I was listening to NPR this evening and caught this unintentionally humorous interview with California governor Jerry Brown:
Ryssdal: Why is it that this debate, Governor, happens on the far ends of the economic spectrum? We're talking about cutting services for the most needy in our society and taxing the very richest. How do you reconcile that with an electorate that lives mostly in the middle?And by "we", Brown means a tiny sliver of the Golden State population. Golly I hope everybody's "willing" to let somebody else pay for California's mess! Predictably, it's all about "economic fairness."
Brown: Well, the electorate in the middle is telling every survey that they don't want any more taxes. They are willing to see the taxes on the most affluent increase at least temporarily -- if it's for schools, for public safety and for the most vulnerable. So faced with a gap of $15.7 billion, I can either fold my tent and then just slash away, or I can give the voters an opportunity to say, 'OK, we'd like to shoulder part of that burden.'