Governor Moonbeam and the Moonies
Not a raging hot topic, but a nice feeling seeing someone challenging a reporter from the Washington Times. I admit this was as hard as taking candy from a baby, but Jerry Brown doesn't have eMeg to embarrass any more. (He uses the same points against the reporter as he did with eMeg during the debates.)
Jerry Brown takes on Washington Times reporter Reporter: Gov. Brown, you've gotten criticism that you've ceded...
Brown: I've gotten criticism? Only from the Washington Times...
Reporter: I understand that you've gotten some criticism that you've ceded way too much to the unions.
Brown: Give me an example.
Reporter: As far as the education, teachers unions, and just as far as some of the contracts that have been negotiated, that you could be making the same mistake that you made in your last administration...
Brown: Which one was that?
Reporter: ... Back in the day.
Brown: When California had a $6-billion surplus and was leading America, if not the world, in many different fields?
Reporter: Well, right now it's going bankrupt.
Brown: That's untrue. I've reduced the deficit that was left to me by a Republican governor from $26 billion to $9 billion and I have a plan to reduce it to zero.
Reporter: So you're saying that the reason that California is going bankrupt is...
Brown: No, that's not true. We're going far. I mean, we're doing quite well.
Duran [spokesman for Jerry Brown]: You need to ask a question that's based on the truth.
Brown (to Duran): You don't have to argue with her...
Duran: No, S&P just upgraded to positive. That's not bankrupt.
Reporter: No, actually, because when Reagan came in later on, things actually changed.
Brown: No, Reagan came before me. Reagan came after my father and then I came after Reagan.
Reporter: And then you actually lost your term thereafter, no?
Brown: No, I'm the only Democratic governor in history to serve three terms. In fact only two governors have ever served a third term.
Reporter: So why is it then, that we're seeing from the bankruptcy though...
Duran: There is no bankruptcy. That's a lie. You're lying.
Brown: California has a $2-trillion economy.
Reporter: Why am I a liar?
Brown: Last year... Are you a Moonie by any chance?