I am certain that you have heard the news of California state Sen. Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield) and his arrest on suspicion of DUI, or DWI, this past week.
Yes, the story is that Sen. Ashburn was with another man and leaving a gay-oriented bar in the Sacramento area.
FTR, my beef with Sen. Ashburn is not his possible closeted homosexuality. That is between him, his family and God.
But, my issue is that Sen. Ashburn is the classic "moderate" Republican that runs as some kind of conservative, but when push comes to shove, never actually does anything to stem the tide of rising government.
And rising government, my friends, is a real thing.
Unlike Globaloney Warming.
Sen. Ashburn was drinking and driving. In a state car. A Chevy Tahoe to be exact. Good to see the senator buys American. I guess.
But, why does this state senator need a state car? Is the $116, 208 annual salary not enough for Sen. Ashburn to buy his own car? Oh, and yes, on top of that $116,208 annual salary, Sen Ashburn also gets a $173 per diem allowance. And, since California is a full-time legislature, well, you figure that out, good readers.
The real outrage is that Sen. Ashburn was one of the Republican sellouts that voted to assist Gov. Benedict Arnold to raise taxes last year. Sen. Ashburn even used Ronald Reagan to justify such a vote.
But here is the thing.
Maybe if the state government was not so huge and bloated, and that bloating being added by the likes of Sen. Ashburn, there would not be this horrendous budget mess in the first place.
Again, this brings to mind the need for the good people of this state to rein in the people making this mess in the first place.
A return to a part-time legislature is one thing that is needed yesterday.
Consider that if these clowns only had 45 days a year to wreak their havoc, so many pointless laws would not be passed. So many pet projects of, name the legislator, would not see the light of day. And that 45 day legislative meeting would primarily deal with budgetary matters. No more or less. And that would be a two-year budget. In the next year, the legislature can take up other legislation not dealt with in the budget-only session. And again, all that would be needed is 45 days.
Consider that if the legislature is part-time, the majority of the time these clowns would have to actually live under the laws that they pass. These clowns would be driven as crazy as we are by what such legislation hath wrought.
Back to Sen. Ashburn.
Sen. Ashburn has a history of voting for tax hikes.
As a member of the Kern County board of supervisors, then Sup. Ashburn voted for tax hikes 12 times.
And Sen. Ashburn is a Republican. He claims to be a conservative. And yet he seems to not have a problem voting for tax hikes that increase the size of government. And of bureaucracy, by default.
Had Sen. Ashburn voted against the tax hikes, he would be a hero.
Instead, he is a goat. And one that seems to have a lot more problems than whether or not he can be a legislator of any kind.
When we get a chance to vote on making the California state legislator a part-time one, keep Sen. Roy Ashburn in mind. Not for being arrested for DUI or DWI leaving a gay-oriented night club. But for raising your taxes. And abusing his power.