A key question has raged in California for more than one year, ever since Gov. Jerry Brown first proposed two of his key tactics in the ongoing battle against seemingly perpetual state budget deficits.
Back in 1948, when most of America woke up the day after the presidential election and learned to its surprise that Harry Truman had defeated Thomas Dewey, California counted.
Weeks before the Nov.
Jerry Brown’s signature was notably absent from the ballot arguments in favor of Proposition 30, the tax increase measure he pushed so hard in this fall’s election.
“The pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states …” Barack Obama famously observed in 2004. “But I’ve got news for them: There’s the United States of America.”