By - February 1, 2011

Welcome Back, Uncle Jerry Brown

In the midst of all of the hoopla about the worst winter storm since _______ (you fill in the blank), Mitt Romney and who is going to win the 50 or so Hollywood Awards going on right now, there is a person who has emerged from a time long ago to reassert himself as the nuttiest person in American Politics, along with Crazy Joe Biden. That person, of course, is the newly elected Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown of California.

In case you don’t remember, Governor Moonbeam first appeared on the political scene of California about the time Gerald Ford could be seen falling down an airplane runway flight of stairs.  He really made his prescence known when former President Carter was showing the world how you could bring stagflation about.  Lastly, he also provided a stark contrast to President Ronald Reagan, which would ultimately lead to him getting thrown out of office.

Ironically, almost 30 years since he was last in office, he is now back in as Governor of the Left Coast.  Governor Brown sought the Democratic nominations for President of the United States in 1976, 1980, and 1992, as well as the United States Senate in 1982 but was unsuccessful in these attempts.  (Wikipedia)  Even after all of these failures, he kept at it, holding various offices in California until he was reelected.  At the time he was reelected, he was holding the position of Attorney General.  A good explanation why California has not only embraced the weed movement, but now wants to make money off of it.

I have said all of this because, while I was hoping he would lose, there was a part of me that was more than happy that he won.  Not for any political reasons (he’s nuttier than one of Jimmy Carter’s old peanut farms), but because he is so much fun to watch.  Less than a month from being sworn in, he’s already giving us at the Red State Report a glimpse into what we will be writing about for the foreseeable future.

Managing to tie the pro-democracy unrest in Egypt and Tunisia and the financial disaster that is California, Gov. Jerry Brown called it “unconscionable” that GOP legislators are vowing to block his attempt to ask voters to extend tax hikes to balance the budget.  He goes on to add:

“When democratic ideals and calls for the right to vote are stirring the imagination of young people in Egypt and Tunisia and other parts of the world, we in California can’t say now is the time to block a vote of the people,” Brown said in his first State of the State address in nearly 30 years.

A moment to pause over that quote……………………………………………………….

He’s comparing a movement in the Middle East that is still baffling the best political minds in the world as to who is actually running (and why) to the big, bad old GOP who is threatening to block tax hikes.  What Moonbeam Brown is trying to deflect attention from is that the real reason Republicans in the California Legislature are balking at his budget is that most of the “budget cuts” in it are nothing more than show.  Governor Brown wants to tax his way out of a budget deficit, bottom line.  What’s funny about it is that he is trying to compare this to oppressing the young people in Egypt if he doesn’t get his way.  The problem with that logic is that, by most accounts, the new Government in Egypt will be a theocracy driven government run by Sharia Law. Hardly the bastion of Freedom that he thinks is out there for the young people of Egypt.

Nonetheless, Governor Brown (Uncle Jerry as he will be called by us from now on as an ode to any Family Reunion Image you want to put in your mind) can manage to make us laugh and feel sorry for him at the same time.  The fiscal situation is so bad out in California that I don’t know if anyone can solve it.  Before we mock him too much, the US Government is facing the same kind of problem here.

It’s just, like back in the day of Terry Bradshaw, Ron Staubach and Mean Joe Greene (it’s Super Bowl Week you know), Uncle Jerry is back at it.   He says something so odd that it actually takes away from the real issue at hand.  Thank you, Uncle Jerry, and welcome back!

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