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Jerry Brown 2.0 finds it tough going
Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/18/12 | Dan Walters

Posted on 03/18/2012 8:41:41 AM PDT by SmithL

Does Jerry Brown ever haul his almost 74-year-old body out of bed in the morning, look in the mirror and ask himself why he ever had the notion of running for governor again, three decades after leaving the job?

If he did, he'd probably never admit it. But Brown 2.0 clearly has found that governing California in the 21st century is more difficult than the scenario he painted for voters in 2010 – that his experience and professionalism would succeed where others had failed.

Last year, he excoriated Republicans for not allowing voters to decide whether taxes should be raised to balance the state budget.

This year, however, fellow Democrats inside and outside the Capitol have made his life difficult.

"I'm working in a tough neighborhood right now," Brown told a gathering of police chiefs the other day, describing the "deleveraging" he's trying to accomplish in state finances.

Democratic legislators are balking at the spending cuts and pension reforms Brown says are needed to balance the budget and persuade voters to hike taxes.

"I can't imagine myself voting for this," Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, said last week about Brown's social service reductions.

Democrats say they're hoping for a brighter revenue picture, but if anything the income side of the budget ledger is looking bleaker than Brown's numbers.

Revenues are running billions of dollars below what current budget said they would be, and the Legislature's budget analyst says future revenue assumptions in Brown's new budget are billions too high.

Therefore, if Brown's serious about being "committed to getting the budget balanced," it could mean much deeper cuts in Democrats' pet programs.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: goldenstate; moonbeam; taxandspend

1 posted on 03/18/2012 8:41:44 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL
Brown is the epitome of the guy who became a politician because he has absolutely no other skills.

Without politics Jerry Brown would be standing on the corner of a busy interection with a cardboard sign.

2 posted on 03/18/2012 8:45:25 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: SmithL
There is no more money to cover the programs and deals the dems have enacted and arranged so as to keep themselves in power.

What to do, what to do?

Oh! Hey! I know!,

We can raise the taxes on the top earners, you know, the ones who pay 45% of the taxes already?Yeah, that's the ticket!

3 posted on 03/18/2012 8:46:52 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: SmithL; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; AuntB

This is poetic justice of sorts. His administration was the beginning of California’s institutional decline and now he has to deal with the consequences of what he set in motion during the 1970’s.


4 posted on 03/18/2012 8:48:39 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: SmithL
Democratic legislators are balking at the spending cuts and pension reforms...

Another shocker from the party of take and spend.

5 posted on 03/18/2012 8:50:08 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: SmithL

If there’s any good news politically in California, it may be that Democrats are completely in charge.

Every single statewide elected constitutional officer in California, from governor on down, is a Democrat.

Democrats control the State Assembly and State Senate by comfortable margins.

Politically, there is no way that Democrats can blame Republicans for any of the problems in California. They are completely in charge, from top to bottom. They have the power to implement whatever they want, to solve the problems of California. They can’t say they are being blocked by evil Republicans or any of that.

For better or worse, good Democrats are in charge of a major American state. For better or worse, their policies will be implemented, and we’ll see how these policies work to solve the enormous problems of the Golden State.


6 posted on 03/18/2012 8:50:46 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SmithL
Meanwhile, billions of dollars of CA oil royalties go uncollected because drilling isn't allowed; millions are wasted on illegals and fat and sassy union thugs draw six-figure pensions.

Jerry's plan? Raise taxes, build more windmills and enforce a stupid cap-n-tax plan.

The rats have made a complete mess of CA and they show no intention of slowing down or changing course.

7 posted on 03/18/2012 8:55:31 AM PDT by JPG (Hold on tight; rough road ahead.)
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To: SmithL

Forgot a BARF Alert.


8 posted on 03/18/2012 8:56:51 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: SmithL

“Democratic legislators are balking at the spending cuts and pension reforms...”

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Stunning.

Apparently, while California CLEARLY is in unrecoverable free fall, the ground is not yet in sight for the Idiot Communists.


9 posted on 03/18/2012 9:01:56 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: skeeter

>skeeter on comment #2.
The prime example of why freerepublic needs a ‘best comment of the year’ award!


10 posted on 03/18/2012 9:03:32 AM PDT by gghd (A Pro-life Palinista & a member of the NRA)
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To: SmithL
"I can't imagine myself voting for this," Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, said last week about Brown's social service reductions. "

It's the poverty pimps vs the SEIU.

