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SKELTON: New Year's resolutions for state's politicians

  • FILE - In this May 22, 2012 file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his proposed tax initiative, Proposition 30, during his appearance at the 87th Annual Sacramento Host Breakfast in Sacramento, Calif. The passage of Proposition 30 and the changes he pushed to public pension system through the Legislature were among Browns goals for 2012. At the halfway mark of his four-year term, Brown looks to pursue legacy-building achievements such as the construction of a water infrastructure project for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the the nation's first high-speed rail system. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

From my skimpy research on New Year's resolutions, I've learned that 40<WC> percent<WC1> of us make them, and about 90<WC> percent<WC1> end in failure.

A dismal record of weak will.

Yet New Year's resolutions should be encouraged because they're vital to self-improvement. They reflect at least a brief recognition of personal flaws and the need for betterment.<WC> <WC1>Therefore I'm proposing a few, mainly for Sacramento politicians. Never mind that I've tried this in previous years and mostly been ignored. So some resolutions are repeats.

The first is for Gov. Jerry Brown, and it calls for some background:<WC>

• Be more considerate of people, and not just those he regards as intellectual peers or is hitting up for political favors.

Inconsiderateness long has been a Brown flaw, regardless of such qualities as political brilliance and an ability to charm if he chooses. This defect isn't just limited to eating off other people's plates, an annoying habit.

Here's the kind of thing I'm referring to: Early each year, California's governor traditionally has spoken to the Sacramento Press Club. The sold-out luncheon is a big fundraiser for the club's scholarship program that benefits college journalism students. Govs. <WC>Arnold <WC1>Schwarzenegger, <WC>Gray <WC1>Davis, <WC>Pete <WC1>Wilson, <WC>George <WC1>Deukmejian <WC>—<WC1> they all came, promoting their agendas, answering reporters' questions and helping students.

Brown has stiffed the club for two years running and is heading into a third. He basically ignores the invite. Just keeps the club dangling.

This is an old Brown trait.

The first time he was governor, in 1975, the state Chamber of Commerce invited him to speak <WC>—<WC1> as governors always had <WC>—<WC1> to a huge annual breakfast of California business leaders, industrialists and growers.


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