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Deafening silence

Posted: May 11, 2009 10:25 p.m.
Updated: May 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
I had the opportunity to speak to a member of Assemblyman Smyth's staff recently. My concerns were many, but with one underlying theme: When is a conservative not a conservative?

Of primary interest to me was Assemblyman Anthony Adams' radio interview in Bakersfield following the budget debacle that occurred in Sacramento. In his interview, he outlined how the Republican caucus had not only discussed who would be the third required vote to pass the budget, but all of the caucus members actually promised to politically endorse Adams in the future.

Since it was only a few days after the interview when I spoke with Mr. Smyth's staff member, I thought I'd wait a few days to see if there was a public reaction to those allegations.

Many days have gone by and still no public comment.

The silence is deafening. Not only from Mr. Smyth, but the entire Republican caucus.

Had someone accused me of conspiring to pass such an enormous tax increase and then offering a quid pro quo support deal to the Judas involved, I would be furious! Yet we hear silence.

What are the constituents to think? Assemblyman Adams actually said everyone was tired. I really hope that's not it. I was tired when I put up lawn signs for the Smyth local and state campaigns.

I was tired when I stopped at my polling place to vote for him. I was tired when I wrote those checks to the RNC. It's time for Mr. Smyth and the caucus to get some stamina.

The bottom line is that having a special election and supporting Propositions 1A and 1B on that ballot opens a door for more tax increases. Even the titles are dishonest. Calling Proposition 1A a spending cap is like calling the governor a Republican. Both statements are ludicrous.

Saying we need to let the voters decide is just another way of achieving deniability and political cover. The caucus can say, "It wasn't me, it was the voters." If we call it by its traditional name, it's cowardice.

Simply unconscionable.


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