Moonbeam Brown Unhinged: 'Existence of humanity rests on extending California's cap and tax law'

Guest essay by Larry Hamlin,

Existence of humanity rests on extending Governor Brown’s cap and tax law. Just watch Jerry Brown in his rant over the issue on July 14th:


California Governor Brown presented testimony in hearings where he demanded that the California’s cap and tax law which is the centerpiece of the state’s carbon fighting schemes and which expires in 2020 be extended to year 2030.

Brown proclaimed that:

“America is facing not just a climate crisis with the rest of the world, we are facing a political crisis,” Brown told lawmakers at the first public hearing on his proposal to reduce the state’s carbon emissions. “Can democracy actually work? Is there a sufficient consensus that we can govern ourselves? That, I submit to you, is an open question.”

An L. A. Times article discussing Brown’s testimony indicated that “he warned of mass migration, forest fires, floods, disease and other pestilence should lawmakers not act.”


Brown admonished lawmakers that California’s cap and tax law serves as a model for carbon-reduction efforts across the world, from China to neighboring Oregon.

Brown failed to address the lawmakers regarding how the extension of the California cap and tax law will stop the building by China of more than 700 new coal plants in the next ten years.

An article in The Wall Street Journal regarding the challenges Governor Brown is facing to extend the cap and tax law noted:

“Manufacturers, oil refiners and food processors—major employers in low-income areas—will have to buy permits or expensive new equipment to comply with the state’s emissions cap. Cap and trade has raised the cost of gas by about 12 cents a gallon and this surcharge will increase as emissions controls tighten. Californians already pay about 65 cents more per gallon than the national average.”

Additionally the Wall Street Journal further noted:

“This year the state Senate passed legislation doubling the renewable mandate to 100% by 2045—and, by the way, California is producing so much solar power on some days that it has to pay other states to unload it. Senate Democrats have also proposed jacking up the price of emissions permits and imposing a border carbon fee to tax out-of-state imports.”


It is difficult to comprehend how “the existence of humanity” rests on California extending its cap and tax law to year 2030. But this is California – what else needs to be said.

204 thoughts on “Moonbeam Brown Unhinged: 'Existence of humanity rests on extending California's cap and tax law'

  1. The ONLY reason we left California: State government insanity, with no adults in charge. To continue to pay into that was just stupid.
    – no longer a Kalifornia Kook

    • Congratulations and good for you.
      I sincerely hope everything goes well for you wherever it is you call home.
      It is a real shame what is happening out there.

      • The problem is that the Californian refugees soon start voting to turn whichever state they move to into another California.

      • Nonsense, lots of people that move from Kali do so because they are revolted by the left politics. I WILL move before long. Historically, I have voted straight republican. I highly doubt I change just because I move to another state. While a certain fraction of people leaving California are left leaning, look to the other factors to see why certain states are becoming more blue.
        I moved (was moved) to California when I was 8 years old. Lived here ever since. Obviously, as a young child, I didn’t have any say in the decision to move from Kansas to California. But, from the moment we arrived in Long Beach I thought it a good move. Wichita, as far as I can tell from a couple visits over the years, hasn’t changed a whole lot since 1963. And after a lifetime of surfing, rock climbing, and mountaineering I can’t think of a worst place for me to live.
        But for the intolerable politics, that i can no longer stand supporting (through my high taxes), I’d stay in Kali. Some inter-mountain state will be my next home.

      • A lot of people leave California because they can’t afford to live there, without ever realizing what it was about CA politics that made life so expensive. They just blame greedy landlords and employers that refuse to pay a living wage.
        So when they get their new home, they start demanding all the services they got used to in CA, firm in the knowledge that these services either don’t cost anything, or they can be easily paid for by someone else.

    • For those of us considering the move, to where did you move? Is it really any better? Or is it just tracking the California trajectory with a time lag?

      • I moved to Maryland, which proved to be East California. Then my (now) wife and I moved to Virginia, mostly for the taxes (flat rate) and the gun laws (open carry anywhere, concealed carry with permit). It’s becoming more “blue”, however. The Obama administration transported tens of thousands of illegals here prior to the 2016 election, and registered them all as Democrat. The Democrat governor tried to give voting rights to all felons.
        No one can afford to live inside the beltway anymore, so all of the people who made it unaffordable to live inside of the beltway are moving here…where they will make the same thing happen.

      • I love the mountain west. Weather is quite a bit harsher than what you are used to. Cost of living just so much better. Idaho, Wyoming, West slope of Colorado are all quite nice but I tolerate cold better than many people do. Read the weather in the places you are considering for a year and figure you have to water stuff to get a crop and just imagine how much nicer the people will be. Unless you hate people cause they will all hate you right back.

