Political reporters have delighted in covering Jerry Brown's political campaigns through the years.
The reason for reportorial delight is that they do not have to strain for a story. Brown supplies interesting copy by just listening to him and reporting what he has to say.
Brown, who launched a political comeback in California by initially becoming mayor of Oakland, then the state's attorney general, last week achieved the Democratic Party nomination for governor.
George Skelton, a political reporter for the Los Angeles Times, did a piece on Brown. He mentioned that Brown has been quiet as of late, especially for him. Skelton speculated that the reason could relate to Brown not wanting to provide a target for the opposition.
With the campaign heating up and a competitive fall campaign assured for the matchup between two term former Governor Brown and Republican nominee Meg Whitman, Skelton commented that it was time for the Democratic nominee to begin to make his case to the state's voters while contrasting his position on the issues with those of his opponent. He added that he expects Brown to launch into full mode soon.
Jerry Brown is a man who proved wrong those who scoffed at his ideas as bizarre and referred to California's youthful leader as "Governor Moonbeam." Brown warned in the late seventies about excess consumption, something of a lower keyed Thomas Malthus in the latter quarter of the twentieth century.
Brown's predecessor as California's governor, Ronald Reagan, scoffed at those delivering warnings such as Brown's, including his opponent in the 1980 presidential election, President Jimmy Carter.
On the subject of what the economists term conspicuous consumption and the inherent dangers lying therein, who has proven to be right?