Gov. Brown touts liberal accomplishments, rebukes Washington Republicans in final State of the State address

Gov. Brown touts liberal accomplishments, rebukes Washington Republicans in final State of the State address

California Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his final “State of the State” address in Sacramento on Thursday, mixing in a reflection on his last two terms in office with warnings about the future – without mention President Trump by name.

“Our world, our way of life, our system of governance all are at immediate and genuine risk. Endless new weapons systems, growing antagonism among nations, the poison in our politics, climate change,” Brown said. “All of this calls out for courage, for imagination and for generous dialogue.”

The Democratic governor touted what he sees as accomplishments, including guiding California from an economic catastrophe along with promoting the state as a leader on issues like climate change and immigration reform.

Overall, the 79-year-old governor portrayed California as an example to be followed while lambasting the “poison of our politics,” an apparent reference to Trump and the GOP agenda in Washington.

“Despite what is widely believed by some of the most powerful people in Washington, the science of climate change is not in doubt,” Brown told the Legislature. “All nations agree except one, and that is solely because of one man: our current president.”

Citing headlines like “California Is Doomed” when he entered the office for a second time in 2011, Brown pointed to the extension of cap-and-trade, a budget surplus and pension reform as reasons to bet on the Golden State in years to come.

“All these programs are big and very important to our future,” the governor continued. “And their passage demonstrates that some American governments can actually get things done – even in the face of deepening partisan division.”

However, Republican critics argue the current state of the pension system is still untenable and the high poverty rate and skyrocketing cost of living are issues yet to be adequately addressed in Sacramento.

“Some people are spending 50 percent of their pay on rent,” Republican Assembly Leader Brian Dahle said after the speech. “With increasing taxes, they’re raising revenues off the back of people here.”

And the address would not have been complete without reference to Brown’s bullet train project, with him admitting that “I make no bones about it. I like trains, and I like high-speed trains even better.”

The price of the high-speed rail connecting the north and south of the state has faced increased costs in the decade since voters approved it. For example, as the Los Angeles Times noted, the first installment – from Bakersfield to Madera – is already $4.6 billion over budget.

“Yes, it costs lots of money, but it is still cheaper and more convenient than expanding airports and building new freeways to meet the growing demand,” Brown said in defense. “It will be fast, quiet, and powered by renewable electricity and last for a hundred years.”

Overall, Brown exits with his state having positioned itself at the center of the so-called “resistance” against President Trump. In addition to several lawsuits challenging Washington on issues like sanctuary cities and fracking, culturally, California has come to embody all things anti-Trump.

“Here in California, we follow a different path,” the governor said.

While Brown did not comment on the current race to fill his office, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom stands as the overwhelming frontrunner and, aside from his opposition to the bullet train, is campaigning on a platform that’s mostly consistent with Brown’s wider agenda, suggesting that in 2018, voters may choose to continue the direction the outgoing governor envisions.

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  1. Ted Steele CPA
    Ted Steele CPA 26 January, 2018, 19:18

    I am honored to help the Doomera here by being the first poster! Gov Brown has been a fine holder of that office. Sadly for the GOP he has an ethos of compassion and care for others. The GOP dumped those sentiments decades ago.

    Doomers— discuss

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    • lb11
      lb11 29 January, 2018, 12:01

      Compassion and care for his voting block, illegal aliens. He has done nothing but destroy this state, him and his communist cronies in Sacramento. Get a brain.

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 27 January, 2018, 01:11

    Comrades

    You will miss Jerry Brown….the Noose or Villarahtaxyah will finally clean you out!

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  3. Sean
    Sean 27 January, 2018, 10:13

    California did go a different path. It has the greatest number of the wealthiest of the wealthy and the greatest number of the poorest of the poor. The population of homeless on the streets has exploded and low to moderate income people live in cars and RV’s in specially set up overnight parking areas at churches and government buildings from San Francisco to San Diego. Nearly a third of the population is on Medicaid but the political generosity ends at the hospital door as the state has one of the lowest reimbursements for healthcare services. On average the state is doing well but it’s become a land of have a lots and have a littles with not much in the middle.

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  4. Political Wrath or God's Wrath?
    Political Wrath or God's Wrath? 27 January, 2018, 21:30

    Isaiah 24:4-6
    “The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.”

    The Bible declares that “climate change” occurs because the earths inhabitants have transgressed the laws of nature, changed the ordinance of marriage, and broken God’s law, the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse is devouring the earth. Not because the common people are driving cars and running businesses. A case in point:

    THE LAW OF NATURE – Genesis 1:27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
    Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
    Genesis 1:28. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

    TRANSGRESSING THE LAWS OF NATURE – The Consenting Adult Sex Bill (Assembly Bill 489) is a consenting adult law, passed in California in 1975 and effective in January 1976, that repealed the sodomy law in California so that it applied only in criminal situations and made gay sex legal for the first time.[1] George Moscone, an early proponent of gay rights, in conjunction with his friend and ally in the Assembly, Willie Brown, managed to get the bill passed, 21-20, repealing the existing Californian laws against sodomy. The amendment was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown.

    CHANGING THE ORDINANCE – Proposition 8 Section I. Title. This measure shall be known and may be cited as the “California Marriage Protection Act”. Section 2. Article I. Section 7.5 is added to the California Constitution, to read: Sec. 7.5. Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.

    When Gov. Jerry Brown decided he wouldn’t defend California’s ban same-sex marriage in court, he was following in the footsteps of his father, former Gov. Pat Brown. Jerry Brown, the state’s attorney general–filed papers on Friday asking the state Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8, which amends the state’s Constitution to define marriage as only between a man and a woman.

    One nagging question from the federal court battle over California’s Proposition 8, the traditional marriage law: Why was the task of defending Proposition 8 left to a group of private attorneys, instead of Attorney General Jerry Brown?
    The answer: Because Mr. Brown refused to defend Proposition 8, even though part of the attorney general’s traditional job description is to defend state law from legal challenges — including laws with which they disagree.

    BROKEN THE EVERLASTING COVENANT – Exodus 34:28. And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.
    Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

    Leviticus 18:22. Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

    FIRE – Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

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  5. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 30 January, 2018, 13:21

    Listen to Moonbeams mindless braying every time i hear a real donkey bray i can tell its more intellegent the Moonbeam Brown

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