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Adrian Weckler sums up the situation.

Posted by Jason O on Feb 19, 2009 in Irish Politics

Ceann comhairle, I'm calling on the government to set up some sort of elected legislature to oversee the government and scrutinise legislation! Have a look here. Pretty much sums up the villains of the piece: Us.

 
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We think our cutbacks are bad? Look at California.

Posted by Jason O on Feb 19, 2009 in Just stuff

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger holds a news conference on 1 DecemberIn 1978 California began a radical experiment when it passed proposition 13, which slashed property tax. It began a landslide of  moronic votes whereby the public voted to increase spending on stuff without raising the revenue to pay for it. 

This, coupled with gerrymandering of constituencies meaning that it is almost impossible for a sitting state assembly man to lose his or her seat,  a requirement that 66% of the assembly vote for a budget, and the fact that a proportion of spending is fixed by the state constitution  has left the state on the verge of bankruptcy.  

See this article from columnist George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times.

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