The California Legislature is polarized and paralyzed by the obvious vacuum of leadership at all levels, from the governor to those we elected to represent us in Sacramento. Our own elected representatives are quick and ready to point fingers of blame at their lack of progress and solutions to our difficult and pressing problems.
We find it totally and incredibly unreal to listen to our own elected officials wax eloquent at their dismal performance and total failure to work with their counterparts to achieve meaningful reform. And we are amazed at their audacity to stand before a microphone and express their dismay and frustration at having failed to achieve meaningful reform to improve the economic climate and the structural deficit in California.
Someone needs to tell these bleeding-heart politicians to stop their excuses, their crocodile tears and their blatant appeal to the electorate to stay on the public trough.
We live in the most creative, dynamic and brilliant age, and we need politicians with vision, creativity and leadership to find solutions rather than excuses.
As hard as I try, it is difficult to find elected officials with any measure of statesmanship, intellectual honesty and power of persuasion. Yes, we elected them. They are highly paid with lots of perks, but there is no evidence that any of them has the leadership skills and bipartisan magnetism to tackle critical issues facing children and students in California.
Aside from the dismally normal news about the high foreclosure rate, high unemployment, Wall Street excesses, $21-billion California state deficit, escalating health-care premium increases and other debilitating measures, California has the distinction of being among the most unwelcoming and unsupportive to business and the most heartless to public education and children.
California’s school districts have dismissed and laid off over more than 100,000 teachers because of budget cuts to education.