Skip to comments.Gloria Romero: The Trials of a Democratic Reformer
Posted on 09/01/2012 11:48:18 AM PDT by I still care
Former Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson once referred to Sacramento as a "cowtown," but Gloria Romero, a pro-labor Democrat who served as California's Senate majority leader from 2001 to 2008, takes exception to the belittling description. The capitol building in Sacramento, she says, has "the eighth most powerful economy in the world under that dome," and it operates not unlike other wealthy kleptocracies. "There's no other way to say it politely. It's owned."
Topping the list of proprietors is the California Teachers Association, which she calls the most muscular union and political player in the state. Then there are the unions for nurses, prison guards, firefighters and police. Call them California's "deep state."
Ms. Romero now heads the California chapter of Democrats for Education Reform, a large tent of liberals who are as diverse as an Occupy encampment but united by a common desire to improve accountability in public schools. The group supports Democratic school reformers running for political office and promotes legislation that toughens standards.
But before taking up her current charge, Ms. Romero served a dozen years in the legislature, where she was known for trying to clean up the capital's cronyism and corruption.
It wasn't exactly glamorous work, but it was eye-opening. "I've sat in all of those backroom meetings," she says. "That thing, if walls could talk, well think of me as a wall, and I'm talking. I've had it."
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They can brag all they want about California being the biggest this and California being the biggest that. It’s a sewer and a basket case. Without tax money from the other 49 states, California couldn’t exist.
Back when speakers of the California Assembly were men.
Jesse Unruh: "If you can't eat their food, drink their booze, screw their women and then vote against them, you have no business being up here."
It is a very common belief among red state people that our taxes subsidize the blue states. Unfortunately, it does not appear to be true. Quite the other way around.
In the federal expenditures per taxes paid ratio CA is 8th from the bottom, getting back .78 for each dollar it sends to DC.
I am unclear on when this information was compiled.
Counting on a Dem to save CA is like believing a parasite can save its host. Not going to happen. The state has to hit rock bottom before it will accept the necessary therapy. Meanwhile, CA bleeds small and large businesses, as well as moral and productive citizens everyday.
CA gets back far less (78 cents per dollar) in federal services than its tax payers pay to DC.
By contrast, your state of Arizona is addicted to the federal gravy train pulling in $1.19 for every dollar you've paid the feds.
CA taxpayers subsidize your lifestyle.
The data is from the mid-2000s; it’s time for an update but I’ve looked at the historical data and it’s still pretty accurate.
Then, THANK YOU!!! LOL!
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