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November 9, 2011 California Commentary "How Many Divisions Does The Pope Have?" by Jon Coupal In the waning days of WW II, during a discussion of the future of Eastern Europe, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill cautioned Joseph Stalin to consider the views of the Vatican. To this the Soviet leader responded, "How many divisions does the Pope of Rome have?" Stalin's brutal sense of humor demonstrated that he only respected force. Since the Pope had nothing he feared or wanted, Stalin would ignore him. Now that Governor Brown has announced his intention to reform unsustainable government employee pensions that threaten to bankrupt state and local government, he finds himself in the position of the Pope. In the struggle to come with the public employee unions who will fight change, he has no leverage. How did Brown come to this state of impotence when the government employee unions who will now oppose him, owe him so much? While governor in the 1970s, he signed off on legislation that significantly expanded the collective bargaining rights and power of the very groups that now threaten California with insolvency. This power has allowed government employees to become the highest compensated in all 50 states. While running as a new incarnation of himself for governor, Brown relied on funding from his public sector union allies. In response to questions about how much influence state workers would have on .his administration, he repeatedly assured voters he would govern independently. After all, he said, he is older and wiser, not interested in higher office and has nothing to prove. However, upon assuming office, when Brown's bargaining power was at its zenith, like a Santa on "Weight Watchers," he set about fulfilling the government unions' "Christmas wish list." Brown immediately agreed to five new contracts giving the unions nearly everything they wanted including, for the prison guards, the ability to "bank" unlimited vacation time that could be cashed in on retirement at the guards' highest pay rate. And with only a few minor exceptions, the governor signed off on the unions' legislative agenda, including postponing for two years a public vote on a reform requiring the state to maintain a prudent reserve to allow it to fund programs in difficult times. This vote on the rainy day fund was part of the deal that put in place the massive tax increases of 2009, but the unions now fear that if money is set aside, it would leave less in the pot for government worker raises and benefit increases. With Brown's signature, the state has reneged on the deal it made with taxpayers and there is no reason to believe that the vote will not be postponed again and again, each time it is rescheduled. Now that the governor has so thoroughly done the unions' bidding, they no longer need or fear him. They have what they want, and he has no leverage to bring them to the table. The union bosses are free to thumb their noses at the governor because they know that through millions of dollars in campaign cash they still control the majority of lawmakers. The chances of the Legislature passing meaningful pension reform are slim and none, and slim is getting on his horse. Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers' rights. Out on a Limb by C4':Kqpervas / i A well-read fool & the mostpestilent of blockheads; his learning is aflail which he knows not how to handle, and with which he breaks his neighbor's shins as well as his own. 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You've probably never heard of Harvey Lowe, but in the 1930s he enjoyed a certain amount of notoriety; in 1934 he won the first World Yo-Yo Contest. Now that you know who he is, can you imagine what he had in common with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and notoriously flamboyant entertainer Liberace? It turns out that all three took out insurance policies on their hands. If you're like 20 percent of the respondents in a recent poll, you find it embarrassing to order tap water when you're in a restaurant. Thought for the Day: "A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep." -- Saul Bellow ,k** 37 Gambling 6 Actress 22 Spud refrain Mistakes are theportals ofd&eovery. game Celeste 23 Chain part -- James Joyce 2OI [ King Features Synd., Inc. , , , Seniors' Favorite 1. Buick *percent of 2. Lincoln t,yers 3. Cadillac 4. Chrysler 5, GMC 6. Chevrolet 7. Porsche ' 8. Lexus  9. Jaguar  lO. 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