“They livin’it up at the Hotel California …They gathered for the feast. They stab it with their steely knives but they just can’t kill the beast!”
“You can check out any time you want But you can never leave!”
Californians are experiencing record unemployment. CBS reported that unemployment and underemployment in The Golden State is 22%. Unemployment approaches 15% in several large counties. Home foreclosure rates are exceeded only by Nevada.
The solution: Jerry Brown. What did Brown suggest as a solution (no, I’m not making this up)? Electric cars. The state budget gap for 2009-10 was $45.5 billion, or 53% of total state spending — the largest in any state’s history. Does Brown have any suggestion about what will happen in the future as welfare payments to the masses are among the highest in the nation? It seems that he will fall back to the concept of alternative fuels. Is Jerry Brown a drooling idiot?
Meg Whitman was an unpleasant alternative to Governor Moonbeam – but she was better than Brown in any possible universe. Therefore who is worse, Governor Brown or the people that propelled him into another term in office?
California is toxic to business and the flight of jobs out of California will only increase as time goes on as it continues to be a sanctuary state to hoards of illegal aliens, who receive health, welfare and human services at an estimated annual cost of $10.5 billion.
Soon, Governor Brown will mount an official plea to President Obama to reward California with a federal bail-out, as the state goes completely bankrupt. That is unlikely to happen with a House of Representatives in the hands of the GOP.
Timing is everything.
LL: As you've likely seen, Connecticut and Massachusetts went the same way California did.
Here in CT, we're not quite so far down the road as California, but we had a terrible AG (Dick "I Miss-spoke" Blumenthal (now Senator-elect) who drove business out of the state (and scared it from ever coming in).
We too are heading toward an explosive pension crisis. Nothing personal, but I'm hoping California hits the rocks first and that the sound of the collision is loud enough to sober up our voters and politicians here, but I'm definitely not holding my breath.
I think the ONLY thing that will reach these people is mass exodus from the state. You see another 2 million people leave California and you;ll start seeing the masses that are left wake up. I was lucky enough to get out of MA 5 or 6 years ago – I'm now in Florida. My daughter left MA a few years ago and moved to NC. Unfortunately 6 months ago she moved back to CT – a move she already regrets. She's already looking to make a move out of there. Good for her. I know it's not always feasible for people to just pack up and move, but if the opportunity arises, GET OUT!!
Well LL, I sure hope you're right about the bail out money. This state needs to be woken up.
I agree with you about the definition of insanity. Not in the context mentioned, but the definition is correct.
Living in California would be like leaping from a tall building in a single bound.
There is a question in my mind whether or not California can qualify for bankruptcy under Chapter 9. Chapter 9 was designed for municipalities and counties and is seldom used. We've never had a state go under – not even in the South after they were devastated after the War of Northern Aggression/War of the Rebellion/Civil War. California may yet make history under the Brown administration.
I think we should let bankruptcy occur town by-town if possible. This would punish the most egregious first, and give other cities and municipalities a chance to get fiscal religion and save themselves. They could stigmatize the worst of us and make a public example.
I nominate San Diego to go first.
Chickelit – I nominate San Francisco.
LL, It certainly occurs to me, as it does in Nevada too btw, that with high unemployment, and high repossessions, that people were lead to believe that in order for them to stay on extended paid vacation, and live rent free that they'd have to vote for the dems.
I'd bet money on it. Another reason we need to change voting laws to only allow tax payers (income and property tax) to vote. Otherwise we're going to end up with a saddammo era voting system where everyone votes to live rent free on the backs of anyone productive.
I know my wallet's already been permanently tapped into with the bail outs, but Damn, I sure don't want to be paying more to send it to California, great as some of the people there may be. You know who you are.
Talk about rewarding bad behavior.
Freakin' love the cartoon! Thanks for making the hard issues fun to read at the same time. Keeps my attention 🙂
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