" The fact is, California has been living beyond its means." That's the 74 year-old Gov. Jerry Brown doing his best Angela Merkel imitation, as he called for big cuts in welfare, social services and health care for the elderly. Brown will have a tough time selling a tax package.
"Syriza won't betray the Greek people." That's young Greek party leader Alexis Tsipras, sounding like 44 year-old Gov. Jerry Brown, defying the three other Greek parties who have not been able to form a coalition that would keep the debt agreements to Europe. Tsipras may wind up leading Greece right out of the euro zone.
The fact is that the West is trying to emerge from a terrible nightmare born of banking greed and consumer binging. the world went off half-cocked. Everybody got in the act. I can't think of a politician better suited to think of a way out of this mess than Jerry Brown. And he doesn't have a clue.