Yes, it is according to former Californian (and still Birkenstock-wearer), Allysia Finley, in this Wall Street Journal piece, “California Is The Lindsey Lohan Of States.” This is her assessment after the recent election.

I must say, she does make some good points in this article:

[snip] After enjoying ephemeral highs and spending binges, you suffer crashes that culminate in brief, unsuccessful stints in rehab. This cycle repeats itself every five to 10 years, as the rest of the country looks on with a mixture of horror and amusement. We’d feel sorry for you if you didn’t constantly flip us the bird.

Instead, we’re making bets on how long it will be before your next meltdown. Oh, wait—you’re already melting down.

You’ve racked up nearly $70 billion in general obligation debt, and that doesn’t include your $500 billion unfunded pension liability. Your own analysts predict you’ll face a hole of at least $80 billion over the next four years. [snip]


This reminds me of something a friend of mine who lives in California told me. A family member of hers didn’t understand how a business person like Meg Whitman could possibly govern California. As in, what would she know about running a state?

Huh?

How is it that I know that California has one of the largest economies in the WORLD (8th, down from 6th), but someone who lives there doesn’t get that? Isn’t a business person EXACTLY who you would want to try and pull your state up out of its flirtation with bankruptcy?

To continue with Ms. Finley’s piece:

[snip]It’s not as if you don’t recognize that you’ve got problems. Roughly three-quarters of you say you’re headed in the wrong direction, according to a recent survey by the Public Policy Institute of California. You’re even more depressed than Illinois and New York, and you’ve got sunshine 10 months of the year!

You appropriately give your government low marks—28% approval for outgoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, 16% for the legislature—yet you continue to re-elect the politicians who got you into this mess. Not a single incumbent state legislator lost re-election this year, including one Democrat who died a month ago (no joke). What’s scarier is that you’ve just given almost all of the keys to statewide offices to Democrats.

Jerry Brown will be your new (old) governor. This is the man who acted as a gateway drug to your spending addiction three decades ago when he gave public-sector employees collective bargaining rights. Helping enforce your wacky laws will be Lt. Gov-elect Gavin Newsom, the San Francisco mayor who flouted state law by allowing same-sex marriage. On the plus side, he has nice hair and loves you just the way you are…{snip]

Isn’t that the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different outcome? I’m pretty sure it is. And no doubt, that is why Ms. Finley concluded her article with this:

[snip] We’ve tried to help you, California. Some spent millions on campaigns to entice you to change your reckless behavior. And you told them to kick rocks.

So here’s our final warning: When you inevitably crash and burn, don’t count on us to bail you out.(Click HERE to read the rest.)

Amen to that. Whatever happens to you next, California, you brought it squarely on yourself. Time to grow up, and take responsibility for your actions (same goes for Lindsey Lohan).

And while we are talking about insanity, how about Massachusetts re-electing Barney Frank? No, I am not just talking about his post-election rant, but how many of you knew that his partner was busted in 2007 for growing marijuana? Not just was his partner, James Ready busted for it, but Frank was PRESENT at the time of his arrest. Oh, but wait – it gets better. In Jonah Goldberg’s very good piece on Frank, Frank claimed that he “is not a great outdoorsman,” so you know he, um, didn’t recognize that the plants in front of him just happened to be pot ’cause he just doesn’t know about plants and stuff. Riiiiggghhhttttt.

But it gets even better (I tell you, this Goldberg article is a wealth of hilarious information about Barney Frank – that is, if you think an elected official breaking the law repeatedly is funny). Yes, this also has to do with one of Frank’s partners, and it’s a doozy:

[snip] Twenty years earlier, Mr. Frank endured another controversy when his one-time partner, personal aide and roommate was revealed to be running a prostitution service out of Mr. Frank’s home. The Massachusetts congressmen insisted he hadn’t noticed anything amiss until informed by his landlord. [snip]

Are you freaking kidding me?? And this guy is SILL in office? I’m sorry, but what the hell is wrong with the people in Massachusetts that this guy keeps getting elected?

I mean, personal stuff aside (and holy moley), even more than the above is his involvement with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, about which I have written previously. Not for nothing, but helping to send our country down the tubes economically is no small thing:

[snip] And when Mr. Frank helped fuel a housing bubble that nearly crippled the economy for a generation, he again failed to notice anything was awry until it was obvious for all to see. [snip]

But here is the crux of the matter with Mr. Frank (and a few other elected officials, say Rangel, Waters, et al):

[snip] While lesser men, perhaps those not dubbed the “brainiest” man on Capitol Hill by congressional staffers, might worry about accountability, Mr. Frank considers it an affront, given his personal and professional record. In short, Mr. Frank has a very solid record of obliviousness, denial and entitlement.[snip] (Click HERE to read the rest.)