This is the last step before complete implosion. There's not enough money for both.

This means the Legislature will NOT be able to agree on a budget. The state will miss the very next bond payment after the next budget is due. They won't even be able to access the short-term bond market to carry them over for a few weeks while state politics lay in a smoking ruin.

This is cool.

11 posted on 03/18/2012 9:15:02 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner

The left is a coalition of competing parasites. As the system collapses they’ll be forced to turn on each other.

Good times.


12 posted on 03/18/2012 9:20:28 AM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
They have the power to implement whatever they want, to solve the problems of California. They can’t say they are being blocked by evil Republicans or any of that.

Well, they can blame Republicans for not letting them raise taxes on society's producers again and again and again and again...

13 posted on 03/18/2012 9:20:36 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: trappedincanuckistan
The left is a coalition of competing parasites. As the system collapses they’ll be forced to turn on each other.

Awesome post.
Just to give you a heads up, I'm going to be stealing that line.
"coalition of competing parasites" - - love it.

14 posted on 03/18/2012 9:22:48 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: SmithL

It’s only a problem when the businesses refuse to sell to the state.


15 posted on 03/18/2012 9:24:36 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Mariner

DeSaulnier’s politics have evolved considerably since he sold his business and became a professional politician.


16 posted on 03/18/2012 9:25:25 AM PDT by SmithL (If you reward certain behavior, don't be surprised when you see more of that behavior)
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To: Lancey Howard

It’s ok I stole it from a column I read recently!


17 posted on 03/18/2012 9:29:48 AM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Clintonfatigued

——This is poetic justice of sorts. His administration was the beginning of California’s institutional decline and now he has to deal with the consequences of what he set in motion during the 1970’s.——

So totally right! What goes around, comes around.


18 posted on 03/18/2012 9:46:40 AM PDT by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: skeeter

“Without politics Jerry Brown would be standing on the corner of a busy interection with a cardboard sign.”

“I always used a variation of this line when it came to describing Teddy Kennedy. Without his father’s money Teddy Kennedy would have been sleeping on a grate all these years.


19 posted on 03/18/2012 10:20:24 AM PDT by chuckee
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To: Lancey Howard; trappedincanuckistan

Agree with Lancey. That was AWESOME!!!


20 posted on 03/18/2012 10:25:30 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: skeeter; chuckee

Moonbean was fortunate enough to have a father who made millions of dollars in fees from the importation of Indonesian oil. Otherwise Moonbean would probably be sleeping in a tent at an OWS event.


21 posted on 03/18/2012 10:27:49 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: SmithL

Majority of Californians get what they deserve. Meg Whitman (who would have brought real solutions, ideas to Sacto) was utterly trashed by the media and lying leftists.
So the majority leftist populace got their Moonbeam redux Part 2. Whoever voted for the old man should not complain about the results.


22 posted on 03/18/2012 10:35:28 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: Enterprise; Lancey Howard

Wish I could take credit!


23 posted on 03/18/2012 10:37:25 AM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: SmithL

Give the guy a break, it is tough to destroy the same state twice. I mean, once it is destroyed the first time, there isn’t as much downside. I have confidence in Jerry’s ability to collapse the California economy.


24 posted on 03/18/2012 10:45:12 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: Enterprise

Yup,Moonbeam is a piece of work. I always thought of the 3 Kennedy political sons as analagous to the 3 sons from the Godfather. John as Michael the leader son, Bobby as Sonny the angry son and Teddy as Fredo the idiot!


25 posted on 03/18/2012 10:51:51 AM PDT by chuckee
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To: tflabo
Meg Whitman (who would have brought real solutions, ideas to Sacto) was utterly trashed by the media and lying leftists.

Poppycock. Meg Whitless is of the same cloth as Arnold. Her "solutions" were little more than window dressing.

This State breathed its last gasp when George Bush and Carl Rove put Gerry Parsky in charge of GOP money. Parksy killed Simon. The rest is mere outfall.

26 posted on 03/18/2012 11:00:54 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: chuckee

Cowtowing to class warfare envy with threatened tax hikes on the ‘1% rich’ (OWS speak)...while failing to curtail government spending nor reforming selfish UNION demands on pensions is a recipe for further financial disaster. Who needs Hollyweird when the real freak show happens further north in Sacto.


