And via Jerry Brown’s campaign mailings, we learn he has no clue how to make it any better. He has no plan to cut taxes and promises to “create a ‘strike team'” by “leverag[ing] private and federal research dollars for startups and other California businesses, especially those in high tech and green industries.” Um, Jerry, have you taken a look at the federal budget deficit lately? It’s over one trillion dollars. Don’t think there’s gonna be all that many dollars to leverage.
Plus, the former Governor has a plan calling for “new investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy”, but who’s going to make those investments? Will he mandate that private industries do that or maybe he’ll want the state government to do that? The former solution puts additional burdens on struggling enterprises while the latter asks a cash-strapped state (already having trouble paying its bills) to fork out money it doesn’t have.
Unfortunately, this guy who was a political has-been when he ran for president in 1992 — when he lost the California Democratic primary — is out of touch with what’s going in America today. People don’t want government to solve our problems. 58% of Americans think government is “doing too many things that should be left to businesses and individuals.” Only “23% of U.S. voters say they prefer a more active government with more services and higher taxes over one with fewer services and lower taxes“. 65% “prefer a government with fewer services and lower taxes rather than one with more services and higher taxes.”
And Jerry Brown’s got no plan to reduce our taxes. And is still looking to government to provide solutions.