Last week Democrat consultant Robin Swanson dubbed me Jon “Sherlock Holmes” Fleischman for outing Jerry Brown’s potentially illegal secret meeting with an organized labor boss. That same labor boss is currently providing funding for one of the independent union efforts attacking Meg Whitman and the law requires that no coordination occur. You can read more about it here, but I digress.
Given my new moniker, I now bring you The Case of the Vanishing Tweet.
Last Friday, Jerry Brown tweeted:
“ @JerryBrown2010 <http://twitter.com/JerryBrown2010/status/22299760434> : Going to the farmers market this weekend? Read about their history in CA, and my role in the eat local movement: http://bit.ly/cCqgBN”
I went back today to find that tweet so I could write today’s post, and lo and behold, the tweet was gone. But I think I know why. (I had to find it in one of the cache files.) In this article, Jerry Brown called the internet an aspect “of a degenerate economic system.”
So Jerry Brown may not want to share this with you anymore (and I can’t say that I blame him), but I thought I would. Here’s the entire Q and A with the Seasonal Chef and the full question and answer excerpted below. (emphasis added)
Seasonal Chef: Haven’t multinational corporations created many things, such as personal computers, that have helped lots of ordinary people?
Brown: Yes, and they gave us Windows 95-and you have to go out and spend another thousand bucks to make it all efficient. It’s another form of addiction.
Sure, I have computers. [He points toward a computer flickering on a nearby desk.] I like computers. I like the Internet. It’s a tool that can be used. But don’t be misled into thinking that these technologies are anything other than aspects of a degenerate economic system.
But I think I can solve this case. It’s another instance where Jerry Brown does not seem to understand what drives California’s economy. It’s amazing that a candidate vying to resurrect California would go-so-far as bemoan the benefits of perhaps the state’s biggest economic engine. It’s like running to be Governor of Wisconsin and attacking cheese-making. In 1996, he stuck his foot in his mouth in the interview, did it again in 2010 by linking to that article and then tried to erase it.
Elementary, my dear Watson.