Palermo, Joseph


Joseph Palermo is Associate Professor of American History at CSU, Sacramento. He’s the author of two books on Robert F. Kennedy: In His Own Right (2001) and RFK (2008).

California: Democrat vs. Democrat

By Joseph Palermo

Governor Jerry Brown’s veto of the budget passed by the Democratic majority in the legislature, (as Draconian in terms of gutting public resources as any in the nation), has tipped his hand: Jerry’s triangulating. He’s aligning himself with the Republican minority in forging a path forward out of California’s deep crisis. “We need four Republican votes and in the next several days, I’m going to do everything I can,” Brown said. “I’ll move heaven and earth to get those votes.”

No, Jerry, to get those GOP votes you’ll have to lay off more teachers, gut higher education, shred the pensions of public workers, and impose on the state a far-right Republican agenda more akin to what we’d expect from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker than from Governor Moonbeam.

Why Would Anyone Want to Be Governor of California?

joseph-palmero.jpgby Joseph Palermo

One Republican candidate who wants to be California’s next governor is Steve Poizner, whose economic prescriptions for healing the state’s fiscal maladies are like a quack doctor who “bleeds” his patient by attaching leeches. Poizner’s PR people came up with a catchy “10-10-10″ slogan. He throws up three arbitrary numbers to brand his economic “plan” that only someone who has either fallen off a turnip truck or has been in a coma for the past thirty years could believe has any chance of “success.”

Students Forced To Pay More to Get Less from CSU

joseph-palmero.jpgby Joseph Palermo

There’s an ancient saying that we do not inherit our society from our ancestors, but borrow it from our children. On July 21, the California State University Board of Trustees approved a fee increase requiring undergraduate students this fall to pay $4,026 a year, an increase of about $1,000 over the previous year (and this fee hike came after years of previous increases).

The fee hikes, the denial of enrollment to 40,000 students, the layoffs of faculty and staff, the budget cuts and furloughs, the stuffing of more students into fewer classes, etc., are all sacrificing California’s future for a short-term “fix” that in reality is not a fix at all.

Stealing From the Youth

joseph-palmero.jpgby Joseph Palermo