Jerry Is Why CA Doesn't Work

John Seiler:

Speaking to a firefighters’ conference Wednesday about his palmy days as governor back in the 1970s, once-again Gov. Jerry Brown said:

Everything worked. California was a golden state. A poppy bloomed on every corner.

Nowadays, he must be smoking poppies on every corner. Because he’s a major reason the state no longer “works.”

In 1978, he signed into law the Dills Act, which allowed collective bargaining for government-worker unions. That meant, as one union boss put it in November 2010, “This is our own opportunity to elect our own bosses.”

It meant that the unions would entirely take over the state government, and most local governments. Union money power — deriving from massive dues grabbed from members’ tax-paid salaries — buys any election.

Just last year, their $30 million in campaign ads ensured that Jerry would become governor.

In the 33 years since Jerry signed the Dills Act, public-employee unions’ bought-and-paid-for legislators have goosed union members’ pay and spiked their pensions — so much that the state now is broke and $26 billion in deficit this year.

As Zen Jerry might put it, it’s California Karma — what goes around comes around.

April 8, 2011

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  1. larry 62
    larry 62 8 April, 2011, 13:28

    Those of us that were around for Jerry”s first bad trip knew exactly what was going to happen should he be re-elected. That’s why many of us didn’t vote for him, even though the alternative wasn’t all that good.

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  2. David from Oceanside
    David from Oceanside 8 April, 2011, 13:32

    Although CA may no longer work as a result of the Dills act, the Democrat party WORKS as a result of union power.

    Something must always be sacrificed for the greater good. Throwing the well being of 37 million Californian’s in the waste is a small price for Democrat dominance. Its the Party, stupid.

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  3. Adam Smith in Irvine
    Adam Smith in Irvine 8 April, 2011, 13:45

    Excerpts from my recent book, whose title is often abbreviated “The Wealth of Nations”: “Great nations are never impoverished by private, though they sometimes are by public, prodigality and misconduct. The whole, or almost the whole public revenue, is in most countries employed in maintaining unproductive hands… Such people, as they them-selves produce nothing, are all maintained by the produce of other men’s labour… Those unproductive hands, who should be maintained by a part only of the spare revenue of the people, may consume so great a share of their whole revenue, and thereby oblige so great a number to encroach upon their capitals, upon the funds destined for the maintenance of productive labour, that all the frugality and good conduct of individuals may not be able to compensate the waste and degradation of produce occasioned by this violent and forced encroachment.”

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  4. Moe
    Moe 8 April, 2011, 17:29

    I still can’t believe how easily Jerry Brown won CA. The republicans are going to have to do much better than Meg Whitman to get this seat back. I strongly suggest that, in addition to the usual qualities you may look for in a republican candidate, you one that speaks Spanish. Sincerely.

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  5. David
    David 8 April, 2011, 17:33

    According to your article, public employees are solely to blame for the budget deficit. Apparently the national depression caused by irresponsible Wall Street speculators has nothing to do with it.

    As for money in the last election, Brown was outspent about 5-to-1 by Whitman. She spent $178.5 million. I really don’t think some union TV ads are the exclusive reason she lost.

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  6. David from Oceanside
    David from Oceanside 9 April, 2011, 05:59

    The current depression was not caused by speculators. I can not understand how such foolishness continues to be repeated.

    There is a boom and bust cycle. The boom is the result of central control of our monetary system and their crack like addiction to inflation. All these hundreds of billions of newly minted dollars seek the path of least resistance, which in the 2000’s was residential property thanks to idiotic Bush policy and a Congress wanting credit for a Homeowners society.

    Speculators did what speculators always do, seek a high return on their investment. It was government through Moscow style central control of our money and a an overreaching Federal governments illegal policy that created the environment for Wall Street to run amok. Add to this past government policy to bail out the too big to fail and the moral hazard trap was baited. True, Wall street is immune to the costs of capitalism but that is due to fascist government policy.

    It all came down because it was never real in the first place. A crack addict cannot continually remain high. Governments addition to inflation must end and when it does we call that recession or depression.

    Anyone that knew even a little economics and paid attention knew what would result from our irrational real estate boom. During this boom rotten politicians promised the moon to the parasites in government service. Now its becoming clear their promises were never sustainable.

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  7. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 9 April, 2011, 09:23

    CalPers was also guilty of speculating during those boom years. I believe they lost close to a Billion Dollars investing in Mountain House alone, which is quite literally a “Boom Town” right on the edge of the central valley. It was probably a Villalobos Certified Investment.

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