Jerry Brown, faux foe of regulation

April 13, 2013

By Chris Reed

Jerry Brown has talked such a good game on regulations that he often gets credit for being a stalwart on the issue — even when all he ever does is offer lip service.

That’s why Dan Walters’ column on the topic is so maddening. He presents a 2 + 2 scenario, and then doesn’t mention it adds up to 4.

“As attorney general and governor, he embraced one of the state’s most comprehensive regulatory schemes, aimed at reducing emissions of carbon to retard global warming.

“Brown threatened to sue local governments that didn’t meet his global warming standards, endorsed a shift in power generation to non-carbon sources that will raise utility costs and embraced cap-and-trade emission controls that will exact billions of dollars in fees from business.

“But he’s also criticized CEQA, signed by his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, as a ‘blob,’ called for streamlining its procedures and quipped, ‘I’ve never seen a CEQA exemption that I don’t like.’

The governor doesn’t just do his shtick in California. He’s also performing this week in California, noted Walters:

“‘We’ve got more damn laws than you can think of,’ Brown told one gathering, adding that there are ‘endless ideas’ about adding more regulation and he sees his job as ‘to find a way to cut through that.’

“‘To the extent you have any red tape, there’s no one more anxious to reduce it,’ Brown told an appreciative group of business people.

“So does Brown really want to lower regulatory hurdles or is it just a convenient and momentary posture? With Brown, one never knows.”

That last paragraph is kind of mind-boggling. Where’s the beef? Where’s the evidence that Jerry’s libertarian rhetoric has any follow-through at all?






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  1. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 13 April, 2013, 16:00

    Jerry will try hard to meet your negative performance forecasts.

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  2. loufca
    loufca 13 April, 2013, 16:25

    Jerry has said in the past that he will say anything to get elected. For having been in the Jesuit Seminar, he forgets everything he was taught about truth, honesty and humility.

    The sad part is that Californi voters just don’t get him or Steinberg. Two of the biggest hypocrites this state has produced.

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  3. stolson
    stolson 13 April, 2013, 17:14

    Californi voters just don’t get him or Steinberg. Two of the biggest hypocrites this state has produced.

    CORRECT. Their double talk and cowing to the unions and EPA are sickening. Steinberg, I believe, was/is ACLU. He leans left of the Dem party. He needs to go if CA is to recover. Brown is a phoney.
    The big city voters don’t care enough to protest.

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  4. Hondo
    Hondo 13 April, 2013, 21:29

    Jerry just can’t come to the realization that there is no global warming. All the latest stats point to a FALL in the global temps. Tree ring data has disproved the whole thing.
    I do think that the true liberals are trying to save the earth. They really believed the earth had a fever. But they can’t come to accept the fact that the earth is not warming. Before embarking on this huge undertaking, they should have done more studies.
    But to concede this issue is would be too much for their egos.
    Jerry seems oblivious to the fact that Kalifornia, a place with more economic assets than any place on earth, has the worst unemployment rate in the country. He just can’t admit that all their liberal policies simply don’t work, even when the idiotic overwhelming evidence is slapping him in the face.

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  5. Wayne Lusvardi
    Wayne Lusvardi 14 April, 2013, 14:01

    Brown is trying to re-regulate deregulation.

    He is trying to re-regulate the “categorical” programs in the K-12 grade public education budget that were deregulated in 2009 under ABX-4-2. He is of course spinning that what he is doing is deregulating categorical — political earmark — jobs programs. But he isn’t. He’s re-regulating $4.5 billion to divert it to a pet political constituency — disadvantaged schools.

    This reminds me of British novelist George Orwell’s quote in his novel “Animal Farm” – “All animal are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Liberals say they want equality or deregulation: what they mean is usually the opposite.

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