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California Lurches Left As Jerry Brown Heads Into the Sunset: New at Reason

For all his obvious flaws, Brown governed the state like an adult. What comes next is likely to be worse.

Sina Schuldt/dpa/picture-alliance/NewscomSina Schuldt/dpa/picture-alliance/NewscomWe've known this day was coming: the end of the Jerry Brown administration. For all of Gov. Moonbeam's flaws, those of us with conservative, libertarian or moderate leanings know that the state government is losing the last adult in charge. The next governor will be less willing to serve as a backstop against a Legislature that's gone far to the left.

It's why Republicans have been muted in their criticism even as Brown pushed the cap-and-trade plan, a high-speed rail boondoggle, and budgets that obliterated spending records. My main beef is Brown failed to use much of his political capital for a Nixon-goes-to-China moment that takes on the public-sector unions. They are the main obstacle to fixing various state problems, ranging from the pension system to the lackluster public schools.

A recent 90-minute gubernatorial debate in San Jose reminded us of what's coming. It also highlighted the new reality, which is driven by deep demographic and political changes, and exacerbated by the relatively new top-two system, writes Steven Greenhut.

Read the whole thing.

Photo Credit: Sina Schuldt/dpa/picture-alliance/Newscom

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  • loveconstitution1789||

    For all of Gov. Moonbeam's flaws, those of us with conservative, libertarian or moderate leanings know that the state government is losing the last adult in charge.

    Jerry Brown is a statist. He was first elected in 1974 and then reelected in 1978. He helped wreck California back then too.

    California saw a conservative turn in the 1980s and 1990s and it thrived. Gov Moonbeam was able to run again because he was a two-term Governor before the term limit law was changed. After being elected again in 2010, he helped run California into the ground again.

    People and businesses are literally fleeing Commifornia for other states.

  • Ecoli||

    Just speaking for myself. I am close to retirement and live in Cali. I plan to leave. I am considering Arizona, Nevada, and a few flyover states. I am fed up with the taxes and with the idiotic leftists. Cali is a beautiful place, made ugly by one wrong decision after another. I think the pendulum will swing but its period is too long for me.

  • John||

    He governed like an adult sure. An evil and crazy adult but an adult. He didn't pee his pants in public or draw on the walls with crayons. So there is that.

  • Sevo||

    "For all his obvious flaws, Brown governed the state like an adult."

    Have you heard about his toy trains?

  • Rich||

    California should secede and take its "laboratory of democracy" to the next level.

  • WhatAboutBob||

    California lurches left? How can that be? I thought all those immigrants was suppose to turn it into a libertarian paradise?

  • Rev. Arthur Ꮮ. Kirkland||

    Finally, with this old and obsolete white man out of the way, California can become a proper beacon of progressive thought to the world. A good solid lurch left will accelerate the net domestic out-migration of the people who are holding California back, allowing Hollywood and Silicon Valley to lead the Mexican people to a glorious new future.

    Carry on, clingers.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Hollywood and Silicon Valley to lead the Mexican people to a glorious new future.

    If there's one group of people who need to be led to a glorious future by the white people of Silicon Valley...

  • shortviking||

    There's nothing adult about throwing tantrums that taxpayers don't want to pay for all his shit.

  • Mickey Rat||

    It is all relative. Brown had a teenager mentality, the rest of the state's Democrats are preschooler emotional age.

  • Ben_||

    Yeah, but maybe the fools in California will finally grow up if they actually have to endure the consequences of their folly.

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