Jerry Brown loses it on ‘Face the Nation’

Jerry Brown loses it on ‘Face the Nation’

May 2, 2012

By John Seiler

If you want to see why California is in such a mess, make sure to watch the video of Gov. Jerry Brown’s appearance on “Face the Nation.” CBS doesn’t allow embedding, but you can watch the, short 7:24 video here.

Brown, like the rest of the state’s political elite — Republican as well as Democratic — is living in a world of his own, a Hollywood fantasy playing in the theater of his own mind.

Brown said that, compared to when he first got into the field, politics is “more polarized.” Actually, it’s less. It’s hard to see any difference between him, a Democratic governor, and his Republican predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Or between him and the Republican opponent he defeated in 2010, Meg Whitman.

He said that campaign money is more centrally controlled. But that’s the fault of the campaign “reforms,” beginning with the 1974 post-Watergate “reforms,” which made it almost impossible for an average Joe or Jane Citizen to run for office. The laws today are so complex that only professionals (or rich people) run for office, and are must hire professionals to figure out the campaign laws. Brown himself is very wealthy, has been a professional politician all his life (his father was governor), and knows how to get support from wealthy interest groups, especially the powerful government-worker unions.

He said that, “particularly on the Republican side, there’s an enforcement of discipline that’s ideological” which “takes on the quality of a cult.” Again, it’s hard to find policy differences between Democrats and Republicans. Did things change when Democratic President Obama took office in 2009, replacing Republican George Bush? Or when the Republicans took over the U.S. House in 2011? No, everything still is the same.

And as to a “cult,” just try to be a Democrat who’s pro-life and favors tax cuts and decisive pension reform.

‘Adversarial environment’

“So we’re in a much more adversarial environment,” he said. Perhaps we can forgive him for being a Californian, where Hollywood dreams become some people’s reality. It’s only the partisan rhetoric that is “adversarial.” That’s to fool the voters into thinking they have a say in matters.

After all, consider the choice this November, between the sitting president who imposed Obamacare, and a former liberal governor of the liberal state of Massachusetts whose Romneycare in that state inspired Obamacare.

Brown mentioned the “filibuster.” Apparently he’s talking about the filibuster that blocked the “Buffett Rule” tax increase in the U.S. Senate last month. But the tax increase would have failed in the House anyway. And any tax increase — including Brown’s proposed $9 billion tax increase for California — only would take money from jobs and business producers, thus killing businesses and jobs.

“A great power can’t govern itself with this kind of disfunction,” he said. By “great power,” does he main military power? Because the United States remains by far the world’s greatest military power — although less so than a decade ago because the Iraq and Afghanistan wars bankrupted the country and severely harmed the military. Or does he mean a great economic power? But it’s the tax-and-waste policies he favors that have dimininshed America, especially in the last decade under both Republicans and Democrats. “Communist” China now has a freer economy, and more rapidly increasing prosperity, than America.

The way out? “We need some kind of decisive election.” Well he sure didn’t give us one here in California. He’s Arnold III without the Austrian accent. He could have charged into office in January 2011 with a bold plan to transform California’s finances with something like the flat-tax proposal he advanced nationally in his 1992 presidential bid.

Indeed, the economist who designed that 1992 plan for him, Arthur Laffer, has come up with a great plan do so for California: “Eureka! How to Fix California.” It was written for the Pacific Research Institute,’s parent think tank.

But, no. Brown didn’t come up with anything new. Just a repeat of Arnold’s 2009 tax increase, which didn’t solve the budget problem at the time.

$16 trillion debt

And he never brings up the major problems: the $16 trillion national debt and the $1 trillion California debt. These debts are weighing everything down — even with low interest rates. When interest rates finally rise from the current absurd effective rate of zero, then those twin towers of debt will grow even taller — then topple.

He attacks Republicans for ignoring “12 million people” in the country, meaning illegal aliens. But thanks to the policies of Brown and others in both parties, the American economy is doing so badly that the illegals are returning to their homes. This is another indication that Brown still is living in the 1980s.

Brown said that “Republicans have to move out of that extreme cul-de-sac that some of their more extreme members are pushing.” Huh? They just nominated Romney, the poster boy for moderation, who changes his policies so often his own staff even compared him to an Etch A Sketch. And Schwarzenegger was so moderate he makes Brown look like a radical right-winer.

