Who are you and what have you done with former CA Governor Jerry Brown?!
That must be what Democrats are asking this new version of Jerry Brown. Because an invasion of the body-snatchers has occurred, and the new guy says “non-Democrat” things.
Get this; Jerry Brown warned Democrats about spending too much. Too much time? No. Too much energy? No. Too much MONEY!
Oh the irony, that a tax and spend Democrat passes that buck to the new guy, then warns him? By “the buck”, I mean “the massive debt”. So the question begs, “Has exiting Governor Jerry Brown of California suddenly found his fiscal sanity?”.
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According to AP,
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown helped make his party even more powerful in California during the last eight years and now, less than a month before leaving office, he predicts that dominance will make it difficult for his successor to control Democrats’ hunger for spending and regulations.
The leader of the most populous state has kept Democratic lawmakers in check by limiting spending on social programs in favor of saving it to protect against a future economic downtown. He sometimes butted heads with legislative leaders, warning spending too much now could hurt taxpayers or require budget cuts later.
Democrats hold all statewide offices and expanded their supermajority in the Legislature after last month’s election, allowing them to approve tax hikes and virtually any law without Republican support.
“I’d say we’re in for contentious times and for too many rules, too many constricting mandates and probably too much spending,” Brown told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.
He said Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom may have a hard time keeping fellow Democrats in check because “he’s got to please some of these groups enough of the time to still be viable as a political leader.”
But if this isn’t enough to make you wonder about Brown, what about his other recent declaration.
Brown commented earlier in the month that Democrats may have gone too far to the Left of his party.
As Breitbart documented:
Outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown told National Public Radio (NPR) that the Democratic Party is becoming more radical than the majority of voters would prefer — though he blamed Republicans for the shift.
“The weakness of the Republican Party has let the Democratic Party, I think, go get further out than I think the majority of people want,” Brown told NPR’s Ari Shapiro on Tuesday’s edition of All Things Considered. “So there’s plenty of opportunity for Republicans if they just pause, look at the world as it really is, and try to come up with something in the tradition of Lincoln and Eisenhower and other great Republicans.”
Democrats regained a supermajority in the state legislature in last month’s elections, allowing the party to pass legislation at will. Incoming Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has already staked out positions to the left of Brown on a variety of issues, though he is attempting to appeal to a cross-section of the state’s electorate, appearing at a town hall in Fresno as recently as last week.
The weakness of the Republicans. Now where have I heard that before?
Apparently Brown likes strong leaders. Look at what he admitted when Trump blamed California for its annual fires. We wrote at the time:
Brown now suggests that California should improve their forestry. Further, he now urges state legislators to loosen logging restrictions.
To appease environmentalists, California imposed restrictions that now put citizens in harm’s way.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that Brown now proposes one of the most significant changes to the state’s logging rules in nearly half a century.
“Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing broad new changes to California’s logging rules that would allow landowners to cut larger trees and build temporary roads without obtaining a permit as a way to thin more forests across the state,” the paper reports.
The previous rules made no sense, and put people’s lives in danger. To not cut back trees and build fault lines proved deadly. Further, the lack of roads allowed little chance of escape for some.
Now that Brown’s career is over and he heads into the twilight years, he admits his errors in judgment. Don’t expect many Democrats to wake up in Californicate. But Republicans should understand there is hope.
Even the man they called Moonbeam finally woke up, so maybe they can get off their asses and turn things around after Newsome runs California further into the ground.