I think it’s time to replace my bumper stickers from Kansas and Ohio with more regionally relevant stickers. Hopefully even with stickers that will remain relevant in a few years.
That means “Obama ’08,” while admirable in many ways, is suboptimal. And Diane Feinstein won’t face a primary challenge until 2012, by which time my car will be 20, and due for replacement. There’ll be a gubernatorial election in 2010, so I could gear up for that, but it seems early.
What I’d really like is a sticker either advocating against propositions in general, or at least advocating against Proposition 13. The proposition system makes it nearly impossible to construct rational responses to changing conditions. To try to fix the funding crisis caused by Prop. 13, voters passed a proposition designating a certain fraction of funds to go to education. That means that as the school-aged population shifts in size, the amount of funding is constant. It means that there’s no way to adjust to new conditions, like No Child Left Behind. And as a result, California schools are not only lagging the rest of the country, they are in danger of missing key NCLB targets, and teachers are being punished for the state’s mixed up system.
So I’d prefer to see that system be replaced by one where lawmakers have to strike a rational balance between minimizing taxation and maximizing public services by listening to their constituents and getting voted out of office if they make bad choices. It’s a model that works very well, while the model California has right now simply doesn’t. Anyone know where I can get a bumper sticker expressing that point?