He said the economy is recovering slowly “not because of Obama, but because the mortgage meltdown was a financial recession, and the historic data show they take much longer to recover from.” No. The real problems are: the $16 trillion debt, at least $1 trillion in new debt every year, fluctuating currency values because there has been no gold standard since 1971, artificially low interest rates, massive new regulations such as Obamacare and AB 32 in California (both of which Brown supports) and uncertainty about tax rates, which well could go higher. Although Obama didn’t cause all that, he certainly has perpetuated it. The mortgage meltdown hit about this time in 2007, five years ago, which is more than enough time to clear out the bad investments and generate a recovery — if decent policies had been pursued.

More regulation?

He also blamed the lack of regulation, not too much of it. It’s true that mostly getting rid of the Glass-Steagall Act banking regulations in 1999 was a mistake, as even free-marketer Ron Paul has said. But since then, the Republicans in 2002 imposed the hideous Sarbanes-Oxley regulations on business, and in 2010 the Democrats imposed the horrible Dodd-Frank absurd regulations on business. China doesn’t have such anti-market restraints, which is why it kept growing during the recession that hit America.

Brown said his agenda today is the same as it was 30 years ago, more evidence he’s living in the past. His itemization of what he said was “right at the top of the agenda today”:

* “Pension reform.” Not only is his current pension reform plan pathetically weak. But the major culprit in the mess is Brown himself for signing into law the 1977 Dills Act, which allowed collective bargaining for government unions. Doing so effectively meant the unions would run the government. The employees would “elect our own bosses,” as one union boss put it. Surprise! The “bosses” spiked the “employees'” pensions, causing the crisis.

* “Completing the California water plan.” But the state remains stuck with the special interests pushing general tax increases for water pork, instead of real solutions.

* “Renewable energy.” This is just a slam on businesses and families to jack up energy prices for his boutique power-source fixation. California’s electricity rates already are 30 percent higher than the national average, and will be headed higher.

* “High-Speed Rail.” He’s still pushing what’s aptly called the Browndoggle. It’s nothing but waste and never will be built.


Notice there’s nothing on his list about creating jobs or making businesses more comfortable in what currently is the country’s most toxic environment for businesses and private-sector jobs.

Brown said that it takes 30 years to get some things done, whereas people want “instant gratification.” Well, maybe to a very rich man like himself. But if you’re standing in an unemployment line because his policies killed your job, you’re thinking about taking care of your family today, not what happens in three decades.

He said being governor is “abstract” and the Capitol, which includes his office “isn’t anywhere.” Still Gov. Moonbeam.

He should get around the state. Talk to some folks in unemployment lines — as the jobless numbers are rising. Visit the hundreds of businesses loading up U-Haul trucks to get out of this state.

Brown concluded the interview by saying he’s “thinking about” running for re-election in 2014. While others have said he woudln’t, I’ve said all along that he would. What else is he going to do? Re-join the reality-based community?

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  1. Bob
    Bob 2 May, 2012, 13:40

    It’s bad enough this old crusty buzzard had to make an encore performance but having him in office through 2018?

    Geez, why can’t he just go? He’s been in politics all his life and has done much to ruin the state.

    Why can’t he just leave and why he’s at it take the 100 year old Dianne [email protected] with him? And take Boxer, too.

    But these ancient politicians will never die and will rule us forever, at least it sure seems that way.

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  2. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 2 May, 2012, 13:49

    John– I just watched the Face the Nation clip and I don’t know where you got your headline? I thought Gov. Brown was calm, reasoned and as always articulate. I also agree with him about the mostly Republican cult like status of our legislators—- spooky.

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  3. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 2 May, 2012, 14:06

    JS – Politics is one big blur in 2012. It’s like trying to read the street signs on the highway with 20/300 vision with no corrective lenses. Romney melds into Obama. Gov. Clown melds into Arnold. Dubya Bush melds into Obama. Whitman melds into Gov. Clown. Pick most any state or national election. The dems and repugs do the knock down drag out when the cameras are turned on. Behind closed doors their proverbial hands are down each others pants. We’ve seen this time and time again. The two party system is a complete racket.