I’ll say. The same can be said for “Call me SENATOR, General” Boxer, and a host of other folks sitting in Congress. I reckon we can add Nancy Pelosi to the “oblivious” team given her desire to run for the Minority Leader position after many Democrats lost their jobs as a result of her heavy-handed, tone-deaf leadership. Yikes. Clearly, she thinks the “shellacking” the Democrats received in the recent election had nothing to do with her.

Oh, wait – she’s from California. Yeah, okay – given the Lindsey Lohan-ness of that state, I guess this makes sense. It’s not her with the problem, it’s everyone else, I guess. Gotcha.

At some point, we have to stop the insanity. We have to stop keeping the same people in office who got us into the big mess in which we find ourselves. Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi both have a great deal to answer for in terms of where we are economically, yet both will be returning to The Hill.

All I can say is, don’t come crying to the rest of us when things continue to go horribly wrong, especially you, California – you had your chance. And you blew it.

  • joseph

    Thanks EllenD. Again I ask, who the fk is Allysia Finley, anyway?

  • joseph

    Oowawa, thank you.

    I don’t believe that Fiorina lost due to Boxer’s mudslinging entirely. I believe unions had a heavy hand in manipulating the ballot count.

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Oh, my…Yeah, you said it, Annie!

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    As I understand it, Annie, Newsome ran San Francisco into the ground, too.  Is that correct?  And yet he is now going to be the Lt. Gov.?

  • kenoshamarge

    Diana L.C, we have the same problem here in Wisconsin with people coming from Chicago because real estate was so much cheaper. They didn’t mind the commute and like you say our highways became clogged worse than they all ready were.

    But the infamy for which they can never be forgiven was the support of the Chicago Bears.  Clogging our highways, raising real estate prices, overcrowding our schools  are all things we could have in time learned to deal.

    Supporting the Chicago Bears? That’s crossing a line too far! >:o

  • kenoshamarge

    Nor did the rest of the country give a damn about us here in the “rust belt.” We all have our crosses to carry. The point is that so often, the problem is caused by people being so partisan that they cannot even conceive that someone else, outside their party and their little ideology, could possibly have a good idea.

    It appears to those of us on the outside looking in the California instead of going forward is turning back. Someone commented that Meg Whitman would have turned California back to what it used to be. What was that? Solvent?

    And electing a retread like Jerry Brown isn’t turning back?

    And just exactly what is it that Barbara Boxer has done for her home state? I’m willng to listen although I confess after her “call me Senator” remark I don’t pay much attention to anything she has to say.

  • Annie Soda Cracker

    And thank God for that.  Kamala Harris is a disaster.  From your post, I assume Cooley must have wound up with the vote.  I lost track of the count.

  • Annie Soda Cracker

    You are probably right.  I read 12 but I guess we’ll see when they appear.

  • Talk2ThePaw

    I believe it is a 14 member panel with at least to unaffiliated members, which will help break the tie, so to say.

  • EllenD

    PS. Who the fk is Allysia Finley, anyway?
    More from Ms. Finley.
    http://www.stanforddaily.com/2008/11/10/the-right-angle-an-elegy-for-mccain-and-the-gop/
    Or if you want more from the ivory tower
    http://www.stanforddaily.com/author/allysiafinley/

  • joseph

    Thank you Amy 🙂

    Yes, democracy is great, and Allysia is still a moron for insulting the entire population of California, without considering the blatant corruption that was likely behind the demise of Fiorina, and Whitman.

    Having said that, I will readily admit that Carly Fiorina was not exactly a sure win. Her demeanor was unfriendly, and cold. On top of that, she promoted a resume that was flawed at best. Despite that, she had a shot, given her opponent,”Senator Mam” the b*tch of all b*tches, with nothing to show for her decades of free ride other than massive unemployment, higher taxes and entitlement programs, for the illegal and the lazy.

  • EllenD

    it is because in CA when you use your signal light, that is the signal for the cars in the lane you are trying to get into, to speed up so you can’t get in….lol…just sayin’ 

    LOL INDEED! You sound just like my husband!

  • EllenD

    It takes a lot to get to Oowawa who is one of the most unflappable beings on earth. We know you didn’t mean to hurt our feelings, RRRA.
    We are used to being “fair game” as Oowawa says but sometimes the sheer enormous amount of crud directed at us makes us snap.
    We’ll be back to normal tomorrow unless someone starts another thread with a WSJ rant against California. Sarah’s taking on WSJ now.

  • oowawa

    Yeah EllenD–but my righteous indignation burns out pretty quick.  I’m already starting to lapse into sleepy lurker mode . . .

    But just wait until somebody talks mean about animals again!

  • EllenD

    There’s no telling how California will shake out in the coming years.
    Luv ya my fellow Californian. Same time next year?