      • Let me tell you something many may not realize or thought of:
        If you can get used to harsh winters and brutal storms that would kill a person caught out in one, you can get used to beautiful weather from October until May with a few chilly nights and days but mostly sun and pleasant temps.
        And for brutal, we got Summer. Summers are very interesting too, with the often daily rains that pop up out of a blue sky from literally nowhere, and are the darkest sky, and heaviest ran you have ever seen…then it clears up.
        But before it rains, it is so humid and hot it can feel as though the air is a bludgeon on your body.
        But everything is air conditioned and electricity is cheap. I pay 11 cents average…first 1000 kWh are even less.

      • And that winter weather comes back regularly…and you can always go for a visit.
        Waking up on a Saturday in January, walking outside and picking some bananas and grapefruit in your yard for breakfast by the pool before you jump in…or just waking up every morning and diving into the pool before work…having two to three separate growing seasons for vegetables… flowers and birds all year around outside your windows…these sorts of things are very enjoyable…blissful if you let them be.
        Life is short and rough around the edges, make every day count, wherever you are.

    • I live in the Central Valley and most of us here are not Cali Kooks. I have advocated that we secede and form a new state altogether. We can still get to the coast and mountains and be free from all the Bay Area nut jobs. All SF water goes through the valley and the only way out of SF is through 99, I80 and I5. All go through the valley.So all we have to do is make them toll roads and charge a toll for each gallon of water and we’ll be rich. It may not be practical but the alternative would be to build a wall around the Bay Area and LA. Problem solved!

  2. This isn’t for me, I’m going to be dead. It’s for you, it’s for you. It’s (…?…) real”.
    What it is for is to confiscate funds to support a socialist state and that tax will never go away – it can only increase.

  3. The man belongs in the nuthouse, not the statehouse. Perhaps CA citizens will finally decide too much is too much…

    • Possibly in California those who have had enough are a voting minority to those who haven’t gotten enough yet.

      • As of last November this is no doubt the case.
        Can anything bring sanity to those afflicted with cognitive dissonance of a degree which tells them things are going well, Democrats in that state are the best choices for leaders, and all will be well if they stay the course and let these people do as they wish?

    • As far as I can make out, every last democrat elected to statewide or national office is dangerously delusional, as are their core supporters. But for all their talk of “democracy”, I don’t for a moment trust the elections where they dominate to accurately reflect the will of the people, not so long as they resist sensible measures to combat election fraud.

  4. “An L. A. Times article discussing Brown’s testimony indicated that “he warned of mass migration, forest fires, floods, disease and other pestilence should lawmakers not act.”
    Is he talking about the migration out of California by those who are paying the bill for his insanity?
    No problem, those leaving are being replaced by illegals from the border?

  5. Jerry Brown isn’t a scientist; he is, like Al Gore, a failed seminarian. This speech isn’t a political speech; it is an old-fashioned “Revival” sermon, heavy on the fire and brimstone. He couches his arguments in distinctly RELIGIOUS terms. The opponents of his cap and trade policy aren’t “wrong”; they are SINNERS.

    • 2 Thessalonians 2:11 For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, God or no, there is some sort of deluding influence somewhere in there.

      • The “deluding influence” is a human’s subconscious desire to conform to majority opinion, combined with a massive propaganda campaign to form the majority opinion in favor of, in this case, CAGW.
        This is why the “97 Percent” consensus is so powerful (even though it is a lie). If 97 percent of scientists agree on something, then your average citizen is going to assume they have it right, and they probably do, if 97 percent actually agreed on something.
        There are enough skeptics amongst the human species to make it interesting though. 🙂

      • Isaiah 5:20

        Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

  6. Everyone should appreciate that Governor Moonbeam sees a power vacuum in the Democratic Party. My guess is that he wants to run for President. And I can imagine with the Democratic Party in their present state he could win the nomination.

    • “And I can imagine with the Democratic Party in their present state he could win the nomination.”
      We can always hope.
      Bernie, Warren, Brown…any of them being nominated would certainly be a huge gift to the prospects of sanity prevailing.
      Let them ride that crazy train straight to political oblivion.

      • All I can say to that, is that the Democrats said the same thing about Trump.
        I read an article that claims that 51% of the voters want single payer health insurance.

      • This is true, and I actually thought of that while writing my comment.
        The thing is…those lot are no Donald J. Trump.
        How many moderates and Independents are going to vote for one of them?
        Trump said things no one else was saying.
        Those three have never come up with anything new to say between the lot of them.

      • Mark, Didn’t those same pundits/ polls say Trump only has a a 5% chance of being elected and that he was 25 points behind in the polls?

      • I’ve read that Carter was praying that the Republicans would be stupid enough to nominate Reagan. Because all the “intelligent” people knew that he would be the easiest to beat.

