I am an independent who has supported various candidates, voted for Obama and Brown, but I think that given the state of affairs of our state (California), we need to vote republican, at least at the state level.
Brown is proposing changes in order to get the pension problem under control. The proposals are reasonable and modest, and yet the democrats in Sacramaneto are not behind it. The republicans, on the other hand, have said they will back Brown's proposals:
"At a Capitol press conference, the Republican leaders of both chambers of the legislature -- backed by members of their caucus -- announced their support of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's pension reform plans, noting in a statement, "We have not changed one comma, one period or one word. This is his plan as he wrote it, and we will stand with him to see it passed."
"Brown's plan -- which would, amongst other things, introduce "hybrid" defined-benefit/defined-contribution plans, raise the retirement age for most public workers, up employee contributions to both health care and retirement plans, and end pension spiking -- isn't perfect. But it's an utterly reasonable first step towards getting the state's metastasizing public sector under control."
"Given their slight numbers, the Republicans' support won't be sufficient to pass Brown's proposals into law. But it does lay down a marker for California's legislative Democrats, who risk looking absolutely beholden to labor interests if they can't get behind relatively modest proposals supported by both a Democratic governor and Republican legislators. If it takes that kind of shame to overcome the Democrats' recalcitrance, so be it. California's fiscal health hangs in the balance."
I do not see how we can ever fix the pension problem in California if we continue to have a democrat-led legislature. We need to reform the pensions, and we all know the democrats in Sacramento won't do it. Even democrat Brown is willing to fix the problem, but he can't do it alone. He already has the support of the republicans but that won't be enough - we need to get more republicans in the CA legislature, otherwise, we will be bankrupt in no time (already are kind of).