California has this week scored the lowest Standard & Poor’s credit rating of any state in the country. Facing a $42 billion budget deficit and a legislature in gridlock, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, brought in by radical intervention of the usual democratic processes, has been unable to make a difference. Rumor is he plans to go back to making movies when this governor gig is up.
The Great Man having failed, San Francisco’s Bay Area Council is calling for a Constitutional Convention.
“We believe California’s system of government is fundamentally broken,” they write in a press release. “Our prisons overflow, our water system teeters on collapse, our once proud schools are criminally poor, our financing system is bankrupt, our democracy produces ideologically-extreme legislators that can pass neither budget nor reforms, and we have no recourse in the system to right these wrongs.”