In Defense of former Gov. Gray Davis

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Looks like it’s more or less over, Gov. Gray Davis will be recalled by the people of California.

Being that LRC is the home of forgotten history, (seemingly) hopeless causes and contrarian opinions, I thought I’d take a moment to write in defense of the former Governor of California. My defense is a relativistic one based on pointing out that he operated little differently than any number of U.S. governors, senators, representatives and Presidents. In fact, as far as I can tell, his crime basically consisted of the following: He leeched a little too much from the California taxpayers after a bust and without the benefit of a money printing press or a military invasion to provide cover for his leeching. If he had been able to inflate to cover spending (“Capesos” perhaps?) or invaded Mexico or something he would have gotten away with a rather run-of-the-mill growth of government. Let’s keep it in perspective. He didn’t open concentration camps, he didn’t start any wars and he didn’t put out contracts on his political opponents. He only did what U.S. politicians do on a regular basis but with poor timing and bad luck. For this crime should he be treated so differently from all the other leeches? Or, rather, should all the other leeches be treated so differently from former Gov. Gray Davis?

2:22 pm on October 8, 2003