    • Well if Moonbrown wants to run for President from California, he better get in line.
      Odds are that Camela Harris has already put in her Clintonesqe; “It’s MY turn” and I deserve it.
      And although I hate to say it; Camela Harris is a whole lot smarter than Jerry Brown ever thought of being; and probably far more dangerous.
      California is no longer the bringer of good things to America.

  7. I had no idea California’s tax and cap law was so critical to survival of the planet.
    I’m concerned that when California slides into the sea after the Big One, the tax might be canceled. That would be a fine kettle of fish for the planet.

    • Hey, H.R.
      I guess we’d all go down.
      Indeed, we’re all likely to go down, per “the Moonbeam”, if an inch of California beach is lost to sea level rise/erosion/tectonics/adjusted measurements.
      In which case we seem to be doomed. All doomed, I tell you!
      But – a few minutes later life goes on [outside Ca.], regardless.
      What should we make of that?

  8. This jackass is either an actual low IQ imbecile, or has gone quite literally insane, or else is simply a completely shameless lying POS.
    I suspect there is a component of all three.

      • The truth of his stupidity, insanity and duplicity are not in doubt…merely the relative proportions of each.
        I do not know which if any of this crap he might actually believe, or how nuts one has to be in order to believe such. I am pretty sure that the crazier one is, the less stupidity is required. But also that if someone a 100% sociopathic liar, they might actually not have gone full retard and bat-shit barmy daft.

    • It takes a number of noxious traits to be a career politician. That’s why it follows genetic lines so closely.

  9. Timed out as governor. Too old to be president. Believes he controls the border of the United States. Unhinged at the seams. “Climate Change” is his legacy and his zealous rants about saving the world at the expense of the state can’t be challenged by anyone because the Liberals have a lock on California. Political interests are destroying business, industry, and agriculture. Californians will wake up one day to a Socialist state with no way to support it. But the weather is nice.

    • Oh no. His most visible legacy will be a high-speed rail from Fresno to Bakersfield.

      • Maybe we will see a limit to progressive “lock’ on CA with this terminally brain dead guy. The money is” running out” literally. Steyer, Soros and other Champagne ‘sociologists’ dropped a load of their assets on Hillary, and then another on the failed Georgia by election and they may put a lock on the rest of their money. They’ve shot their noodley bolt.
        From Steyer and friends lousy ability to handicap, one can surmise Brown was another of their doomed projects. Why on earth anyone would think such as they are fit to rule the world is some kind of joke.
        Soros’s big investment was betting the euro over the US dollar. He made a fortune at the outset and continued to manipulate this part of the currency market for decades artificially inflating the € value, but do you think he knew when to short sell it? An idiot can make money at the right time or heavily manipulate the market with sufficient resources, but only a smart guy knows when to get out. Hubris can blind people.

    • Well timed out has never stopped him in the past.
      After he timed out as governor, he went to Oakland to Mayorate that place, and then as State attorney general, he magnificently bypassed the California State Constitution, and anointed himself to another two totally illegal terms as governor.
      So we ain’t near the end of his Brownesque mischief making.

  10. The key to winning this fight politically is to quantify the cost to the consumer and broader economy alongside the futility of minute unilateral CO2 reductions. This article does a good job of doing both with the 12 cent gas price increase from cap and trade carbon fees and the 700 planned chinese coal plants.

  11. mass migration, forest fires, floods, disease and other pestilence

    There are 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse, not 5.
    They are War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death.
    Brown not knowing this just makes him look bad.

  12. Just remember, in 2030, when all you lay about good fer nothin’s are still breathin’, it was some poor, taxed white, Californian that saved your sorry butt.

  13. “…..Senate Democrats have also proposed jacking up the price of emissions permits and imposing a border carbon fee to tax out-of-state imports.”
    Umm, maybe I’m wrong here, but wouldn’t California’s taxing of goods coming in from other U.S. states be unconstitutional? Doesn’t the commerce clause state that only the federal govt regulates commerce among the states?

    • Unconstitutional never stopped Obummer. If you are patient enough, you may get to hear the snowflakes squeal when they cut off federal funds to “sanctuary” cities…

    • If California can ignore the 14th amendment supremacy clause (immigration, sanctuary cities/state), why not the commerce clause? “State’s rights” is deemed racist when applied to Southern States.
      I cannot believe Californians are this dumb – Cali elections must be rigged.

      • It’s amazing what the voters will support once they are trained to believe that someone else will be paying for it.

      • Why do you suppose that old Commie Bernie Sanders was so successful
        All the finger toy generation want is more free stuff.

    • …. it’s better than Comedy Central. Like reading the comments on a Donald Trump impeachment wet dream thread on AOL.

