Governor Brown deviated from his standard annual State of the State Address format this year. I had expected him to address a multitude of issues, so we challenged him with five topics that could use leadership pronouncements. These five concerns are in the third piece below, as provided by the Orange County Breeze. The Governor did not come close to these subjects.
Instead of being the calm and experienced leader, providing a road map on how a seasoned professional at the helm will deal with the new paradigm in D.C., Governor Brown dog-piled onto the current in-your-face-mentality the majority party has been displaying here in Sacramento (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Financially Unstable States — January 24, 2017 january 24, 2017 john moorlach).
I got the impression that he watched the Inauguration of President Trump and on Sunday afternoon wrote down his thoughts. We received a campaign speech yesterday, the very same approach that our new President was criticized for in his speech. The hypocrisy is amazing. The State of the State was covered by local Channel 3, KCRA, and addresses the seven components it observed in the first piece below.
The Canada Free Press provides its reactions to the awkward and confrontational affair in the second piece below. It derived my remarks from the following news release that I sent out:
This is going to be a very unusual and unique two years. I’m just delighted to have a front row seat for this clash of the titans. To get a sense of what I’m talking about, go to CBS Channel 2 and KCAL Channel 9 for the fun: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/3611954-california-governor-vows-to-fight-trumps-vision/. Highly regarded political reporter Dave Bryan provides the opening salvo. Stay tuned.
7 things to know about Brown’s State of State address
Gov. Brown makes fiery speech in response to new White House administration
By Vicki Gonzalez
Gov. Jerry Brown gave a fiery State of the State address Tuesday at the California Capitol. While a big portion of his speech was in response to President Donald Trump’s administration, Brown also touched on policies aimed at protecting Californians.
Here’s are seven things to know about Brown’s seventh State of the State speech:
1) NAVIGATING A NEW PRESIDENCY
Although Brown didn’t mention the president by name, the State of the State was crafted with a clear message to the Republican new administration — California would continue to fight for its interests and accomplishments despite contrasting political views.
“It’s hard for me to keep my thoughts just on California. The recent election and inauguration of a new president has shown deep divisions across America,” the Democratic governor said. “We must prepare for uncertain times and reaffirm the basic principles that have made California the great exception that it is.”
2) FIGHTING FOR THE UNDOCUMENTED
Brown immediately addressed immigration, vowing to fight for all California residents — regardless of their status.
The comments were in response to Trump’s campaign promise to build a border wall and threats to remove former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which protects a portion of minors who entered the country illegally.
“Millions of Californians have come from Mexico and a hundred other countries and they have come here making our state what it is today — vibrant, even turbulent, and a beacon of hope to the rest of the world,” he said. “We will defend everybody. Every man, woman and child who’s come here for a better life and contributed to the well-being of our state.”
3) PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
Brown also focused on California continuing to fight climate change, calling on California to join other states — and countries if need be — to fight environmental pollution.
“Whatever they do in Washington, they can’t change the facts. And these are the facts. The climate is changing, the temperatures are rising and so are the oceans. Natural habitats everywhere are under increasing stress the world knows this,” he said. “We cannot fall back and give in to the climate deniers. The science is clear. The danger is real.”
4) ADDRESS MET CRITICISM ACROSS PARTY LINES
While the speech touted accomplishments and actions, both Democrats and Republicans found voids in addressing California’s shortcomings.
“We’ve got to focus on our balance sheet because it’s one of the worst in the nation,” state Sen. John Moorlach, R-District 37, said. "And I didn’t see an enthusiasm to attack our balance sheet, to attack our debts, to make a better budget.”
“Sacramento and San Francisco are some of the highest cost urban areas in the entire world,” Asm. David Chiu, D-District 17, said. “We have to do something to address our housing crisis.”
5) THERE IS COMMON GROUND
Brown’s address also highlighted some common goals with the new administration — particularly about building jobs and infrastructure in California.
“Here’s where the president’s firm intention to build — and build big. He met with leaders there for $1 trillion in public works, and I say, ‘Amen to that brother,’” Brown said. “In his inaugural address, (the president) said we will build new roads, highways, bridges, airports, tunnels, railways — and on this we can all work together here in Sacramento and in Washington."
