Editorial cheerleads for Jerry Brown

Sept. 9, 2012

Katy Grimes: Two editorials in the Sacramento Bee caught my eye on Sunday. One column identified how news media outlets have knowingly become cheerleaders for the Democratic Party; the other proved that.

Columnist Kathleen Parker observed that major news media heads “correctly imagined themselves as co-players at the Democratic convention. No one pretends anymore that MSNBC is an objective observer to the news,” she wrote. “Obviously, the decision was made to be aggressively progressive.”

Enter the Sacramento Bee, stage left.

Senior Editor, Dan Morain, wrote an editorial Sunday about Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent visit to the editorial board to sell his tax increase initiative on the November ballot. “No matter how liberal they are, politicians who think they have a bright future generally don’t wrap themselves around tax hike proposals,” Morain said, apologizing for Brown.

But Morain made an egregious error when he said, “The alternative would be ugly, $6 billion in cuts mostly to public schools and universities,”  instead of asking why all government spending isn’t on the table.

Morain committed what Parker referred to as “cheerleading.”

Morain neglected to ask why Brown and Democrats have not proposed cuts to all government, but especially California’s massive entitlement system. Instead, Brown and Democrats have threatened voters and taxpayers with cuts to working people, cuts to the services paid for by those who work, and cuts to public safety and education.

This is a calculated decision, not an alternative.

Morain also said, “This initiative wasn’t his first choice. But it’s the one that he thinks voters will accept.”

But Morain is wrong. When Brown originally drafted his tax initiative, the sales tax increase was higher, and the tax rates on top earners was lower. But the public employee unions put enormous pressure on Brown to change his tax plan to penalize higher income earners more.

“Don’t trust anything Brown says about taxes,” one of my political friends says. “He’s a political animal with a political agenda. The entrenched special interests run him and run this state.”

“No longer do we get what we pay for, as the adage goes,” Parker said. “We get what the activists want – and we all pay for it.”

Jerry Brown is obviously a likable guy, and probably fun at an editorial board meeting. But the Senior Editor of a major newspaper should have asked why it was a given that the “only alternative” to tax increases is cuts to public safety workers, and education.

It’s not a tough question, but maybe the answer is.


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  1. Bob
    Bob 9 September, 2012, 12:39

    Jerry brown is a moron

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  2. dawn
    dawn 9 September, 2012, 12:46

    yuck Jerry Brown just yuck he screwed up before and he is screwing up now just a lot of hot air and no where to go but down.who really cares about persona us Californian’s care about getting job’s here again and not c.e.o jobs but private sector and your blue collar jobs.bring them back home now.

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  3. Tax Target
    Tax Target 9 September, 2012, 13:39

    Likable? What is likable about this creep Brown? He is dishonest as the day is long. He will do anything to maintain his liberal agenda. I for one will relocate to Nevada or Arizona if any of the tax proposals pass. I’m through with this nonsense.

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 9 September, 2012, 15:13

    PACK and SHIP

    we sell boxes-

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  5. econprof
    econprof 9 September, 2012, 16:18

    I already did move to Arizona (Yuma) to escape CA’s taxes and high costs. Guess what, not only are the taxes and just about every other budget category cheaper, but the government is friendly and efficient at all levels. County and state employees, from clerk up to elected official, treat citizens with respect, take your calls, and actually HELP you get information.
    Labor is cheaper, which I expected, but workers also are more dependable and respectful. (OK, a high local unemployment rate is a factor).
    In San Diego I started a business, worked up to 10 employees, then sold it after a few years at a profit, which was always the objective. I learned early on that the State was determined to be my enemy, and the local government officials were not much better. At every turn they worked to thwart me, confuse me, and raise my costs. In AZ, the minor hiring I have done has been far different.

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  6. us citizen
    us citizen 9 September, 2012, 17:26

    Only the people with their hands out like Brown. I put him on par with Obama…………a giant LOOSER.

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  7. Bob
    Bob 9 September, 2012, 18:58

    For DemoNcrats the answer is ALWAYS to increase taxes.

    It’s all they know how to do.

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  8. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 9 September, 2012, 20:04

    Whine moan pooh

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  9. Bob
    Bob 9 September, 2012, 20:49

    For all the Jerry fans here…

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  10. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 9 September, 2012, 21:06

    Cut and paste is for kindergarten!

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  11. Bob
    Bob 9 September, 2012, 22:59

    Hah! Can’t even get it right, U Pull.

    It’s COPY and paste, and admit it…you loved it! (Or was there too much truth for you?)

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  12. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 10 September, 2012, 08:38

    Bob IS correct-it is COPY and paste.

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  13. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 10 September, 2012, 10:46

    Tax target – I don’t find Jerry Brown likable, but I have watched close up as he charms media people, like a snake charmer. You can only imagine what he does to editorial boards…


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  14. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 10 September, 2012, 11:13

    You must feel better…..ah…..

    Do kindergarten kids Microsoft copy and paste or use plastic safety scissors to cut and paste….hmmmm……..so petty…..so over you-

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  15. Soquel Creek
    Soquel Creek 10 September, 2012, 14:17

    With Proposition 30, Governor Jerry Brown is essentially saying, “The tax increases will continue until tax revenues improve.”

    QUESTION: Are California’s taxes too low compared to the other 49 United States?
    CHART: California State Income Tax Rates and Proposition 30 Increases Compared to the MAXIMUM Tax Rate in 49 Other States

    CHART: California State Sales Tax Rate and Proposition 30 Increases Compared to the State Sales Tax Rate in 49 Other States

    CHART: California Gasoline Taxes Compared to Gasoline Taxes in 49 Other States

    QUESTION: Do California’s high taxes affect the tax-generating private-sector economy?
    CHART: California ranks ‘F’, primarily for “Tax Code” on United States Small Business Friendliness survey

    CHART: California has the has the nation’s 3rd worst business tax climate

    CHART: California was ranked #46 for small business survival

    CHART: California was ranked DEAD LAST for seven consecutive years as the worst state for business by a nation-wide survey of CEOs

    CHART: California was ranked DEAD LAST for eleven consecutive years as least favorable business climate by Development Counsellors International

    QUESTION: With high taxes and a poor business climate, how does California’s unemployment rate compare to the other 49 states?
    CHART: California Unemployment Rate Compared to 49 Other States

    Governor Brown’s Proposition 30 is the WRONG solution for the problems affecting California. California has a STRUCTURAL deficit because we spend too much and on the wrong things. VOTE NO on PROPOSITION 30.

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  16. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 10 September, 2012, 14:53

    To protect schools and safety, Prop. 30 temporarily increases personal income taxes on the highest earners – couples with incomes over $500,000 a year and establishes the sales tax at a rate lower than it was last year.
    VOTE YES!!!!!!!!!!!! Unless you want the cuts, then you get what you asked for!

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  17. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 10 September, 2012, 15:02

    VOTE YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on prop 30
    Prevents deep school cuts and provides billions in new funding. Without Prop. 30, our schools and colleges face $6 billion in devastating cuts this year. Prop 30 provides billions in new funding for our schools starting this year — supporting everything from smaller class sizes to afterschool programs.
    Guarantees local public safety funding. Prop. 30 establishes a guarantee for public safety funding in our state’s constitution, where it can’t be touched without voter approval. This will keep cops on the street and save the state billions in prison costs over the long term.
    Helps balance the budget. Prop. 30 balances our budget and helps us pay down California’s debt-built up by years of gimmicks, borrowing and phony solutions.

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  18. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 11 September, 2012, 06:24

    “temporary tax increases?”

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