Jerry Brown
Asking Santa for politicians with guts

We can all dream, so here's my wish list for Christmas gifts. If none show up under the tree, that's OK. I can wait. But I won't hold my breath. I've wished for some of these presents previously but pretty much been blown off by Santa. At the top of the list is a state Capitol with courage — the guts to confront head-on the state's most difficult and pressing problems. Examples: • Our outdated tax system that badly needs restructuring for the 21st century. It leans too heavily on the roller-coaster incomes of the richest 1%, has too many property tax loopholes used by big corporations and doesn't apply the sales tax to services. • A...