    • Gore would have been a disaster. I remember the hanging chads and the MSM doing everything in their power to try to help Gore. In the end Gore lost by just a few votes.
      That Bush/Gore election was an even closer escape than the Trump election.
      Unfortunately, we didn’t escape the Obama years, so we have a lot of repairing to do to get back on track.

      • A post mortem review of the hanging chads, proved that Al Gore would have lost even bigger if they had completed the recount.
        All that the Supremes did relative to the Algoreate episode, was to tell the State of Florida; yes, IF you are going to have a recount, you MUST do a recount of ALL of the 6 million plus legitimate Florida votes.
        What Algore and his cronies were trying to do was to recount ONLY the few thousand ballots where the voter had indicated his/er desire to vote for two people for President, by poking out two chads, or for nobody, by poking out none.
        Take a guess whether the TWO President, and NO President voters of Florida are the smartest people in the State or the dumbest.
        So guess whether those double voters voted for Gore plus somebody else, or voted for Bush plus somebody else.
        A full recount of all six million Florida legal voters would have uncovered more Gore double chadders, than Bush double chadders; the subsequent (unofficial) recount showed. If I recall it was about another extra 400 or so Algor double chadders over the Bush ones.
        And Florida’s recount law declares that they “shall” appoint enough recounting teams to complete the recount in time for the State to declare the results when that was due.
        So if you are going to count 15,000 double chadder ballots you need so many counting teams, at say 5 seconds per chad.
        BUT !! if you have to recount ALL six million ballots, and it takes a full 15 minutes of shaking and poking to find each double chadder ballot, then you ain’t appointed anywhere near enough counting teams.
        Florida would have had to appoint more than 10,000 recount teams, of two persons from two different parties to recount 6 million ballots. Some of the olitical parties didn’t even have 10,000 registered members. The recount teams aren’t automatically Dems, and Reps.
        I made a study of the Florida Recount Law at the time. It was bloody interesting stuff, even though IANAL !

  14. I don’t know exactly what he’s referring to about “taxes on out of state imports” but no state can impose taxes based in state lines. That is interstate commerce and is controlled by the Feds, since forever. How about a lawsuit that sues Brown for attempting to reduce life-sustaining CO2 ? His actions are tantamount to attempted mass murder thru malnutrition and starvation. Let’s portray Brown as a blithering idiot who is dangerously ignorant and is scientifically iliterate.

    • “Let’s portray Brown as a blithering idiot who is dangerously ignorant and is scientifically iliterate.”
      Well, that is easy to do…just let him speak.

    • How can anyone who is trying to save the world (for God’s sake) stop for little stuff like the constitutional rules? Jerry is a superhero in his own movie – there are no “rules” in the mind of Hollywood.

  15. In the WSJ article is said: “Senate Democrats have also proposed jacking up the price of emissions permits and imposing a border carbon fee to tax out-of-state imports.
    I thought the Import-Export Clause of the Constitution prevented states from taxing or imposing fees on imports from other states and that regulation of interstate commerce was a function solely allocated to the Federal Government.

  16. About 30% (or more) of humanity are imbeciles who vote for raving lunatics like Gerry Brown. The left is full of them.
    That is the problem with democracy. I hate programs to “Get Out the Vote”. I want more programs like this:
    Skill testing question: “If your car says Dodge on the front, do you really need a horn?” If you fail the question, “Stay home – you are ‘way too stupid to vote.”

    • I agree…I think mandatory voting, for example, would likely lead to an even greater number of bad leaders being elected.
      I have a hard time thinking of very many reasons why anyone who has never paid any taxes should get to vote.
      Or why people who are plainly very stupid and illogical by their nature should either.

      • Menicholas,
        Whilst generally agreeing, might it not be simpler to give taxpayers – or, more generally, those who contribute to the nation [respectively USA or UK, or Nigeria, or Singapore, or Finland, or Chile, or wherever . . .](an extra vote(s)?
        So, for hypothesized potential reform of the UK’s House of Lords, I would suggest that for elections to the replacement House of Elders, everyone over, say, 16, gets one vote.
        If you have lived in the (here) UK over 16 years you get one more vote.
        Over 32 – another extra vote.
        With an extra vote for every 16 years residence.
        Also, a business owner [definition to be agreed, and up to a maximum of two [???] businesses] gets one [or two] extra votes.
        An extra vote for ten (seven?) years in the Armed Forces – and twelve years in the [UK] Merchant Navy or working abroad for a UK concern.
        One for e v e r y seven/ten/twelve such years? Consideration, but not sure!
        An extra vote for – amongst others – owning a property [spouses a vote each], and one only; Olympic medals, Nobel Prizes (real ones, not the sort I got when the tainted gong went to the EU, when I was [did I say willingly?] a citizen of said socialist protosuperstate); holders of the Victoria Cross and George Cross (major gallantry awards); World Championship wins [again, definition needs to be refined]; and, probably, mother of a child, with extra votes for mother of three, and of six, and ten].
        I will probably dream up some more deserving cases
        Nicely complex, so will give employment to actuaries and accountants whose livelihood diminishes when I simplify the tax system, too!
        But gives votes to those with a stake in the past and in the future of the country.
        These categories may not work outside the UK [and, perhaps, sundry dependencies, overseas territories, etc., so don’t try at home!].
        Auto, amazingly acute at arranging alternative arrangements, always!

