In Jerry Brown's California, you have two choices: Embrace the governor's agenda, or become the object of ridicule.
In his State of the State address, Brown contrasted "declinists" who see California as a "failed state" with him and others who see "unspent potential and incredible opportunity." The implication being that those who support his proposals are bold visionaries, while the rest of us simply lack courage and foresight.
The governor's agenda includes tax hikes, a costly rail plan and burdensome energy policies aimed at spurring so-called "green jobs." At its essence, it is a call for more public subsidies to fund more government programs.