27 posted on 03/18/2012 11:08:38 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: Carry_Okie

OK Carry—but when its Meg Whitman vs. MoonBeam gotta believe she would still be the better choice. The real issues to overcome are Dem lunatics in Sacto. With Meg there would have been fireworks and they would shoot down most of her ideas anyway. Maybe MoonBeam deserves the Part 2 as karma payback. Meg was stupid in spending so much of her own millions on her campaign. Let Ca go into the toilet and then maybe some eyes get opened finally—or maybe not!


28 posted on 03/18/2012 11:15:27 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: Carry_Okie
This State breathed its last gasp when George Bush and Carl Rove put Gerry Parsky in charge of GOP money. Parksy killed Simon. The rest is mere outfall.

Yep. That nails it perfectly.

29 posted on 03/18/2012 11:16:55 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: tflabo
OK Carry—but when its Meg Whitman vs. MoonBeam gotta believe she would still be the better choice.

No. Elect a RINO and Republicans continue to take the blame for instituting Democrat-lite. We had our chance and the GOP base bought the RINO war cry "Arnold can win" and blew a chance of sanity in Tom McClintock (who would have beaten Bustamante one-on-one).

And look what our "fiscal conservative" Arnold did! He EXPANDED the green bureaucratic straitjacket, just as I said he would. He sold us "cut up the credit card" while he was simultaneously destroying the last of the Gann Initiative protections. He borrowed tens of billions for "infrastructure," and the bulk of the money went to crony deals and bogus Greenie "restoration projects" that have a dismal record for success (and you are talking to someone with a unique record of success in that very field).

So if you think Whitless would have been any better, I've got news for you: She was put up by the same Wilson thugs who gave us Arnold, and she supported cap and trade too.

30 posted on 03/18/2012 11:35:30 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: EGPWS

“Democratic legislators are balking at the spending cuts and pension reforms...”

Because the RATs know the game is over for them once they have to come to grips with reality. The transformation here in California will be breathtaking once there’s really no more money to hand out.

Our moron, Assemblywoman Buchanan just announced that she was working to pass a bill to give “reduced tuition” for everyone at UC and the State Colleges, but nowhere in her blurb does it say anything about where she’s going to get the money.


31 posted on 03/18/2012 12:29:17 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Mariner

“”I can’t imagine myself voting for this,” Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, said last week about Brown’s social service reductions. “”

DeSaulnier “rose to become a State Senator” from being a school teacher, so it figures he’s basically stupid. I hate to say “he’s my Senator.”


32 posted on 03/18/2012 12:31:25 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Carry_Okie

“This State breathed its last gasp when George Bush and Carl Rove put Gerry Parsky in charge of GOP money. Parksy killed Simon. The rest is mere outfall.

Now THAT is a TRUE statement! Bush, Arnold the Awful, Rove. These are the men who brought us FUBO. The problem is that the GOP “leaders” are from the same group. New party is needed, now! The GOP simply isn’t salvageable.


33 posted on 03/18/2012 12:35:50 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: vette6387
Our moron, Assemblywoman Buchanan just announced that she was working to pass a bill to give “reduced tuition” for everyone at UC and the State Colleges, but nowhere in her blurb does it say anything about where she’s going to get the money.

The cost to replace 12,000 underground steel fuel tanks (of which 48 leaked) with fiberglass fuel tanks was between $100,000-300,000 per tank, or between $1.2 and 3.6 BILLION dollars, enough to fund FREE college tuition for every student at the university.

Then CARB mandated MTBE, which then leaked through the fiberglass tanks and polluted groundwater with a far worse chemical. So they had to dig them up again.

Those facts alone, plus understanding the crooked process of how that project was initiated would be enough to make conservatives of a third of that student population (my guess).

34 posted on 03/18/2012 12:51:17 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: vette6387
"I hate to say “he’s my Senator.”

That's nothing.

Mine is Darrell Steinberg.

35 posted on 03/18/2012 1:44:14 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
For better or worse, good Democrats are in charge of a major American state.

"Good Democrats" if you mean something like "good Muslims" or "good lawyers" or "good used car salesmen."

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36 posted on 03/18/2012 4:09:16 PM PDT by JCG
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To: chuckee
"Teddy as Fredo the idiot!"

LOL!! Big FAT idiot Teddy.

37 posted on 03/18/2012 8:09:36 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj

When his term or terms are over he’ll retire to his well appointed home, everyday Californians are the ones who suffer for his mistakes.


38 posted on 03/19/2012 2:02:44 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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