California 'Comeback'
Another Golden State Mullet Budget
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  • GodisanAmerican

    Mr. Mead’s essay on hurricane Sandy made me a fan of his. But he seem to take such a pleasure out of every little wrinkle in blue states.
    California’s became ungovernable largely because of CA GOP. Now they are soundly defeated, CA is governable again. CA spending 45 billion on public school system…horror, the horror.
    OK pensions of public employees (esp. police and firefighter, a GOP constituency) are out of whack. Reform is badly needed.
    Blue states (CA, NY,MA,…) are far better places to live and raise children than red states (AL, MS, AR,….maybe TX excepted).
    Or look at high/low taxed countries. Where would you rather live? High taxed ‘socialized’ countries like Denmark, Sweden, or even dreaded France, Germany or low taxed ‘capitalistic’ countries
    Taiwan, HongKong, Pakistan or libertarian paradise Serra Leone, Sudan..

    • bigfire

      Seriously? CA GOP was the ONLY thing stopping the government workers union from totally raping the state of its tax paying citizen. Now that they’re a non-issue, it’s up to the former Governor Moonbeam to at least inject a sense of reality into the legislative process.

      I live here, do you know what just went into law this year in California? Here’s one example: http://www.laweekly.com/squidink/archives/2014/01/09/no-more-bare-handed-food-handling-in-california-even-you-sushi-chefs

      The fully paid for Democratic State legislators haven’t seen a tax increase they don’t like. The sham Prop 30 was sold as a temporary stop-gap measure on the evil Rich. Now they’re talking about extending it to forever and increase it. The state is so dependant on the high incomer’s tax that the next stock market crash will bring about even more revenue headache. And as Mr. Meade have mentioned in this article, we haven’t even began to address the unfunded pension liability.

  • Skoptic

    Got out of California in 2011. The government was constantly picking my pocket and the whole state is turning into a freak show. The only thing I miss is the weather.

    • GodisanAmerican

      Where are you now? Arkansas? Alabama?

      • Skoptic

        Colorado. Denver, to be precise. Where are you? Los Angeles? D.C.? Probably San Francisco, given the holier than thou tone.

  • TheCynical1

    As a lifelong Californian, I’ll suggest, sadly, that Governor Brown actually looks somewhat sensible . . . when compared to his fellow Dem state politicians.

    I’ll never forget a campaign radio commercial of his, when he said (paraphrasing): “I believe in three things: first, in a down economy when people are tightening their belts, government must tighten its belt too; second, power needs to shift from the state to localities, as much as possible; and third, taxes should not be increased, without voter approval.” My conservative friends summarily dismissed this talk as insincere. But I can’t think of any other prominent Dem state politicians who could force themselves to even utter such words, sincere or not.

    In contrast . . . when his hapless GOP opponent, Meg Whitman, was asked in a radio interview to talk about how she would improve public education, she earnestly launched into a rambling, long-winded, policy-wonk answer, chock-full of any number of centrally-planned micro-management proposals (paraphrasing): “Blah blah blah . . .” Great campaign, Meg.

    Now, the Dems are in control: they hold the Governor’s office, and solid majorities in both houses of the State Legislature. They own the state — just as the national Dems own Obamacare by having rammed it through on a party-line vote — and all credit and blame will belong to them in this great laboratory experiment. Whenever they try to blame the GOP, just ask them why they aren’t turning things around in their one-party utopia.

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