An even worse constitution than the US: California
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Mon Feb 16 16:15:58 PST 2009
... I am having a difficult time grasping the logic of this.
1. crisis plus tough rule of procedure = what?
They are six votes shy. What is it that should be "taught" to students?
(a) how to negotiate better
(b) how not to be in a condition worse than other states (economics)
(c) how not to be too liberal for too long
(d) how to really cut the budget (let it crash)
(e) how to change political composition (throw it to the electorate in a crisis and let them sweep in the new bums)
(f) how to love bare and not super majorities
(g) how to make too much of majority election returns (no minority rights?)
(h) how to have jurisprudence that allows for suspension of rules in times of immense severity ("fundamentalism")
(i) how to take all budgeting issues away from legislatures who routinely screw it up and put it in the hands of court supervised receivers (ooh, is there a a Hamiltonian in the house?)
(j) how the legislative institutions are the most unpopular and failing in the time we live (look at the opinion polls)
(k) how to give a line item veto to the executive
(l) how to get stimulus money to republican governors
(m) how to federalize another area of life, and why "state's rights" is bad
(n) how it is bad when democrats can't get what they want
(o) how a state with the 7th largest economy in the world has really big numbers in the budget
(p) how poor states with balanced budgets have only a fraction of the benefits of California life, no matter their constitution
(q) how states with better constitutional rules really are not much better off when capitalism fails
(r) how this won't affect the Rose Bowl
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From: Sanford Levinson <SLevinson at law.utexas.edu>
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Subject: RE: An even worse constitution than the US: California
This was just posted on the NYTimes site. A tribute to constitutional (and ideological) rigidity. So, when we teach “constitutional law,” should we make our students aware of the importance of such things as voting rules (and amendment processes)?
California Struggles to Close a Projected $41 Billion Deficit
By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
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