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"Your lobbies and associations keep pushing for amnesty for 12 million illegal aliens even while your companies keep fleeing California."
Ah, you have to love bullshit-producing right-wingers and the crap they spew out because they read it on some mouthpiece for the right-wing propaganda machine like Breitbart, PJ Media or the appropriately-named Hot Air.
California has an oft-bragged about economy that is the ninth largest in the world, but the benefits of its girth also make it a prime target for job poachers. Governors of multiple states, like Rick Perry of Texas, Gary R. Herbert of Utah, and Bob McDonnell of Virginia have made or have plans to make highly publicized trips to the Golden State with the aim of luring manufacturers away.
But while much has been said about these safari trips, just how much game have these governors come back with to their home states?
According to Brook Taylor, Deputy Director of Communications and Policy at GO-Biz – The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development – the statistical reality on the relocation of California companies doesn't align with the sensationalized words of the press and governors.
"I think the narrative of companies leaving California in general is overblown entirely," Taylor said. "The data is not there. I know people like to take shots at California, but the fact is in the last year, California was the national jobs leader."
By Taylor's calculation, it would take 20 years for California to lose even one percent of the number of firms that are in the state.
"We see anecdotal stories that are highlighted in the press of firms that have the ability to move to other states," he said. "What we think is the issue is different from what we'll read in the newspaper. We're the number one state for manufacturing, for total jobs, for total firms."
In fact, the fabled California manufacturing exodus comes with critical details that don't always reach the front pages. "My perspective is that there are a couple things going on," Kevin Klowden, managing economist and director of the California Center at the Milken Institute said.
"First and foremost, very few companies leave California," added Klowden. "What they do instead is they expand elsewhere."
We don't really know if it is 12 million illegals that will qualify or 20 million. We are pretty sure that the 1986 amnesty created the 2013 need for another amnesty for at least four times the number of illegals. Would a 2013 create an amnesty crisis in 2020 for 50 million illegals? But the real question is do we "need" these illegal (or even legal) immigrants? Do we have some shortage of poor people needing welfare or people with little to no education who can't speak English? I simply don't see the crying need for more welfare spending and a drain on public resources. Perhaps I'm missing something and just don't understand the value in more public housing, food stamps, welfare, head start and press 2 for English. After all this problem can be fixed with more taxes, regulations and borrowing. Disagree? Take a walk through Stockton between 10 pm and 2 am on a Friday or Saturday and let me know how that worked out.