From KRON 4:
When asked what he thought about Thursday’s protests at U.C. Berkeley, sparked after he proposed to cut higher education by $1.4 billion to help close the state’s budget gap, Brown said “These are painful cuts, I don’t like to do it, I like the university I went there, I don’t like tuition increases, but we can only live with the money we’re given. As a matter of fact, if the taxes go down the cuts will be doubled, that’s where we are it’s not easy, but I didn’t come here to put sugar and syrup on the problem, I’m telling you the way it is.”
“[W]e can only live with the money we’re given,” as if this were some sort of naturally generated figure! Fuck Jerry Brown now, and fuck Jerry Brown in the late 70s. Austerity then, austerity now; no new taxes then, no new taxes now.
Is it surprising that Howard Jarvis famously claimed in 1978, “I knew that Governor Brown was the man who could make [Proposition 13] work?” As soon as the bill passed, Brown became its most adamant defender:
But this is apparently about “the money we’re given” in the passive voice, as if this clown had nothing to do with it whatsoever. “If taxes go down the cuts will be doubled.” This from someone who has been opposing tax hikes for over 30 years. This from someone who just ran for governor on a platform of austerity. This from someone who convinced public sector unions to toss him their members’ dues to fund his campaign while he was calling for their pensions to be slashed.
Whenever you hear these Sacramento functionaries naturalize the fiscal crisis, you know something is up. Do you see Jerry Brown condemning Prop 13? Do you see him talking about taxing oil extraction? Do you see him even touching California’s preposterously low corporate tax rates? No? Well then fuck this hypocrite. We won’t pay for your crisis!