6) SPEECH GOT DIVIDED REACTION
Although Democrats largely applauded Brown’s address, some Republicans criticized the rhetoric as provocative and confrontational of a president who has been in office for just days.
“Really, Washington holds the upper hand. So, we are going to be responding and reacting to that. But, I do think we will take a hit. It’s a matter of how much,” Asm. Jim Cooper, D-District 9, said. “He said a lot of things that are important to California. Where California goes, leads the nation.”
“I’m concerned about the relationship between California and the federal government,” state Sen. Ted Gaines, R-District 1, said. “The Democrats could be painting themselves into a corner when we ought to be working collaboratively. I like the lead that Trump is taking in terms of cutting taxes and deregulation. And I think, we should be doing the same thing here in California.”
7) CALIFORNIA STRIVES TO BE BIPARTISAN MODEL
Brown’s address ended with a standing ovation across party lines, asking the floor to go beyond political interests and work together to put California first.
“Democrats are in the majority, but Republicans represent real Californians too. And by the way, those Californians want to be heard too, and they want to be listened to,” Brown said. “Above all, we have to live in the truth. We all have our opinions, but for democracy to work we have to trust each other.”
“When California does well, America does well. And when California hurts, America hurts.” Perhaps this is one reason Trump is willing to cut off funding to Sanctuary Cities
Gov. Jerry Brown Talks; President Donald Trump Does
While America’s new President Donald Trump was busy signing Executive Orders to boost energy independence and jobs in the United States, California Governor Jerry Brown was busy promising upcoming battles with Republican-controlled Washington, and used his 2017 State of the State address to double down on California’s regressive “progressive” policies.
On the heels of revealing faulty budget math that resulted in an additional $1.6 billion budget deficit, Brown dug his heels in today and said “California is not turning back. Not now, not ever.”
Senator Moorlach is Capitol’s Adult
Sycophants in the media often refer to Brown as the only adult in the State Capitol, when compared to the infantine legislature and foolish Democratic leadership. “California needs less showmanship and more leadership,” said California Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, following Brown’s State of the State speech. “Governor Brown gave a defiant, play-to-the-crowd speech, but he still does not understand the fundamental change that’s happening in this nation and in so many other states,” Moorlach said. “He’s on the wrong side and his ‘alternative facts’ about the health of our economy need to be rectified. California’s balance sheet must be fixed—this is priority number one; not antagonizing the new President. When you upset the leader of this nation, you better prepare for push back. It will negatively affect every Californian; and that is poor leadership.”
Gov. Brown would be wise to heed Moorlach’s prudent words before his devastating regressive “progressive” policies push all of California into bankruptcy.
Brown’s Got a Big Hat, But Trump’s Got the Cattle
President Trump’s first Executive Order only hours after being sworn in was on the construction of the Keystone Pipeline, which he said will create 28,000 construction jobs.
The second order was on construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Trump’s third order directs the Commerce Department to use U.S. steel in constructing the pipes for these projects. “We will build our own pipelines. We will build our own pipes. … Like we used to in the old days,” Trump said, Fox News Insider reported.
Meanwhile Gov. Brown continues to provide sanctuary to millions of illegal aliens in 35 cities, while bankrupting the state providing excessive benefits for them. “Brown reiterated promises to protect undocumented immigrants, provide healthcare to the needy and continue his signature fight against climate change,” sacbee.com reported.
While President Trump’s conservative agency nominees are being confirmed, Gov. Jerry Brown swore-in Latino radical Xavier Becerra as California’s new Attorney General.
While Trump has vowed to cut corporate and income taxes and stimulate the economy, Brown has pushed through two massive tax increases on the top income earners in the state, and sales taxes on everyone.
Trump’s fourth order directed the Commerce Department to streamline the deliberately byzantine process of permitting manufacturing projects. “The regulatory process in this country has become a tangled-up mess and very unfair to people,” Trump said.
