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Governor Jerry Brown calls California taxpayers “freeloaders”

Governor Jerry Brown calls California taxpayers “freeloaders”

A view from a “deplorable” in “Podunk” California!

The last time we checked on Crazy California, many of its taxpayers were rebelling against the legislature-created gas tax and were mounting a recall challenge against one of the Democrats who made that hike possible.

During a speech in Orange County earlier this month, and in response to taxpayers angered by the massive increase and those who are supporting the recall of State Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, Governor Jerry Brown had this to say (hat tip, conservative pundit Kira Davis):

“The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them,” Brown said, adding that the approved tax and fee hikes bring those charges to the level they were 30 years ago if adjusted for inflation. “They have a president that doesn’t tell the truth and they’re following suit.”

Newman will have campaign resources to prevail in a recall should the measure qualify for the ballot, Brown said.

“He’ll have whatever he needs,” he said.

Sacramento has been in hyper-drive since the Democratic Party obtained super-majority after Newman’s surprising election win. Since the legislative session opened, not only has it passed the gas tax hike, but published an insulting letter to President Donald Trump, initiated a move toward single-payer healthcare, and declared California a “sanctuary state.”

That Jerry Brown feels comfortable enough to be so demeaning to a substantial number of Californians is not a shock. He cannot run for re-election, and unless the recall election is successful, has until 2018 to pass whatever insanity our state Assembly and Senate put before him. There is no need to persuade, negotiate, or compromise.

In fact, Brown seems to be acting as the “President of the Left Coast” in many ways.  Remember that Brown taunted President Trump during a visit earlier this to the nation’s capital (“Come on down from Trump Tower”).  Also, upon hearing that the administration’s plans for NASA meant a refocus on space exploration science instead of climate change pseudoscience, Brown threatened to launch a California-built satellite.

As Professor Jacobson noted, President Trump is facing a media onslaught. As long as this coup-de-press continues, the media-embracing Brown and the Democrats in the state’s legislature will continue to feel empowered to rule by emotion instead of govern with wisdom.

Another factor in this left-coast chaos is that we Californians have become a little leery of our politicians’ assertions about how wisely the spend our money. Here are some recent examples of what Sacramento views as fiscal responsibility:

  • The University of California hid a stash of $175 million in secret funds while its leaders requested more money from the state.
  • The new state budget includes millions of dollars for the state to provide criminal defense for illegal immigrants in California who are facing deportation to their home country by the federal government.
  • California’s unfunded pension debt (attributable to the platinum perks that politicians promised to garner the support of government employees in unions) is approaching half a trillion dollars.

Interestingly, here is what Brown has done to deal with the pension mess:

Brown — in his revised May budget released last week — has decided to double the state’s payments to the pension funds to help reduce escalating debt levels. Brown has come up with a clever way to get that extra money. He’s borrowing it at low interest rates from the state’s Surplus Money Investment Fund and pre-paying the pension debt. It’s the same thing that consumers do when they pay off one high-interest credit card with a lower-interest loan.

The goal is to spare benefit recipients any pain, with Brown’s “freeloaders” paying an extra $5.2 billion a year in those new transportation taxes to help keep the absurdly generous pension system afloat.

We “freeloaders” will be dealing with the consequences of the Brown’s teamwork with the Democratic super-majority for years to come.

It is little wonder we “deplorables” in “Podunk, California” are upset, and Brown’s words have put extra fuel in the recall fires!



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Well, if the remaining “freeloaders” would leave California, only Liberals, Mexicans and government workers will remain. Then the State will find its future very quickly…homes with high walls, armed security at every turn and even armed drivers on the roads. Give them two decades and Ca. will resemble Venezuela.

casualobserver | May 19, 2017 at 7:42 am

CA seems analogous to the academe. Those in power are free to move as far left as the want because there is no impediment. No negative consequences behind a few gripes. In academia the donor class keeps giving and enrollments boom, with only one solitary exception. In CA the elected officials do well every election cycle and perhaps are joined by even more of like mind as time goes by. Maybe there is self-selection going on. Where the politics cause the rebellious to leave. The remainig who vote are either the very wealthy who feel relieved the state takes more away from them or those who can’t wait to be given more by the state. And more of the latter seem to be moving in.

“The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them,” Brown said…

Well, Moonbeam, after 50+ years of Dimocrat freebies, did you really think you’d end up with anything but a bunch of freeloaders?

Or are you just pissed that they’re ungrateful freeloaders?

….says the “Freeloader in Chief” in California.
He gets paid from the taxes the very people he complains about.
Yet they elected him…again.

Must be some low level harmonic or something in the fault region that affects the rational centers of the human brain.

No-good bastard shows his true colors.

So a “feeeloader” is now someone who works to provide for themselves and their family, pays the taxes they are legally required to pay but complains about taxes or new taxes?

    tyates in reply to 5under3. | May 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    A good observation. Maybe a “freeloader” is anyone who has any money left over after paying California’s income tax, sales tax, and gas tax.

How many illegals are in this state getting free housing, free medical and food stamps? How many legal welfare recipients are there? Meanwhile I just sent in the last of my nearly $13,000 property tax bill and I’m the freeloader because I’m pissed about gas taxes going up (AGAIN!)?!? F^&* YOU Moonbeam, you F&*(^%$ F%$#^&*!

“The new state budget includes millions of dollars for the state to provide criminal defense for illegal immigrants in California who are facing deportation to their home country by the federal government.”
Those freeloaders? Are those the ones of whom he speaks?

Humphrey's Executor | May 19, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Its revealing when we hear lefties refer to a tax cut as a “give-away to the rich.” To them, it’s not the taxpayer’s money. The money belongs to the government and we are only allowed to keep what the government suffers to let us keep.

Another one is “How much money is enough?” I don’t know but it sure as hell is not the role of politicians to answer that question.

We are in deep stuff if their ways of thinking continue to metastasize throughout the body politic.

We need to reform public pensions so that their cost are payed by the current politicians.

Make the government buy annuities every year that will pay that years fraction of the pension upon retirement. This will force the politicians to pay the true cost of pensions now instead of foisting them off 30 years into the future. It will cripple the progressive fascists because they will have to cut government to pay for pensions.

Get the people of California mad enough and they will elect a Republican governor – then promptly turn around and elect another Democrat again. The state has see-sawed back and forth for decades on the gubnatorial level – but the legislature never seems to change – except get hyper-leftist over the last twenty years. What a mess they have made for themselves. I am so glad I am out of Sacramento and California.

    randian in reply to dcnrmn. | May 20, 2017 at 3:15 am

    “The state has see-sawed back and forth for decades on the gubnatorial level – but the legislature never seems to change”

    The change to the primary election rules (top two get to the general election) was calculated to ensure it stays that way.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 19, 2017 at 6:43 pm

Dictator Brown he wants to be………

And the liberals will defend this crap to our last dollar – stolen in the name of “good” government.