In debate, Brown mocks Mississippi and Arkansas (i.e., the Clintons)

In debate, Brown mocks Mississippi and Arkansas (i.e., the Clintons)

brown.clinton.1992In Thursday night’s debate between Gov. Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari, the candidates sounded pretty scripted until Brown was asked about California’s ability to deal with its huge pension shortfalls.

Brown depicted that as an absurd question for a wealthy state with a proud history and vast resources. “Are we in Arkansas or Mississippi? This is the eighth-largest economy in the world,” he declared.

Yes, of course, the great majority of people would rather live in California than Arkansas or Mississippi. Summers that are like a humid version of Las Vegas kill the soul.

But if Brown is going to mock these states, that invites comparisons.

So here we go. The governor of California holds up Arkansas and Mississipi to ridicule even though …

— They have a much lower poverty rate, according to Census Bureau statistics that also include the cost of living.

— They have much lower unemployment, using the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ more refined U-6 measure that is based on adults who want full-time work but can’t find it, instead of treating part-time workers who rarely have benefits like full-time workers.

— They have far higher rates of home-ownership, too.

As in 1992, Brown takes debate potshot at Clintons

But I get a great kick out of this because I think Jerry Brown knows exactly what he’s doing.

Jerry has had bad blood with the most famous Arkansan of our time since early 1992. That is when, during a Democratic presidential candidate debate, he alleged that Gov. Bill Clinton had funneled state money to the Little Rock law firm of his wife, Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton was, er, peeved. Here’s a link to a great short clip in which Bill tells Jerry off.

In Thursday night’s debate, Brown could have made his haughty point a number of ways.

He could have said Mississippi and West Virginia. He could have said Mississippi and Alabama. He could have said Mississippi and Louisiana.

But he said “Arkansas or Mississippi.”

If you’re a political junkie, this is delicious.


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  1. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 5 September, 2014, 09:08

    Not happy. We moved lots of bunker dwellers to Arkansas and Mississippi. Yeah it is hot, muggy, the mosquitos have state driver licenses, but the doomers love these conservative bastions.

    By the way, we broke moving records this summer….shortage of trailers as usual, but we are working feverishly to get more trailer inventory.

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    • Bill Gore
      Bill Gore 5 September, 2014, 14:21

      Maybe when some disgruntled ex-employee slaps a lien on your business property for alleged unpaid wages you’ll be ready to fire up the Doomermobile, fill up Grandma’s Attic and lay some tread to the state line. C’mon up to OREGON bro, all us old californians are up here and we’ll be nice to you…. 🙂

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  2. SoCalSteve
    SoCalSteve 5 September, 2014, 10:56

    Maybe if the doomers read this, they’ll change their minds and want to move back. But I doubt it. Facts don’t affect people with closed minds.

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  3. JG
    JG 5 September, 2014, 11:43

    CA’s per capita income is around $500 greater than Arkansas. What an achievement! We should be leading the pack in terms of wealth creation, but the dems, who’ve controlled the state legislature for more years than Castro’s been dictator, love poverty.

    More poverty enables the dems to convince their low information voters that government is needed to help reach the ever elusive utopia.

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  4. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 5 September, 2014, 14:25

    Also-if Brown’s ‘non simpatico’ with the mega-gangsta Clintons, that is a kudo in his column as far as I’m concerned..

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  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 5 September, 2014, 16:33

    We mulled pushing Oregon for doomers, but we found ex Californians are having a tough hacking it ,for their are few Mimi’s style ball cap and apron jobs, so they are voting for all kinds of rules and regs and fees on the newly arrived naive doomers enamored with trees, clean air and salmon jumping etc etc etc. etc. etc

    Heck……. in Arkansas they cannot spell “regulation”.

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  6. Richard Rider
    Richard Rider 5 September, 2014, 16:48

    VERY few Californians leave the Golden State for ideological reasons. Most leave for a better economic climate, including a good job coupled with lower costs. PARTICULARLY on housing.

    Mock the CA departees all you want. They are NOT our welfare population. They are our young, our educated, our ambitious, our entrepreneurial — and our retirees taking their nest eggs to where they can find better lives.

    They are perhaps not very many raging liberals among this refugee group — as liberals are still in denial about the California economy. Just as well, I suppose. Don’t want to infect the rest of the country.

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  7. Ted Steele, The Decider
    Ted Steele, The Decider 6 September, 2014, 07:03


    # LMAO! Doomer’s paradise

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  8. S Moderation Douglas
    S Moderation Douglas 6 September, 2014, 10:49

    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

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  9. Hondo
    Hondo 6 September, 2014, 21:17

    I worked on Jerry’s campaign in 92. He was for a flat tax and took no money from unions or more than a 100 dollars. He was blown out of the water by Bills well funded campaign. He had morals then. Now he is just a paid off politician.

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