The Wall Street Journal continues to take interest in the legal gyrations around our massive railroad boondoggle here in California. Its Saturday editorial starts off with a bang
In theory at least, courts and ballot referenda are checks on legistlative tyranny. A California appellate court has effectively done away with both by ruling that the legal requirements of a bond measure approved by voters for the state's bullet train are merely "guidance". Californians ought to try this law-as-guidance defense when they're stopped for speeding.
I love the Journal's biting-tongue-in-cheek style as well as how they get to the point in a more serious manner
The lesson is that politicians will grab any new power or spending authority voters give them. They'll blow through the caveats and dare voters to sue to stop them. As for the courts, they're supposed to enforce the law as written. California's Supreme Court how has an opportunity to do what the appellate judges did not and order Sacramento to follow the bond language.
Now about that speeding ticket, Jerry.