Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The biblical injunction “as ye sow, so shall ye reap” has a political version – what goes around comes around.

Jerry Brown’s career is a particularly ironic example.

During his first governorship, he was in perpetual campaign mode, reacting to exigencies of the moment with little thought to long-term consequences.

But they were waiting when he returned to office after a 28-year absence.

Brown’s decision to become a “born-again tax cutter” after the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978 – slashing state taxes while ramping up state support of local governments and schools – created operating deficits that haunted the state for decades, culminating in a Brown-sponsored tax increase last year.

By winning approval of a major water bill without broad popular and stakeholder support, he gave opponents of the “peripheral canal” an opening to kill it with a ballot measure, thus paralyzing water policy for decades.

He’s now supporting a new version of the plan that voters rejected in 1982.

Then there’s the prison crisis.

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