      • I’ve been proposing for years that voting should be limited to people who are net taxpayers.
        That is, they pay more in taxes to the government than they get in services from the government.

      • Seniority and merit weighted voting?
        I shall have to think on it, but my first impression is favorable.
        However, I am not so sure about giving more weight to voters simply for breeding like flies.
        This could have unintended consequences of an idiocracy-favoring nature.

      • The problem, of course, comes down to the whole question of who does the deciding.
        In the meantime, I have a stopgap measure we could implement immediately: Stop chiming in when, at election times, we hear people saying ” Go Vote”, “Do NOT Forget To Vote On Tuesday!”, and other such inane encouragements of those who are barely paying attention. Instead, be at the forefront of a local “Stay Home, Voting Is A Waste Of Time” movement.
        If properly marketed, it could do a fine job of discouraging the brain dead and the stoned alike.
        While leaving unaffected those capable of original thought and/or critical thinking.

      • A few friends and I were thinking about putting an ad in the paper declaring that voting had been moved to Wednesday.
        Anyone dumb enough to fall for it, shouldn’t be voting in the first place.

    • The founding fathers did not believe that every imbecile should vote, and therefore only property owners were permitted the right to vote. In order to gain or keep property, there is some assumption of education through schooling or on the job training. Those with property were most likely to educate their own children, etc. Our progressive judiciary fixed that problem and De Touqueville predicted where that would take us. We are on the inevitable long slow moral and economic decline leading to socialism or some other Orwellian society where Jeff Bezos and his ilk own the world and rule it to their pleasure.

      • One other concept I dislike is “proportional representation”,.
        The good thing abut “first past the post” voting is that it tends to disenfranchise the radicals and the imbeciles, unfortunately not enough to prevent them fro voting for the Moonbeams of this world.

      • Back then, most taxes were property based.
        So limiting voting to property owners had the affect of limiting voting to taxpayers.

    • Further to the “Dodge” on the hood question, if your car has “Ford” written on its hood, when you come to a river, do you just drive right into it to get across to the other side?

  17. I’m going to go out on a limb and call Governor Moonbeam “brilliant”. He is attacking major import markets (electricity and autos). California will generate most of its own electricity (in theory) and make its own cars (electric Teslas), thus recycling much more of its money within the state. Add to that food exports and cheap Mexican labour and you could actually have an economy that survives – with massive government subsidies and significant wealth redistribution.
    It shouldn’t work, but it does. I wouldn’t put it past him to build a bullet train to nowhere, based on the false assumption that it is good for the environment, but really as a massive make-work project, just another small way of keeping the false economy humming.

    • Just wait until the next “big one” hits, and I mean really big one…not like the last few “sort of kind of big ones”…we shall see how self sufficient that state is.
      Hell, they have not even had any sort of big ones in a very long time, it seems to me.
      I think I am going to have a look-see at the indexes of accumulated strain.
      Large portions of the most populated parts of the state are perpetually on borrowed time to begin with…

      • In that case we would be forced to give them “foreign aid” which would be at least an order of magnitude larger than a state would receive.

    • Except industry and business are exiting the state and with them goes a large tax base that pays for the Socialized state. When’s the last time you heard of a corporation relocating to California instead of from California?

      • Even those that aren’t technically leaving the state, are just keeping the corporate headquarters in the state and moving everything else out.

    • Right. Nobody will retaliate against CA with tariffs on CA goods.
      Of course, this is all unconstitutional, but, hey, that’s just founding document is just a rag these days.

  18. If there was ever a testimonial to much of modern environmentalism being a religion this is it.

  19. Jerry needs to understand that it is absolutely critical before throwing money at a ‘problem’ to very, very, carefully determine what is or is not a problem.
    One thing for sure, spending money that you do not have ends badly (See Illinois who are fighting to be the first state to declare bankruptcy.)
    Churchill: When we run out of money, then we really need to think.
    The idiotic cap and trade programs to address a problem which is not a problem by forced spending on green scams that do not work will force companies to leave California and will force people who work (as opposed to those who are reliant on state, handouts) to leave the state. Less jobs, less tax revenue starts a downward spiral.
    The apogee of the madness, the highest frigging point, is fittingly Steven Hawkins’ assertion that perhaps anthropogenic CO2 could turn the earth into Venus which is as likely as alchemists turning lead into gold or ships reaching the end of a flat earth.

