Federalism is the idea that the States and the National Government will share power along designated and clear lines. But from the earliest days of the Republic, that line has been blurred and smudged until today, it effectively no longer exists.
So when a GOP Assemblywoman stands up to support a tax increase that will further tilt the balance of power towards the Federal Government, it is fair to ask, WHAT IS KRISTIN OLSEN DOING? And to ask “Why is she doing it?” Is it for altruistic and worthy reasons and aims? Or is it for a personal political gain?
In the end, the original goal of many of the Framers of the Constitution was to put the national government in a position to not have to share power with the State Governments. So is it a bad thing that Federalism is all but dead and facing yet another nail in its coffin in California?
Dave gets off to a late start on the day as a Judge hears the Stanislaus Taxpayers Association case against the City’s Safer Neighborhoods Initiative. The Judge rules that the STA’s lawsuit can go forward on August 21st.
Angry Birds 2 is somewhat less than exhilarating to Dave.
The Donald says “Treat me fairly” and announces that just two months ago, he was the establishment, now he’s not. Still no explanation other than he is now running for President, as a republican, as long as he is treated “fairly.” Still, Dave thinks that one show texter has figured out why Conservatives, who have nothing in common with the Donald, are supporting him. And it’s a fairly simple reason (see what I did there?). Meanwhile, the GOP still has no answer to its Strumpet problem, other than to hold its collective breath and pray for a miracle.
SB 350 mandates a 50% reduction in gasoline usage in California by 2030. The bill itself is a horrible piece of ill considered legislation, unless the intent is to rule over Californians with an iron fist (and we cannot discount that possibility). But is the idea of decreasing gasoline usage (a) far fetched, (b) not achievable, or even (c) not where we are headed anyway?