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  • Freeing Inmates Is Criminal

    09/01/2013 6:15:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Why would someone who opposes draconian federal mandatory minimum sentences oppose efforts to cut California's prison population by about 9,600 inmates? Because the federal system and the California system are two different animals. U.S. prosecutors have been known to throw the full weight of the federal government toward putting low-level, nonviolent offenders away for decades. In California, the focus has been on violent and serious offenders. In the past several years, Sacramento has reduced the state prison population by about a quarter, or more than 40,000 inmates. Gov. Jerry Brown's 2011 "realignment" plan diverted nonviolent, non-serious and non-sex offenders to...
  • Killers for Human Rights

    08/04/2013 9:50:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 4, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Before you join Jay Leno and Susan Sarandon and sign an open letter to Gov. Jerry Brown to protest "solitary confinement" in California prisons' security housing units, there are a few things you should know. Start with the criminal records of the leaders of the Short Corridor Collective -- the four inmates who, despite their "extreme isolation," orchestrated a hunger strike with more than 30,000 inmate participants July 8. While serving time for burglary in Folsom State Prison, hunger strike leader Todd Ashker stabbed a fellow inmate to death in 1987. During his murder trial, a fellow inmate and fellow...
  • The California 'Mordida'

    03/07/2013 4:41:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    California now works on the principle of the mordida, or "bite." Its government assumes that it can take something extra from residents for the privilege of living in their special state. Gov. Jerry Brown made that assumption explicit in his latest back-and-forth with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who keeps luring Californians to lower-tax, higher-employment Texas. Recently, Brown said of Texas, "Who would want to spend summers there in 110-degree heat inside some kind of fossil fuel air conditioner?" Translated, Brown's retort meant that despite California's sluggish economy, high taxes and poor services, it's still worth staying there to enjoy its...
  • Why Poaching Profits People

    02/17/2013 7:16:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall. com ^ | February 17, 2017 | Kevin McCullough
    Critics of a free market economy are also critics of individual responsibility. Because they believe in higher taxes, centralized control, and absolute intolerance to other viewpoints, they find themselves reducing free market ideas to that of human flatulence. At least the current governor of California--Jerry Brown--did this week. The seventy-four year old was quite taken aback. He was asked by California media this week if Texas Governor Rick Perry's recent poaching expedition would matter much to the state's future. His reply was direct. "It's not a serious story, guys. It's not a burp. It's barely a fart," replied Brown. Maybe...
  • Freedom Lost

    01/12/2013 1:42:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    If you see Kris Kristofferson around, please tell him thanks for writing the line "freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose" in his song "Me and Bobby McGee." That thought is sage and very appropriate for America in the year 2013. In California, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law an astounding 876 new mandates. They all took effect last week. Now, in the Golden State, you cannot do the following: --Hunt a bear using trained dogs. Untrained canines are OK, I guess. And how would the authorities be able to tell? Would the dog have to...
  • Jerry Brown Says to the Feds, Back Off

    01/10/2013 11:05:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    "It is now time to return the control of our prison system to California," Gov. Jerry Brown declared at a news conference Tuesday morning. Amen to that. Federal lawsuits and federal judges have taken over the state's prison system. Unelected judges don't have to worry about paying for what they command. Nor need they worry about losing their jobs should they incite the public's wrath. Thus, judges have ordered massive increases in inmate health and mental health spending. Those orders have driven up the annual cost per inmate to more than $55,000. About $17,000 of that sum goes toward health...
  • Obama: Industrial Age Solutions to Information Age Challenges

    09/27/2012 4:10:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2012 | Michael Barone
    In 2008, voters under 30 preferred Barack Obama over John McCain by a 66 to 32 percent margin. Among older voters, Obama led McCain by 50 to 49 percent. How has Obama paid back the Millennial generation, which provided almost all his margin of victory? With what American Interest superblogger Walter Russell Mead calls "Obama's war on the young." Mead is not a tea party crazy or Ayn Rand zealot. He is a history professor at Bard College and an expert on American foreign policy. He voted for Obama in 2008, and he's not wild about Mitt Romney this year....
  • Global warming alarmism detached from reality, still

    08/20/2012 1:54:20 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 3 replies
    You may have noticed the recent hype about global warming, a hot summer, looming devastation from freakish weather and all the same old stuff recycled again. You may also have noticed one of the reasons: Gov. Jerry Brown wants to justify shaking down corporate California, again. Well, not only does Brown get the temperature wrong, he also hypes the threat of extreme weather events. Which is to say he gets that wrong too. So, are we amidst horrific extreme weather events? Normally we’d just say, “not exactly.” In this case, we have to say, ”You’ve gotta be kidding.”...
  • Jerry Brown hot for money from global warming law

