Tuesday, May 15, 2012 – 08:30 a.m.

Was it the plan all along or just plain incompetence?

Governor Jerry Brown’s screwing over of the California budget that is.

Did Brown feel he needed a forest fire to brainwash voters into passing his November tax increase?

We may never know. But it sure looks like he’s capitalizing on the state’s budget buffoonery, when it comes to budgeting.

For the past five months, all we have been hearing from Brown is how we need more taxes so he and state democrat lawmakers can keep spending at current outrageous levels.

But, Brown has never really addressed shrinking the size of the bloated state government in any meaningful way.

The number of state workers on active payroll really hasn’t fallen.

After all, that would upset his labor union support.

Now Brown wants to play the furlough game.

Yes, Brown wants to have state workers switch to four, nine and one-half hour, days per week.

And that temporary sales tax an income tax increase? Try seven years.

Can you say permanent?

At this point, with three measures on the ballot, it’s questionable whether voters will approve any tax hike.

Brown should worry.