Jerry Brown – Shakedown Artist!

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OK. I’m convinced I live in the most dysfunctional State in the Union. Google California State Budget if you want proof! And has anyone else just about had enough of the lawsuit happy California Attorney Gen. Jerry Brown? First he sued San Bernardino County because their city plan didn’t include adequate greenhouse gas reductions to fight global warming. Never mind the plans were drawn up well before that became a requirement, and the legal wrangling cost money which mean less money for the county to spend on things like law enforcement, one thing the A.G is supposed to be most concerned about. Then Jerry B. tried to sue every auto manufacturer on the planet because cars emit evil CO2. Never mind that car makers, Honda and Toyota, producers of the cleanest cars on the planet, are included in the lawsuit. Don’t fool yourself for one minute that the failed lawsuit didn’t influence Toyota’s decision to build the much coveted Prius in Mississippi instead of California. Bye Bye Jobs! Now word has come down the pike that our Global Warming Crusader Jerry Brown has decided to go after a water bottling company – bottle manufacturing causes Global warming. This will mean a delay in the building of the bottling plant, which will mean a delay in new jobs being created during a recession. That is if the company doesn’t decide to just pack up and move to another state, a la Toyota. He has been traveling around the state threatening lawsuits for any county that doesn’t bend to his will. Is there anyone besides me who is sick of having this retard as their Attorney General?

PS. I usually refrain from calling people retards and such, and I have praised Brown in the past – he is a extremely eloquent guy. But he is, at the moment, an attorney out of control. And the saddest thing of all – he is the odds on favorite to be the next governor of the state of California. God help us! Not Again!!!!

5 Comments to “Jerry Brown – Shakedown Artist!”

  1. By jerry brown, August 2, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

    Here is what’s retarded: the failure of political and business leaders to recognize the profound threat represented by increasing dependence on foreign oil. Close to a half trillion dollars is draining out of America to pay for this totally unnecessary oil addiction. The U.S. has the R&D and investment capacity to dramatically increase efficiency and find better ways to power engines of all types. The same effort is also needed to reverse the dangerous buildup of co2 in the atmosphere. GM lost $15 billion this quarter for not getting the point. California has had more forest fires than ever before. Let’s get real and protect our future!

  2. By sonicfrog, August 3, 2008 @ 6:20 am

    Here is what’s retarded: the failure of political and business leaders to recognize the profound threat represented by increasing dependence on foreign oil. Close to a half trillion dollars is draining out of America to pay for this totally unnecessary oil addiction.

    I wholeheartedly agree. But suing everybody hasn’t changed much of anything, has it? It’s a waste of resources. Sure you get to hold some parades exclaiming how the other side caved to you demands, but the changes in the city plans are just tiny bits of capitulation; they don’t add up to much. But the cost of defending the lawsuits, and then having to rework the plans, are they cost effective by any measure? Don’t give me pie-in-the-sky projections. These counties, in the here and now, are dealing with limited budgets. Each dollar they have to spend fighting you guys is less money they can spend on financing public safety and schools. So instead of suing potential business out of the state, or out of business, why not spend the money it would cost to sue every one on actual R & D to further the progress of alt energy. That is the ultimate goal, isn’t it? Instead of suing everyone, why don’t you get the politicians in the assembly and senate to pass reasonable new laws to make the changes you want.

    GM lost $15 billion this quarter for not getting the point.

    Like no one saw this coming. Detroit found easy money in big car sale and even since the 70’s never learned how to make a buck on smaller vehicles. They’ve been behind the learning curve since the late 60’s, and though they’ve made great progress in quality control, they will probably never catch up. The 70’s, they were caught flat-footed by the energy crisis, and they got double whammied when the CAFE standards went into effect. While the Japanese were already producing cleaner, fuel efficient engines (I will alway love Honda’s brilliant CVCC cylinder head design) the Big Three resorted to crappy smog pumps. Now, with fuel costs once again sky high, GM and Ford are again bleeding red, while Honda and Toyota sales continue to increase (though this last quarter did not meet projections – hello recession). Why? Because they produce the most fuel efficient cars on the market. And you decide to include them in the suit despite the fact that those two companies are on the forefront of the very technologies you say you want.

    Right now things are finally changing. But it’s not because of these law suits, or any government regulation, it’s due to market forces – the price of energy and the cost of gas – that are causing a paradigm shift in the way we conduct our daily lives.

    And once again, I do apologize for the retard comment. It was way out of line. I saw Mr. Brown speak at Fresno State in 92, and was impressed by his / your eloquence. I moved to CA in 78 and was a bit too young to understand the “Moonbeam” moniker, though I was old enough to think it was cool that you were dating Linda Ronstadt. Anyway, I was in a mood while typing the post, and got carries away. And, since so few have been visiting my blog lately (CD, Capt. Jack, I’m lookin’ at you) I figured, crap, why should I care – no one’s gonna read this anyway.
    Lesson learned.

  3. By Citizen Deux, August 4, 2008 @ 4:08 pm

    I read it – and “jerry’s” comments have all the earmarks of a do-nothing, whinging hand wringer.

    The market, not governments, has encouraged our use of cheap petrochemicals for energy and other materials. An overly alarmist environmental lobby has prevented us from moving to CLEAN, SAFE nuclear power for electricity.

    I have no doubt that the market will properly respond to the new threat of rising transportation costs and petrochemical speculation. The origins lie with government deregulation – permitting non-players to enter the fray.

    Secondly, I am unconvinced by the arguments supporting AGW (anthropogenic global warming). There are a LOT of unanswered questions and modeling is still failing to provide any predictive (or even historical coorelation). Eliminating emissions is a good idea – but the CO2 fetishists need to provide me with some better data and theories.

  4. By Wesley M., April 2, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

    It seems jerry brown mis-typed his URL in his comment’s hyperlink, and I ended up somewhere other than where jerry intended for me to be. There’s a metaphor for government intervention in that, I think…

    REPLY. No, this post is from a couple of years ago, and I think he changed the link.

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