Brown’s State of the State address is both conciliatory and defiant

Jerry Brown teetered between conciliatory and defiant in his annual State of the State address on Tuesday.  

The popular Democratic governor echoed other Democratic leaders in the state by taking shots at Republican President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans and their proposed, yet sometimes vague, agenda.

On the day Trump pushed through two controversial oil projects opposed by environmentalists, with a repeal of the Affordable Care Act slowly working through Congress and with federal action on immigration looming on the horizon, Brown pointed to the battle lines drawn between the state and the federal government.

“While no one knows what the new leaders will actually do, there are signs that are disturbing,” Brown said. “We have seen the bald assertion of ‘alternative facts.’ We have heard the blatant attacks on science. Familiar signposts of our democracy – truth, civility, working together – have been obscured or swept aside.”

Yet the tone wasn’t entirely combative, compared to legislative leaders. Brown lauded Trump’s plans for massive investment in infrastructure (“Amen to that, brother”) and highlighted bipartisan accomplishments in the state, like the creation of the rainy-day fund and the water bond.

Brown also drew a stark contrast with Hillary Clinton, who, during the campaign season, referred to half of Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables.” 

“Democrats are in the majority, but Republicans represent real Californians too,” Brown said. “We went beyond party when we reformed workers’ compensation, when we created a rainy-day fund and when we passed the water bond.”

Brown lauded accomplishments during his governorship, which included increasing education funding, passing climate-change legislation, removing a substantial budget deficit and adding millions of people to insurance plans through both Medi-Cal and private policies.

A significant portion of the speech was devoted to immigration, noting immigrants are “an integral part of who we are and what we’ve become.” Brown called attention to some of the state’s immigration initiatives, like the Trust Act and a measure issuing driver licenses to undocumented immigrants, saying “we may be called to defend those laws and defend we will.”

“Whether it’s the threat to our budget, or to undocumented Californians, or to our efforts to combat climate change – or even more global threats such as a financial meltdown or a nuclear incident or terrorist attack – this is a time which calls out for courage and for perseverance,” Brown said. “I promise you both.”

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  1. Terry
    Terry 24 January, 2017, 12:37

    How do we get these politicians to honor their oath to the Constitution and the rule of law?
    It is no wonder that we have a lawless country when the leaders are an example of lawlessness. Sanctuary cities and states are against any common sense or legality.
    I hope President Trump that is one of the few that appears to be a true Patriot for We the People cuts off all money to this state at all levels. And if possible jail some of the outlaws in State Govt.
    This is not a communist state. I know that is a shock to all the demorats in office.

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  2. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 24 January, 2017, 13:33

    Moonbeam needs to be retired to a home for the liberal politicly rediculous and irresponsible he has lost his mind totaly

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  3. michael
    michael 24 January, 2017, 14:01

    No mention of the request for emergency funding for the floods that the state is so ill equipped to accommodate. Perhaps Jerry should have spent more money on water storage than his not-so high speed rail train. I hope California is denied the funding since they have already defaulted on Federal Loans for unemployment.

    There is no incentive for Trump to empower the ultra liberals of California. Without Federal Funding including green incentives California’s budget will bleed. At some point in the near future the Liberal Robber Barons will be revealed for the fraud that they really are.

    The beauty is that it will happen on Jerry Brown’s watch.

    For those that think that Trump will not follow up on his promises, its only his second full day in office. 2017 is a a great year already.

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  4. Queeg
    Queeg 24 January, 2017, 15:12

    Comrades

    Do you actually think dollars are coming to California to bail out Utopia?

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  5. Californication
    Californication 24 January, 2017, 16:03

    The brown trout has been swirling around the toilet. Time to get the plunger and flush it down the tunnel.

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  6. Partybreaker
    Partybreaker 24 January, 2017, 18:00

    Unfortunately, the bench is deep in California with pedophiles, and animal fornicators to carry on the proud tradition of the corrupt, devious ways of the closeted pervert Governor, a connoisseur of juvenile sphincters.

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  7. Mike
    Mike 24 January, 2017, 19:30

    The truth is, someone left the seminary quickly, and someone was asked to leave by Mother Teresa. Why would those things happen? Someone is a bachelor till a advanced age. Coincidence, or links to a unmentionable hobby.

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  8. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 25 January, 2017, 08:45

    Moonbeams being his usial liberal demacratic self totaly irresponible

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