Gov. Brown continues to encourage passage of climate change regulations and excessive gas taxes, killing and stifling business, while chasing away other businesses to more friendly states.
Trump’s fifth Executive Order was to “expedite environmental reviews and approvals” for important infrastructure projects (not sports arenas). “We can’t be in an environmental [review] process for 15 years if a bridge is going to be falling down or if a highway is crumbling,” said Trump.
Gov. Brown has ordered Californians to cut gasoline use by 50 percent by 2050, and is forcing electric companies to obtain most of their energy from wind, solar, and cow fart sources by 2030.
California Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, pointed to a list of Brown’s claimed accomplishments that Allen says are, in reality, a litany of failures:
- Increased spending on California’s public school system, but California’s public education remains one of the worst in the nation.
- Adding 5 million Californians to Covered California/Obamacare and Medi-Cal expansion – which is 95 percent funded by the federal government. When Obamacare is predictably repealed, Brown’s health care house of cards will collapse and leave the state budget devastated.
- “Re-aligning” state prisoners into county jails, or simply releasing them back into our communities has increased crime rates across California exponentially.
- Self-proclaimed “World leader” in climate change regulations – which has resulted in no change to the climate, but Californians are now stuck paying the highest gas taxes in the nation, and businesses have job/business killing “clean air” regulations on them.
- Passing a water bond – yet trillions of gallons of recent rain water has been released right back into the ocean because no large-capacity water storage has been built since the bond’s approval—or since Brown was governor 30 years ago.
- Closing a budget deficit of $27 billion – achieved by making Californians pay the highest taxes in the nation; and the state budget is already back in deficit territory.
- Reduced unemployment from 12.1 percent to 5.3 percent – which ranks California as the 11th worst in the nation, with the highest welfare recipient rate and the highest poverty rate when factoring in the cost of living—and doesn’t account for those no longer looking for work, or the underemployed. Take away welfare and suddenly 90% of the illegal population will no longer have any reason to be here.
“There are really two ‘states of the state’ in California,” said Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes. “One California is populated by wealthy people. They receive excellent healthcare, their children are taught in the best and safest schools. The other California is home to people whose access to health care is limited, their schools are failing and violence is an everyday reality.”
Gov. Brown talks a good game, but everything he does is wrong for California… unless he is trying to destroy the state. Then he’s right on track. Citing the English poet John Donne in his State of the State speech, the Governor said California is not an island and America’s future is inextricably tied to California’s future: “When California does well, America does well. And when California hurts, America hurts.”
Perhaps this is one reason Trump is willing to cut off funding to Sanctuary Cities… a thought for another day.
Five things to watch for in Gov. Brown’s 2017 State of the State Address
State Senator John Moorlach reads the financial numbers and offers five things to watch for in the governor’s 2017 State of the State Address.
California State Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) suggests five things to watch for in Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 24. (The Governor will swear in Xavier Becerra as California’s 33rd Attorney General before the speech.)
Senator Moorlach’s key metrics and questions
Evaluating California’s condition requires checking vital signs and determining where our efforts are needed most.
Below are 5 key metrics and resulting questions the Governor should address about the state of our state:
- While other states see increased economic activity on the horizon in 2017, California, for the 12th year in a row, has been rated the worst state in which to do business. What is the plan to reduce burdensome regulations and make California more friendly to business?
- California is the 5th most expensive state in which to live and raise a family, and the Governor has predicted imminent economic downturns. What is the plan to protect California’s economy and make it more competitive in the coming years?
- California has the nation’s highest income tax, sales tax, and gas tax (when cap and trade is included). What is the plan to make these taxes more equitable with the national average?
- California elected officials have proposed to continue to encourage sanctuary status for its municipalities. Is there a plan to back-fill billions of dollars in potential lost federal funding to local governments?
- California’s housing costs are among the nation’s highest, and well-intended environmental regulations have pushed housing far beyond job centers, producing more wear and tear on our roads — and higher transportation costs on families. What is the plan to address and remove specific regulatory burdens so that California families can have more affordable housing near job centers in this state?
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