We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
CALIFORNIA NIGHTMARES. “There’s already plenty of documentation about the collapse of California and how its citizens legislated it from a land of opportunity to a hell hole that punishes anyone with ambition and a dream. In the annals of its decline, this small item will surely pass unnoticed but it’s emblematic of what happened. In fact, I think it sums up the whole sorry saga quite neatly.”
I came across the letter from Gordon Clark last night. This morning I ran into someone and we started talking politics. I was informed that California is one of two states in the union that does not have the requirement of a balanced budget incorporated into its constitution. As a jumping off point, that would go a long way toward explaining the fiscal insanity. The rest of any explanation is a very long list.
Read somewhere that Californias' budget is up 40% in five years. If that is true, it is no wonder they are going broke.
Re: suicidal states...
Heard NY put a one year moratorium on drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale while PA and the Ohio are going full speed ahead. Way to go NY! Run those drillers out of state. Oil and gas is killing us! We need alternative energy! NY politicians should force Syracuse and Buffalo to install giant fans and solar panels. /sarc.
No list of states with suicidal tendencies would be complete without including Maine. Once regarded as a state of rugged individuals, Maine is now more well-known as a place of generous welfare disbursements, distribution of benefits of all sorts, including drivers licenses, to people who have entered the country illegally, a burgeoning Muslim population, condoms for children, the next battleground for homosexual marriage, high taxes and low income, the most liberal Republicans in the Senate, hostility toward homeschoolers, with the oldest population and where the largest single employer is the government at either the state, local or federal level.
About the only rugged thing left in Maine is the coastline.
I came across that website recently as well. Interesting coverage of the Madoff/Fund of Funds connection to the principals of a Greenwich firm. A fellow named Walter Noel and Fairfield Greenwich LLC. Quite a story.