What do you think about the results of the recall election?
It's official, more or less: 55 percent of voters chose yesterday to recall Governor Gray Davis, and 3.7 million Californians want to replace him in Sacramento with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. A majority also shot down the two propositions on the ballot: Proposition 53, which asked for a constitutional amendment to set aside funds for state infrastructure, and Proposition 54, which would have prohibited the state from using race, ethnicity, color, or national origin to classify people.
Here's what a random sample of Berkeley students had to say about these topics. Comment
has no political experience, so I'm curious about what
kind of a job he'll do. I am kind of nervous, because
he was an actor and a lot of people poke fun at his movies — he's
not a great actor, he's all brawn and no brain, that
kind of thing. It will be interesting for California
to see what kind of a leader he'll be.'
—Khoi Lam, fourth-year Sociology major
though I expected Arnold to win, the reality is just
now setting in. I think it's a shame, and it's ridiculous.
He makes us look like fools. They're laughing at California
on all the talk shows and all around the rest of the
country. We did not uphold our civil responsibilities
and duties. It's like people were just playing around — participating,
yes, but just acting silly. He
looks good, he looks American, but he doesn't understand
the issues. We've elected a celebrity
to make decisions that really affect our lives.' |
—Rhonda Ford-Webb, fourth-year Sociology major
Schwarzenegger is going to return California to the
shining city on the hill. My
point of view is shared by quite a few people — say,
55 percent of Californians at last count. As for
Prop. 53, I'm not surprised that it failed; it was
Prop. 54 was the right idea, but it was poorly worded,
so its opponents were able to exploit the language
and use scare tactics to defeat it. It was a good
attempt to move California to a race-blind state,
and I'm sure it will be back.'
—Steve Sexton, fourth-year Economics and Political Science double major
takes away our sense of security in our government
when the governor can be recalled because a few wealthy
people didn't like him. If it doesn't make sense how
Schwarzenegger was elected, how can we have faith in
him? Personally, I think Arnold should never have been
on the ballot. The governor of California should have
some experience in politics, and Schwarzenegger has
none. He was elected because he's a popular guy and
people thought it would be fun to vote for him. They
weren't thinking about the future. This is just going
to continue California's downward spiral.' |
—Leah Monroe, third-year Political Science major
|'Prop. 54 was unnecessary and voters
saw that. As for Arnold, we're all watching and waiting.
I don't think it can get any worse, and if it does,
well, we know who to blame. For that matter, we also
know how to get rid of him.'
—Andrew Reback, fourth-year Political Science major
|'I'm glad there's been a change in
Sacramento. I believe that only fiscal good will
come to our state as a result. Hopefully it will
be reflected in student fees, but I'm not going to
my breath there.
One thing I'm pleased about is that Schwarzenegger
appointed [former L.A. mayor] Richard Riordan to
his education team; Riordan really did tremendously
with the L.A. Unified School District, at least compared
to where it was a few years ago. And I'm glad Prop.
53 didn't pass, as I think that would have been devastating
for our struggling school system.'
—Miriam Pasternak, first-year undeclared (English or History intended) major
happy about Prop. 54 going down. We've been pushing
for No on 54 for a while. I'm disappointed that Arnold
Schwarzenegger won; I didn't vote for him. But I
wasn't surprised, given the polls. Hopefully it can't
get any worse for California, regardless of who takes
office. However, I think things may have to get
worse before they get better.'
—Bobby Lin, fourth-year Interdisciplinary Studies major
|'I'm glad Prop. 54 went down, first of all
because of the benefits of collecting health data, and
second for education; we need to make sure minorities and
underprivileged kids get as good an education as possible.
I think it's ridiculous that Arnold Schwarzenegger is governor.
He has no idea what he's doing. I don't think he even understands
the basic processes of the legislature. How's he going
to deal?' |
—Jeannie Freedlund, third-year Rhetoric major