Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 – 12:18 am

The New York Times published what has become a standard paean to Jerry Brown from the out-of-state media the other day, citing his balancing the budget and implying that he sparked California’s emergence from recession.

“When Jerry Brown became governor of California again, three years ago, this state was on a steep decline, crushed by budget deficits, deep spending cuts, governmental paralysis, high unemployment and a collapsing housing market. California, a place that once symbolized promise and opportunity, seemed caught in an intractable reversal of fortune,” The Times article crooned.

“The state’s budget problems are largely resolved, at least for the short term,” it continued. “Mr. Brown is the dominant figure in Sacramento, strengthened by overwhelming Democratic control of the Legislature and the decline of the Republican Party. He has pushed through major initiatives on education financing and prison reorganization. Even Republicans say his re-election next year seems considerably more than likely.”

“Some people were ridiculing California, and some were calling it a failed state,” The Times quoted Brown as saying in a brief interview. “The unemployment came down from 12.2 to 8.5. Real estate is rebounding. There’s a lot of confidence out there. That’s what happened.”

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