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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