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California got bad when Reagan was Governor and the electorate became the 'me generation'. But the integral part of what Gov. Pat Brown( Jerry Brown's father) did in building the state's infrastructuure through bond financing remains in tact.

Bond financing does give the Governor the flexibility to have projects financed as long as he curtails the 'pork'. W3ithout bond financing, California would have been stuck in the 1950's with 10 people running the entire state-seethe film 'Chinatown' and John Huston's character is theepitome of the people who ran California as their own fiefdom.

by An American in London on Fri May 11th, 2007 at 06:56:41 AM EST
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No wonder we're both in London...

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 11th, 2007 at 06:58:48 AM EST
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Exactly. The UK should have massive bond financing through referendum because if focused correctly; it would improve its society a great deal.
by An American in London on Fri May 11th, 2007 at 07:06:02 AM EST
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Getting an established political system to accept a greater role of referendums can also be coined unrealistic.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri May 11th, 2007 at 11:56:01 AM EST
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I believe in the case of California an dother states, the "initiatives and ballot measures" originates in the Progressive movement of the early 20th century. One can debate to what extent the US political system was "established" back then.

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 11th, 2007 at 12:01:53 PM EST
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"Established" might have been the wrong term, "settled" might have better described what I was searching for.

When politics is a pretty safe career - either in opposition or power - why mess it up with giving the unpredictable people more power?

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri May 11th, 2007 at 12:28:20 PM EST
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