    • Our modern alchemists, nuclear physicists, can turn lead (or just about any other material) into gold in a particle accelerator. Of course, such gold would cost around a half-million dollars an ounce, so it’s not going to be an economical replacement for mined gold any time soon.

    • When did Churchill say what you say he said about money and thinking.
      There is a very similar but different saying by Lord Rutherford: Essentially ” We haven’t the money, so we have to think better. ”
      Well I have a photograph of his exact words, but that is close enough. and I’m sure Churchill would not be quoting Lord Rutherford, without citing his source.

    • Our nation is not a democracy with majority rule. But rather a Republic with a constitution that limits government power and recognizes individual (“endowed by their Creator”) rights. It’s the last point so prominent in our nation’s charter that gives fits and repulses mortal gods and their acolytes.

    • Imagine if the U.S. had a system that crowned the winner of the popular vote.
      Hillary won California by 3.8 million by popular vote.
      Trump won the other 49 states by 1.5 million by the popular vote.
      Hillary and Brown would have a dual dictatorship despite being routed in govenorships, ko’d in Congress and having a minority in the senate.
      What a ungovernable hideous nightmare for U.S. citizens.

      • There are 435 electors, named by the States, who choose who should be President; one for each Seat in the House of representatives.
        Each State can choose exactly how it wants to select its electors. There is NO Popular vote for President.
        And if you want to enforce a one person one vote totally representative system, and eliminate the Electoral College, then you also MUST ELIMINATE the US Senate, which also is not a one person one vote thing.
        The State of Rhode Island can fit in 20 different non-overlapping places in just the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, and Delaware can fir in 12 non overlapping places there. Yet both of those States have the same number of Senators as Do California, New York, and Texas.
        What is representative about that ??
        Delaware can also fit in between downtown Anchorage, Alaska, and Wasilla out in the Anchorage suburbs; so Sarah Palin can see all the way across Delaware from North to south, all the way to down town Anchorage.

        • “What is representative about that ??” It represents the states and keeps mob rule from winning. California and New York can foster welfare states with no international borders but it keeps the remaining states free to make their own choices.

  20. Would it be possible for a new political party which had a “it’s not CO2” philosophy to be started in California or the USA. In France Macron rose to be leader with a new party he started. Can this happen elsewhere?

    • Not a chance around here (SF Bay Area) the electorate is made of, by my WAG, people who still believe it (~50%) and any others who have their doubts, virtue-signalling that they believe it (~30%). Plus the economy is booming with the IT, and IoT industries, not to mention biotechnology, so no reason not to feel the guilt.

  21. the governor is concerned with whether we can govern ourselves? As apposed to what?
    There was time in this country when people believed that freedom and liberty was parimount. To think that someone just because they were in power was some how better or more capable then oneself was ridiculous. To bend knee to someone else would be unthinkable and anyone expecting such would be reviled. Now the “Elites” have become so bold that they openly call themselves elite and have somehow convinced billions that they are better and know what’s best for everyone. How utterly weak and pathetic the once great and proud common American has become. Once we were kings and queens of our own lives now we wait for others to dole out our rights and needs like serfs. Our fore fathers weep for what we have become.

  22. It’s like the anti-Easter Bunny or anti-Santa Claus that will bring you a forest fire if you don’t pay up.

  23. With apologies to Grace Slick, the Brown Rabbit is trying to chase us all down an Energy Hole, “where logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead”.

  24. democracy is a horrible form of governance NOBODY has one ounce of liberty under it, mob rule = any majority can vote to do anything they desire to any minority………

  25. Tighten up on the control of marijuana usage in the State. The Governor’s cognitive abilities are becoming impaired. Or his advisors need to be replaced. Or both.

    • There was a story last year about abandoned vehicles being left on Washington Ferries. People were forgetting their vehicles and walking off, which is a big deal, because an unclaimed vehicle leads to a search and rescue mission to find someone who may have fallen overboard.
      Someone posted in the comments something to the effect of: And they said legalization wouldn’t cause problems.

  26. The ‘Golden State’ is now the ‘No State’. Every fifty yards along the Pacific Coast Highway there is a no parking sign.
    I do not have a problem with people who want to live in big cities.
    I have a problem with folks who live in big cities thinking they are smarter than those who choose to live closer to the natural environment and telling us how to live.
    California, Oregon, Washington State, Nevada, and Virginia are places where politics are controlled by voters is a very small part of the state. Away from the big cities we have clean air, low taxes, good schools, and no crime. If fact tourist from cities come to see how we make wine. How quaint, grapes grow on vines and apples on trees. Who knew!
    My theory is that many things have become unfamiliar to city folks. Nuke plants, coal plants, hydroelectric dams for example. I just talked to a bass fisherman who works at the windfarm miles down the road.
    My point is that we enjoy and protect the environment 24/7/365. The planet is doing fine except for a few cities.

