11/28/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

David Brooks Weighs In On California's Dysfunction

Sometimes it's hard to remember what good government looks like: government that disciplines itself but looks to the long term; government that inspires trust; government that promotes social mobility without busting the budget.

That kind of government existed for decades right here in California. Between 1911 and the '60s, California had a series of governors -- like Hiram Johnson, Earl Warren, Goodwin Knight and Pat Brown -- who were pro-market and pro-business, but also progressive reformers.