“If you torture the data long enough, it will confess.” – Ronald H Coase.
Forty-one years ago our current Governor gave his first state of the State address. I have some thoughts on his latest vision; I found it at https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19280. It is a revealing document that proves the above quote as well as twisted logic and a separate reality that Jerry Brown embraces with accelerating vigor. The separation starts with those of us here on Earth who struggle in the private sector versus those who feed at the trough of state Government. I highly recommend reading it; it will only take a few minutes.
The address is intended to inform the state feeders of the current conditions and how any concerns these folks have will be addressed. The rest of us may observe the proceedings if we act properly. Our role is to provide for the State.
Our Governor has noticed a number, 10, of recessions since WW II and each has caused disruptions in the spending plans of government, painful and unpleasant. Jerry does not want to make those mistakes again, that would be 11, in earth arithmetic.
The next few paragraphs wander around the world economies from a murky reality imbued in our dear leader. These Earthly conditions also interfere with our leader’s vision. Then he returns to planet Jerry and assures the people who count that spending is the proper course and increased spending the preferred course. We have a governor who sees and knows the future. Pay no attention to the prior results or current conditions.
He, Gov. Brown, then goes on about commitments and the need to honor them, even when making no effort to honor them! It should make us all feel good, and that’s important.
Now what about the infrastructure? The entire first paragraph of this section speaks to spending for buildings, prisons, parks, universities and state hospitals. He desires to spend two billion dollars on these facilities. This money is at hand.
But wait, there’s more! We have deferred and neglected our bridges, highways, and roads to the tune of seventy seven billion dollars’ worth. To spend THAT money we must raise taxes and explore creating new taxes. That will take politics and resolve, but considering the beneficiaries are largely private sector we need not rush.
Water is next up on the agenda. The renewal of our aquifer and wells is to be desired and water is important not just for Californians but also fish, bi-valves and lots of things that use water, all should be treated equally. Storage and conveyance are briefly mentioned. To say more would encourage the idea of actually enlarging or building additional storage. The population of California has doubled since we added any additional storage. He mentions distorting reality in this section, I’ll say.
Climate change is up next, we on the outside know how our Dear Leader feels about this, and we feel the pain. He is heartened by the supine and slobbering that he comports with in the lush spots around the world. They are relentless in praising his efforts and consequences. Warp speed implementation is demanded here.
To close this current State of the State on an up note, the Governor Jerry Brown reminds the believers our credit rating is improved, our self admitted debt is only Twenty Six Billion dollars and we have a rainy day fund! With a building crescendo of indifference our Governor assures the members of the public sector, more milk and honey is on the way.
If you live in the real world your actual experience may differ.