To show just how ill-suited the man who governed the Golden State in the 1970s is to confront the problems of contemporary California, take a look at what Jerry Brown said Friday at a rally at UCLA:
We have enough wealth to continue to have a great university and get every kid into this school that can qualify. Now when I say every young man and young woman, I mean everyone – whether they are documented or not. If they went to school, they ought to be here. And that will be one of the first bills I sign… Of course I’m not going to sign any bills until we get the budget solved and that may take me a couple of months.
Note the caveat, that he’ll wait until he gets the budget “solved” to sign the bill. But, the DREAM act he supports would provide financial aid (i.e., tax dollars paid by California citizens) to the children of “undocumented” immigrants, creating future financial obligations for the state, thus threatening to throw our budget out of balance yet again.
It just doesn’t make fiscal sense.
Anyone who’s serious about fixing California would be focusing on generating economic growth and not incurring any future fiscal obligations for our already bloated state government. Jerry Brown just doesn’t get it.
He’s playing lip service to our state’s budget problems while living in a 70s dream world where government can shower gifts to favored constituencies with costs whisked away by a sprinkling of good will and fairy dust. And Brown’s not the only Democrat to represent the politics of the past. Julie Mason recently contrasted Brown’s fellow septuagenarian* Barbara Boxer, also running for statewide office this fall, “the consummate, 1970s-era feminist” with her opponent Carly “Fiorina’s successful 1990s businesswoman.”
The 1970s-era feminist whines how bad the system is for women while the businesswoman shows how with gumption and hard work a determined woman can start off as a secretary and end up as CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Which one would you rather have representing you at a time of economic turmoil?
*as of next month for the 28-year Washington veteran