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The Democrats have a choke-hold

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webmaster | 10/02/12

Gov. Jerry Brown had to go over last of some 900 pieces of legislation by the end of the day Sunday to decide which ones he wanted to sign and which ones he wanted to veto. Monday morning, he reported on 55 of those bills — those he signed and those he vetoed.

Of the 28 he signed on that last day, two were sponsored by Republicans.

Of the 27 he vetoed, none was sponsored by a Republican.

So overwhelmingly Democrat are both houses of the Legislature that Republicans are marginalized to the point of meaninglessness.

This isn’t because Republicans aren’t interested in legislating, it’s just that they have no standing to do so. Well — they do have standing, to a point. They are, after, all elected by the people to do the people’s business. But the legislative Democrats apparently have decided to ignore their Republican counterparts almost to the point of pretending they aren’t there.

But when the Republicans do manage to let themselves be heard, the Democrats accuse them of stonewalling, of making the state hard to govern.

This is especially so when it comes to taxes. It takes higher majorities than the Democrats now possess to pass taxes along party lines, just like almost everything else is passed. Taxes require super majorities.

The Republicans refuse to support new taxes. But that may not matter if the Democrats gain a larger majority in the Legislature. If the Democrats get a few more votes, it won’t matter what the Republicans like or don’t like. GOP legislators will be elbowed out of the way even more.

But it isn’t just the legislators who will be made to stay outside the deliberations of government that matter. Also being marginalized are those who voted to send GOP representatives to Sacramento.

It will be interesting to see what the next election brings.


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