Governor Jerry Brown's veto of the budget passed by the Democratic majority in the legislature, (as draconian in terms of gutting public resources as any in the nation), has tipped his hand: Jerry's triangulating.
While people of color and the traditionally marginalized make enormous strides with access to places never even imaginable before, the working class and poor are still under attack in extraordinary and systematic ways.
What these governors with the large "R"s after their names have been doing is pushing for laws, and then signing laws, that make it more and more difficult for some of their fellow citizens to cast a vote.
The conservative assault on the budget, the health care law, unions, public broadcasting, and the rights of women has predictably continued. Less unpredictable was the powerful response by millions of people.
If labor fails after rebuffing the worst of these attacks, the slow decline in private‐sector unionism will be mirrored by a similar decline in the public sector that accelerates the race to the bottom for the American economy.
The governor recognized that state employees receive better benefits than most employees in private industry. He could've worked to make the situation better for them, but he chose to make the situation for state employees worse.