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Topic - Howard Jarvis
The Supreme Court's decision Wednesday on Proposition 8 unlocked the door for same-sex marriage in California but also may have stifled the voices of the state's voters.
Californians take pride in the notion that everything in America starts here — the music, the clothes, the food, the fun and games of the celebrity culture. Now California is showing the nation something else, a view from the bottom of the fiscal cliff. Life from Gruesome Gulch, you might say.
There's something cruel yet comical in the way that California voters continually elect Democrats and then forbid them from raising taxes.
Life is not easy out there for a liberal, or a progressive or an elitist or whatever liberals are calling themselves this morning.
"I've been put on leave for working too hard," he told an interviewer.
He didn't listen to the timid marketing men who urged him to soften his language, and he described the cocktail-party Republicans in opposition as "the stupidest people in the world except for businessmen, who have a genius for stupidity."