Besides the hippies who flooded the polls in Colorado to vote for a legal Rocky Mountain high, the most interesting referendum occurred in California where residents cast their votes for Proposition 30, which raises the sales tax and taxes on the wealthy in order to prevent $5 billion in cuts to education and services.
The Golden State is immediately going to cut tuition rates and use these tax increases to improve education and the lives of all Californians.
The conservative backlash to big government actually got its start in California in 1978 with Proposition 13, which capped property taxes and sent the state into years of declining standards of life and deficit
spending. Californians got tired of the forced austerity of tax cuts that never benefitted ordinary people. It’s only a matter of time before the nation does the same.
Obama owes his victory to minorities, workers and Millennials. Call it the minority majority. They combined to neuter the white vote, which has been dominant in every election since the beginning the of the nation. Whites overwhelmingly supported Romney, even white women. But a new day is dawning.
Republicans will be busy with the blame game for their loss, but they’re going to have to look deeply into their cherished beliefs (laissez faire economics, militarization, demonizing immigrants, anti-women policies) and affiliations with, among others, the toxic teabaggers who hopefully saw their world crumble.
Republicans have been marching steadily right since 1980, but they’ve hit a wall. When they move back to the center, there will be Obama waiting to work with them.
Stephen Dick is an editor of The Herald Nulletoin in Anderson, Ind. Contact him at