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As California goes, so goes the rest of the nation.

Posted by on May. 10, 2012 at 7:36 AM
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Written by Roger Hedgecock, former Mayor of San Diego
      Wednesday, 25 January 2012

  I live in California. If you were wondering what living in Obama's second term would be like, wonder no longer. We in California are living there now.

California is a one-party state dominated by a virulent Democrat Left enabled by a complicit media where every agency of local, county, and state government is run by and for the public employee unions. The unemployment rate is 12%.

California has more folks on food stamps than any other state, has added so many benefits and higher rates to Medicaid that we call it "Medi-Cal." Our K-12 schools have more administrators than teachers,
with smaller classes but lower test scores and higher dropout rates with twice the per-student budget of 15 years ago. Good job, Brownie.

This week, the once and current Gov. Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown had to confess that the "balanced" state budget adopted five months ago was billions in the red because actual tax revenues were billions lower than the airy-fairy revenue estimates on which the balance was predicated.

After trimming legislators' perks and reducing the number of cell phones provided to state civil servants, the governor intoned that drastic budget reductions had already hollowed out state programs for the needy, law enforcement and our schoolchildren. California government needed more money.

Echoing the Occupy movement, the governor proclaimed the rich must pay their fair share. Fair share? The top 1% of California income earners
currently pays 50% of the state's income tax.

California has seven income tax brackets. The top income tax rate is 9.3%, which is slapped on the greedy rich earning at least $47,056 a year. Income of more than $1 million pays the "millionaires' and
billionaires'" surcharge tax rate of 10.3%.

Brown's proposal would add 2% for income over $250,000. A million- dollar income would then be taxed at 12.3%. And that's just for the state.

Brown also proposed a one-half-cent sales tax increase, which would bring sales taxes (which vary by county) up to 7.75% to as much as 10%. Both tax increases would be on the ballot in 2012.

The sales tax increase proposal immediately brought howls of protest from the Left (of Brown!). Charlie Eaton, a sociology grad student at UC Berkeley and leader of the UC Student-Workers Union, said, "We've paid enough. It's time for millionaires to pay."

At least five other ballot measures to raise taxes are circulating for signatures to get on the 2012 ballot in California. The governor's proposals are the most conservative.

The Obama way doesn't end with taxes.

The governor and the state legislature continue to applaud the efforts of the California High Speed Rail Authority to build a train connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco. Even though the budget is three times the voter-approved amount, and the first segment will only connect two small towns in the agricultural Central Valley. But hey, if we build it, they will ride.

And we don't want to turn down the Obama bullet-train bucks Florida and other states rejected because the operating costs would bankrupt them. Can't happen here because we're already insolvent.

If we get into real trouble with the train, we'll just bring in the Chinese. It worked with the Bay Bridge reconstruction. After the 1989 earthquake, the bridge connecting Oakland and San Francisco was
rebuilt with steel made in China. Workers from China too. Paid for with money borrowed from China. Makes perfect sense.

In California, we hate the evil, greedy rich (except the rich in Hollywood, in sports, and in drug dealing). But we love people who have broken into California to eat the bounty created by the productive rich.

Illegals get benefits from various generous welfare programs, free medical care, free schools for their kids, including meals, and of course, instate tuition rates and scholarships too. Nothing's too good
for our guests.

To erase even a hint of criticism of illegal immigration, the California Legislature is considering a unilateral state amnesty.  Democrat State Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes has proposed an initiative that would bar deportation of illegals from California.

Interesting dilemma for Obama there. If immigration is exclusively a federal matter, and Obama has sued four states for trying to enforce federal immigration laws he won't enforce, what will the President do to a California law that exempts California from federal immigration law?

California is also near fulfilling the environmentalist dream of deindustrialization.

After driving out the old industrial base (auto and airplane assembly, for example), air and water regulators and tax policies are now driving out the high-tech, biotech and even Internet-based companies that were supposed to be California's future.

The California cap-and-trade tax on business in the name of reducing CO2 makes our state the leader in wacky environmentalism and guarantees a further job exodus from the state.

Even green energy companies can't do business in California. Solyndra went under, taking its taxpayer loan guarantee with it.