    08/20/2012 1:47:08 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 5 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 8-19-2012 | Mark Landsbaum
    Brown wants you to believe global warming "poses an immediate and growing threat to California's economy, environment and to public health," and that reducing greenhouse gas emissions, "which are warming the planet," is necessary "to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change, including the increased likelihood of both flooding and drought." That's the same phony scare story repeated until many people finally tuned it out. It failed to persuade Congress to intervene with a law to limit greenhouse gas emissions, even though Congress almost never has seen a trumped-up crisis that didn't justify overreaching intervention... But, as the Sacramento...
  • The train we hope Jerry Brown doesn’t hear about

    06/15/2012 1:04:06 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 25 replies
    If the high-speed train we call the Moonbeam Express will cost anywhere from $68 billion to $117 billion, we wonder how much this one would cost: “Engineers in the U.S. and elsewhere are working on the technology for trains that could shoot through airless tunnels at speeds up to 4,000 miles per hour, the BBC reports. The transporters, which remain at least a decade away, could eventually cut travel time between New York and Beijing to about two hours,” according to the New York Daily News. Actually, at only a decade away, it’s closer than the one floundering today in...
  • Gee, why don’t people believe Gov. Brown and his friends?

    05/30/2012 12:02:58 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 7 replies
    Remember the Credibility Gap? It was a phenomenon that rose to public awareness in the late 1960s (and even inspired a funny comedy group) when reporting showed a great difference between what government claimed and reality. It lives. According to Bloomberg: “As California Governor Jerry Brown seeks a temporary 5 percent pay cut from public employees to fill the largest state deficit in the U.S., many of those same workers are poised for raises next year . . .
  • Good news? The Jerry Brown tipping point…

    05/24/2012 1:47:50 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 6 replies
    We don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up, but there may be some good news in the most current poll by the Public Policy Institute of California, that left-leaning outfit that insists it isn’t left-leaning. “For the first time in a major California poll since Brown took office, a plurality of likely voters disapproves of the job he is doing,” according to the poll released Wednesday. “The margin is pencil-thin – 43 percent disapprove while 42 percent approve – but follows more than a year of relatively favorable marks for the Democratic governor.” Isn’t it encouraging. . .
  • Bullet-train builders covering their tracks?

    05/23/2012 10:50:49 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 3 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 5-23-2012 | The Orange County Register Editorial Boarad
    The California High-Speed Rail project already has raised enough red flags to justify stopping the proposal in its tracks, so to speak. . . In light of critics' continuous detailed inspection of its every plan and the looming legal proceedings, what should we make of a new policy that the rail authority is considering – destruction of its email records after 90 days? Were we the suspicious type, we might conclude the rail authority has something to hide. . .
  • This just in: Jerry Brown guessed wrong. Again. Tack another billion or so on that deficit.

    05/18/2012 1:16:23 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 7 replies
    We wrote for the weekend (see our column Sunday morning when it goes up here) that Gov. Jerry Brown is a bad guesser. The ink wasn’t even dry yet – in fact the Sunday paper hasn’t even been printed yet – and we learn that Brown guessed wrong again. Back in January Brown guessed that the state budget would be $9.2 billion in the red. Wrong. Monday Brown revised his estimate. Then he said it would be $15.7 billion in the red. Wrong. Today the independent Legislative Analyst affirmed that Jerry’s wrong again. It will be $17 billion plus some...
  • Jerry Brown, more smoke and mirrors or real pay cuts?

    05/10/2012 10:43:50 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 1 replies
    We will know more about this when Gov. Jerry Brown releases his May revision of the coming year’s budget, scheduled for Monday. But the Sacramento Bee says “Officials representing Gov. Jerry Brown met with state employee union leaders last week and delivered the news: A budget revision he’ll release Monday includes a new proposal to cut payroll costs in the upcoming fiscal year.” Aren't you glad you elected him? Now, knowing his track record, we should take this with a grain of salt. Remember how he promised not to be controlled by the public employee unions when he campaigned for...
  • California falls even shorter of tax revenue goals. Who would have guessed?

