The Worst Job In the World?

THE WORST JOB IN THE WORLD?….The recall campaign against Gray Davis is moving along nicely, but Boomshock asks a question about a possible Davis replacement that I’ve been wondering about too:

Does anybody honestly believe that he or she will be able to turn this state around from a $35 billion deficit? Nearly impossible. Plus, even if a high-profile candidate such as The Terminator were to replace Davis, he’d still have to deal with a Democratic legislature. Practically impossible. Am I concerned about tax and fee hikes? Sure, but I’ve also embraced the inevitable.

I don’t get it either. California is $38 billion in the hole, there’s no way to get out without both tax increases and service cuts, and, yes, any Republican governor would have a dangerously resentful and pissed off Democratic legislature to deal with.

Who in their right mind would want this job?

(Yeah, Boomshock says $35 billion and I say $38 billion. Whatever. What’s a few billion between friends?)

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation