October 7th marks the day, here in California, when Governor Gray Davis will face
re-election a recall vote. I have mixed feelings.
On the one hand, I am certainly not happy with the state of my, err, state. Beautiful place to live? Yes. Worth $38 billion in debt? Umm, I don’t know any place that can justify that. Gray, by the way, has lamely suggested that the $36 million it will take to hold this recall/election is a waste of money we can’t afford. Pardon me, but I don’t want any money-saving tips from him in particular.
On the other hand, I don’t think electing a (presumably) Republican governor is going to suddenly make a budgetary surplus materialize. We will have the same problems, and it will most likely take several terms of a variety of governors before that elephant is paid down.
Of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger can do anything, so…
I also think this recall could set a dangerous precedent. What’s to stop any like-minded, wealthy, citizen from doing the same, and ousting someone he or she doesn’t like? It’s not as if Gray committed any kind of actual crime (that we know of, anyway); which would be a recallable offense. Instead, his constituents (such as myself) are mad and frustrated. If our government were based on the temporary whims of the people, we’d have new leaders every other week!
So, where do I stand? I dunno; but I have three months to figure it out…