Am I correct in interpreting your "Basically, I'd vote for the BEST BUDGET I could get," to assume that you would have voted for Gray Davis' budget last year, given that it was the *only* and thus, logically the best, budget pending before the Legislature?
If your answer to that is no, point out a single significant difference between Davis' and Arnold's budgets.
May 23, 2004 :A leading Wall Street ratings agency on Friday raised Californias credit rating, citing an improving economy, the first such upgrade in four years and a move that promised to bring down the states borrowing costs on $44 billion in debt.
Analysts saw the unexpected credit upgrade by Moodys Investors Service as an endorsement of the steps Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken to bring California back from the brink of a fiscal crisis that drove its credit ratings near junk levels and had threatened to effectively shut the state out of the bond market for new borrowing.
Citing an established trend of recovery, Moodys raised Californias rating to A3 from Baa1, reversing a downgrade it made in December out of concern over continued political deadlock and a move by Schwarzenegger to cut car license fees.
You are now free to continue your bitching and mewling.
Barlowmaker is not a California resident and has no dog in the fight or interest in the situation beyond protection of the Republican Party image.
From a review of his comments since he began posting I'd guess Barlowmaker is at least very familiar with the Republican Party at a national level since most posts deal with national, rather than local issues. In a word, more marketing than sales.
If you think you can change Rove's mind then by all means joust with Barlowmaker. My advice is to concentrate on what's going on down on the field rather than be distracted by a cheerleader's comments from the grandstands 1000 miles away.
Dozens of out of state, loyal, Republican Party interlopers come and go on the California Topic. We apparently offer them a challenge - the one state whose conservatives won't capitulate for the "good of the party". Concentrate your energies on the Freepers that can vote in California. The Barlowmaker's will always be nipping at your heels regardless of your effort or insight until and unless you bow to the absolute will of their political party.