Edmund G. Brown Jr.

(Edmund Gerald Brown Jr.)

Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Edmund G. Brown Jr.
  • Born: April 7, 1938
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A government job is an occasion for public service, not special privilege. The undivided loyalty to the public interest required of the governorship makes it inappropriate to keep the profusion of gifts that arrive every day at this office. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Among all of our uncertainties weather is the most basic. We can’t live without it and we can’t control it. Environment & Environmentalism
Create power for the powerless. Power
Government can try to make the world a little better, but can we alter the human condition? No. We can't make saints out of sinners. St. Augustine had something to say about that. Human Nature
Government isn't a religion. It shouldn't be treated as such. It's not God; it's humans, fallible people, feathering their nests most of the time. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I don't believe in the cult of personality, having my portrait hung all over the place like Ronald Reagan or Mao Tse-tung. Public Relations & Image
I started in politics by opposing the war in Vietnam.... I don't think it was right, and I think it has seriously undermined the position of America in the world. It has weakened the social and political fabric of our country. And it is going to take heroic efforts to rebuild America because of it. War & Peace
I was attracted and repelled by what I saw of politics in my father's house. Attracted by the adventure, the opportunity. Repelled by the grasping, the artificiality, the obvious manipulation and role-playing, the repetition of emotion without feeling, particularly that: the repetition of emotion. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I wouldn't minimize the avoidance of tax increases as a contribution to human welfare. Taxes
If everyone in government would refuse to sign everything they couldn't read, everything would grind to a screeching halt. Bureaucracy
If you want to get high, meditate. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
It bothers me when people smoke three packs of cigarettes a day for thirty years and then stick me with their health bill. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
It is hard to manage a personal life when everything you do is amplified in the public media. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Many states have legalized medicinal marijuana. I believe the president and the Department of Justice ought to respect the will of these separate states... We are capable of self-government. We don't need some federal gendarme to come and tell us what to do. I believe comity toward the states...ought to govern the policy. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Really—no mental reservations Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
Society, by setting forth clear penalties for certain kinds of conduct sets its public ratification on moral judgments that this is wrong behavior and that it is deserving of punishment irrespective of whether the punishment will deter, rehabilitate or anything else. It is a way of society of defining what is wrong and what is seriously wrong. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The Democrats want to help people who have been disadvantaged by the economy these last decades. The Republicans want to weaken and roll back various aspects of what the Democrats have tried to do. Political Parties & Machines
The establishment of Washington is utterly corrupt and is incapable of governing. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The killing of the unborn is crazy. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
The revenue you take in should be enough to cover the revenue that you spend and go beyond that to get a reserve. In order to do that we [in California] need cuts and pension reforms, and taxes. Budgets & Budgeting
The top 1 percent in the state increased its share of the income from 10 to 22 percent. The bottom 80 percent of the state is declining. That’s just a fairness fact. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The trouble [with modern political campaigns] is that the technicians of the media and the professional campaign advisors believe that the negative commercials and the attack work better. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The way you have to campaign in this country is you have to beg for money from the very people who need to be brought under control. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The world of messaging is the world of campaign consultants, of politicians, who are like trained seals who are given their message and then they perform. I’m not into that. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We absolutely have to do more in government. But we have to bring the people along. Yet we are facing a well-armed neoliberal propaganda lobby that is promoting the notion that the market, however big the corporate players, should get bigger and government has to get smaller and smaller. Propaganda & Disinformation
We’re in a world now where the Republicans have a brand: “No Taxes”. It’s as much a part of their ideology as right to life is for Catholic bishops. Taxes
You better have your disease program in line. The bugs are evolving quicker than our anti-biotics. Health, Healthcare & Medicine