Bully for the purists -- too bad they make such a mess. For years, Republicans stuck to their anti-tax principles, Democrats stuck to their big-spending ideals, and the product was red ink.
Worse, taxpayers found out that they could vote for more spending without paying for it. More red ink.
Brown has told Californians that if they want this level of government, then they have to pay for it: "I think we have to meet the moment of truth now."
Truth is: (a) He needs to give Republicans something in exchange for having their heads put on sticks. (b) Voters aren't likely to vote for his tax package without real reforms. And without real reform, failure is more than an option.