Chat rooms are a really high-tech way to communicate with people, so it must have taken a lot of forward-thinking at the Chronicle to put together this live-chat with Willie Brown scheduled for Noon on Wednesday.

The discussion will center around "how California's budget is made" - which is a topic the former Assembly Speaker ought to know a lot about, although as one SFGate commenter already pointed out the 12 p.m. start time means that "productive taxpaying people with jobs cannot join in." But all of you "unproductive lefties" enjoying welfare and free Internet should still be available to tell his honor how you would like to divvy up the rest of the rich people's money.