Governor Gavin Newsom has quickly become Governor Half Truth.
As the Los Angeles Times reported recently, even Gov. Half Truth's supporters have noticed a disturbing trend where he says one thing but does another.
Gov. Half Truth couldn't keep his story straight for just 24 hours when he told lawmakers one day he was repealing a tax for five years, only to announce the NEXT DAY it was just for two years.
Maybe he is just chasing headlines knowing at least some people won't notice when the truth comes out later or maybe he just speaks before he knows. Either way, this wasn't the first time.
In January, Gov. Half Truth said Silicon Valley leaders would make a $500 million investment in affordable housing. Except when his revised budget came out in May, he said he wasn't sure if any of that money would be coming.
There was the time he called for a study into why gas prices are so high, even though he knows Democrats just passed a 12-cent-per-gallon tax on gas, another tax from an aggressive environmental law and now ANOTHER 5.6 cents coming up in July. And if that wasn't enough, there's a proposed tax floating around the Legislature. And that's just in the last year or so! But he's sure it's NOT taxes.
Even as lieutenant governor, he gave the impression that the job was easy and there wasn't much to do! And then it was reported that he actually only showed up to his commitments only half the time (no wonder it was so easy!)
And then there was the time Gov. Half Truth let Californians think for years that he had gone to rehab for alcohol abuse following a personal scandal, only to clarify a decade later that he never actually went.
Perhaps his privileged life did not adequately prepare him for the scrutiny and accountability that the office of governor demands. But at some point, he needs to start being honest with Californians, if not for his own integrity then for the millions of Californians struggling to survive the expensive and onerous progressive policies coming out of Sacramento.