Would you call Governor Jerry Brown a successful leader? California’s tax rates are high. Is the sticker shock worth it? When Brown re-took office in the midst of fiscal crisis, we were asked to bear “temporary” higher taxes on the promise that he would balance the budget. How much of a chance would you be willing to take on such a message? Clearly, Brown has brought California much closer to boom town status. Per my attached profile of the Governor, business is thriving once again. Despite a mixed report card, Brown is a better fiscal manager than his two predecessors.
In your state, how much time would you give a Chief Executive to get your state back on track? Would you give a chance to someone not in your Party? What about for the Presidency in 2016?
I ask these questions because our politics today is overrun with caustic bluster. So how and who do you choose? In reality, neither Party litmus tests nor big speeches spell success. It’s the stalwart manager who shows up day in and year out, chipping away at problems til the job is done. As my father used to say, “slow and steady wins the race.”
Enjoy my discussion with Jerry Doyle below as you mull it all over!