One-Liner Wednesday — $276 Million

“Imagine what could be accomplished if Republicans decided to work within the democratic process rather than against it.”

Pat Rudebusch

Never heard of Pat Rudebusch? Neither have I. But the quote above was how Pat ended her letter to the editor that was published in yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle.

The context of Pat’s letter was the recall election of California governor Gavin Newsom coming up on September 14th. $276 million is the cost of the gubernatorial recall election, according to the California Department of Finance. A cost that is being borne by California taxpayers.

Pat argues that the recall effort to unseat California’s sitting governor is “a case study irresponsibility. Absent any legitimate reasons to remove an elected official from office, the Republican Party has embarked upon a sinister effort to undo the decision of the vast majority of voters — a larger percentage of voters, in fact, than any governor has earned in California history.”

We are facing unprecedented challenges from climate change, a crumbling infrastructure, and a global pandemic. Surely there are far better ways to focus our attention and to spend our tax dollars than on this ridiculous, purely partisan recall election.

Trump Republicans in red states across the country have been attacking election results and passing laws to subvert our Constitutional right to vote. Now they’re trying to grab power in California, abusing the recall process and costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

As Pat Rudebusch wrote in her letter, “Imagine what could be accomplished if Republicans decided to work within the democratic process rather than against it.”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt. Sorry that I wrote more than one line, but Pat Rudebusch and I are pissed.

Who Won The Week? 10/6/19

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My pick for this week is college athletes in California.

In the past 20 years, college sports has ballooned into a multibillion dollar industry. For example, cable networks pay each Big Ten conference school about $50 million a year just for broadcast rights, and universities also cut multimillion dollar sponsorship deals with Nike, Adidas, and other athletic brands.

So while the colleges and universities for which these student-athletes play are earning billions and the coaches are earning millions, the student-athletes who play the game are often penniless, frustrated that they can’t monetize their athletic prowess or make money through endorsements or other ways.

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed a bill that would let college athletes in California make money from endorsement deals for the first time. The law, which doesn’t go into effect until 2023, is meant to pressure the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to change its rules before then. The NCAA holds that college athletes should spend their time earning a degree for playing sports, not making money.

It’s important to understand that this law doesn’t permit colleges to pay their athletes to play sports. It merely allows student-athletes to promote products and companies, trading on their sports renown for the first time.BCF7D267-F26D-4617-97B8-A12F181F1826What about you? Do you think student-athletes should be able to earn money while playing college sports?

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?