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[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster.]

I read Kevin Drum’s endorsement of Jerry Brown’s Prop 30 to raise a few puny billion (which passed Tuesday), which basically said because the California legislature was permanently busted because of Senate supermajority rules (have I seen this movie?) well, this is what we have to take.  I don’t agree nothing could have been wrung out of the legislature, but the whole issue has become moot anyway because, very surprisingly, California Democrats were elected to supermajorities in the House and Senate Tuesday night.

We’re in the promised land, we can formulate any taxation scheme or spending and the Republicans can do nothing.  Unfortunately the bake on this heavenly cake is not yet quite set, we lost 2 Democratic Senators to Congress and they have to be replaced with special elections.1  No nasty surprises are expected, but still…

Boom, this is serious paradigm shift stuff no one expected, so it isn’t surprising the immediate response from Governor Jerry Brown was irritating and stupid.  He’s a confused, cranky septuagenarian amazingly defensive on the role of government and this new mantle of functional democracy chafed badly yesterday.

Brown said he will be guided by a biblical reference to seven years of plenty being followed by seven years of famine, and to the need in better times to save crops for less abundant years.

"We need the prudence of Joseph going forward over the next seven years, and I intend to make sure that that's the story that we look to for our guidance," Brown said.

The prudence of Joseph?  Joseph made the hall of fame by being guardian of Jesus, cursory research reveals the attribute of prudence bestowed upon him solely upon his life pattern of never saying a word.  Prudence is cool, but we should all be so lucky your path to that grace should come about by the ability to shut up, Governor Brown.

How does prudence segue into famine?  Beats me.  It doesn’t even make sense, if the little people have been starved and battered by six years of famine, how the hell is it wise and humane to hold back the first few years of plenty?

It’s all good in a way, but of course our opposition Republicans have used the bible in the last 30 years as a brutally ruthless cudgel in a war against our women’s reproductive rights, for an allegedly Democratic Governor of one of the most diverse Republics in the country to quote the bible is unsettling and repugnant, and as usual confusingly cruel in implementation.

[massages eyebrows] I’m sure this isn’t good for me, right, but there is one more area of public pronouncements from our Governor that regrettably requires immediate attention.

“I love to cut!” Governor Brown declared on his ability to gut the Republic with austerity. Previous focus has been on the heinous moral implications this inflicts on our children, but of course this is absolute economic lunacy, the very last thing any governor of any persuasion should be proclaiming is a love to smash our economy into the gutter, especially after all the hell of the last four years.

The Governor of California goes about his day, comes home at night, chugs vodka martinis in an appropriately fluffy pink tutu before performing his favorite fantasies on a blowup doll of Herbert Hoover.  Oh…my…God.

Global top 10 Stanford is 20 minutes from here, global top 5 University of California at Berkeley a mere 60.  University of San Francisco, University of Santa Clara, San Jose State University, University of Santa Cruz.2  There are enough Econ Nobel laureates and doctorates here who actually enjoy those incredible equations to fill Spartan stadium, there must be a viable communication strategy to somehow deliver to our Governor that emulating Herbert Hoover is the ultimate humiliation and degradation to economics, education and our Republic.  If he can’t be taught, bring out the prudence of Joseph to shut him up!

I truly apologize for being personal.  I am a pajama-clad undergrad cheeto-eater, I know. Take a look outside at all the wreckage of the last four years and tell me this isn’t a total emergency worthy of your galactic powers of economics. Please, talk to him.

Life can be confusing.  Past lessons so easily forgotten in hectic compressed times. One is all set and then outta nowhere, boom, life changes with vast tectonic movements that open up tantalizing vistas of accomplishments never dreamed of before.

Take some time, Governor Brown, the legislature works again.  Listen to your econ betters, they are wise and happy for you.  Reflect, accept the challenges of surprise, stay blessedly silent for a while in your contemplation of real leadership. It’s all good, I understand, Governor Brown.  We all do.




[1] Always worthy of reiteration: special elections are only called for to replace lost officials or to co-ordinate logistics in an unforeseen natural disaster.  Special powers and special elections in any other context always means a brutal screwing of the little people in some fashion.

[2] I give up on LA, if they can’t get the NFL they’re not going to get Keynes.

Originally posted to paradox on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:08 AM PST.

Also republished by California politics.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Different Joseph (1+ / 0-)
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    MGross
    How does prudence segue into famine?
    Here's how. Enjoy!
  •  The wrong Joseph (3+ / 0-)
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    Simplify, Gemina13, MGross

    Sorry, but you a referencing the wrong Joseph by assuming Gov. Brown was quoting Mary's husband and putative father of Jesus. He, in fact, is referencing the old testament Joseph that was abandoned by his brothers and wound up in Egypt and who became the Pharaoh's right hand man and minister of agriculture.

    the only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror... FDR first inaugural address

    by blogokvetsch on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:17:48 AM PST

  •  Dude. (4+ / 0-)

    Our other choice was Meg Whitman. Cut the guy some slack! It could have been so, so much much worse.

    AKA Barstow Bob: http://youtu.be/MRmPk37ZteA

    by jared the bassplayer on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:17:53 AM PST

    •  This is true (0+ / 0-)

      although, at the state level, I think it could, someday, be viable to elect a third party candidate.

      I know, I know, not to be discussed on this Website.

      But it'd be super if- at some point in life- there could be a viable leftist challenger in situations where you have a vulture capitalist vs. a 70s centrist retread. And, yes, I am glad Brown fought for Prop. 30.

