Jerry Brown

So, it’s a travesty stopping refugees under Trump? Have the Democrats forgotten their actions after Vietnam?

Everyone on the left-wing is up in arms about denying refugees from Syria and other wog nations access to the US.

Democrats in particular are especially upset and while John Campbell might wet his panties that some Democrat Attorneys-General are p[osturing over the executive orders perhaps they should cast their minds back to their actions after the Vietnam War.

One old tusker is still around forgetting his own actions back in the day.

While there was recent rebellion against President Trump?s refugee, executive order, there were many liberals in 1975 associated with big-name Democrats against any Vietnam refugees wanting out of South Vietnam as it was absorbed by communists?there were millions! These left wingers were not even open to orphans coming to America.

California Governor Jerry Brown led the anti-refugee outfit that included well-known liberals such as Senator Joe Biden (D-DE), Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY) and former-presidential ?peace candidate? George McGovern.? Read more »

Brown’s rail project an expensive “boondoggle”

Not Len Brown this time, but Jerry Brown, the Governor of California and his ill-fated rail project.

The similarities are astonishing though.

As California breaks ground this week on its new high-speed rail line, it is clear what the $68 billion dollar project amounted to: though the project will surely make unions, construction workers, and bond salesmen happy, it is little more than money the state doesn?t have for a train that its residents don?t need and probably won?t use.?TheWashington Post?reports on the project?s continued financial troubles, and it?s not pretty:

Voters approved a $9.95 billion bond aimed at funding the initial construction of the rail project in 2008, by a slim five-point margin. The Obama administration added another $3.2 billion in federal grants, and the legislature agreed in 2014 to provide funding through cap-and-trade taxes on greenhouse gases, which will add another $250 million to $1 billion per year.

That means the rail authority will have about $26 billion at best, less than half the estimated total costs. California High-Speed Rail Authority officials have said they expect advertising, real estate developments and private investors to fund up to a third of the total costs. ? Read more »

Is Key a subscriber to ‘canoe theory’?

Todd S. Purdum looks at California’s Governor Jerry Brown:

Brown?s politics have long been tough to pigeonhole. He is personally ascetic, like the Jesuit seminarian he once was, and in his first term famously drove a plebeian Plymouth. He has always been a bit of a fiscal skinflint and now bucks liberal orthodoxy on questions like legalizing marijuana. His long-standing credo has been the ?canoe theory? ? that the best way to head in a straight line is to paddle a little to the left and then to the right. In contrast to a Legislature widely seen as left of center, he is viewed as middle of the road.

It is hard to argue when reading that description of Jerry Brown that it doesn’t also fit John Key perfectly.

John Key sits squarely in the middle, with little paddles to the left, and then little paddles to the right. So far he has got the balance in the canoe just right.

But all it takes to tip a canoe over is a rogue wave, or a boat to speed past or the canoe to spring a leak. ? Read more »

Warning labels coming for soft drinks in California


Tobacco tactics are alive and well in California, where they have passed a state law requiring warning labels on sugary drinks.

They are coming for your products, wait until some health jihadist decides the ingredients of your product are bad.

First they came for tobacco now they are coming for sugar.?Wait until they require plain packaging of soft drinks as well…don’t laugh it has already been proposed.

I wonder if the Coca-Cola Company now realises its ?error in not supporting tobacco companies as their intellectual property rights were awarded by the health jihadists?

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Governor Moonbeam vetoes anti-gun bills

Good on Jerry Brown, Governor of California, he has vetoed two anti-gun bills.

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, of California,?vetoed two anti-gun bills?today. The bills had passed the state legislature and combined they would have banned the sale and possession of semi-automatic ?assault weapons? by name and banned semi-auto rifles that accepted detachable magazines if Brown had signed them into law.

But he didn?t.? Read more »

A good Democrat

It isn’t often you find a good Democrat. Jerry Brown is starting to annoy the liberal left with his prudent spending behaviour.

Brown has tried to cut spending so much that the main complaints about him are from the left, and budget-related??especially about his resistance to federal court orders to spend more on California?s enormous and overcrowded prison system. ? Read more »

Governor Moonbeam supports fracking

The governor of the socialist republic of California, Jerry Brown seems to be a convert of the benefits of fracking:

The USC authors cite ?the possibility that greater-than-expected in-state energy production not only could?support?a return to stronger economic growth within the state, but actually?accelerate?the state?s economic turnaround, perhaps profoundly so.?

