What proof does one need that a regulation-producing, enviro-Leftist anti-business government will lead to the desruction of the economy? Need evidence? OK... 1. Andy Puzder, the CEO of Hardee's Restaurants, was one of many witnesses to bemoan California's hostile regulatory climate. He said it takes six months to two years to secure permits to build a new Carl's Jr. restaurant in the Golden State, versus the six weeks it takes in Texas. California is also one of only three states that demands overtime pay after an eight-hour day, rather than after a 40-hour week. Such rules wreak havoc on flexible work schedules based on actual need. If there's a line out the door at a Carl's Jr. while employees are seen resting, it's because they aren't allowed to help: Break time is mandatory. "You can't build in California, you can't manage in California and you have to pay a big tax," Mr. Puzder told the legislators. "In Texas, it's the oppositewhich is why we're building 300 new stores there this year." Other states are even snatching away parts of California's entertainment industry. The Milken Institute, based in Santa Monica, Calif., reports that 36,000 entertainment jobs have left the state since 1997. The new film "Battle: Los Angeles," which is set in California, was filmed in Louisiana. "The red tape is ridiculous," says Mark Tolley, the managing partner of B. Knightly Homes, which relocated to Austin from Long Beach in 2005. "Regulators see developers as wearing a black hat and the environmental laws have run amok." John Fund: California Dreamin'of Jobs in Texas - WSJ.com 2.Carls Jr. has 700 restaurants in California, one-half of which are owned by CKE Restaurants, and the other one-half are franchises. The company has more than 72,000 employees total, 18,500 of which are in California. Describing CKE Restaurants as a job creation machine, Puzder said that the company had more than $4 billion last year in revenues, and paid $60 million in California taxes. It costs us $250,000 more to build one California restaurant than in Texas said Puzder. And once it is opened, were not allowed to run it. Puzder discussed the difficult California permitting requirement process, and oppressive environmental requirements. It takes eight months to two years to get permits to build a restaurant in California, said Puzder. In Texas, its one and one-half months. I know it would be a psychological blow to move to Texas, but it would be irresponsible of me not to discuss a move to Texas, said Puzder. We just want to build restaurants. Its hard to stay in a place where you feel hated all of the time. A Texas-Sized Move for Carls Jr.? | CalWatchDog 3. How short-sighted need one be not to see the handwriting on the wall???