The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Friday, October 10, 2003

Evan Kirchhoff has posted a perspicacious essay about Schwartzenegger's transition team and the choices likely to be made by them and by the governor. Evan -- and Floyd's -- libertarian fantasy: Issue $7500 per student vouchers and line the educational establishment up against a wall. Real-life best case: Borrow 20 big ones, freeze spending, and hope that California can grow its way out of its deficit.

The transition team is being hailed as bipartisan because it includes Republicans and Democrats. The press has a fetish for bipartisanship, I imagine because bipartisanship is really one-party rule. In this case the "one party" is that of the incompetent. Does it really befit a man of "the people" to invite every hack and retread south of Oregon and west of Nevada? Check out the list:

  • James Hahn, Mayor of Los Angeles, who nearly lost 40% of his residents in a secession revolt.
  • Richard Riordan, former Mayor of Los Angeles. Lost the 2002 Republican gubernatorial primary because he could not bring himself to associate with Republicans.
  • Willie Brown, Mayor of San Francisco, a decrepit city which by now has become practically synonymous with "urine-soaked."
  • Carly Fiorenta, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, a gigantic, lumbering, decaying corporation. (Will propose union with Nevada.)
  • Susan Estrich, chair of Michael Dukakis' 1988 presidential campaign.



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