As the Journal notes, while Brown's proposals would prevent state employees from accumulating higher pensions by "racking up overtime and bonuses to inflate their final year's compensation," among other measures, much of this has already been arranged by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Writes the Journal, "It's unlikely Mr. Brown's reforms would save much more."
Brown was once dubbed "Governor Moonbeam" by the late Chicago columnist Mike Royko, who called the state "the world's largest outdoor mental asylum."
After claiming, "The gap between rich and poor also keeps increasing because of computers, because of the declining power of unions and union membership, because of technology that replaces people in unskilled and semiskilled jobs, because of workers in foreign countries merged into the employment base of American companies, and because of the use of part-time workers putting people at a disadvantage and lowering their benefits," Brown offered his solution.
"The focus ought to be on making low-income work pay more. And where there aren't those jobs, let the government step in like they did in WPA [Works Progress Administration], community service ... And all the rest of it."
In other words, leave it up to Big Brother.
They tried that in Russia and Germany. Look where it got them.