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Sunday, November 1. 2009
When I left
Still, there’s striking differences among the states, and the results show.
William Voegeli writes in today’s Los Angeles Times, "The Golden State isn't worth it." Voegli compares
It’s not ideologues who are moving. For example, I recently ran into a couple I was friendly with in
Voegeli continues: “Overall, the Census Bureau's latest data show that state and local government expenditures for all purposes in 2005-06 were 46.8% higher in California than in Texas: $10,070 per person compared with $6,858.” Between 2000 and 2007, “16 of the 17 states with the lowest tax levels had positive "net internal migration," in the Census Bureau's language, while 14 of the 17 states with the highest taxes had negative net internal migration.”
What to expect?
It’s not just
Government workers and their unions are prime beneficiaries of our heavy taxes. Most of even the made-up stats recently released about jobs saved or created by the federal appropriation of the near $1-trillion “stimulus” show relatively few and most of those among government workers. The $1-trillion, likely to be much more, cost of the wholesale upheaval of 1/6th of the US economy in health care – which really only serves about the 25% of those who truly need it who don’t have insurance at the expense of the 85% of Americans who do have coverage -- will fall heavily upon the working and middle class. The $trillions of indirect and direct taxes of the “cap-and-trade” illusory environmental bill will also add $thousands each year to each American's costs of living, to the economic benefit of profiteering fat cats and their politicos who garner contributions.
At root this may be an ideological battle, as Voegeli says. But, it is really a practical battle between those who aspire and work for a better life and those relatively few who would squander its underpinnings for their own greedy benefits. The real populist revolt is already shaking
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Going Back to Cali … It’s Not Worth It
William Voegeli of the Los Angeles Times has discovered some surprising evidence! Well, it’s not surprising to most of us, but what he’s discovered … Is that California, and high-tax states in general, just aren’t worth it. The ...
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"The real populist revolt is already shaking Washington and state capitals, and much more is to come." You're right Bruce. The contrast between California and Texas, for instance, is already catching the attention of California folks who are appalled at the greedy fingers of their state government picking their pockets and giving them so little to show for it.
Of course I'm advocating for my huge and generous and independent state. But since I moved here in 1971, when I married my Texas husband, I have become more and more impressed with what my state has to offer: no state income tax, a legislature that we only allow to meet every other year, thus keeping the political chicanery somewhat under control, a vast expanse of land with many varied micro-climates [Texas used to be the largest state in the Union, until Alaska became a state] a long coastline rich in all kinds of fish, that live in harmony with a forest of oil wells offshore in the Gulf, great game hunting, a tolerant sensible attitude toward firearms and a population that trains their young children early in the responsible handling of weapons.
I think it may be because Texas, like Oklahoma, is closer to its pioneer roots than some of the other regions of our country. It started life as a refuge for many Americans who had lost everything. "Gone to Texas" was scribbled on many walls of abandoned farms throughout the country after individuals did indeed lose everything, thanks to wars and other disasters. If they made it down here, they did it because they were tough and deeply determined to survive and thrive. Our entrepreneurs dreamed big and many made it. The whole country lives better because of our oil and gas business. And the government of Texas was smart enough not to deprive our entrepreneurs of the profits of their big risks and big dreams with excessive, depressive taxation.
Like every state, we have our problems and drawbacks. But our citizens know that the best "helping hand" you can have is at the end of your own arm.
I still love New England, however, as the seat of our extraordinary civilization. California, uhh, not so much.
I've had the pleasure of visiting your wonderful state on 3 different occasions, by car, beginning in 1976. Houston, Galveston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio and El Paso traces the paths taken. Many side trips (from that route were included). I especially remember the "River Walk" as a highlight of beautiful San Antonio.
You mention Texas's political chicanery: a favourite read was/is Robert A. Caro's "The Years of Lyndon Johnson" Means of Ascent. I'm sure you're familiar with that book and would appreciate a brief comment as to whether "Texas Politics" has really changed that much!! I would hope it has. Does "Ballot Box 13" reside in a museum somewhere??
MM- Vermont is so far removed from it's Yankee New England Heritage you would not recognize the place. Remember, Vermont, once the most Republican of all 50 states until the 1960's, voted for The O in the highest % of all 50 states.
It defies everything about the true heritage of the old, can-do, self- sufficient, up country Yankees who once inhabited the place. We have all of the structural problems of CA but only a minifraction of the resources CA has available to reverse the tide.
VT is at the top in taxes, employment losses over the past decade, welfare and benefits paid, % of per capita public employees, budget deficits, pension fund deficits, regulatory burden, and just about every other inhibitor to economic growth, in addition to it's young people beating a path to the exits.
VT is in for some unhappy times and yet Democrats are still predicted to retain control of the Legislature and win back the Governor's office in 2010. It is absurd in the extreme. VT GOP doesn't seem to understand they have been handed the opportunity of a generation to return to their rightful, historic role as VT's governing party.
"The recession will eventually end, and California's finances will get better."
That's what the Romans thought when they had their final 'recession'.
Economies, societies and beehives can get irretrievably broken. I believe it happens when the proportion of drones to the productive gets ugly, as it now has in California, indeed in much of the USA.
Punter ... Come on down to Texas when it gets too bad. We like folks with grit, brains and determination. And there's still lots of space down here.
Whats wrong with CA and not necessarily in this order are.
3. San Francisco
4. Illegal Aliens
None of these problems do not exist anywhere else except #4 in TX and AZ
Would you care to be more specific about how these three cities define what's wrong with California?
Because, unless you have something fairly inciteful to offer, you're just making "talk radio" noises.
I agree with you that illegals take a huge toll on the state, but implying that California is the root of immigration woes for the country...and, the business about Hollywood, Berkeley and San Francisco being "wrongs" is just specious flummery.
Where does New York fit into this, anymore? It seems like New York still has fewer people than California competing for every little thing, and at least upstate still a few jobs left to be had. I think for every job opening in California that gets 1,000 applicants per job opening, New York only has a ratio of 500 per opening. I think in New York the chances are better that you will have a job that pays less than it takes to live, rather than being out in California with nothing at all and no state welfare to fall back on. And no battered womens' shelters with any room in them whatsoever. And no food stamps. And And And And.....