CELEBRITIES, POLITICIANS, & AFFAIRS OF STATE:
THE CALIFORNIA RECALL ELECTION
By Paul Walfield
It is amazing to see politicians of all stripes condemning a nearly one hundred year old law which allows the people of California to end the reign of a governor who has, for all intents and purposes, done about the worst job ever of anyone who has ever held that office.
It probably makes a good deal of sense for career politicians to speak out against a law that ends an otherwise sure thing, namely a full term in office. It is just the amazing lengths to which these political leaders will go in order to keep their power and justify the nonsense they are trying to sell their constituents along the way.
When the recall began, not too many people thought it would get very far, and there was little credence given to its success. As time went on, the Democrats began to grumble about the “unfairness” of it all, and, although a huge number of California Democrats are calling for the recall, the Democratic Party leaders are spewing absurd ideas about a Rightwing conspiracy.
There was going to be a showing of solidarity with Grey Davis. No Democrat would ap- pear on the ballot, so as to give their fellow Democrat and leader of the party in Califor- nia the best possible chance of defeating the recall.
Immediately, upon understanding that the recall was actually going to happen, Demo- cratic Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante declared his candidacy for Governor on the Oc- tober 7, 2003, ballot. So much for solidarity and loyalty, not to mention integrity, among the Democratic Party leadership.
Democratic spokesperson, writer, and pundit Arianna Huffington was also throwing her hat in the ring. She is serious about her candidacy, vowing that, if she becomes Gover- nor, she will stop all those millionaire bigwigs from avoiding paying income taxes. Ac- cording to an article from KNBC TV, “political commentator Arianna Huffington has paid no personal state income tax and less than $800 in personal federal taxes over the last two years.”
Arianna Huffington is the author of Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Po- litical Corruption are Undermining America. The book is about the greedy awful things rich people do to avoid paying taxes and what the government should do about them.
According to an article on NewsMax.Com, Ms. Huffington “lives in an 8,000-square-foot home in Brentwood above Sunset Boulevard that is valued at about $7 million.” News- Max also reports that Arianna’s ex-husband claimed that she was receiving a large amount of tax free income from him in the form of child support, which he claims is going towards her businesses. Just the same, the article reports that Ms. Huffington sees nothing inconsistent with her quest to bring justice to the rich who avoid paying taxes and her, well, not paying taxes.
Then there is the aforementioned Lt. Governor of California. The only reason he is run- ning for Governor against his not-so-great pal, but boss, Governor Grey Davis, is, ac- cording to an article on MSNBC, “to keep the office in Democratic hands by offering himself as an alternative in the Oct. 7 recall election.” He’s doing it for the Democratic Party and not for himself. That’s just the kind of guy he is.
Though, he is already blaming Grey Davis for not helping him win the Governorship from uh, Grey Davis. In the same article, Lt. Governor Bustamante is accusing “the Gover- nor’s aides of sabotaging his efforts” to replace their boss, Governor Grey Davis.
It isn’t really scary that the best the Democrats have to offer as candidates for the high- est job in the richest and most populous state in the nation are such as those mentioned. And it really isn’t that scary that the Democrat who is Governor of California and who took that state from a surplus to a 38 billion dollar deficit is talking about the waste of money a new election will be and complaining that Californians really can’t afford it.
What is most scary is that the Republican candidate of choice is a Hollywood actor who just finished his third “Terminator” movie and put off telling his prospective constituents about his intentions to run for Governor until he could announce it on the Tonight Show.
Now, we hear that Arnold hired financier and second richest man in the world, Warren Buffet, to advise him on why Californians should pay more in property taxes. We also hear that the Republican candidate just hired Rob Lowe to be a “political operative.”
And why not; Rob played one on the NBC TV series, “The West Wing,” and that ap- pears to be all the qualifications necessary for Arnold. That, and the fact that Rob Lowe is a lifelong Democrat, clinched the deal for the Hollywood "Republican."
Not to mention the fact that Rob is a home video buff who we all remember made it big in Democratic Party politics long before Bill Clinton’s little escapade with Monica. E On- line News reported that Rob had romps with underage girls at the 1988 Democratic Con- vention and recorded all the action.
According to CNN, Arnold is promising that some more “big names” will be joining his team.
Heaven help us all.
Paul Walfield is a freelance writer and member of the State Bar of California, with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and
post-graduate study in behavioral and analyt- ical psychology. He resided for a number of years in the small town of Houlton, Maine,
and is now a California attorney. His articles appear in numerous periodicals and on numerous websites. He has been the featured guest
on KTSA News Talk Radio. Walfield has his own website, USA NEWS & VIEWS, located at www.usanewsandviews.com. His email
address is as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org
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