Jenny EriksonWhile much of the country rejoices in last night's GOP wins (Hello Senator-Elect Rubio!), California conservatives weep. Jerry Brown was elected, Barbara Boxer won, prop 23 failed -- and pot wasn't legalized, so we can't even dull the pain with a reefer.
Jerry Brown is entering his third term as California Governor (he was elected in 1974 and reelected in 1978). Due to grandfathering laws, he was (unfortunately) eligible to run again in this cycle. Given his experience, it should be easy to see what kind of governor he will be over the next four years.
In eight years as governor, Jerry Brown managed to turn a $6 billion surplus into a $1 billion deficit, did serious damage to our education system, and watched the unemployment rate soar under his leadership. In 1992, he admitted that he lied about everything as a politician, and in 2010, he refused to condemn someone from his office for calling opponent Meg Whitman a whore. He believes that raising taxes and imposing business-crippling mandates will save California.
Socialism worked so well in Cuba. Or was it the USSR? Venezuela? Bueller?
And prop 23 failed to pass. It would've suspended California's very own cap & tax law, AB 32, until unemployment could be reduced to 5.5% for four consecutive quarters. Obviously, the best way to save the environment is to drive all businesses out of California. Why don't we all go back to the days of horse drawn buggies, when manure was piled on the streets? Remember, trees are more important than people!
In other California news, San Francisco hates children. The board of supervisors voted Tuesday to limit toys in children's meals to those that meet certain nutritional guidelines. That's right -- San Francisco banned Happy Meals. Meanies.
Voting might be over for this year, but there's still one thing to bet on: How long until California completely collapses?
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