San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial

Don't blame voters

Crisis due to leaders' profligacy, incompetence

2:00 a.m. May 22, 2009

To hear some pundits tell it, California voters' decision to reject five budget-related ballot measures amounted to a petulant, uninformed refusal to clean up a mess they largely created.

‚ÄúNearly a century after the Progressive-era birth of the state's ballot-measure system, it is clear that voters' fickle commands, one proposition at a time, are a top contributor to paralysis in Sacramento,‚Ä