California 'Comeback'
No Laurels Yet for California
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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Let’s face facts, the Blue Model is dying, California raised taxes increasing the Burden leviathan places on the economy. An economy so burdened will not be able to grow, and stagnation and decay will come to represent the California economy, like Detroit the foundations will rot.

    • centerroad

      The blue model will be dying the day the red states stop being subsidized by the blue states.

      It will die the day the most successful economies in the world are not built on the blue model and the third world is not built on the red model.

      There are ZERO red state model successes, without oil you’re all Alabama.

      • Nick Bidler

        Except Texas, which is home to silicon valley’s less glamorous but equally valuable cousin, keeping-ecommerce-functioning-and-secure gulch.

        • centerroad

          Oil related industry is 20% of the Texas gnp, everything else is window dressing. Even with hundred dollar a barrel oil you can barely grow your gnp faster than the blue states, hell CA is almost growing their’s as fast.

          • Tom

            By “almost as fast,” you mean not quite 3/4 as fast?

      • Tom

        Yes…those parasitical red states, which provide the blue states with oil, food, troops, military bases, mineral resources, etc., etc.
        Those successful economies, which got their capital on the red model and have been spending it on the blue model.
        Those third world countries, which have never actually tried the red model.

        • centerroad

          You failed to address the key issue, the blue states subsidize the failed red state model through tax transfers, the blue states have much higher per capita income.

          Anecdotes about how important you are don’t cut it windbag.

          Still waiting for you to point to one red model in the whole f-ing world that has done better than the blue model.

          Don’t let reality bite you in the @ss.

          • Tom

            It’s called exchange of money for goods and services. You give us money, we give you all those things. So, yes, I did address the key issue of “subsidization.”
            The red model, that of free market capitalism, is what got the advanced economies of the world to the point where they could adopt the blue model, which is when they started spending rather than accumulating all kinds of social capital.
            Furthermore, the third world has never really been allowed to try the red model, due to being messed with by everyone.

  • Marty Keller

    “[P]olitics in Sacramento aren’t as dysfunctional as they are in Washington D.C”: well, that’s because we’ve achieved Tom Friedman’s wet dream of being a one-party state. I would suggest that’s far worse than the national situation. At least, as you imply, we are still free to move away.

  • TommyTwo

    “California must do more to protect itself against dangerous vulnerabilities”

    Foremost among them the grievous gentrification caused by Big Tech.


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