Jerry Brown

What You Need To Know For Thursday, February 19, 2015

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jan 5, 2015


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Americans Need To Stop Disbelieving The Terrorists

Top Story:  Obama Says World Should Address "Grievances" Terrorists Exploit

My Thoughts:   The rise of ISIS has nothing to do with economic concerns.  Their desires are purely theological and totalitarian.  They reject modern economies.

What I Read Today:

Nat'l News:

CA News:

My Thoughts on the State of the Union:  

The President presented a rosy view of America in his State of the Union address. To do that, he either stretched the truth or took credit for things his policies didn’t foster.

Here is the truth of the matter.

1. Lower Unemployment Rate/11 million new jobs. The published unemployment rate is now a meaningless figure. If the same labor force participation rate existed as when he took office, the unemployment rate would be 9.9% not below 6%. The 11 million number is a not net number – it doesn’t include lost jobs during the same period. It’s a phony number. Conclusion. True unemployment is historically very high and Obama is stretching the truth and his policies have failed by historical standards.

2. Free of the grip of Foreign Oil/Booming energy production. The private sector has reduced our dependence on foreign oil – not government. Energy production is booming on private land not on government land. Indeed, Obama’s EPA has fought the private sector all the way. Conclusion: Obama is taking credit for things the private sector did and he tried to defeat.

3. Combat missions over in Afghanistan. It is true that much of our forces left. However, the mission was not completed and thousands of troops remain. Conclusion. The unwary could conclude that his words mean the mission was completed and we left. Obama is being deceptive at best.

4. Growing Economy/Wages rising. It is true that the economy is growing. But, as Obama’s Federal Reserve Chair has said, it is an uneven recovery. Over 50% of the nation is living paycheck to paycheck. Wages actually fell in the last report. Conclusion: a true recovery has not reached much of America. Obama is not telling the truth.

5. 10 Million uninsured Americans got health insurance. That may be how many have signed on to some aspect of Obamacare - but that doesn’t mean they were previously uninsured. The number of uninsured has remained basically the same despite 5 years since it passed. Conclusion. Obama is using a deceptive number and America doesn’t like Obamacare.

6. Middle Class Economics Works. Actually, there is no such term and the middle class is being hurt the most by his policies. Conclusion: A ridiculous comment if there ever was.

7. Tax Increase. Creating a tax code that worsens the divide between those that pay and those that don’t is bad economics and foments class warfare. That tax increase would drive the economy down and result in more unemployment. Class warfare, meanwhile, destroys civilizations – it doesn’t lift them up.

8. “Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran.” The policy toward Iran is a near total failure. To be sure, Iran is a very difficult problem not of his original making. The closer relations between Iran and Russia, as embodied by the new accord signed between the two today, demonstrates the continuing failure of his policies. Iran could restart is nuclear program unfettered almost at any time. Sanctions brought Iran to the table. They will not be detrimental if they are increased.

9. American leadership is working to destroy ISIL/Use of Force. Tell that to those being slaughtered. He asked tonight for Congressional approval to use force? However, he has been using for months and their on troops on the ground for a war in Iraq he said he ended - and, oh BTW - they are a far higher danger than climate change.

10. Opposing Russian Aggression. Really? They have the land they want.

Despite his claims, America is more divided than ever before. We fight over our larger government at every turn. His policies have only increased that division.

Finally, the applause given to him was among the most tepid I have ever seen for a State of the Union. Obama's speaking and speaking and speaking has lost its charm. Obviously, Congress doesn’t believe him either.

