Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic Legislature continue taking the Blue Pill over the state’s economy and the budget they’re finalizing this week. It’s for the fiscal 2017-18 budget, which begins on July 1. They’re living in the Matrix, not the Real World.

Although Brown has warned, weakly, of impending budget difficulties, his budget still spends way too much should the state economy soften. There are plenteous indications that’s happening, largely because of the anti-business taxes and regulations this state has imposed on its people, instead of pro-business policies such as those in Texas, Florida and other forward-looking states.

Perhaps everything will be fine. Maybe the national Trump Boom will carry along even California. Maybe California will boom boom boom. But it’s right to be prudent. That way, if the state ends up enjoying extra money in its budget, it could pad the Rainy Day fund, or maybe start paying down its $1 trillion in unfunded liabilities.

But the Golden State increasingly sees itself as its own separate, golden country. Brown jetted off to Beijing to make his own climate deals with the People’s Republic of China, which, despite quasi-market reforms, still suffers one-party rule by the Communist Party of China and bans California companies such as Facebook.

Do you think the Chinese have noticed Brown will be gone in 19 months? Meanwhile, they have a lot of great deals on solar panels for green-conscious Californians.

Here are some negatives hitting hard:

On the positive side, last week Controller Betty T. Yee reported, “California revenues of $8.39 billion for May beat expectations in the revised budget proposal Governor Jerry Brown’s released last month by $133.4 million.” So maybe we can enjoy that nice juicy steak like Cypher did inside the Matrix: “You know, I know this steak doesn’t exist. I know when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years you know what I realize? Ignorance is bliss.”

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