Speaker of the California Assembly Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) on the failure of Propositions 1A through 1E:
Poor Speaker Bass. If only she had had more time to speak with us, we voters might have understand that the cure for rising taxes, out-of-control spending, businesses fleeing our state, historic budget deficits, and smoke-and-mirrors accounting was, in fact, continuing to raise taxes during a recession, continuing to spend beyond our means, continuing to drive more businesses from our state, continuing to borrow more money, and continuing to practice smoke-and-mirrors accounting.
We voters are so silly. We just can't understand such complicated things without Speaker Bass being there to explain them to us.
Maybe Speaker Bass can explain why, in such a dire fiscal situation, "California law does not allow" that 18% cut in the salaries of the governor, state legislators, and other elected state officials to take effect until 2010.