Thursday, January 27, 2005

Arnold Shows Media AWOL on Budget

These observations highlight our California Legacy Media are asleep at the switch when it comes to the most important California issue -- our budget deficit.

Instead, he has to fight Jerry Springer topics:

Schwarzenegger ducked questions on Secretary of State Kevin Shelley’s troubles and on whether U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s emergence as Bush’s biggest critic would undermine his efforts to get more money from the feds.

The LA Times had the Secretary of State Shelley story (obnoxious registration required unless you use BugMeNot) 3rd from the bottom (in a total list of 36) just after "ORANGE COUNTY: Review of County's Pension Risk Sought", and just before "IN BRIEF THE STATE / SAN JOSE: Mountain Lion Feeding on Family's Goat Killed."

If the Legacy Media were doing their jobs, we'd have more than poll numbers and quotes from California politicians on the latest tit-for-tat.

My eyes glaze over with this Peyton Place coverage.

What would be more helpful for our state is real reporting on just what is in the budget.

The scandalous abuse of MediCal.

Administrator to teacher ratios.

Bureaucracy growth statistics.

We won't see that since that would highlight the Governor's path to reducing the deficit has merit.

Instead, we have a reactionary Legacy Media who think the only way such problems can be solved is by increasing taxes.

Fortunately, the Governor has a plan which he needs to pursue aggressively, and he plans to: Take his proposals directly to the people via California's initiative process.