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California Is Destroying Itself. The U.S. Is Next.

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Alan Caruba (Bio and Archives) Saturday, November 17, 2012 

California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006

 

There’s a very entertaining, but terrifying book by Laer Pearce, “Crazifornia: Tales from the Tarnished State—How California is destroying itself and Why It Matters to America.” I recommend everyone read it because it lays out the template for why California will go belly up and why the nation is at the precipice of doing the same thing.

 

For some thirty years the author has been helping corporations and local government agencies cope with California’s regulatory jungle. As he puts it, “Crazifornia reveals a state that has become so misdirected, ungovernable and untenable that the primary driver of change has become the catastrophe.” Following the recent elections a recent Wall Street Journal editorial opined, “So now Californians will experience the joys of one-party, union-run progressive governance.”

Though it may defy belief, Californians voted to let the state tax them more to 13.3% and they gave Democrats a supermajority in both houses while killing a ballot initiative that would have barred unions from automatically withholding money from worker paychecks for political spending. The public service and other unions own California. Add that to a history of progressive politics and you have a recipe for the total disaster that confronts the state and the nation these days.

 

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Laer calls it a laboratory for liberals. “California has become tax-crazy, imposing the nation’s highest unemployment tax and personal capital gains tax rates. And it’s near the top on income taxes, corporate tax rates, and corporate capital gains tax rates.” If this sounds like where America is heading if the Bush tax cuts are not extended and as the many hidden Obamacare taxes kick in, you’re right. And the only thing the President keeps talking about is taxing the rich who he defines as anyone earning $250,000 or more. For the record, $250,000 is only one quarter of a million, despite his blather about millionaires and billionaires.

Laer points out that California’s taxes are currently causing 150,000 residents to flee the state each year. “In fact, Los Angeles alone has lost more households than New York, Miami, and, incredibly, the economically decimated city of Detroit…combined.”

How crazy are Californians? They have amended California’s constitution 513 times in 130 years or almost four constitutional amendments each year, year in and year out, since the state was founded. By contrast, the U.S. Constitution has been amended 28 times since it was ratified. That includes the ten Bill of Rights amendments introduced in 1789 by James Madison and included in 1791.

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    • Indian in the machine

      california…. kali fornicating

    • Right2Bear

      No, responsible Californians did not do this. The ultra liberal that control the voting machines did. There are a lot of conservatives in Kalifornia but the socialist liberals who think gmo’s are great and carbon taxes are needed and that 75% of every dollar made in the state needs to go to feed the system that has an insatiable appetite. Conservatives and Libertarians have tried to change the system but with a rigged system nobody can. Just look how many times Boxer and Feinstein have won it makes me want to puke.

    • Hang all drunkdrivers

      The real problem is 10 million illegals and another 10 million legal mexicans whose only goal in life is to go on welfare and live off the white man. No secession for CA. We need to throw them out of the union.

    • trouble8696

      Given the overwhelming good will that met Schwarzenegger when he took office, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the America’s most famous … TERMINATOR … squandered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity… California still faces the same challenges it did when terminator took office…only now, the passage of time and the recent recession have made them all more acute…In few years we will learn … whether California can manage to avoid disaster again … But even if the state’s years of living large finally catch up with it, there is still an escape hatch… Sensible Californians can continue to flee to places like Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon, and Texas, where the respite from hostile government more than compensates for the social opprobrium that tends to meet California expatriates… But if the America as a whole repeats California’s mistakes…the consequences will be much more severe… an America beset by rigid bureaucracies, economic decline, and enervated spirit will not be able to preserve liberty in the land of the free and home of the brave…

      _____ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwZhxScjdQ4 ____

      source: reliable….

    • Endthisnow!

      Did you see the movie 2012? Now that is some great CA destruction!

    • Anonymous

      California the land of fruit and nuts!

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