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Jerry Brown and the Great Californian Exodus

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Jerry Brown and the Great Californian Exodus

Jerry Brown and the Great Californian Exodus
April 10
15:19 2018

California Governor Jerry Brown was a product of the Hippie culture of the 1960s.  His devotion to the more bizarre policies of the radical left earned him the appellation “Governor Moonbeam” during his first years as the Golden States’ chief executive officer (1975 to 1983) – although he was considered a bit of a fiscal conservative.  His official role was often overshadowed by his trendy romance with songstress Linda Ronstadt.  He was often described as a “colorful” political figure.

Brown is now in his second tenure as governor (starting in 2011) and would more aptly be described as a rather colorless personality in his political redux.  However, it appears that experience and maturity have not blunted his devotion to failed liberal policies – and he appears to have surrendered any fiscal conservatism from earlier days.

In some ways, he is reminiscent of Mayor Coleman Young of Detroit, who bankrupted the city by turning it into a welfare service agency.  Even as the Motor City was losing its tax base and slipping into economic disaster, Young could not give up the old habits of urban socialism.  That seems to be true of Brown, as well.

Like Young, Brown saw taxation as a means of social engineering by redistribution.  The problem with that is those he counted on to keep coughing up the money opted out with their feet, their wallets and their job-producing businesses – making California a leading exodus state. The same result was seen in Detroit and is currently being experienced in other Democrat strongholds such as Illinois and New York City.

Brown’s legacy was to be the high-speed bullet trains from San Diego to Sacramento.  The Central Valley portion is now at $10 billion – a $4 billion (so far) increase over the original $6 billion estimate.  This could put the total completion cost well over $100 billion – an extraordinary amount especially considering all of California’s other financial disasters.

California has the worse unfunded pension problem of any state in the union, and it is getting worse by the day.  According to a Pew analysis, California is near the bottom of states taking action against future costs.  Currently, it is providing for only 79 percent of that future growth in pension obligations.

Brown’s sanctuary state program is a double-edged sword. Like other states and cities with declining populations, California needs to bring in as many immigrants as possible.  There is no better way to do that than to promise sanctuary to illegal aliens.  There are several problems, however.

Immigrants have a higher need for social services, placing an additional burden on the state’s welfare coffers.  This is especially true of illegal immigrants.  As can be expected, illegal immigration brings in a higher percentage of criminals – causing increased expenses at all levels of the judicial systems.  Illegal immigrants are also less likely to pay taxes.  Finally, the very concept of providing safe havens for any and all border crossers tends to exacerbate the exodus problem. A number of major cities are going to court to fight what is essentially Brown’s amnesty program.

On two occasions, California voters had used the referendum process to limit gas taxes to road construction and repair rather than shift those funds to general purposes.  Brown and his legislature changed the law to reduce the gas tax portion and increase other taxes for the roads – taxes that are not protected by the public will.  The governor referred to those unwilling to pay exorbitant gas taxes as “freeloaders.”  He may have been more correct in recognizing them as future “emigrants.”

It was once said that what starts in California spreads to the nation.  If that is true, America is in for some very dark times.



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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Harpsong
    Harpsong April 11, 09:00

    This man doesn’t even live in California. Jerry Brown knows how to get things done. He is well respected here in my state.

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    • Throckmorton
      Throckmorton April 11, 20:14

      …well respected by people who are as self-destructive as ol’ Jerry! To bad, snowflakes! Pay more taxes…get less for your money.

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        COMMON SENSE April 24, 11:31

        Wake up Throcky, California is BANKRUPTED! Maybe you need a strike of divine enlightenment?Jerry the jerk off Brown has been sinking California into such disrepair, it may never come back.Now he wants to add more Marijuana dispenceries,and take Bibles away.

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    • kbhre
      kbhre April 11, 20:29

      California can serve as the best example ever for liberal policies.

      I encourage the state to be ground zero for all illegal immigration and to secede from the U.S. as quickly as possible. I know EVERYONE in California supports this.

      Reply to this comment
  2. Nan
    Nan April 11, 15:05

    Jerry Brown is NOT well respected by MANY of us here in California. How can you respect someone who has led a state into such disrepair that most of us would like to move to a different state?

    Reply to this comment
  3. Kathy
    Kathy April 11, 20:07

    As the old saying goes if its Brown then flush it. Brown and the rest of the Democratic are Nothing but corrupt and have ruin this state

    Reply to this comment
  4. kbhret
    kbhret April 11, 20:25

    Hey Californians….
    S U C K E R S !!!!!!

    Reply to this comment
    LOGIC BY LLOYD April 12, 02:52

    The only thing standing between a liberal and a socialist is a democrat !The only thing standing between a socialist and a communist is his brother. WAKE UP PEOPLE..

    Reply to this comment
  6. rightie
    rightie April 16, 13:27

    all makes sense , left will get what they deserve !!! keep paying those high tax !!! no federal bailouts

    Reply to this comment

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