stringbook




........................................................................Home | Books | Bio | c.v. ............................. ... ...

Dan Walters losing grip on California politics?

Dan Walters was the go-to scribe of the Davis recall and the first Schwarzenegger election. But Walters has lost a grip on California budget politics, Mark Paul of the California Fix suggests.

“No politician ever threatens to cut welfare grants, health services for the poor or other programs that don’t affect middle-class voters,” Walters writes; “instead, voters are told that their personal safety and/or their children’s futures would be at risk.”

The only trouble is, all of this is either untrue or misleading.

&c. Paul cites three compelling reasons why Walters is in error here:

  • Indeed, Schwarzenegger threatened to cut these things. Entirely.
  • Cuts to Medi-Cal indeed affects middle-class voters. Especially.
  • And cuts to schools are not threats; in fact, on the natural, they'll begin with a ten-percent drop even before legislators get to them.

Paul concludes: "Is it politically risky to deliver that news? Probably. But somebody has to. We’re apparently not going to get the news from Dan Walters." Ouch.