Unsurprisingly, the usual suspects have harrumphed loudly about the perils of fracking. ?If and when the oil companies figure out how to exploit that shale oil, California could be transformed almost overnight,? Kassie Siegel, a lawyer at the Center for Biological Diversity, told the?New York Times?in February. ?Fracking poisons the air we breathe and the water we drink. It is one of the most, if not the most, important environmental issue in California.?

But to his credit, Governor Brown ? affectionately known here as Moonbeam for his liberal, hippie tendencies ? has taken some small steps in the?right direction. ?The fossil fuel deposits in California are incredible, the potential is extraordinary,? Brownstated?last month, also noting that ?between now and development lies a lot of questions that need to be answered, and I feel confident that the people are in place in my administration to handle the issues as they come up.? Brown also reaffirmed his commitment, such as it is, to the state?s oil economy,?declaring?that ?our permits are dramatically up ? California is the fourth-largest oil producing state and we want to continue that.? It may be some time before fracking becomes a reality, but Brown is plainly both feeling the pressure and sensing the promise.

So for all the talk of a new, high-tech, white-collar economy bringing California back from the brink, it may turn out that one of the oldest and dirtiest industries around will save the future of the Golden State.

Len Brown take note, don’t bash the ‘burbs

Len Brown wants us to live in apartments surrounding rail corridors. This isn’t new, it is the push all around the world including in California. Len Brown should take note of what happens when people don’t share your dream/nightmare:

For the past century, California, particularly Southern California, nurtured and invented the suburban dream. The sun-drenched single-family house, often with a pool, on a tree-lined street was an image lovingly projected by television and the movies. Places like the San Fernando Valley ? actual home to the “Brady Bunch” and scores of other TV family sitcoms ? became, in author Kevin Roderick’s phrase, “America’s suburb.”

This dream, even a modernized, multicultural version of it, now is pass? to California’s governing class. Even in his first administration, 1975-83, Gov. Jerry Brown?disdained suburbs, promoting a city-first, pro-density policy. His feelings hardened during eight years (1999-2007) as mayor of Oakland, a city that, since he left, has?fallen on hard times, although it has been treated with some love recently in the?blue media.

As state attorney general (2007-11) Brown took?advantage of the state’s 2006 climate change legislation?to move against suburban growth everywhere from Pleasanton to San Bernardino. Now back as governor, he can give full rein to his determination to limit access to the old California dream, curbing suburbia and?forcing more of us?and, even more so our successors, into small apartments nearby bus and rail stops. His successor as attorney general, former San Francisco D.A. Kamala Harris, is, if anything, more theologically committed to?curbing suburban growth.? Read more »


US voters got to cast ballots on more than just politicians in this week’s Presidential Elections.

Flying below the NZ media’s radar in the election were a couple of? Propositions put to citizens of California, on subjects of more than passing interest to readers of this blog.

The mix of ingredients included :

  • ?A?Teachers’ Union up to its armpits in political influence buying
  • ?Attempts to stop Union leaders?siphoning their members’ money into left-wing politics
  • ?A?budget-blowing politician named Brown (who also has a?$69 billion dollar train scheme)

Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, a very big spending namesake of?Auckland’s own Spendin’ Len Brown, has dug California into a deep financial hole with “miscalculated” budget numbers and schemes like his $69 billion fast rail plan.


Rather than save his way out, he proposed an increase in taxes of over $6 billion dollars, through an increase in sales tax that would hit everybody,?plus that perennial favourite, a special income tax on the rich.

Jerry sponsored Proposition 30.

It passed, and guess who donated most of the $40 million spent in a campaign to get it over the line – that’s right, the California Teachers’ Union and their mates in other public sector unions.

But the Teachers’ Union spent really big dollars to defeat Proposition 32.

The Paycheck Protection Initiative would have banned unions from using members’ subs to donate to political parties and politicians and stopped the compulsory?employer deductions?of union subs from a worker’s pay packet.

Thanks in part to the $22 million that the Teachers’ Union donated to a $68 million campaign, Proposition 32 was defeated.?

Politics and unions?continue on their happy way in sunny California.