Guard and close their borders with California. Force the voters of California to stay in the state as it plummets into total chaos.

The rest of the nation needs to watch as all the systems in California shut down, all the handouts cease and total panic sets in within the population.

Perhaps the residents of California will learn a lesson, after it is too late. Perhaps the rest of the nation will learn a lesson, before it is too late.

Yoop on July 6, 2009 at 10:03 PM

Maybe one of these days California can apologize to the rest of us…for being such a screwed up Libtard state.

Lo siento :)

Bulldogger on July 6, 2009 at 10:09 PM

What I can’t figure out is why Obama is letting this big Democrat, union state flounder.

I love that he is doing it–don’t get me wrong–I just wonder why he is.

PattyJ on July 6, 2009 at 10:19 PM

It must involve immediate termination from Political office…
chemman on July 6, 2009 at 9:30 PM

How about just immediate termination. Period. Perhaps execution by firing squad? No less than they deserve for killing the golden goose that was California.

tballard on July 6, 2009 at 10:22 PM

What I can’t figure out is why Obama is letting this big Democrat, union state flounder.

I love that he is doing it–don’t get me wrong–I just wonder why he is.

PattyJ on July 6, 2009 at 10:19 PM

Obama’s calculation is that California consistently and reliably votes not only Democrat but liberal Democrat. Look at Feinstein and Boxer as our two Senators. How about Waxman? How do you account for that? The truth of the matter is that the largely liberal population of LA and San Francisco, coupled with all the illegal immigrants who vote, overwhelm the dwindling number of conservatives in the rest of the state. Therefore, since California is so reliably liberal, no matter what happens, Obama can focus his political capital on things like restoring ousted socialist leaders in Central American banana republics. Simple, no?

tballard on July 6, 2009 at 10:31 PM

Now if Congress would just pass a resolution apologizing for Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882…

Heh, while I think this move is bs, I’m surprised they were even aware of how the Chinese were treated in the 19th century in this country.

wherestherum on July 6, 2009 at 10:38 PM

Well isn’t this grand it looks like Redstate just banned me for posting Steve Pearce’s immigration record. They are excited about him taking on the Dem in 2010 in NM. can you say RINO!

Redstate a very popular Republican blog just banned me for pointing out Steve Pearce’s immigration record. They are all excited about him taking on the Democrat in 2010 in NM but I posted his immigration record on the blog and they struck it out and banned me. This is exactly what is wrong with the Republican Party. I labeled him as a RINO and that is all it took for them to ban me. Sorry I cant post the Redstate link as they have blocked my IP

Click here for 5 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.

* Supports path to legalization for illegal immigrants. (Aug 2008)
* Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
* Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
* Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
* Rated 83% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)

http://www.ontheissues.org/House/Steve_Pearce.htm

Bulldogger on July 6, 2009 at 11:03 PM

I dream of a day where these idiots will push the constituents to the point of getting rid of them. It’s scary to think what it would take to get to that point.

Cindy Munford on July 6, 2009 at 6:43 PM

I live in the only district in Los Angeles that is Republican and that is only because of the Koreans who started moving here in the 90s! They are a law and order hard working demographic.

CCRWM on July 6, 2009 at 11:21 PM

L.A. Mayor has REFUSED to help ICE and DHS rid the city of illegal aliens, even criminals.

HornetSting on July 6, 2009 at 7:11 PM

And he sailed right into re-election even though no one who speaks english likes him…hum…

CCRWM on July 6, 2009 at 11:30 PM

But you really miss California Ed, don’t you? I’ll save a seat here for you if you ever think of heading back this way…

juanito on July 6, 2009 at 11:31 PM

Liberals are destroying this country state-by-state and the sheeple (idiots) keep voting for liberals…go figure! Let’s all suffer until the useful idiots finally get their heads out or their arses. We owe it to our kids and grandkids.

orlandocajun on July 6, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Doesn’t the Bible say something about sending a mass delusion because the people wouldn’t turn from their sin? 45 million abortions, Hollywood spewing out porno, violence and promiscuity and mocking God, the Hatefilled Left… and so much more…

CCRWM on July 6, 2009 at 11:34 PM

SOS!! To all HA readers outside of the PRK….send AMMO!!!!I can’t find .45 to save my life……literally.

