Enough is enough, already!

The Gubernator is willing to let California slide into bankruptcy. Let’s dump him.

The Democrats in the California Legislature figured out a way to increase revenues by almost $20B per year without the supermajority required for tax increases by calling some of the new imposts “fees” instead of “taxes.” That’s necessary because there’s no way to get to 2/3 of the legislature without some Republican votes, and the Republicans have their feet set in concrete against any new “taxes.” (Though they don’t mind hammering community college students, for example, with hefty “fee” increases.) So the Democrats want to impose a new “fee” on gasoline sales, and the legislature’s lawyers say they can get away with it.

But Ahnold, who may need to run in a Republican Primary in 2010 for a shot at Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat, is going to veto the measure, as the state tips closer and closer to bankruptcy.

I have one word of advice to offer: recall.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com