Wouldn’t it Be Wonderful
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every elected official and candiate – both Republican and Democrat - made the following comittment: I will pass the state budget on time and make the necessary sacrifices to my own term-limited chances of re-election because that is the right thing to do for the people of California and if I don’t, I will resign on the day it is overdue. Then, wouldn’t it be wonderful if they then had those words enscribed on the walls and floors of their offices and on the ceilings above their desks so they could see it when they leaned back in their chairs. And wouldn’t it be wonderful if they pooled their money so that when they left their offices, a man or women (perhaps someone who lost their job because of an overdue state budget) followed them around and chanted “Pass the Budget or Resign”. I wonder if that would have any impact?
Or perhaps, what if they were each responsible once a week for delivering a layoff notice to someone who’s job had been cut, or if they had to tell a senior citizen that their home care services had been eliminated or tell a young student expecting to go to college that they wouldn’t be able to afford to attend this fall or any of a million other scenarios.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the folks who make these decisions, elected or otherwise in Sacramento, actually had to deliver them face to face to the people feeling the pain. Do you think that would have the power to fix this mess?
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