Now it will come as no surprise to my readers that I'm not exactly a fan of Gerry “Moonbeam” Brown. But just in case you're unclear on the question: I'd sooner vote for a randomly selected retarded goat abuser with Tourette's syndrome before I voted for the Moonbeam. But my comments here are not so much about Brown as they are about “progressives” (which is, in this country and even more so in this state, pretty much a synonym for Democrats).
First point: note how the Moonbeam's first (and only) reaction to the question was to say (in effect) “throw taxpayer money at it”. He, like other progressives, seem to know no other solution.
Second point, and the more important one: note the utter obliviousness to the actual problem: a business-hostile environment created by progressives through increased regulation and taxes. He appears to be, sadly, completely unaware that the major incentive provided by other locales is the absence or lessening of these factors.
The Moonbeam, like many other progressives, is not a moron. So how can they possibly miss this point? I've never been able to decide, myself, whether their ideology so warps their thinking process that despite the facts being squarely and indisputably in front of them, they somehow convince themselves otherwise – or they are simply dishonest and craven to the core, and see that mouthing the progressive line can bring them fame, riches, and power. I just don't know, but I can't see any other alternative explanations.
But in the end, their motivation doesn't matter. What matters is that these people must not be in power. They must lose on November 2. Please help ensure that happens – this year, your vote actually matters!
Me, I'm going to buy some serious alcohol and have it at the ready on that Tuesday evening. By the end of the evening, I'll either be celebrating in an alcohol- and joy-induced haze, or I'll be trying to drink myself into a stupor while providing a pleasant environment for my brain cells to die in...