California Voters Emulate Mel Brooks Song. Yes, Things Have Gotten Out of Hand.
Let's put it this way: When the Howard Jarvis anti-tax zealots are crowing in victory and San Francisco voters roundly reject a series of ballot measures -- well, something was out of kilter in this election universe to begin with.
The straightforward portrayal of this as an anti-tax voters' uprising -- already under way -- is simplistic. A wide variety of liberals, libertarians, and conservatives soundly defeated these measures -- because they were crap. Not that we're in for good times as a result, and not that many of us bothered to weigh in (locally, only 21 percent of registered San Franciscans cast a ballot). You've got to love a system in which scant quantities of voters, many of them ill-informed, cast their ballots in a manner reminiscent of the above scene from Mel Brooks' History of the World, Part I -- only without any "yeses." Yesterday's "escorts," it seems, were far less comely.
Here's what comes next:
And please shed any misplaced, manufactured nostalgia for the simple joys and togetherness of hard times. What comes next, whatever it may be, will not be fun.