Debra J. Saunders

I think Whitman had it right when she argued for a suspension of the measure in light of the state's 12.4 percent unemployment rate. Whitman explained, "It's not fair to the employees in manufacturing, trucking, packaging, all the other industries, to drive those jobs out of state." Amen.

Referring to the AB32's mandate for the California Air Resources Board to set a "low carbon-fuel standard," bike-lane Brown declared, "My god, they're going to use less oil in California. You bet. We're going to use more California sun and more California wind, and we'll get it done."

He forgets how Sacramento works. Last week, the San Francisco Chronicle's Wyatt Buchanan reported on CARB's gross miscalculations -- overestimated diesel emissions by 340 percent -- that could cost California industry $10 billion to $12 billion.

It's the Bay Bridge all over again. Forget the risks and practical consideration. Everything will turn out OK if you mean well. The problem with Jerry Brown as governor is: Tough times are the worst time for magical thinking.

Debra J. Saunders

TOWNHALL DAILY: Be the first to read Debra Saunders' column. Sign up today and receive daily lineup delivered each morning to your inbox.