All Politics is Local
So long as California social service cuts translate into the mentally ill being treated solely with meds, or being denied treatment altogether, and MUNI seriously floats the idea of cutting service and increasing fares again, it is hard for me find comfort in Obama’s State of Union. While high speed rail may get the job train moving for parts of California, my resevoir of hope drains out with each bus delay. Empirical evidence shows that once these cuts happen, the services tend not to come back.
If there’s one silver lining, at least, the Obama presidency means that we won’t have a “That’s not true” Alito replacement filling Justice Stevens seat.