The people of California have spoken. Their resounding message to the propositions billed as “budget stabilization measures” was No! No! No! I really should have stated “some” of the people have spoken. Statewide the turnout at the poles last week was scant to say the least. Now the legislature and Governor Schwarznegger will have to come up with solutions that will solve the state’s financial crisis. Cuts are expected to affect all levels of government. State workers, schools, counties and cities will have to adjust to lower revenues and changing services. Voter outrage was evident by the results. Voters feel the system is controlled by the wealthy and the political power their wealth buys. Those who took the time to go to the polls felt the system had failed them. Democracy at work. When the founding fathers crafted the Constitution and gave the citizens a Declaration of Independence, one of them, I believe Jefferson, wondered if the people could keep it. Much has been written about the various forms of governments. Historians say a democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. That’s because in a democracy voters can vote for fiscal benefits and has a tendency to collapse over loose fiscal policy. The United States has experienced that loose policy in the past year. What comes next? It has also been written that democracy’s collapse is always followed by a dictatorship. Usually nations progress through a certain sequence. From bondage to spiritual faith, to great courage, to liberty to abundance, to complacency, to apathy, to dependence, and from dependence back to bondage. Last week’s low voter turnout reeks of apathy. The economy in the past two decades showed an abundance of material wealth, and certainly a loose fiscal policy. Bob Dylan said the answer is blowing in the wind. Pogo, the comic strip hero, said, “We have seen the enemy and it is us.” Think about it.