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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 09:39 AM
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55. I'm giving Jerry a "he's OK" rating....
Edited on Fri Apr-15-11 09:42 AM by mike_c
Brown's fiscal conservatism is still likely to do more damage than good, especially to higher education and services for the poor, elderly, sick, etc. He has so far been unwilling to even discuss progressive taxes to fill the budget hole with revenue-- his proposals to extend existing taxes place most of the burden on the middle class and the poor.

California isn't broke. It STILL has the worlds 8th largest and most robust economy, putting us ahead of many COUNTRIES that care for their citizens far better than California does. Brown isn't providing leadership when he pledges not to do what's necessary to solve the state's budget problem without agreement by all stake-holders. Republicans are NOT going to get on board no matter what he proposes-- they benefit politically when Brown fails or even simply appears to flounder. Anyone with even the slightest conservative ideological leaning will vote to throw a monkey-wrench into Brown's plans if they ever get a chance-- remember, he's asking poor and middle class Californians to raise taxes on themselves while letting wealthy individuals and corporations utterly off the hook.

So my assessment SO FAR is that while Brown's social liberalism is a breath of fresh air in Sacramento, and I certainly applaud the increased access that I and my union have in the governor's office, I'm afraid his deep fiscal conservatism is ham-stringing his ability to LEAD California out of its doldrums.

On edit-- at the recent April 13 demonstrations on my campus, I spotted a sign that really says everything I want Jerry Brown to hear: "Tax the rich. Problem solved."
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