No job is too small to escape the regulators. The state has even banned weekend amateur gold miners from the historic gold mining streams in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

In fact, more and more of California's public land is off-limits to recreation by the people who paid for that land. Unless you're illegal.

Then you can clear the land, set up marijuana plantations at will, bring in fertilizers that legal farmers can no longer use, exploit illegal farm workers who live in hovels with no running water or sanitation, and protect your investment with armed illegals carrying guns no California citizen is allowed to own.

The rest of us only found out about these plantations when the workers' open campfire started one of those devastating fires that have killed hundreds of people and burned out thousands of homes in California over the last decade.

It's often said that whatever happens in California will soon happen in your state.

You'd better hope that's wrong.

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29again
by Gold Member on May. 10, 2012 at 7:56 AM
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There ain't much gold in OH.  I'm not worr


GOOD LORD!!  WTH are they thinking out there??  They've gone plumb out of their ever-lovin' minds!!!  That kind of crap better just STAY there, and hopefully they can eradicate it before it spreads!

rocketracer
by Gold Member on May. 10, 2012 at 8:07 AM
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Wasn't CA just rated the worst state in the country to do business in?

Mamawto4
by Bronze Member on May. 10, 2012 at 8:15 AM
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 Wow.  And, I thought Detroit was bad.

I did not know CA had such high state and sales taxes.  In MI, our state income tax is 4.9% and the sales tax is 6%.  Both are flat, and the same for everyone.

I also did not know just how bad it was in CA.  The people there need to wake up, that is, if it's not already too late for them. 

I see with Detroit, what happens when the bill comes due for such insidious liberal policies.  Detroit is all but officially bankrupt.  There is virtually no police presence, only a few firefighters remain (for a city with a lot of fires), but whether the fire trucks work or not is always a gamble.  Unemployment is as high as 47% for the black youth, and a quality education inside the city is a pipe dream.

What, I do see with Detroit though, is that people are beginning to wake up.  There isn't yet enough of the enlightened, to say that Detroit has become a conservative city, not by far.  But we are beginning to see some citizens of Detroit speaking out against the corruption and waste of the city officials.  Parents are beginning to demand back, a little more say in their children's education.  It's a start anyway.

I hope the people of CA, as well as Detroit, wake up and see that in trying to create a perfect utopia, the bill eventually comes due, and everything gets lost in the process of trying to pay it.

imamomzilla
by on May. 10, 2012 at 8:41 AM

 I have family out there. The author (a former MAYOR!) just reinforces everything they've told me. What a shame.

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shimamab
by on May. 10, 2012 at 9:09 AM
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While the author does have some valid points, being a former conservative mayor from SD colors his view of the whole state. There are many over the top regs in the state, I'm sure. But the battle over immigration is no worse than any other border state...other states want to build a fence and ask for papers, CA wants to incorporate them into society which would also create tax revenue. Considering CA had a Rep governor for quite a while and still managed to get into financial dire straits, I don't agree it's solely a "liberal" problem. They have a unique economy that is more susceptible to market down turns. (tourism, movie industry) and their pro environment regs have always been stricter there. I lived there for most of my life (moved almost 8 yrs ago) and I can tell you, things were awful with Arnold in charge, too While they do need a major overhaul on their budget/spending and some common sense rollbacks of regs, the finger pointing and placing blame on one party is not helpful...offering solutions rather than criticism goes a long way.
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gammie
by on May. 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM
This is why we left California, we grow up there and do miss the old days.

You have to be very poor or very rich to live there, the middle class pays for everything!
paknari
by Bronze Member on May. 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Didn't they have a Republican governor for a long time?
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Carpy
by Platinum Member on May. 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Yes, but he was a progressive.

Quoting paknari:

Didn't they have a Republican governor for a long time?
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paknari
by Bronze Member on May. 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Oh so he gets thrown in with the democrats?
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paknari
by Bronze Member on May. 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM
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Yes and since the republicans totally take care of the middle class I think that's the way to go! Lol


Quoting gammie:

This is why we left California, we grow up there and do miss the old days.



You have to be very poor or very rich to live there, the middle class pays for everything!

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