Fiscal conservatives know the difference between California and Texas.
It's a small ad buy, to be sure, for a vast state like California, but what is most interesting is Governor Brown's bombastic, overwrought, self-aggrandizing and typically obtuse response to the ad:
One day after Texas Gov. Rick Perry released a radio ad in California criticizing the Golden State's business climate and encouraging businesses to relocate to Texas, California Gov. Jerry Brown said today that Perry's campaign is "barely a fart."
"It's not a serious story, guys," the Democratic governor told reporters at a business event here. "It's not a burp. It's barely a fart."
The ad buy Perry announced Monday is relatively small, at about $24,000, but it gained widespread attention in the media. Brown called the amount "the smallest entry into the media market of California."
"If they want to get in the game, let them spend $25 million on radio and television," Brown said. "Then I'll take them seriously."Now FNC was making a big deal about the use of the word fart by a governor about an economic endeavor in his state, albeit one that would take business away from the golden state.
But Brown's other comments reveal a great deal about the psychology of the state and its governance.
Indeed Brown's response perfectly exemplifies the problem with the state of California. When Rush left New York because of the high taxes, the governor was quoted as saying he would have raised taxes earlier if he'd known Rush would leave.
Disrespect, for both the taxpayer and the office of governor, not to mention process.
Everything's big in California.
Compared to $24,000, $25 million is a great deal of money. But Governor Brown doesn't take 24 million dollars seriously in his own state.
Perry's the real conniver here: his ad buy caused far more attention than a mere $24 million in California. It resonated around the media, whether the MSM took it seriously or not.
And that was the point. Perry got much more out of the deal than he paid for and Brown was reduced to deflecting attention by using iffy language and blustering that Perry's parry meant nothing, regardless the financial situation in the state with the most resources and the most debt in the union.
Considering the brouhaha over Phil Mickelson's comments that it was frustrating to legitimately earn millions of dollars only to lose over 60% in taxes.
And considering that Mickelson could lose $100 over 10 years to taxes, one would think old Guv Moonbeam would have laid low on the fart jokes about a small ad campaign advertising business in another state where there's no state income tax.