Monday, September 13, 2010

Jerry Brown's secret plan

California voters are being asked to buy a 72-year old pig in a poke. That is what they are getting if they vote for Jerry Brown for governor and believe that he will do anything useful in lowering the state's disastrous spending deficits. Debra Saunders reports on his interview with the editors at the San Francisco Chronicle.
Jerry Brown has a secret plan to balance the California state budget. When the state attorney general and Democratic gubernatorial nominee recently visited the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board, he brought with him a large three-ring binder with his ideas on how to bring state spending back into the black. But he wouldn't tell us what was in the book.

I asked him what he, as governor, would do that state employee labor unions, which are spending millions to get him elected, won't like. He answered, "Well, I'm certainly not going to tell you now."

And: "I'm not going to reveal my negotiating strategy now. I'm going to try to push everybody together."

Also: "The next governor has to be an honest broker, somebody that people feel is being straight and is talking to them in a real way. I think I can do that."

This is talking in a real way? Trying to figure out what Brown means is like trying to decipher the Da Vinci Code.

When Editorial Page Editor John Diaz asked what tough calls Brown was willing to make, he answered, "There's only a process that will lead us to where we're going."

When Diaz asked how Brown might want to change Proposition 13, Brown said he had no plans to change it in his notebook. But: "The way I would put it is everything is on the table and everyone's at the table."

Brown is the first candidate for governor in memory who is running for office on no platform so that he can be elected with no mandate.
But at least they can say that they will have voted for "a process that will lead us to where we're going." Huh? What does that mean? I'd beware of any politician who uses mumbo-jumbo asking voters to vote for a "process." I don't know that Meg Whitman can do any better, but I bet that in the real world, where she comes from, they don't make business decisions based on an unopened black notebook that no one is allowed to peek at.