The Morning After: CA Post Primary Election Analysis for State Races

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jun 4, 2014

Follow me on Twitter:  @tomdelbeccaro  Listed As One of The Top 25 CA  Conservatives on Twitter

CA Post Primary Election Analysis:

  • Overall - The CA Top 2 Open Primary (pushed by Arnold and Abel Maldonado) wreaked its havoc June 3rd.  I fought against the measure because (1) it disenfrachises 3rd parties (they will have no one on the ballot this fall - meaning hundreds of thousands of 3rd party voters were disenfranchised by Prop 14 - Fla was decided by 35,000 chads), (2) Incumbents tend to do better because large primaries place a premium on $ and name ID, (3) It results in many Fall races with no choice between the parties (see below), and (4) lack of overall choice leads to less voter particpation.  The June 3rd results demonstrate just that.
  • 26 of the 80 CA Assembly seats have already been won by one party or the other (32.5% of the seats) 17 for Democrats/8 for Republicans - 2 more are possible for Democrats as the vote count continues. 14 of those 25 were uncontested races.

What You Need to Know - Friday, March 22, 2013

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jan 24, 2013

My Thoughts For Today:

#1 In the Top Story - Republicans vow to get to the bottom of Benghazi - given the nature of what occurred, it's good to see Republicans fighting on - Democrats are used to Republicans walking away from controversies over fear of backlash.

#2 Dems are so fiscally irresponsible that even a motion for a balanced budget is too much for them.

#3 CA voters are turning on big spending Sacramento projects such as the water bond and high speed rail - what will they do when the Dems want a tax increase for public employee pensions?

Top Story: Republicans Not Giving Up on Benghazi Inquiry

Must Read: Mona Charen: Republicans Should Prepare for the Collapse of Obamacare

Nat'l News:  Senate Dems Unite to Defeat Balanced Budget Motion - House approves Ryan Budget - Senate Rejects It

CA News: Unfunded pension liabilities for Teachers catching lawmakers attention

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Jerry Brown: For and Against Tax Hikes At the Same Time

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Oct 2, 2012

Jerry Brown: For and Against Tax Hikes At the Same Time

Jerry Brown, if anything, is colorful.  He always has been and he likely always will be. Economics on the other hand was once dubbed “the dismal science.”  So, where do the two meet? Well, that depends more on where Jerry Brown is at the moment.  You see, while the laws of economics don’t change – Jerry Brown’s views, by contrast, change over time and, lately, at the same time. [Click here for the rest of the article]

Cuomo Topped Brown Again

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Mar 31, 2012

 There could not be a more stark contrast between New York Governor and Democrat Andrew Cuomo and California’s Jerry Brown.  In 2011, Cuomo brought reform to New York and did so again in 2012 by getting pension reform passed through his legislature.   Cuomo has become a leader of all New Yorkers and demonstrated that even a Democrat can bring about difficult reforms – even if they do not go as far as I might prefer.  Jerry Brown, on the other hand, has no such ability or ambition.

Del Beccaro: It's Time for Republicans to Speak Out

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Apr 6, 2011

It is not often enough in politics that the two major political parties provide voters with a clear contrast. This year, the California Republican Party and Democrats will do just that. Democrat Jerry Brown is set to make his case that Californians should pay more taxes while refusing to cut back on the bureaucracy. California Republicans know that the tax-and-spend policies that caused our current problems will not solve them - and it is time for us to speak out about it . . .

Del Beccaro Statement on Brown Walking Away From Budget Talks

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Mar 29, 2011

"Governor Brown and the Dems can't have it both ways. They asked for ideas -- and then complained there were too many. They wanted specific budget solutions -- and then complained there were too many details. They shout 'Let the people vote' -- and then refuse to let the people vote on measures that will create jobs and bring permanent reforms to California government. 

"The list that Republican leadership gave the governor, after weeks of discussion, included a number of proposals to which Brown has publicly agreed - but obviously angered the public unions that control our state government. Not coincidentally, Brown, unlike Democrat Andrew Cuomo of New York, is refusing to reduce the state bureaucracy - demonstrating that he values bureaucracy more than essential services. " 

"The fact that the governor has now pulled the plug on any further budget talks says only one thing -- the only immovable object in Sacramento is Jerry Brown."