Dorothy Plays John McLaughlinPosted by Dorothy on 10/08/03 at 18:07 (132917)
Is everybody in shock? (or just lost on the website here??)
OK, I'll play John McLaughlin of the McLaughlin Group:
California Post-Election. PREDICTIONS?? Will California worsen? Get better? Mort?? Freddy Barnes?? Elenore?? (I haven't seen this show in a very long time...these people may not be on it anymore...)
Re: Dorothy Plays John McLaughlinJohn H on 10/08/03 at 20:29 (132943)
On the news tonight they said that if the courts rule Grey Davis borrowing of 8 billion dollars that California will start off 20 billion in debt. I do not know how you balance that budget since so much of their income is already mandated by law. 40% must go to education and then you have all the pension funding, etc so no one can be sure Arnold has available enough cuts to come anywhere near balancing the budget. Arnold's success is largely going to depend on the staff and advisers he surrounds himself with. He certainly has a man in Warren Buffett that knows how to make and manage money. I think he is only an adviser. Add to that he is the opposition party controlling both houses. These guys and ladies will indeed have to work together to try and dig out. They are looking for some big money from the Indians. I do not know how that works.
Re: Dorothy Plays John McLaughlinJohn H on 10/08/03 at 20:31 (132944)
California has a budget bigger than most nations.
Re: Dorothy Plays John McLaughlinmarie on 10/08/03 at 20:43 (132948)
I didn't know it was that much in debt. After a while I sort of turned a deaf ear to the news about California. I do know that Arnald has a degree in International Finance. So time will only tell.
Re: Dorothy Plays John McLaughlinR C on 10/08/03 at 20:55 (132952)
I agree with John. Let me add that the tax and regulatory environment in California is very inhospitable to business (i.e., employers and payers of business related taxes). For this to turn around, not just the new Governor, but the Democratically controlled legislature must show that they will support tax cuts and regulatory reform *permanently* (i.e., not reverse things once another Democratic takes the state house). One way to achieve this is with referenda.
Now, John McLaughlin always precedes his opinion with 'Wrong! the correct answer is...' And of course there is his trademark 'Bye-Bye!'
Re: Dorothy Plays John McLaughlinEd Davis, DPM on 10/08/03 at 21:10 (132959)
I think everyone is sort of pooped after the brouhaha of the past couple of weeks.
The thing to watch is the team Arnold is going to assemble. My guess is that he is a pragmatist. If he puts together a talented team, he can be effective as a leader.
I think that most people would prefer to see the leader be the 'brain.' Although, some of the more effective leaders (politics aside) have been those with charisma who can put together a talented group of people.
Re: Dorothy Plays John McLaughlinJohn H on 10/08/03 at 21:17 (132962)
California has a budget bigger than most nations.
Re: Dorothy Plays John McLaughlinLari S. on 10/09/03 at 00:05 (132994)
Unfortunately, the local news here out of Sacramento already has the politicians up in arms and sounding like Democratic candidates for the next election. 'Special projects' are already being held as sacred. What we need is a clean slate and go item by item. That will never happen. Most of what the State takes in is already mandated. Arnold is promising a 'real audit' to see where the fat can be cut. We have some of the highest taxes, but never see any improvement in Northern CA. I just want to know where it all goes.
Re: Dorothy Plays John McLaughlinDorothy on 10/09/03 at 03:14 (133006)
And now they have a governor bigger than most governors. I do not see the appeal of their governor. However, there was a surprisingly low turnout even though Swartzenagger won by a lot; he still won by a lot of a small turnout. If THAT election didn't bring out the voters, what would?
Re: Dorothy Plays John McLaughlinDorothy on 10/09/03 at 03:28 (133009)
You are correct. Er...I mean, WRONG! I'm falling down on the job.
I am still thinking about the 'ladybugs' on your parents' house. I can see now what they are capable of. They are not our friends, these 'ladybugs'. By the way, I called them Japanese beetles, but that is ANOTHER bug. These are called Asian lady beetles, or so I think for now.
I can sense them lurking in all the nooks and crannies right now as I type. I have actually had them crawl across my keyboard! They probably write notes on this website late at night after I sign off. If something comes up under my name and you consider it kind of 'stinky', blame it on those 'ladies'.... it ain't me!
There is a terrific bug expert and scholar at the University of Illinois, May Berenbaum. She is brilliant and very funny. If you were a fan of X-Files at all, she was the prototype for the character 'Bambi' on the cockroach episode with whom Mulder became infatuated and of whom Scully became jealous. It was an amusing episode. Dr. Berenbaum has written some great books about bugs.
Re: Dorothy Plays John McLaughlinjohn h on 10/09/03 at 10:55 (133083)
I think Davis won his last election with 47% of the vote which was not any sort of mandate. I think Arnold S.received 53% of the vote in the most recent election. With the enormous budget deficit if there was ever a time for politicans to put politics aside and work toghether it is now. People are already lining up lawsuits when they should be allowing their government to get on with the business of solving their problems. I never did hear much about the Kennedy Clan during this election. Did they just remain quiet? I read about Aronolds degree from the U.of Wisconsin. He is no dummy. Just hope he has a great staff and advisers because all leaders need them to survive and get the job done. By the way Arnold cannot be recalled until he has been in office for 6 months. I am not sure but do not think he takes office until Jan.
Re: Dorothy Plays John McLaughlinmarie on 10/09/03 at 15:41 (133165)
They're creeping around my house to. Fortunately the cats think they are a delicacy. When we first bought this old house it had been empty for a long time. There were hundreds of the little buggers. They like to hang out in the corners near the ceiling. Our ceilings are pretty high, I think about 11 feet so I have to get a broom out and swack them.
Maybe my Asian lady's are emailing your ladys late at night when we're asleep.
Re: Dorothy Plays John McLaughlinSharon W on 10/09/03 at 15:44 (133167)
I LOVE cats!! Did you ever notice how much they love crunching things between their teeth? My cat's eyes would close to a little slit with sheer pleasure, every time she did that...
Oops, I guess I'm not being being very political.
Re: Dorothy Plays John McLaughlinjohnh on 10/09/03 at 15:58 (133180)
Cats are my downfall Sharon. I cannot turn one away and they seem to find my house through the cat grapevine. I do not even want to think about how much mon ey I have spent having the neutered/spayed,shots, tested for HIV,etc. I have found many homes for them but if I do not and name them then they have a home.
This reminds me of another story: When my squdron flew to Iceland in the 50's we had a squadron mascot named Black Dog. Black Dog learned to even climb up the ladder into the cockpit of a jet fighter. The noise did not bother him at all. We decided we could not leave Black Dog in the states so we put him in the backseat of an F-89 which was pressurized and Black Dog flerw to Iceland with us. He was still there when I left.
Re: Dorothy Plays John McLaughlinmarie on 10/09/03 at 17:31 (133238)
I don't know if Iceland would be my first choice to live but what a cute story.