Looking back over the history of California politics, Ray Haynes --a well known conservative who has served in both the California Assembly and Senate -- revisits the tawdry record of what happens to the safety of the citizens when Democrats dominate the governance of a state.
We are at a crossroads on the prison question in California. For years, Democrats have refused to build prisons, have refused to take actions to protect Californians from bad people, and placed our prisons under the control of federal judges to indulge their perverse concept of justice. They have passed laws saying the purpose of prison is to rehabilitate people, they have pushed initiatives to rewrite three strikes so that the really bad felons can get out of prison after they have been sentenced to life, they have realigned the prison system so as to put the responsibility for letting bad prisoners go on the backs of counties, and now they fought the federal judges to the end of the line in the federal courts in the hopes of avoiding responsibility for their failed policies on crime. Everything they have done with respect to crime and punishment has been to look for scapegoats for what is now the inevitable rise in crime rates that will result in substantial harm, and in some cases, death to many Californians.
He goes on to recall what happened the last time Jerry Brown governed the state of California:
Students of California history will remember that Jerry Brown 1.0 (1975-1983) saw a huge growth in the tax rate and in the crime rate, and resulted in the Governorship of George Deukmejian. Deukmejian accomplished his main goal as Governor, that is, to build more prisons to keep bad guys off the street. It was an amazing accomplishment, given the Democrats near complete control of state government then, but after the removal of Rose Bird and the Supremes, the reinstatement of the death penalty, and the growth of the Republican Party in reaction to the failed Democrat policies on crime, Democrats knew that, if they wish to retain control of the levers of power in California, they had to at least acquiesce in the Republican policies of “getting tough on crime.”
And here we are, back at square one:
But crime is on the rise again, because California is letting criminals out of prison, and those criminals are doing what they do best, hurting innocents all across the state. Children are being molested again in record numbers, murders are once again on the rise, property crimes are skyrocketing, and the Democrats are doing all they can to blame someone else for those horrific statistics.
How many Californians will have to lose their lives, property and generally live in fear before they realize this is what happens when you allow Democrats to dominate the legislature?
The Watercooler is always an open thread.