  27. Possibly Mr. Brown is suffering fram a brain-evaporation caused by the frightening CAGW that is threatening the continued existence of humanity.

  28. “imposing a border carbon fee to tax out-of-state imports.””
    Ummm… that’s not constitutional. Only the US government has the ability to regulate interstate commerce.

    • Bingo. This creep of a Governor thinks his crisis is more important than the law, the Constitution or our liberty. Eff him.

  29. No one really knows how much of this drivel Jerry Brown believes. For sure, he wants more money—that’s the real objective of politicians, especially “progressives” (what a misnomer). American progressives will not rest until they’ve achieved political control of 100% of the nation’s resources, and even ten they will be moaning as those resources decline. Just look at Venezuela.That’s where collectivism leads.

  30. Unless I get a grant to pursue my ground-breaking research into surf in the Bahamas, the ENTIRE Solar System is in jeapordy…

  31. If the corrupt bloviating fear mongers succeed, then democracy will have failed. Gov. Brown is the poster boy of corrupt bloviating fear mongers.

    • Take out New York City and La- Trump wins the pop. vote.
      Clinton flipped 17 counties Rep to Dem
      Trump flipped over 200 Dem to Rep
      Trump won (Holy Smokes) 84% of counties!

  32. California taxing imports to the state violates the constitution.
    Not that leftists give a hoot about the constitution.

    • The Interstate Commerce Clause is quite powerful. It was wisely designed to prevent large states or extremist states…California in this issue is both…from imposing taxes or trade restrictions on commerce from other states. Reality sux if you are an extremist kook like Brown.

    • California tried something similar, if I recall correctly, during Gov Brown’s first term, of taxing cars that were imported from out of state that did not meet California new car emission standards when first sold. It was eventually found unconstitutional.

  33. It is abundantly clear: President Trump did the right thing when he rejected the Paris accord. Governor Brown and his democrats in Sacramento are either clueless or in collusion with China.
    Probably in collusion with China.

  34. The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.
    —H.L. Mencken

  35. “Can democracy actually work?”
    A Governor of a state says this! And progressives have a bogus witch hunt against the President over Russian interference in an election. WikiLeaks didn’t fiddle with the vote, they simply revealed that the DNC and Hillary were terminally corrupt political outfits devoid of shame and no one has shown proof that the Russians supplied Wiki.
    It revealed that the selection between Bernie and Hillary was pre-orchestrated by Hillary and her agents in the DNC. Who is interfering with whose democracy? Bernie didn’t even raise any hell. His supporters did, showing Bernie was all bark after all.
    Jokingly asking the Russians from a campaign mike to find HRC 30k emails is collusion? I thought collusion was a secretive process.! And Donald Jr. getting dirt on Hillary? He never got a thing. I must say we’re I the intelligence guru I would judge the Russians not very adroit at finding stuff on anybody if the world’s sloppiness secretary of state with the nations secrets on a server set up by her husband and shared with Anthony Weiner were too secure for them.

  36. There is no evidence that California’s Cap and Trade law has had any effect on global climate or will ever have any effect on global climate. The reality is that the climate change we are experiencing is caused by the sun and the oceans over which Mankind ti include Gov. Brown, have no control. Despete the hype, there is no evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate and plenty of sceintific rational to support the idea that the climate sensitivity of CO2 is zero. The radiant greenhouse effect upon which the AGW conjecture is based has not been observed anywhere in the universe including the Earth. The radiant greenhouse effect is sceince fiction as is the AGW conjecture. The tax payers can ill afford useless expendatures that are based on science fiction.

    • CAP AND TRADE by definition does nothing, nothing, to reduce CO2. It’s a wealth redistribution scheme and nothing more. How this scheme continues is beyond belief.

  37. California like Illinois is headed to bankruptcy. California would have got there first but thy have more money to move around. To quote Ron White “You can’y fix Stupid”.

  38. I wonder how much Money Brown has personally invested in renewables. Whatever it is this is all about money. People like him don’t become this unhinged unless they have a lot of skin in the game. so is he stupid like many think? Other than his stupid ideology – I am going to lay money on the thought that he is DESPERATE about something and I will lay more money on the thought that it is all about MONEY – his money. And to others points you are right California is already bankrupt – wasn’t it on the brink or already there when Arnie was running the show. He has been trying to bully Trump with threats and big puffed up statements that California is going on its own with the Paris accord. How I ask? He is penalizing everyone – or threatening to – so all he is doing is hurting the California economy even more. So I will throw in that he is a FOOL. But, OK, I concede – he may also be a Stupid Fool!

