Thursday, September 04, 2003
When will the Dems stop blaming their miserable performance on those dirty little Republicans? It's really sad, and Davis should have stopped at "I UNDERSTAND I'M THE BRUNT OF THEIR CONCERN":
Dan Borenstein: GOVERNOR YOU RECENTLY SAID "WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IS PART OF AN ONGOING NATIONAL EFFORT TO STEAL ELECTIONS REPUBLICANS CANNOT WIN." BUT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BUSTAMANTE SAYS THAT VOTERS WHO SIGNED THE RECALL PETITION WERE "SENDING A REAL STRONG MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ESPECIALLY ITS LEADERSHIP IN SACRAMENTO."
And then there was this gem:
THE REPUBLICANS TOOK THIS POSITION: THEY WOULD NOT RAISE TAXES AT ALL COST. THEY WOULD RATHER SHOOT THEIR MOTHER THAN INCREASE ANY TAXES.
Well, now that we got that cleared up.... there is one thing that I have to bring up with my favorite Democrat candidate. I always love it when people say "I would have done XYZ if I was governor." Hindsight-- it's great, no? Well, apparently he would have beaten down the energy companies in 1999/2000:
Asked how he would distinguish himself from Davis, Bustamante cited a point in the electricity crisis of 2001 when the state's major utilities said they would turn off the lights if Sacramento would not approve rate increases. "I think I'd have called their bluff," he said.
Wouldn't it have been amusing if Bustamante was the governor at the time and "called their bluff"? Those evil energy companies (at least they're close to evil) probably would have made the situation even worse than it already was, creating more blackouts and problems for our state. At the time, they were in the driver's seat-- Enron was flying high, and the energy companies were the darlings of Wall Street. It's easy to look back and say you would have called them on it, but were they really bluffing? I don't think it's that simple, and for once I agree with Davis: the Governor should not be playing Russian Roulette with Californians. I'd rather pay higher rates (gag) than deal with the consequences of even more blackouts and the possibility of arriving to a point where all negotiating leverage is gone.
Another reason to not vote for Bustamante.
Transcripts from yesterday's debate can be found here.
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