    05/02/2012 10:08:11 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 17 replies
    Hey, who would have guessed? California’s tax revenue is now about $3 billion short of what that great prognosticator Gov. Jerry Brown estimated, says the independent Legislative Analyst’s Office. And Brown back in January estimated the deficit gap to be about $9 billion. And since then, he’s said it will grow even more. . .
  • California budget deficit grows deeper

    04/27/2012 11:08:55 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 9 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 4-27-2012 | The Orange County Register Editorial Boarad
    Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to issue a revised state budget within the next two weeks, so it probably came as bad news that revenue now will be "a few billion dollars" shy of the governor's previous budget projections through June 2013. That means the $9.4 billion shortfall Mr. Brown already expected will be considerably worse. . . .
  • More taxes for schools? Not exactly…

    04/24/2012 11:18:44 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 1 replies
    What’s the old adage? How can you can tell when a politician is lying? His lips move. Gov. Jerry Brown, who in an earlier incarnation insisted he detested the idea of more taxes, now says Californians must tax themselves even more. Why is that? It’s for the children, the governor assures us. What cold-hearted person would be against a few billion more in taxes when it’s for the children? The trouble is, not even that much is true...
  • Is bait-and-switch any way to build a railroad?

    04/03/2012 1:06:18 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 4 replies
    Imagine you sign a contract to put down $9,000 on a $340,000 house situated on a beachfront in Laguna with a closing date of 12 months from now. Then imagine that a few months later, the seller tells you he has some changes to your contract. Your beachfront Laguna house will be located in Brawley, instead. And instead of $340,000, your house in Brawley will cost you $980,000. Just a technical change in the contract, the seller says. And, oh, by the way, your sale won’t close in 12 months, it’ll take a bit longer, 26 months instead of 12...
  • High-speed rail may be only $59 billion short. Yeah, that’ll work

    03/31/2012 8:44:14 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 13 replies
    pparently desperate to get spending underway on the California High-Speed Rail project, Gov. Jerry Brown has dramatically cut how much it will cost. No longer will the train cost $89 billion more than state taxpayers have to pay for it. Now it’ll be only $59 billion short. Yeah, that’s like saying you will drown in only 59 feet of water instead of the deep end – 89 feet...
  • Jerry Brown wants to tax billionaire Albanians – for the children

    03/30/2012 3:00:09 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 5 replies
    Have you heard the latest? Gov. Jerry Brown, that man of the common people, has a plan to save California by taxing only billionaires in Albania. To raise money for the children’s education of course. It’s pure political genius. None of us is a billionaire, or Albanian. And who doesn’t want to help the kiddies? It’s also not true. And it’s not even April Fool’s Day yet. But Brown has advanced something nearly as fraudulent . . .
  • Here’s a surprise (not really): Jerry Brown over estimates how much his tax will generate

    03/19/2012 11:07:41 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 5 replies
    Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to raise your taxes would raise less than he planned, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst. So Brown came up with another plan, caving in to union demands. Now Brown would raise your taxes even more. Does Jerry Brown have it right this time? Guess what the Legislative Analyst says about this new, improved (higher) tax plan? Just two days after the governor announced his “compromise” ballot measure to raise taxes, California’s top budget analyst said today the measure will generate $2.2 billion less next year than Brown has estimated...
  • Dueling ballot tax initiatives? Hey Jerry, Molly’s not going away

    03/16/2012 10:13:23 AM PDT · by landsbaum · 3 replies
    Gov. Jerry Brown tried to improve his chances of raising your taxes by caving in to a teachers’ union and agreeing to merge his tax initiative with the union’s. Too many tax-increase initiatives on the ballot, Brown rightly reasons, will make it unlikely voters will approve one. But there’s still a second initiative authored by attorney Molly Munger to raise about as much in taxes as Brown’s, $9 billion to $10 billion. Munger’s would increase everyone’s state income tax. Brown’s would increase income taxes on high earners and add a quarter cent to the sales tax...
  • Jerry Brown caves in to unions? We’re shocked. Well, not really.

    03/15/2012 10:43:16 AM PDT · by landsbaum · 5 replies
    To increase his chances of increasing taxpayers’ burden, Jerry Brown has “compromised” with a teachers’ union and revised his tax initiative to take $9 billion a year out of the economy instead of the mere $7 billion he intended to take. Whereas there are some who cast this as a “compromise,” it’s more accurately identified as what it is: Gov. Jerry Brown kowtowing to the people he serves, the people who got him elected, public employee unions. In this case, public school teachers...
  • Gov. Brown's taxes costly, less popular

