Opposing voices will go unheard

Ease the gridlock? Never again. With the makeup of the current Legislature, will we who oppose have a say?

Start with Proposition 3; it will be gone if you have its protection now. The tax collector will be very busy conducting tax sales when you no longer can make your payments.

This group will force many more businesses and jobs, as well as retired people, to move out of California.

Watch the fall of the California empire, just as Rome fell. But we won't have gridlock.

Happy days are not here again.

Bill Pisani

Clayton

Gridlock unlikely to continue

I think the majority party should and will undertake some important election reform measures so that the terrible budget battles of the past decades will not continue to cause gridlock.

Fortunately, unlike many other states, we have a fair and open redistricting commission.

Writing laws to blunt the power of money in our elections, similar to the state of Montana, is another important factor in assuring better laws and fair elections. Passing the Disclose Act to identify hidden money in our elections, as we saw in Props. 30 and 32 this last year, is critical.

The most important activity our Legislature should undertake, however, is to lower the two-thirds rule from all laws requiring revenue increases. We saw several bond measures fail by less than a percentage point or two. Ridiculous.

A third of our citizens should not be able to hold our state hostage. We should lower the passing rate of somewhere between 55 and 60 percent.

If these actions are taken our state will have better representation and much less gridlock.

Anne Spanier

Alameda

Democrats have bankrupted state

A Democratic supermajority in Sacramento is the final nail in our California economic coffin.

During the last 30 years, Democratic taxes and regulations on our industries, businesses and the wealthy (who create our private sector jobs) forced them to go bankrupt or move out of the state.

Big money government union leaders in our state, counties and cities rule. They take money from government union employees and elect Democrats. Elected officials and government union officials create contracts and the government union members vote on them.

They call it collective bargaining, but they are liars. We taxpayers can't vote on the contracts that cost us taxpayers twice the money that is fair for government union lavish salaries, benefits, pensions, and early retirement.

Democrats have bankrupted us. Proposition 32 would have helped us a little, but it failed.

One good thing, our retail businesses have done well because government union employees and retirees, welfare recipients, and the rest of us keep spending all our money and food stamps on stuff.

Ella Jensen

El Cerrito

A shout-out for more gridlock

Gridlock? What gridlock?

California legislators introduced 8,600 bills for the three sessions 2009-2012. Some 2,300 of them passed into law.

If that defines gridlock, God forbid we eliminate it. With the Legislature and executive branches controlled even more so by one party, one justly fears California will pass at least 1,000 new laws this session.

Truisms:

We elect people more readily if they introduce new bills. We call legislators who do not "ineffective" and vote them out. We call it a "do nothing" Legislature if it passes fewer new laws. We label legislators "bad" if they vote "no" too much. With few alternative views available because of one-party government, our lives will see greater government intrusiveness. For every law passed, someone has to administer it, which furthers centralized government power over our lives and bigger organizations also require higher pay.

That's just the state. We have counties, cities, school and water districts, dozens of agencies, ad infinitum, with their own unending new laws.

Why is that good? Let's have a shout-out for more gridlock.

Joe Moran

Orinda

Less 'gridlock' but deeper disaster

Today's "Talk Back" question assumes that "gridlock" is a bad thing and that a one-party majority is a good thing.

Our Constitution sets up competing parties, checks and balances and ways that the best ideas, freely arrived at, may prevail. That is what has made America great and prosperous. Compare that to unilateral control by the Democrats.

Where has that led to freedom or prosperity? Detroit or Chicago? Washington, D.C.? Los Angeles? Oakland or Richmond? All are examples of horrible schools, rampant crime, cronyism, corruption, poverty and fleeing prosperity.

In California, the bullet train to nowhere, unfunded pensions, bankrupting deficit spending and failing schools, which the Times has opposed. Yet the Times endorsed for re-election the same flaky politicians whose policies have created these problems. Does anybody think they will fix them?

So yes, the Democratic supermajority will now be unimpeded in doing to California what it does elsewhere it is in control. But that is certainly nothing to rejoice about.

Pete Laurence

Clayton

Now power will go unchecked

Will the Democratic supermajority in Sacramento eliminate gridlock? You betcha!

As long as you like your government running without a conscience and without checks and balances, you're going to like this new system.

Here is what California Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg had to say about his newfound freedom: "The people have provided us with a tremendous opportunity that, as Senate leader, I will exercise with great humility and the utmost responsibility." Something he could not do without a supermajority?

Which benevolent dictator does that sound like? Remember, absolute power corrupts absolutely. With the troika -- Jerry Brown, Darrell Steinberg, and John Perez -- in power, without dissent, who is there to hold their feet to the fire to do what is in California's best interest?

Remember, the California Legislature is exempt from the restrictions of the Brown Act of open meetings and advance notice of meeting agendas. Good luck, California.

David Pastor

Pleasanton

Gridlock goes away but so does dissent

Of course it should unlock gridlock. But dissent will be squelched.

The framers of the Constitution feared such a thing would generate the problems the British Parliament created for the colonists: taxation without representation.

Eric Stoddard

San Ramon

One-party rule is never good

Of course, the Democratic supermajority will "ease" gridlock in California politics -- much as fascism ended gridlock in Italy under Mussolini.

For years, conservatives have lost ground to progressives because the GOP is moribund and bereft of solutions or new ideas.

No good can come from one-party rule in any society. As Democrats gain in numbers, they will probe and assault more ways to get our money and intrude into our lives. Proposition 13 will be their first target.

Government employee unions will demand more and more from fewer and fewer of us. The mainstream media will hail the new era of progressive ideas coming from California, and Republicans will wring their hands about abortion and gay rights.

Politics, like religion, poisons everything.

Bob Armstrong

Clayton