    But I think you have been bamboozled about the illegals leaving CA or the United States. What would they return to? Slave wages and whips??? The Treasury Inpector General (who should know) has pointed out that the illegals are collecting more and more in various tax credits as the years go by with their ITIN numbers. If they were leaving why are they collecting more and more tax credits?

    Here, read for yourself:

    “Summary: The July 7, 2011, report of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration provides summary data from IRS tax returns that show illegal immigrants collected far more in dollars from the IRS than they paid in federal income taxes for each year in the period of 2005-2010, the total six-year net benefit amounting to about $7.3 billion”

    Look at the year over years from 2005-2010 in the table. The meltdown happened in 2008. But the ITIN tax credit continue to climb higher and higher at a rapid rate.

    I think the story line about illegals leaving the country is BS. The gov statisticians are trying to discount the problem so they can hit us with an executive order for amnesty in 2013 or 2014.

    Childbirths for illegals in our hospitals aren’t going down. Neither are subsidies to the hospital ER’s for treating the uninsured. If illegals were departing the country all those #’s would decline. They’re not. They’re going up.

    And what’s wrong with Sarbanes-Oxley? It just means big business can’t cook their books. Even so, they still do because the damn law isn’t being enforced! The oligarchs control the pols and the enforcement mechanisms with their sugar daddy money.

    The fuse is getting shorter and shorter. No way can they hold this ball of string together for another 3 years!

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  4. Dyspeptic MWG
    Dyspeptic MWG 2 May, 2012, 14:17

    As if the prospect of having the state run by Geriatric Clown through 2018 weren’t bad enough what’s even worse is who might get elected if he doesn’t run again. The obnoxiously arrogant pretty boy Gavin Gruesome maybe? Or how about Darrel Steinberg or the labor cartel tool John Chiang. Maybe we end up with dumbest mayor in America Antonio Villaraigoza as governor.

    You know things are bad when the illegal aliens repatriate to there hopelessly mismanaged third world hell holes rather than put up with this nonsense. My advice to Brownie The Clown is start building the Great Wall of California right away. That way you can claim 9 bazillion new green jobs created and keep us all trapped in your freaking environmentalist/trail lawyer/union stooge dystopia forever.

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  5. Rogue Elephant
    Rogue Elephant 2 May, 2012, 14:23

    “A great power can’t govern itself with this kind of disfunction,” says Brown. This is the totalitarian mind at work.

    The left has dropped the “liberal” mask for the term “progressive” because there is nothing “liberal” about them. That word implies freedom – something the left despises.

    During Obama’s reign, NY Times writers have expressed admiration for authoritarian China, and wished that we could (like ancient Rome) suspend democracy and appoint (Obama) temporary dictator so he can “fix our problems”.

    You can’t govern yourself. That’s why you need political elites ruling every aspect of your life. Make no mistake, these people are wannabe tyrants.

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  6. queeg
    queeg 2 May, 2012, 14:30

    Mr. Brown will wear you down…..matter of time liberalism with flower unrestrained.

    Illegals will vote….you will own nothing except a roll of Ann Rand toilet paper…

    Prop 13 tax rolls will be used to confiscate low tax properties for vital public housing.

    Cigarette companies, oil companies and Walmart will employ all our trodden prisioners….

    There be no beef….not good for you…

    Schools will be 24 hr operations…..

    Mr. Brown love ya!

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  7. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 2 May, 2012, 14:56

    Clowns pension taxes are DOA, and once that happens then the rubber will hit the road.

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  8. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 2 May, 2012, 16:35

    Hey, did you folks read that they arrested 21 DMV workers in San Diego and OC for furnishing fraudulent DL’s for bribes??? heh. Up to $3000 for a fake commercial DL. More hard working state public servants doing God’s work for family and country. I betcha that crap is so widespread that if you knew the truth you’d shoot straight to the moon. We’ve turned into Mexico. Come on. It’s not only DMV. It’s all the other agencies that work directly with the public and hand out bennies. I betcha social services is rotten to the core. But you won’t hear Mr. Clown bring it up during a public forum. He wants to give them all big pay raises for a job well done!!! 😀

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  9. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 2 May, 2012, 17:28

    Hey Poodle boi— is that another one of your now infamous predictions? Oh my!!!

