The California Democracy Act, a non-partisan constitutional amendment authored by UC Berkeley Professor George Lakoff, consists in its entirety of a mere 14 words:

“All legislative actions on revenue and budget must be determined by a majority vote.”

California is one of the only states in the nation to constitutionally give a 34 percent minority of its state representatives direct control over all such legislation-thereby ensuring the budget and revenue gridlock we are experiencing.

California is in the middle of an unprecedented economic crisis requiring fundamental new approaches for resolution. Creativity is essential as we are currently unable to implement more obvious solutions to resolving the crisis. For example, we are also one of the only significant oil producing states that fails to charge oil companies an extraction tax on the oil they pump-even Governor Sarah Palin prided herself on taxing Alaska’s oil profiteers. …

George Lakoff gave a talk yesterday evening at UCSD.  As you may know, he is organizing a drive to put a proposition on the ballot that would end the 2/3 rule that currently makes it impossible for the state of California to raise revenue or to pass a budget without the consent of a militant Republican minority intent on starving the state to death. The initiative has 5 weeks to gather the necessary 1.2 million signatures.

Here is what you can do. It will take all of 5 minutes:

You can download a copy of the petition from the internet, and sign the document twice: 1) once on the line for petitioner signatures and 2) a second time at the bottom of the petition as the one gathering signatures.

In other words you can submit your own petition signed by you, and mail it in.

Anyone can do it.

So link the URL below to your Facebook and get your friends to do the same.

THAT WAY IT WILL GO VIRAL

Here is the web site:

http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6110/content.jsp?key=3403

Here is the text of the Constitutional amendment that needs only 50% plus 1 vote in the referendum to pass:

“All legislative actions on revenue and budget must be determined by a majority vote.”

It is clear that there is no solution to the current crisis of public higher education in California, unless the state is able to raise revenue. It is clear that there is no solution to the current crisis of public anything (k-12, healthcare for poor children, fire departments etc.) in California without abolishing the 2/3 rule. Please sign the petition, get others to do the same, and help to put Lakoff’s proposition on the ballot.