The Democratic Party reigns supreme over California state government. It controls every statewide office, wields supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature, and stacks the courts with its appointees.
Republican ideas and concerns are routinely ignored, and dissent is crushed. In one outrageous March incident, Democrat leaders forcibly removed Vietnamese immigrant Senator Janet Nguyen from the Senate floor for speaking truths about communism they’d rather not hear.
This unchecked power is dangerous. It also harms everyday Californians.
Rather than solve our state’s most pressing problems, like our high poverty rate, failing schools and housing affordability crisis, California Democrats have made fighting Washington, D.C., their No. 1 priority. Shortly after the November election, state leaders hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at a whopping $25,000 a month.
That’s a hefty price for California taxpayers to pay for political posturing.
Next, legislative Democrats struck a backroom deal with the governor and special interests to raise the state’s gas tax by 70%. Signed into law, this increase will cost Californians $52 billion over the course of a decade.
We already pay some of the highest gas prices in the nation, and a recent poll shows we don’t want the tax hikes. But the ruling party no longer pretends to care what their subjects think.
Much like rebels fighting the Empire, voters responded to this outrage by attempting to recall a Senator who supported the gas tax hike. In a stunning abuse of power, Democrats used the budget process to change the recall rules and slow the effort.
Using the same budget process, they dismantled the Board of Equalization, stripping taxpayers of their right to bring appeals before their elected peers. The Board was independent, often worked in a bipartisan manner, and didn’t march to the Democratic Party’s drumbeat.
I know that’s a lot to take in, but there’s more …
Our public education system is broken and in desperate need of reform. But rather than address problems, most Democratic lawmakers vote to protect the status quo. They kill even the most modest teacher tenure reforms.
Instead of enacted meaningful reforms, Senate Democrats — without knowing how to pay for it — passed a “single-payer” state-run health care system that would cost $400 billion each year. Although currently being held in the Assembly, this rushed and radical proposal would end up severely restricting your freedom to make health care choices.
You see, the Democratic Party isn’t really for choice, unless it’s their choice.
Ruling Democrats have now banned state worker travel to eight states, including Texas, that dared to enact laws deemed unacceptable to California elites. The Democratic message is clear: Think like we do or we will do everything in our power to punish you.
The pendulum has swung too far. The costs of one-party rule are hurting too many forgotten Californians, including many who have traditionally identified with the Democratic Party.
California voters must hold the Democrats responsible for their overreach soon. Curbing the party’s power is the only way to restore the checks and balances and bipartisan cooperation our state so desperately needs to ensure a brighter future.