  •  As is California (3+ / 0-)

    you seem a bit scattered...

    Until Prop 13 is repealed it's all a crapshoot.

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:18:01 AM PST

    •  This isn't 1978 (2+ / 0-)
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      jared the bassplayer, VClib

      In some places, house values are going down.  How is repealing Prop 13 going to help in a place like Moreno Valley?

      Also, this is the age of Outsourcing.  A California corporation that doesn't like its taxes can become a Shenzen or Jalisco corporation with relative ease.  And it's even less complicated to become a Nevada or Arizona corporation.

      •  Well (0+ / 0-)

        How about the 1% RE Tax on when you bought the house instead of market value based on current valuations?

        If you bought a house in Atherton in 1979 for 300k you pay 3K in RE taxes even though your house is now worth 3M.  Fair?

        How about that the RE Tax is not filtered through local/town government needs first but instead goes first to Sacramento and is then distributed back to the communities based on their population as it existed in 1978?  Hello Cupertino?

        One could go on...do your homework before spouting off would be my advice.

        "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

        by EdMass on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:40:16 AM PST

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        •  If you've lived in the same place since 79 (1+ / 0-)
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          Then you're probably getting ready to retire about now.

          Possibly on a fixed income.

          That's why Prop 13 passed.....stories about people on fixed incomes who had to sell their houses because they couldn't afford property taxes.

          •  Prop 13 (0+ / 0-)

            "...stories lies and exaggerations about people on fixed incomes who had to sell their houses."

            Fixed that for you.

            Prop 13 has always been first and foremost a huge giveaway to commercial real estate landlords. The bulk of the tax savings from Prop 13 went to and continues to go to corporate landowners.

            Private homeowners, the kind who have been made the poster children of Prop 13 propaganda, are saving pennies on the dollar compared to what huge commercial skyscrapers are saving.

    •  With 2/3, Dem legislators could put that (0+ / 0-)

      on the ballot.

      The personal property tax provision is still popular, but at least we could do split/roll and get businesses to pay their proper share.

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:47:29 AM PST

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      •  Yup (0+ / 0-)

        If homeowners still want to have their cake and eat it too, then at the least the business provisions of Prop. 13 could be done away with. And, obviously, the 2/3 requirements to raise tax revenue should be abolished immediately.

  •  first order of business at the end of the term is (1+ / 0-)
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    Simplify

    to get rid of the super-majority on all things budgetary!

    Community Organizer trumps Private Equity Manager

    by stagemom on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:18:52 AM PST

  •  Good lord, what an ignorant rant. (7+ / 0-)

    You can't even get the reference to the Old Testament Joseph (who was not "guardian of Jesus;" he was about 2,000 years earlier).

    Prudence is not an illiberal or anti-progressive quality.  I expect this kind of nonsensical mistaken liberal purity to begin flourishing here at DK now that the President has been re-elected.  But we should be careful.  To do so will marginalize us and eventual, defeat us.  The Obama coalition is made up of many people with profoundly conservative instincts regarding fiscal and social matters.  We will lose them if we don't govern responsibly, whether in my home state of California or federally.

  •  Sorry, Jerry Brown is a hero.... (3+ / 0-)
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    IB JOHN, sukeyna, G2geek

    And you seem to have a lot of the stupid.

    He put his credibility on the line to get Proposition 30 passed, against what everyone says were incredible odds. And who could have know we'd get a supermajority in both houses?

    Your rant almost makes me concerned you might be a troll.

    And he is signaling to the what 46-7% of the electorate who probably want Democrat (the number that voted against Prop. 30) that they don't need to worry the state is going on a spending spree.

    Good luck with your anger. There is a grown-up in charge -- Jerry Brown.

    •  typo (0+ / 0-)

      ..who want Democratic blood....

      By the way, Jerry Brown was also Governor when Proposition 13 was passed and led to the gutting of the state that we have long seen and are now seeing.  He knows that one doesn't want to spur an anti-taxation backlash...

      •  That's a funny situation for a gutted state (0+ / 0-)

        It was strange to see so many people move into a Gutted State in the 1980's and 1990's.

        In fact, people were willing to risk death in the Sonoran desert to move out of a place run by the conservative, pro-Market Partido de Accion Nacional and move into a Gutted State.

    •  You & I agree, and HR to the TJ for trolling: (1+ / 0-)
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      Goingallout

      Looks like you & I agree that the diarist is trolling.

      "He’s a confused, cranky septuagenarian..."

      "The Governor of California goes about his day, comes home at night, chugs vodka martinis in an appropriately fluffy pink tutu before performing his favorite fantasies on a blowup doll of Herbert Hoover.  Oh…my…God."

      Fuck that noise.  

      WE WON.  Now it really is time to govern, not to troll the people who WE put in office.   I've run out of tolerance for that kind of troll-noise.  

      So let's you & I & others here who are serious about winning rather than whining, and governing rather than trolling, make our voices heard.  

      This election was the turning point toward a future with a future.

      by G2geek on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 04:16:56 PM PST

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  •  Can You Get Rid of the Tax-SUpermajority Law (0+ / 0-)

    (or is it a Constitutional amendment)?

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:25:16 AM PST

  •  typo... (0+ / 0-)

    ...who want Democratic blood....

    By the way, Jerry Brown was also Governor when Proposition 13 was passed and led to the gutting of the state that we have long seen and are now seeing.  He knows that one doesn't want to spur an anti-taxation backlash...

  •  Relatedly, just posted this: (0+ / 0-)

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:50:26 AM PST

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