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  10. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 2 May, 2012, 18:18

    Ted: by “loses it,” I meant his sense of reality. And if there’s a “cult” it’s the two-party “duopoly,” as Ralph Nader calls it.

    — John Seiler

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  11. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 2 May, 2012, 19:59

    John— what evidence of his loss of reality do you see?

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  12. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 2 May, 2012, 21:05

    Beelzebub says:
    Hey, did you folks read that they arrested 21 DMV workers in San Diego and OC for furnishing fraudulent DL’s for bribes?
    More like 4 DMV employees!! And I thought you were a little better at the facts beelz.
    “”Four DMV employees have been charged in the case, as well as 16 other people who either paid the bribes or brokered the exchange, according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A driving school operator was also charged.””

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  13. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 2 May, 2012, 21:24

    Okay, 21 people were charged. Of the 21 people 5 were DMV workers. So you were wrong too, Einstein. There has been a rash of DMV workers in So Cal charged and arrested in the last 3 months. Probably at least 10. All Jerry’s kids. I guess those fat salaries and pensions aren’t enough. They violate the public trust and try to scam some dinero on the sly. But I’m sure their mom’s and dad’s all say their innocent and used to sing in the church choir!

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  14. Dyspeptic MWG
    Dyspeptic MWG 2 May, 2012, 23:24

    Dear Ted The CEO

    Congratulations on your promotion to a crony capitalist, earth raping, money grubbing, worker exploiting CEO. Now maybe you can get your lips off of Gerry’s wrinkled old keester long enough to do some deep breathing. Doing this will provide vital oxygen for your few remaining active neurons thereby preventing complete brain death. Have a nice day!

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  15. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 2 May, 2012, 23:33

    Dyspeptic, Ted wears lots of different hats. His primary hat is his shoulder blades. And they’re a perfect fit. Some might call it an Asshat. It’s all good.

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  16. queeg
    queeg 3 May, 2012, 10:19

    Teddy is the go to guy on this site….a contemporary sage!

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  17. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 3 May, 2012, 10:57

    You two remind me of the Odd Couple – Felix and Oscar. heh. Even though you are opposites in many ways – you feed off one another. Go get a room. 😀

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  18. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 3 May, 2012, 12:35

    Dear Ted The CEO
    Congratulations on your promotion to a crony capitalist, earth raping, money grubbing, worker exploiting CEO. Now maybe you can get your lips off of Gerry’s wrinkled old keester long enough to do some deep breathing.

    LOL 🙂 Something tells me that aint the only place Teddy Steals has his lips 😉

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  19. queeg
    queeg 3 May, 2012, 12:47

    Reached a new low on this site….. Teddy has never ever dropped into the gutter like this….appology?

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  20. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 3 May, 2012, 13:08

    Ah come on, Felix. Take it in stride. It’s all in fun.

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  21. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 3 May, 2012, 20:14

    Crony capitalist? Did I get some money? I doubt it—- full on 99%er here little poodle boi!

    But I love how you and your little buddy beezyboob can’t stop thinking about me!

    I have been camped out so long in BOTH your heads…..well…….wait for it………..yes! I owe you rent!

    oh yeah baby!

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  22. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 3 May, 2012, 20:38

    If you ever snuck into my head the antibodies and macrophages of good sense would eat you alive. They’d devour you like a bad germ. 😀

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  23. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 3 May, 2012, 21:02

    queeg is a Teddy Steals sock puppet 🙂

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  24. queeg
    queeg 3 May, 2012, 22:29

    Teddy knows best!!!!

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  25. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 3 May, 2012, 23:18

    I can’t decide whether the boys are more like “Laurel and Hardy” or “Felix and Oscar”.

    After some deep thought and a glance at this video – I went with “Laurel and Hardy” 🙂

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  26. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 4 May, 2012, 08:10

    Wow Beezyboob— looks like from a review of your posts that you were thinking about me all day and right up until you fell asleep! Yikes– spooky!

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  27. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 4 May, 2012, 12:13

    Luckily I didn’t have any nightmares last night. That would’ve really been scary. 🙂

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