by Andrew Gillen
Rich and I have been agreeing a lot with Kevin Carey lately, but this post is just downright strange. In it, Carey essentially wants to blame the current mess that is California on conservatives for something they did in 1978, while assigning no blame to the liberals who have been running the state for most of the time since.
California taxed like conservatives and spent like liberals. This is not sustainable, and you can certainly blame conservatives when this happens and they are in power (eg, at the federal level from 2003-2006).
But it’s very strange to try to blame them when they aren’t in power, as was the case in California. Given the state’s cumbersome Constitutional requirements, the reliance on voter initiatives, and the fact that Republicans did have the governorship for about 2/3rds of the time post 1978, you can’t blame liberals entirely for the current mess. But they certainly deserve more blame than conservatives given that they have controlled both houses in the legislature for all but 2 of the 32 years since prop 13 was passed.