You have to hand it to Gov. Jerry Brown. He's an equal opportunity offender.
No sooner did he infuriate voters opposed to the bullet train by forging ahead with funding than he hacked off environmentalists with his twin-tunnel plan to siphon water from the Sacramento River and redirect it south.
For good measure, he also made light of the unreported $54 million buried in state parks special accounts. ("More money is better than less money," he joked, making it sound as if he'd found a $10 bill in the pocket of an old pair of pants.)
If this is his way of lobbying for his November sales and income tax measure, he needs to spend more time studying lobbyists, because he isn't doing it right. I've collected an assortment of emails and online comments that will make his shiny head spin.
"I believe the gibe 'Moonbeam,' with which he was tagged during his previous performance as governor, was grossly understated when describing his fantasy-world 'leadership' of the most populous state in the U.S. Now he is becoming downright dangerous to the financial future of California."
Fair enough. From now on, he's Moneybeam.
"I have been a fan of Jerry's since I was a teen in the '70s. He seemed ahead of his time back then, and I happily voted for him this time around -- however, I am wondering if he's playing with all of his marbles."
Actually, he's playing with our marbles, which is even more worrisome.
Do you mean to suggest that Chowchilla isn't somewhere?
"Moonbeam Jerry wants to build this railroad from nowhere to nowhere with few riders and less money, while those of us who will be stuck paying for this debacle have consistently said 'no' ever since the actual details, cost figures, estimated ticket prices and time to build were admitted to."
Not to quibble, but now we're calling him Moneybeam.
"The editorial board was solidly against the bullet train, and last week, 13 out of 14 Saturday forum letters called it a boondoggle or worse. So I'm wondering if the folks who make election endorsements for the paper will make it the central issue for all those Assembly Democrats who voted for this waste of tax dollars."
The endorsement gurus rarely ask for my advice, but I think they're against wasted tax dollars.
"Gov. Brown and the Democratic legislature do not care that the people of the state want to see the bullet train canceled. They don't have to care. We keep voting for the same party, regardless. I'm sure you are aware that the Bay Area congressional delegation hasn't had a single Republican for a long time. Anyway, Brown and others who voted to move forward with the bullet train must believe that they are smarter than the voters."
You could make the case that they are. We're the ones who keep sending these clowns to Sacramento.
"If we can afford the bullet train to nowhere, guess we don't need to raise taxes."
Ah, yes. If the governor's tax measure is defeated, he won't have to look any further than the mirror to find the reason.
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