A states’-rights defense against Jerry Brown

Goebbels and Hitler and Stalin, oh my!

We are used to hearing Noam Chomsky refer to Israel as “Stalinist” and regular screed by a prominent New York Times
columnist who was reminded of Hitler when he first saw Sarah Palin. Like Helen Thomas telling “them” to “get out of Palestine,” it is regular fare these days. Quite possibly they feel a greater comfort zone with Barack Obama as president. But we have been hearing this garbage from Jerry Brown for 40 years.

That he sees himself as being governor again is debilitating. But Brown could govern California again.

California is on its last legs. It has already had its last chance. Throwing Gray Davis out of office in 2003 was the right thing to do. The economy of California was being compared with Argentina. But it was an admission of failure. Bringing in Arnold was the radical option, but it was also the right thing to do; it was a Hail Mary pass when there were no other options. But the Governator could not solve the problem and California sank deeper into insolvency. Returning to Brown today, who was governor of California between 1978 and 1983, would declare the state not only insolvent, but ungovernable.

California’s inland farmers have been saying this for several years now. They have formed a committee to separate from the coastal cities, which spend all their money and more. They have called for and will get now a constitutional convention to change their fate. One of the options discussed is to divide California into two or three separate states.

At the moment, the Golden State has auspicious management options with Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina running for governor and Senate. But if California returns to the ’60s with Governor Moonbeams — clearly it has never left — then the inland farmers have the right and responsibility to follow their own initiatives.



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