    03/09/2012 1:46:46 PM PST · by landsbaum · 10 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 3-8-2012 | Orange County Register editorial boarad
    The huge tax increases proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown are becoming much less popular as voters learn more about them. At the rate of decline in popularity over just the past two months, there may be no one left in California who will vote for the higher taxes by the time November balloting arrives, save, of course, Mr. Brown and the principal beneficiaries, public employee union members to whom he panders. Meanwhile, an analysis by the state Board of Equalization, which handles state business taxes, has weighed the impact of the governor's higher taxes and found them quite costly. The...
  • Cost of Moonbeam Express soars ever higher

    03/08/2012 10:31:52 AM PST · by landsbaum · 5 replies
    http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/rail-343608-bonds-billion.html ^ | 3-8-2012 | Orange County Register editorial boarad
    California's high-speed rail project has been plagued with cost increases, delays and political shenanigans since 2008, when voters authorized $9.9 billion in bonds to help pay for it. Unsurprisingly, recent weeks have brought more of the same. The independent Legislative Analyst now says the state must repay more than $700 million annually if bonds are sold to build an initial 130-mile Central Valley route. Ultimately, the plan would link San Diego and San Francisco. But to get $3.3 billion in federal funds, train authorities agreed to put the first tracks where populations are sparse, rather than in densely populated areas...
  • California voters may face triple tax-hike threat

    02/08/2012 9:50:33 AM PST · by landsbaum · 16 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 2-8-2012 | Orange County Register editorial boarad
    It's not good when people want to raise taxes. But, ironically, it may turn out to be good that so many different people want to raise taxes in California. It appears increasingly likely that three competing tax initiatives will appear on the November ballot, which could result in voters rejecting them all. We don't often agree with Gov. Jerry Brown, who is pushing one of the three tax increases. But we do agree with the governor that several initiatives on the same ballot could confuse voters and divide the pro-tax vote, resulting in none of them passing. The difference is...
  • When Gov. Brown speaks, does anyone believe him any more?

    02/03/2012 11:05:06 AM PST · by landsbaum · 8 replies
    Is there anyone paying attention who still believes anything Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown has to say on any subject? This is the governor who campaigned to end smoke-and-mirror gimmickry in government budgeting. We know how well he delivered on that. He assured Californians $4 billion would magically appear to balance the budget. About half showed up. He also promised that the budget was balanced when he signed it. Yep, it’s already billions in the red. Now we have . . .
  • Climate data chills global-warming alarmism

    02/02/2012 11:54:02 AM PST · by landsbaum · 28 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 2-2-2012 | Orange County Register editorial boarad
    The Earth's temperature hasn't increased significantly in about 15 years, which wouldn't be big news except global warming extremists had predicted temperatures would soar during that time because of manmade greenhouse-gas emissions. That forecast would be just another failed hypothesis, except governments around the world used the threatened overheating as an excuse to regulate, tax and subsidize in order to curb greenhouse gases and, of course, to save the Earth. . . .
  • Global non-warming prompts reversals… Except here

    02/02/2012 11:49:36 AM PST · by landsbaum · 3 replies
    It seems much of the world is wising up to the Global Warming Alarmism that has driven so much foolish and costly taxation and regulation, subsidies and profiteering. Well, much but not all of the world. Here’s a quick overview, courtesy of the British Global Warming Policy Foundation: . . .
  • Yikes! The state is running out of money. Again.

    01/31/2012 12:00:05 PM PST · by landsbaum · 26 replies
    FLASH! BULLETIN!! NEWS ALERT!!! State Controller John Chiang has announced that California will run out of cash by early March. Yawn. Haven’t we heard this before? So, what’s Chiang’s best advice? The state will have to take swift action to find $3.3 billion through payment delays and borrowing, he writes in a letter to state lawmakers today. Yawn. Let’s see, what got the state into this mess? . . .
  • Jerry Brown says not to worry. The high-speed boondoggle will be paid for by your carbon footprint

    01/30/2012 10:55:49 AM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 6 replies
    Gov. Jerry Brown, that renown budgetary and fiscal expert, says don’t fret. His high-speed train to nowhere in particular won’t cost as much as nearly everyone who has looked at it says it will. And besides, he says, the Moonbeam Express can be paid for by your carbon footprint. Is it starting to make sense? The carbon scare was used to put into place effective and real taxes on stuff like that air you exhale. And now we find out why. It’s an endless source of your money to pay for their follies.
  • So Californians are OK with higher taxes? Not exactly.