  39. Seems like just last year that Brown was telling the world that the California drought was permanent, that it was all humanity’s fault and that Trump was a moron for not realizing same.

  40. Did Brown just say that California is a threat to the existence of humanity?
    (Maybe he just means the California EPA.)

  41. Rant on mad man . Deflection 101 . Fix some real problems for once .
    The beauty of this jack ass getting re-elected is he can’t get away from the shit storm he and
    his fellow socialists created . But rest assured just before it completely goes off the rails he
    will take a long walk on a beach and claim it’s time he spent more time with his family .
    Someone else is going to have to unscramble burned scrambled eggs . The Brown legacy .

    • Yes, Brown is on a Mission. It’s up to him to guide the little people in the proper direction.

  42. Many enviros and Democrats have the look and sound of the crazy person standing on the corner with a sign “The World is Ending” and ranting on and on about how it’s all over for humanity. I wondered where those folks went when they left the street corners…..

  43. Here’s me, on another Journey Of Absolutely No Importance – this time in Suffolk with a bit of Latitude 😀
    Bit of everything going on, APART FROM an out and out Dance Tent. One huuuuuge marguee (as seen B4 at Big Chill) and perfect methinks for a few hours of late nite 4 to the floor. No – overtaken by the BBC to ‘introduce’ a load of shouting, crashing, banging and twanging until 11PM curfew.
    facepalm. sigh. groan. ?????
    What was going on was both a ‘Speakeasy’ and a (badly misnamed) Comedy Arena.
    The comedy was as funny as yer average migraine and both stages were taken up with constant barrages against Mr Trump, Nigel Farage, Theresa May, Brexit etc etc – you get the drift.
    More left wing than a left wing thing.
    (And if the F Word didn’t exist, they’d be left with nothing to say and yet, believe it or not, parties of 6, 7 & 8 year schoolkids, in their smart little uniforms with teachers corralling them, are being led around all day Friday.
    You think don’t ya – would this festy even have been held in say East Germany, China or under the auspice of the CCCP?
    If some ‘joker’ stood up in N Korea and bad mouthed the leader and/or his friends, what kinda state would they be in when they got home? If ever they did get home.
    How did people come to be so unthinking and so dumb. And then to be so dumb as to actually broadcast it to the entire world?
    Just like Moonbeam here and that crazy Australian woman a few days ago with her surreal Human Geography.
    I say from eating sugar.
    Any better ideas out there?

  44. The madness comes from improper breathing, that is, not allowing carbon dioxide to regulate the the atmospheric gases in the body the way they are supposed to be, thus resulting in impaired cognitive functioning, embodied in externalized behavioral solidification of the resultant stupidity.
    My prescription: Breathe deeply, hold momentarily, tighten lips, and slowly allow the inhaled, now CO2 rich breath to exit slowly. This way, the proper proportion of gases are allowed to diffuse into the blood stream, having the proper chemical balancing effect, blah, blah, blah … you stopped comprehending two sentences ago, anyway.
    In short, just breathe right to deter early-onset stupid.

  45. “For those of us considering the move, to where did you move? Is it really any better? Or is it just tracking the California trajectory with a time lag?”
    Hell yes, there are better places. Between growing up, being in the navy, and being an engineer at a nuke plant (now closed): I have lots of experience with California.
    We have been living in our motor home since retiring in 2014. The only time we have been hassled by cops is at the marina where I used to keep boat near the SF airport. I knew it was a safe place and we would not be bothering anybody.
    Washington State does not have income tax. Oregon does not have sales tax. This is where we spend the summer months. If you avoid Seattle and Portland who will have a hard time finding a ‘progressive’.
    Nevada also does not have income tax. This is where we spend part of the winter months. Avoid Clark county (Las Vegas) or ignore the politics and it is a great place. I think Clark county is the only place solar panels work at night because the lights from the strip.
    We also like Louisianian, Texas, and New Mexico. The welcome mat is out in Texas, and there is a two week open season on ‘progressives’ if you hava gun permit.

    • Five years ago I fled from San Francisco to the northern Oregon coast. Wish I had done it 20 years earlier. Oh well, I just have to embrace my inner stupid.

  46. Crikey, and I thought that Arnie was a real challenge for the theory of evolution. This bloke makes Arnie look like an Einstein.

  47. Where is the red flag signaling he’s incompetent? His rant and demeanor (in video) suggests he’s crazed. Then, most of the nation follows California’s example.

  48. Nothing worse than a politician that loves to hear himself talk. This guy should have been committed long ago. He been crazy for a long time and he still crazy and he always will be crazy. Nice pick Cali. You crazy too.

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