Re "The Two Budget Titans Who Refuse to Budge," by George Skelton, June 5: It's a mistake to call Senate leader John Burton (D-San Francisco), Senate leader Jim Brulte (R-Rancho Cucamonga), Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson (D-Culver City) and Assembly Minority Leader Dave Cox (R-Fair Oaks) "leaders." No leader in a legislative position stands firm to the end on any important position. Leading politicians compromise to get some or most of what they desire. Especially so, as here, when to do otherwise risks statewide economic disaster.
The radical right is mounting an expensive campaign to recall Gov. Gray Davis. Davis, while perhaps not the best governor we've ever had, is not culpable for our current state fiscal situation. It is Enron and other consummate corporate villains, with their collective multibillion-dollar grand theft from our state, that bear that responsibility; of course, the current national economic climate also doesn't help.
Meanwhile, Brulte refuses to work as he should toward a rational state budget and threatens those he regards as errant members of his own party with a campaign for their defeat. Recall Davis? Heck, no. Recall Brulte!