ACTOR IGNORES POLITICAL REALITIES
Considering Jesse "The Body" Ventura's stint as governor of Minnesota, one would think Americans might have had their fill of entertainers moving into the political spotlight. Ventura's tenure as governor did little to change the course of politics in that state and left all those hopeful independents with little hope for the future. If a fake wrestler-turned-politician
didn't shake the foundations of American democracy, then perhaps what is going on in California will.
It would appear that only in California would the political climate create a situation which has the sitting governor facing the real possibility that he will be recalled and that the state could end up with a governor who is even less politically astute than Ventura. Lest you remind us that former President Ronald Reagan was also from California and an entertainer, we wouldn't even include his name with the likes of Ventura or many of those who would be governor of California.
The list of potential gubernatorial candidates includes actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor Gary Coleman, comic Gallagher, independent political commentator Arianna Huffington and 100-plus other Californians of various backgrounds.
We would agree with our own governor's assessment of the mess in California that whatever the outcome, Oregon has a real chance of benefiting from what is going on down there. Already, according to the governor, a lot of California companies are inquiring about the availability of land in the Medford area.
The comments being bantered around by people like Schwarzenegger concerning what is going on in Sacramento seem to be very politically naive. No one is going to go up and clear out the mess in Sacramento. Such rhetoric may play well to disillusioned voters but it is false and misleading. Every state legislature is made up of numerous senators and representatives who represent the people of the state and the needs of those diverse areas. A political neophyte might like to make off-hand comments as those Schwarzenegger has made, but it will do little to solve California's tax revenue crisis. The choices are limited: cut the size of government, raise taxes and fees or do a combination of both.
Hopefully Californians will be smarter than most of the candidates who are running to replace Gov. Gray Davis, if he is recalled, and they will select someone short on rhetoric and long on wisdom on how governments work and the best way to improve both the political and economic climate of our southern neighbor.