California as a warning for America

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    Congressman Tom McClintock offered remarks in Washington , D.C. , on Friday to the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Pacific Research Institute that clearly illustrate why California is facing such a large fiscal mess. His beginning joke is so funny because it is so true:

    "I know that everybody likes to poke fun at California - but I can tell you right now that despite all of its problems, California remains one of the best places in the world to build a successful small business. All you have to do is start with a successful large business."

    Here is the rest of the speech:

    Laugh if you will, but let me remind you that when these policies finish wrecking California, there are still 49 other states we can all move to - and yours is one of them.

    I should also warn you of the strange sense of déjà-vu that I have every day on the House floor as I watch the same folly and blunders that wrecked California now being passed with reckless abandon in this Congress.

    We passed a "Cash-for-Clunkers" bill the other day - we did that years ago in California .

    Doubling the entire debt every five years? Been there.

    Increasing spending at unsustainable rates? Done that.

    Save-the-Planet-Carbon-Dioxide restrictions? Got the T-Shirt.

    To understand how these policies can utterly destroy an economy and bankrupt a government, you have to remember the Golden State in its Golden Age.

    A generation ago, California spent about half what it does today AFTER adjusting for both inflation and population growth.

    And yet, we had the finest highway system in the world and the finest public school system in the country. California offered a FREE university education to every Californian who wanted one. We produced water and electricity so cheaply that many communities didn't bother to measure the stuff. Our unemployment rate consistently ran well below the national rate and its diversified economy was nearly recession-proof.

    One thing - and one thing only - has changed in those years: public policy. The political Left gradually gained dominance over California 's government and has imposed a disastrous agenda of radical and retrograde policies that have destroyed the quality of life that Californians once took for granted.

    The Census Bureau reports that in the last two years 2/3 of a million more people have moved out of California than have moved into it. Many are leaving for the garden spots of Nevada , Arizona and Texas . Think about that. California is blessed with the most equitable climate in the entire Western Hemisphere; it has the most bountiful resources anywhere in the continental United States; it is poised on the Pacific Rim in a position to dominate world trade for the next century, and yet people are finding a better place to live and work and raise their families in the middle of the Nevada and Arizona and Texas deserts.

    I submit to you that no conceivable act of God could wreak such devastation as to turn California into a less desirable place to live than the middle of the Nevada Nuclear Test Range . Only Acts of Government can do that. And they have.

    You can trace the collapse of California's economy to several critical events: the rise of environmental Ludditism beginning in 1974; the abandonment of constitutional checks and balances that once constrained spending and borrowing; and the rise of rule by public employee unions . There are other factors as well: litigation, taxation, illegal immigration - but for the sake of time let me concentrate on the big three.







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    That is frightening.

    And its a damn shame what they did to that state.
     
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    Everything starts in Califonication and spreads.
    Nearly every hobby or fixation there ever was became popular there.
    Illegal Mexican immigrants as cheap labor, drugs, music , art, porno, punk era, mosh pits, break dancing, gangs,cults, same sex adoptions,..then it spreads...... like a cancer.
    First they go completely down, into Mad Max type chaos.
    Then the rest of the country follows. Just like it always has.

    Chicago is already trying to catch up.
     
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    I left the state.
     
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    It is about to become really fun in Sacramento, and other areas where there are large numbers of state workers.

    The courts have said that the state cannot mandate "furlough days" to cut expenses. The governor came back that they have a choice. Share the burden with furlough days, or deal with extensive layoffs.

    The layoffs, even with unemployment benefits, are actually the more cost effective way to handle things. The people (and union) made a choice. I am sure those who get laid off will really appreciate the union for the good work being done for them, in taking this stance against furlough days.

    After six years in office, Ahnold is finally doing something right!
     
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    I thought all that punk stuf and the Goth thing was out of Portland, and Washington State.....

    Gangs started in New York and Boston and Chicago....

    NH had a lot of illegal (French) Canadians when I was a kid 50+ years ago...

    New York, Boston, Philadelphia had Music and great Museums before SF was a city...

    Cults... well that was a cult of Puritans landing at Plymouth Rock....

    As for drugs, Laudanum and Paregoric were very popular way back when...
     
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    look at mosts states, citys and countys run by democrats and this is exactly what happens. choas, disfunctional and broke!!!!
     
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    remember the old saying: if it has wheels, tits or run by democrats, you are going to have troubles!!!!!
     
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    remember the old saying: if it has wheels, tits or run by democrats, you are going to have troubles!!!!!
     
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    That's HILARIOUS! Now, ask McLintock how he's done in past elections for state office like governor, etc. That's even funnier.
     

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