Gerry Canavan

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The Chinese Use the Same Character for Both ‘Challenge’ and ‘Bullshit Non-Problem’

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After years of grueling battles over state budget deficits and spending cuts, California has a new challenge on its hand: too much money.

Mr. Brown, a Democrat who has always had a fiscally conservative streak, is leading the don’t-pop-any-Champagne-corks brigade, saying that he would oppose significant increases in new spending and that the money should go into a rainy-day fund. His administration put out the lower $1.2 billion estimate.

Keep it safe and dry for the next time the GOP wins.


Written by gerrycanavan

May 26, 2013 at 9:47 am

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  1. I’ll give Brown the benefit of the doubt here. Not proposing immediate spending seems a way to cement his budgetary bona fides with voters and power brokers; A budget surplus in California is a big deal, but a positive revenue stream needs to be seen as ordinary — not extraordinary — in the popular imagination before spending goes up again. I assume he hopes to use his now-proved competence as a political bludgeon during a reelection campaign in 2014, in which case money spent later rather than sooner helps his political future.

    Come to think of it, that doesn’t seem like much of a benefit of the doubt, does it? Anyway, I think it’s a little too soon to castigate Brown for publicly urging “caution” — there is a lot politics going on over there, even in the shortest of terms.


    May 26, 2013 at 11:11 am

    • I guess I’d ask what a person has to do to actually *lose* the benefit of the doubt.


      May 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

      • He’d have to be a Democrat who parlays his reputation for “fiscal responsibility” to gain a second term, during which the state coffers continue to fill — and never spend a dime on the public good.

        My hope is that California’s fortunes are truly on the upswing, that the public demands increased spending, and that Brown and his minions free up funds for good works and get reelected by doing so.

        Hey, I live in Arizona — Jerry Brown looks pretty good from over here.


        May 26, 2013 at 11:55 am

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