For all you Attytood readers who live on the Left Coast, I'll be taking "Tear Down This Myth" out your way, finally, to the place where it all began -- this MONDAY, June 1. That's when I'll be appearing in Pacific Palisades (the Gipper's old neighborhood, where this photo was shot in the mid-1960s) at Village Books at 7:30 p.m. that night. I hope to see you, California Attytood reader (and I use the singular, because there may be only one of you :-) ) there. Here's info about the event.
Talk about perfect timing. My visit comes as California teeters on the verge of the collapse, in good part because of politicians and a good chunk of the public following what I call Reaganism, a warped view of what Reagan really stood for as governor and then as president in the 1980s. My new friend Bennet Kelley, who helped arrange my trip to the L.A. area, explains here:
The state faces the challenge of tackling a $22 billion deficit with its hands tied behind its back by voter initiatives and politics. The Legislature controls only 20 percent of discretionary spending and any tax increase requires some Republican support to meet a two-thirds vote requirement. Thus the fate of the state rests in the hands of 44 Reagan Republicans -- 80 percent of whom have signed Grover Norquist's "no tax" pledge.