Fighton03 on July 6, 2009 at 11:36 PM

.45 is expensive here in Illinois when I can even get it. Best I’ve seen is $25/box

jollycynic on July 7, 2009 at 12:42 AM

.45 is expensive here in Illinois when I can even get it. Best I’ve seen is $25/box

jollycynic on July 7, 2009 at 12:42 AM

Then just send the lead….I’ve got plenty of primers and brass :) !

I understand…I have friends in NV ho can’t get it. that’s bad.

Fighton03 on July 7, 2009 at 12:49 AM

This state is a joke. We in California should be apologizing to the people of the 49 other states who are going to be bailing us out soon.

JohnInCA on July 7, 2009 at 12:54 AM

I guess so, tballard, the legislators have the districts wrapped up and the people are too busy to notice the destruction.

JohninCa, they already are paying our bills: Medicare has been paying for illegal immigrant medical are since 2007.

Bush Announces Payments

That’s why I think both parties are guilty.

PattyJ on July 7, 2009 at 1:11 AM

California should be having a “Going Out Of Business”Sale.
Can’t pay your bills,you revert to a territory status.

Jeff from WI on July 7, 2009 at 7:29 AM

Real simple.

Throw the bums out, every one.

Pass a conditional line-item veto similar to the one in the Bill of Federalism. When the California Supreme Court rules it unconstitutional, amend the California Constitution AND impeach the whole bench on the grounds that destroying the state is a violation of their oaths of office.

njcommuter on July 7, 2009 at 7:36 AM

So solly.

Akzed on July 7, 2009 at 8:46 AM

the Chinese are doing quite well in my state now. My youngest is at Stanford Summer school at the moment and at least 50% of the 400 kids in his unit are Asian.
My other son will attend a school in the University of California system in the Fall where more than 40% of the student body system wide is Asian.

Asians make up about 8% of the population + or -.

Through family values, hard work and dedication the Chinese of California got over the fact they had to pay more for gold at one point.

FireBlogger on July 7, 2009 at 9:52 AM

This is why the Legislature should meet for 90 days per year. Jesse Unruh’s legacy of a “professional” legislature has left us with idiots who are dangerous when in session.

Harry Schell on July 7, 2009 at 9:57 AM

chemman on July 6, 2009 at 9:30 PM

tballard on July 6, 2009 at 10:22 PM

.
Good Ideas, but remember the Honduran constitution states that anyone that “intends” to change the term limits of a president is immediatly guilty and to be deported. And what was Obama’s stand?
Coup.
So great idea, but I am sure Obama has a Czar that can/will supersede the rule of law.

barnone on July 7, 2009 at 10:15 AM

I don’t know why CA is having this problem with the Budget. All those Liberal Millionaires in Hollywood, Bel Air, etc. (Nicholson, Cruise, Baldwin, etc.) should be taxed to the hills to make the state whole again.

What? You mean you don’t like paying higher taxes? Imagine that?

PappaMac on July 7, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Madame Speaker of the Assembly decided to sit out on an important meeting on the budget yesterday in a fit of pique.

She’s the one who thinks that “right-wing talk show hosts” are terrorists and don’t deserve First Amendment Rights.

Frankly I hope the rest of the Nation is watching and taking notes. Better a state collapse–even one as large as California–than the entire country.

Meanwhile, Hubs & I are sitting tight and hunkering down…

March Hare on July 7, 2009 at 12:05 PM

How do we start a recall election, We did it once , we can do it again!
We need some one that has the mechanism in place, all we need to do is to plug into it.
start the recall ball now, add MORE pressure, and even if they do pass it! recall each and every one.
RECALL NOW

ColdWarrior57 on July 7, 2009 at 4:07 PM

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