Monday, March 31, 2014

#91 / Backwards

According to an opinion column in a recent edition of the San Francisco Chronicle, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings (pictured) recently opined that "the fundamental problem with school districts is that they 'don't get to control their boards.'"

This reminds me of a remark made by (former) Governor Gray Davis, in speaking of the role of the State Legislature. Davis said it was the job of the Legislature "to implement my vision." 

Davis is the only California Governor ever to have been recalled. 

Reed Hastings holds no elected position. He can't be recalled. 

The column in which Hastings was quoted ran under this head: "OPEN FORUM On Democracy." 

In a democratic system, the "people" are in charge. Elected boards control the bureaucrats; not vice versa. 

Both Davis and Hastings got it backwards.

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