Dear Big Daddy,All this talk about public pensions, how did you do okay in your pension?–Curious in Carlsbad
Dear Curious, I did fine, thank you very much: My benefits were unparalleled. Made good money, lots of people and challenges, an honored old age, excellent parking, time to reflect. That’s because I never retired. I died
Jerry Brown is presenting his proposed overhaul of public pensions this week. So what’s wrong with public pensions and what should Brown do to fix them?
“Airtime” purchases defy intellectual gravity; that practice should be grounded immediately. Spiking should be outlawed; there should be no state pensions in excess of $100,000 (indexed for inflation); and
Dear Big Daddy,What’s the deal with Kristin Olsen, anyway? –Curious in Concord
Dear Curious,I flattered myself that I used to understand Republicans, even Republican women, but about her I absolutely have no clue.
In the first place, she paid for thousands of robocalls to beat up on Leland Yee in the San Francisco mayoral race.
Is the Occupy movement the real deal? If so, what impact will it have on next year’s elections in California or nationwide?
Maybe they’ll nominate William Jennings Bryan for president and resurrect the Free Silver movement. But it is the real deal as far as facing the crushing truth that banks are more powerful than
“Jerry Brown has finished his cycle of bill signings and vetoes for the year. How would you characterize him – conservative, moderate, liberal, or something else entirely?”
Jerry Brown has been, is, and always will be “something else entirely.”
I would characterize him as a Jesuit. He examines each issue independently and angers both parties.
Big Daddy,What’s the political future hold for California next year?— Braced in Bolinas
Dear Braced –
The envelope, please.
California’s Legislature will become Democrat-controlled with super majorities in at least one house, but probably two. Within one year, its approval rating will skyrocket from its paltry 14 percent to a whopping 20 percent. A skimpy
Dear Big Daddy,I’m a state political expert and this morning I got my weekly question for CW’s Experts Expound about Brown. So organized labor gets Brown elected governor and Brown smacks them in the face (vetoes of child-care unionizing, card check, etc). Disloyalty or good politics?–Unnamed in Gardena
Hey Unnamed,I’m delighted to give a fellow
“Organized labor gets Brown elected governor and Brown smacks them in the face (vetoes of child-care unionizing, card check, etc). Disloyalty or good politics?”
We’ll see whether it’s good politics or not next year, when Brown will need labor to step up to the plate with tens of millions of dollars if he’s to run
Dear Big Daddy,Are you celebrating, now that the road is clear for a downtown NFL stadium in LA?(Signed) – Jaded Fan
Hey Jaded FanI know they’re salivating in my old L.A. district for a downtown NFL stadium, and now their wishes are likely to be fulfilled. Another example of the changes in the electorate since
California was solidly Obama country in 2008. What about next year, given the deep unemployment, the still-weakening economy, the voters’ unhappiness with government and disenchantment from the left with Obama?
All true, but way too soon to tell. Libs have no place to go. Depends on who the Republican nominee is and what the issues