    01/25/2012 2:02:18 PM PST · by landsbaum · 1 replies
    We see that a poll says 68 percent of likely California voters support Gov. Jerry Brown‘s plan to raise taxes. The survey by the Public Policy Institute of California is understood by some to mean that we should have higher taxes. Let’s look a bit closer at the poll.
  • High-speed rail’s risks getting riskier, more expensive

    01/24/2012 4:04:55 PM PST · by landsbaum · 5 replies
    The state’s auditor said today despite its critical report last year on the high-speed rail project, the rail authority’s “funding situation has become increasingly risky and the authority’s weak oversight persists.” . . . “The cost estimates for phase one increased to between $98.1 billion and $117.6 billion—of which approximately $12.5 billion has been secured,” the auditor says. Remember when the cost was about $35 billion? Then about $45 billion? Then about $98 billion? And now, the auditor says it’s up to $117 billion?
  • Editorial: California debate over higher taxes misses point

    01/17/2012 3:50:04 PM PST · by landsbaum · 4 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 1-17-2012 | Orange County Register editorial boarad
    . . . Higher taxes, one might conclude, are either inadequate or unnecessary. We should stand back from the furor over tax revenue uncertainties, and consider what we know to be true. Taxation is the power to destroy, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall famously said almost 200 years ago. As such, it should be used as little as possible. . .
  • We need to thank Gov. Jerry Brown about that tax stuff

    01/16/2012 3:48:34 PM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 1 replies
    Orange Punch Orange County Register blog ^ | 1-16-2012 | Mark Landsbaum
    It’s probably the nature of the beast, but here in the world of political pundits, we don’t take enough time to stop and thank those who genuinely deserve our thanks. When is it enough? Some taxpayers are more equal than others. If he reads our colums, editorials and blog posts, the chances are probably pretty good that Gov. Moonbeam, as we affectionately refer to him, probably has engaged in a spittle-spraying, vein-popping moment or two.
  • California’s drunken-sailor budget syndrome

    05/17/2011 10:57:32 AM PDT · by landsbaum · 5 replies
    Imagine you’re irresponsible. Now imagine you’re the people in charge of California’s government budget. But I repeat myself. Imagine you have run up your credit card and borrowed beyond what’s reasonable. Imagine now that you have too little money because you have a spending problem. Then imagine you get a windfall bundle of cash. What would you do? Pay some outstanding bills? Pay down your credit card? Nah. You’d spend it. . .
  • Did Jerry Brown renege on his no-tax without a vote of the people promise?

    05/17/2011 10:54:15 AM PDT · by landsbaum · 5 replies
    Plenty of people already have claimed that Gov. Jerry Brown reneged Monday on his campaign promise not to increase taxes without a vote of the people. Did he? PROMISE KEEPER??? In a conference call yesterday he stressed . . .
  • What do the Republicans want in budget negotiations?

    03/28/2011 11:32:11 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 2 replies
    California Republicans, reduced to cheering and jeering from the sidelines because of their all-but-impotent political clout these days, still are “negotiating” over budget matters and other matters fiscal with Gov. Jerry Brown. He’s complained for a while that the Republicans hadn’t said what it is they want out of this ongoing drama. Now he knows. And now he’s complaining about that. . .
  • Is Brown’s budget solution half taxes and half cuts? Not exactly

    03/24/2011 3:24:59 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 3 replies
    It sounds so, well, fair on the face of it. Gov. Jerry Brown says it’s only right to fix the state budget deficit with equal amounts of reduced spending and increased taxes. Let’s not even consider for now the fact that it would be pretty dumb to give more tax money to people who have misspent and over-spent and otherwise wasted what they’ve already taken from taxpayers. Let’s just deal with the governor’s concept of fairness. . . . . . But let’s compare Brown’s actual “cuts” with the actual increased taxes Californians would pay, if the governor got his...
  • Public turning against Brown’s taxes, GOP shouldn’t fade now

    03/24/2011 10:36:08 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 10 replies
    We’re confident that when Californians understand the real costs of the additional taxes Gov. Jerry Brown wants them to pay, they will turn against him and his tax increases. Now there’s a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California that says even in the abstract most Californians already have deserted the governor’s proposal. Only 46 percent of likely voters back the governor’s proposed five-year extension of taxes. That’s a tremendous decline from 53 percent just two months ago. Numbers going south that fast are reminiscent of another governor, who went from the penthouse to the outhouse in record...
  • YouTube Gov. Brown makes his pitch

    03/23/2011 3:32:27 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum
    Gov. Jerry Brown, always the frugal one, has resorted to posting his latest message urging you to tax yourself some more on YouTube, where presumably at least that won’t cost taxpayers anything. (Until California gets around to taxing the Internet, that is.) Here’s his video: . . .