Gray Davis: Jerry Brown will try to raise taxes

November 1, 2010

That’s the informed opinion of California’s former (and reviled) governor about the likely future under the Once and (maybe) Future Governor. From the Fresno Bee:

Former Gov. Gray Davis, no stranger to special elections after being recalled in 2003, said Wednesday that California is likely to face another special election next spring.

Davis pointed to billions in tax revenue set to expire next year, creating a deep hole in the next budget. He said that would force a conversation about whether to extend current, higher tax rates on income, sales and vehicles – and that such a conversation would involve the voters.

“The next governor will have to have a special election given the additional revenue shortfall we’ll face because of the temporary tax increases expiring,” Davis said in a phone conversation.

“Next governor” is a code phrase for “Jerry Brown,” since Whitman herself has said no way:

I saw today that former Governor Gray Davis says that if Jerry Brown is elected, we will have a special election in the spring to ask voters for even higher taxes. Talk about March Madness! More taxes in a recession. And Gray Davis ought to know; he was Jerry Brown’s right hand man for years. Voters, you are warned. Jerry Brown will bring more spending, more taxes and more lost jobs to California.

And that isn’t just campaign rhetoric: businesses and individual job creators are already fleeing California, in large part because of high taxes. When you add together the unemployed, the under-employed, and those who have given up looking for work, California’s jobless rate reaches 22%, according to that bastion of extreme right-wingnuttery, 60 Minutes:

Just last year, California voters crushed Proposition 1A, which would have imposed a special tax increase. With the state in worse shape now than it was then, only spending addicts such as Brown and Davis could seriously believe the people would approve new taxes. The only way the (once) Golden State will get out of this mess is by cutting spending, reducing taxes, and eliminating regulations that encourages job creators to take their business elsewhere.

And the first step is to vote Meg.

via Mayor Sam’s Sister City

Note: Davis talks about extending expiring taxes, but the linked Bee article also mentions “tax hikes.” You can be sure Brown and the legislature will want more than just what they currently have.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Jerry Brown admits he is a clueless liar #CAgov

October 26, 2010

The man speaks for himself:

What more do you need to know? Not only does he admit he had no idea of what he was doing when he became governor (the video is from many years ago), but he confessed lying about that to the public. And what should be screamingly obvious is his contempt for the voting citizen.

And my fellow Californians want to give him a third term? Really? Seriously??

PS: He also takes money from anti-American terrorist supporters.

PPS: Vote Meg.

via Gay Patriot

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Jerry Brown is either a fool or a swine

August 21, 2010

I’m old enough to remember when Jerry Brown was last governor of California. I can’t say much about his term of office, though, because I was in college and not paying much attention to state politics at the time. My impression, though, was that, his personal eccentricities aside, he was mostly a standard issue California liberal: support for government solutions in preference to the private sector, a strong alliance with labor unions, and a willingness to hike taxes. On the plus side, though he opposed Proposition 13, which limited property taxes, once it passed, he worked within its limits and actually cut state spending. So, a generally center-left record, albeit pragmatic.

As Mayor of Oakland he continued to chart a pragmatic course, seeking to lure businesses to the city and trying to revitalize the downtown area. He even invited the Marines to hold wargames at the closed US Army base in Oakland. You can imagine how that was greeted by the local Lefties.

Leaving Oakland, he ran for and won election as Attorney General, though everyone knew this was just a stepping stone back to the governor’s office. And, indeed, his policies drifted more and more back toward those that would please the Left. For example, he tried desperately to ignore the scandals surrounding ACORN. When that was impossible, his investigation found they had broken no laws. On the other hand, he was eager to investigate Sarah Palin’s appearance at Cal State Stanislaus. That, too, turned up no law-breaking. Overall, the Competitive Enterprise Institute rated Brown as one of the worst state attorney generals in the nation (PDF)

Now it appears that transformation from the pragmatic Center-Left to full-blown tool is complete. Fearful that he hasn’t the money to compete with Republican nominee Meg Whitman, Brown has sunk to prostituting and prostrating himself before the most vile hard-Left, anti-American groups in the state. Tonight, just a couple of miles from Public Secrets Global HQ, Jerry is the guest of honor at a fundraiser at the home of Jodie Evans, one of the heads of Code Pink:

Brown fan Jodie Evans between Cindy Sheehan and Hugo Chavez

Many of the Los Angeles glitterati will be there, too, at the home of a Hamas supporter. Evans and her crew even once told a mother whose Navy son was killed in Iraq that her boy deserved to die “for being stupid enough to go there.”

A serious candidate for Governor of the State of California is taking money from these pigs? Bear in mind that the “once and future” Governor Brown would be commander in chief of California’s National Guard and that, to date, 599 Californians, Guardsmen and regulars, have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And you’re letting a group that admires dictators and terrorists and spits on grieving mothers host a party for you, Mr. Attorney General?

So, which is it, Jerry? Fool or swine? Or is it that we know what you are and, after tonight, we’ll know the price?

RELATED: If you’re as appalled as I am, how about making a small contribution to Jerry’s opponent, Meg Whitman?

LINKS: More from Power Line, which reminds us of Jerry’s double-dipping scandal. Moe Lane has several questions for Jerry.

UPDATE: Code Pink got a taste of its own medicine last night. Hah!

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


A perfect contrary indicator

June 9, 2010

Oh, my. Judging by the results in last night’s elections, my record as a kiss-of-death endorser from 2008 continues. Of five races in California and one in Nevada, I’m a perfect… 0-6.

Forget bellweather states; this is a “for whom the bell tolls” blog.  Blushing

Wait, I’ve got it! The Obama administration should offer me a federal job in return for not endorsing any Democrat in November! I think US Consul in Bermuda would do just fine – for starters.  Big Grin

Oh, well. Commiserations to the losers and congratulations to the winners. It’s on to November. Remember:

Vote Whitman.

Vote Fiorina.

Vote Fein.

Oh God! What have I done?? Nailbiting


Interview with Steve Poizner

April 16, 2010

For the Californians in the audience, here’s a link to an interview with Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, who’s running for the Republican nomination for governor. About 30 minutes long, I think it’s well worth the time and that Poizner presents himself in a good light. I’d been concerned about his views in illegal immigration, because what I’d heard had sounded like nativist pandering, but here he explains himself to my satisfaction. I also like his idea to return the legislature to part-time status, since a detached and oligarchical legislature protected and made unaccountable by safe seats is a huge structural problem here. And he has a good record as Insurance Commissioner.

Steve has an uphill fight against Meg Whitman, but I think he’s the best choice.

Also, let me give praise to the interviewer, KQED‘s John Myers. When I lived in Sacramento, the station had a very left-liberal bent, and I don’t think that’s changed much. But Myers does a very fair job interviewing Poizner, not lobbing him softballs but asking him good questions and giving him the time to answer. I look forward to the interview with Meg Whitman, if she agrees to it.