Brown calls market 'dangerous'

APRIL 20, 2010

By CALWATCHDOG STAFF

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, in response to a question from a TV reporter about the role of religion in public life, called for a living family wage and described the marketplace as “dangerous.” Here is a transcribed account of this video interview from the San Francisco Chronicle blog:

“I’m not a person that has been trained to think only in terms of markets and cost benefits, and input output, but rather in terms of a living family wage.  Which is a moral idea not an economic idea.  And the moral idea is — is that everyone who works is worthy to earn enough to support a family, because the family is the basic institution.  That’s what I learned in the earliest years of my education, and I continue that with me. 

 “And I think that’s very relevant to the debates in Sacramento and Washington where even now, attempts to regulate the dangerous marketplace, because when it fails, it causes so such suffering.  Even these modest attempts are being resisted – ferociously – by the same individuals and the same spirit I think, that has caused such havoc. 

“And, so, I’m not going to evoke religion on the side of one party and one candidacy, but I certainly draw on the wealth of experience and teaching and inspiration that I’ve received, not only in going to catholic schools, but also in spending time in the seminary and also later in life spending a great deal of time with various theologians and spiritual leaders.”

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  1. PRI
    PRI Author 20 April, 2010, 17:02

    “attempts to regulate the dangerous marketplace, because when it fails, it causes so such suffering.” What about regulating dangerous government, which murdered more than 100 million people worldwide in the previous century?

    “And, so, I’m not going to evoke religion on the side of one party and one candidacy,” which he just did; “but I certainly draw on the wealth of experience and teaching and inspiration that I’ve received, not only in going to catholic schools, but also in spending time in the seminary and also later in life spending a great deal of time with various theologians and spiritual leaders.”

    This is a politician who has been pro-abortion his whole life, violating everything he was taught in the Catholic seminary and what was taught by “spiritual leaders” such as Mother Teresa, with whom me spent “a great deal of time.” What a fraud and hypocrite Jerry is.

    — John Seiler

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  2. EastBayLarry
    EastBayLarry 21 April, 2010, 05:14

    The true politician, he will say whatever his audience wants to hear regardless of the hipocracy.

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  3. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 22 April, 2010, 12:07

    You want “dangerous”? Here’s “dangerous”:

    Take the Quiz: Texas, Textbooks and You

    Take this six-question quiz to find out the facts about what the Texas State Board of Education is trying to include—and in some cases remove—from their curriculum and what the impact could mean for students around the country.

    1: Should public school students be required to study why our Founding Fathers sought to bar the government from promoting religion?

    Yes
    No

    Answer: The separation of church and state doesn’t seem to fit the personal beliefs of the Texas Board of Education’s majority. So, they want to remove from education standards a requirement that students learn about why America’s Founding Fathers thought the wall separating church and state was essential to American freedom.

    2: How should public school teachers portray the historic extension of civil rights to African Americans, Latinos, and women?

    As an advancement of civil rights and civil liberties so that all people have protection under the law
    As an optional public policy choice

    Answer: The Texas Board of Education wants to portray the historic efforts to extend rights to those who have been denied them as nothing more than a gift from the majority.

    3: The Texas school board wants students to learn about which of the following organizations and figures from the conservative movement of the 1980s and 1990s?

    Phyllis Schlafly
    The Contract with America
    The Heritage Foundation
    The Moral Majority
    All of the above

    Answer: All of the above. The emphasis on conservative figures reveals the deep bias that drives these changes to the Texas curriculum.

    4: Which figure was dropped from a list of significant Americans that students must learn about?

    Billy Graham
    Edward (“Ted”) Kennedy
    Barry Goldwater

    Answer: The Texas Board of Education voted down the inclusion of Edward Kennedy in their curriculum.

    5: How many textbooks does Texas buy or distribute every year?

    1 million
    10 million
    48 million

    Answer: Texas’ public education system buys or distributes 48 million textbooks every year—and the standards the Texas Board of Education is about to adopt will stay in place for a decade. So, the Board of Education’s attempt to put their narrow personal beliefs ahead of the facts and the recommendations of expert educators will affect millions of Texas students for years to come.

    5: Approximately how many states use the same textbooks based on the Texas curriculum?

    7-10 states
    20-23 states
    45-47 states

    Answer: Shockingly, between 45 and 47 states use the textbooks based on Texas’ curriculum. Because Texas purchases tens of millions of textbooks every year, it has outsized influence on the content of textbooks used all across the country. Indeed, textbook publishers frequently rely on the big Texas market to define the content of textbooks used all across the country.

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  4. PRI
    PRI Author 22 April, 2010, 18:02

    StevefromSacto makes a great argument for the separation of SCHOOL and state! Remove the government from schooling and we don’t have any such problems. And by that, I don’t mean vouchers or charter schools. I mean, no government schools, no truancy laws, and refund to parents their own money so they can school their own kids as they see fit.

    See: Alliance for the Separation of School and State: http://www.schoolandstate.org/home.htm

    — John Seiler

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  5. EastBayLarry
    EastBayLarry 24 April, 2010, 08:21

    StevefromSacto:
    You see these things as ‘dangerous’? Why is that?
    Teaching SHOULD focus on the views of the majority, unpleasant as that may be for any of the variety of minorities that exist. The majority in the US is more conservative than liberal, so what’s your gripe?

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  6. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 24 April, 2010, 12:37

    Oh, great. So the schools should be teaching that slavery was OK. Or maybe that the Holocaust didn’t happen. Or maybe that Christianity is the state religion. Heaven help us!

    On the other hand, Larry, why is it OK for the majority to deyermine what should be taught to our kids but not when it comes to passing a state budget?

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  7. EastBayLarry
    EastBayLarry 25 April, 2010, 06:23

    Don’t pretend to be stupid Steve. The ‘majority’ does NOT believe any of these things.

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  8. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 26 April, 2010, 18:40

    Do you really think that Edward Kennedy should be wiped out of the history books?

    Do you really think that the separation of church and state is not important?

    And how come you didn’t answer my question about the budget?

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