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: What happened to the Golden State?
Washington Examiner ^ | February 24, 2013 | Conn Carroll

Posted on 02/25/2013 6:45:43 PM PST by Hojczyk

California is no longer a model that other states want to or should emulate. It currently has the nation's third highest unemployment rate, its highest poverty rate and more than one-third of the nation's welfare recipients.

To make a long story short, the same political constituencies that have made Brown's Democratic Party invincible at the ballot box have also made the state unable to compete economically.

These unions also make it impossible to improve how government services are delivered to taxpayers. As a result, while California once had the most admired education system in the nation, it now ranks near the bottom in almost every measured educational category.

The state's powerful environmental lobby has secured a slew of green energy regulations, including strict clean air rules, the nation's first carbon cap-and-trade program and an ambitious renewable energy mandate. As a result, energy prices have shot up, consumers now have less to spend on everything else they need to survive, and many manufacturers can't stay profitable in the state

Over the next four days, The Washington Examiner will look at what ails California, and how it got to its current state of failure. We will look at the state's out-of-control budget and debt, the powerful union interests driving it, the decline of its education system, the failure of its "clean energy" initiatives and the environmental regulations that are wrecking the economy in many regions of the state.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
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To: vette6387

A lot of the left’s power in California came from the unionization of government workers. They unionized people saw embracing illegal immigrants as their ticket to permanent power and perks. These two things more than anything ruined California.


51 posted on 02/26/2013 12:53:29 AM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: Tzimisce
" So now you’re left with Communism: a rich, upper elite running a system for the happy little peasants."

There it is in a nutshell. BRIBE the voters in the lower income group with money STOLEN from the kulaks (middle class). Works fine until
(a) you run out of the middle classes, or
(b) the middle class run out of cash.

Hat tip to Maggie Thatcher.

52 posted on 02/26/2013 2:34:28 AM PST by Richard Brandon Abroad (Hey people, it's different over here. Different people, money ... and news.)
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To: doc1019


Liberalism (I know, I know ... Mr. Obvious strikes again) “

If you believe liberalism is the answer, why do you think British Columbia is doing so well?


53 posted on 02/26/2013 4:59:14 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: doorgunner69
You have a longer history of living in L.A. bring it on tough guy!

Sorry slick, unlike you I never discuss my private life on the Internet.. BTW, you seem angry...lol.

Maybe ya got island fever? Been there done that.

Oh, and since ya go back so far, you seem really ignorant in regards to crime rates and stats.

Cheers!

54 posted on 02/26/2013 8:36:26 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free
If we had enough conservative Californians moving to Colorado and Washington, we could save those state from going full on liberal.

Uh...feel free...It's just not for me...The weather in those states sucks bad nearly year round...Been there done that too. I'll tough it out here....Be sure to buy some cold weather clothing, umbrellas and get the cars ready for it...Take care.

55 posted on 02/26/2013 8:40:39 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: TChad
After you restore the California I grew up in, I'll consider coming back.

Mega dittos to that, but you and I both know that our California was gone a long time ago.

My only hope is that it crashes and burns so hard, that the common folk turn 180 degrees, and fully reject everything the left's been selling them for so long. Only then, will that state have a prayer of coming back.

56 posted on 02/26/2013 10:08:13 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Jim Noble
If you read my post, I was BLAMING liberalism.
57 posted on 02/27/2013 6:29:08 AM PST by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: doc1019
If you read my post, I was BLAMING liberalism

Yes, I know you were. That's why I wrote what I did.

Let's go deeper.

My example was British Columbia, a California-like geography that's even MORE liberal than California. And yet, it is a lovely and highly desirable place to live.

How about Detroit's sister city, Windsor, ON? Right across the river. Same climate, same natural resources. Run by liberals for 80 years, even more liberal than the ones running Detroit. Unions more powerful than the UAW could dream of being. What do we find there? The City of Roses, a lovely, peaceful place to raise a family.

One could go on and on.

If you think it's the liberalism that has ruined California, and Detroit, and Baltimore, and on and on and on, you have to explain contrary examples like Portland, OR, Portland, ME, Burlington, VT, Vancouver, BC, Windsor, ON, etc. etc - all absolutely dominated by liberals and unions (the other favorite explanation). Liberals alone can't ruin anything.

58 posted on 02/27/2013 6:48:12 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: dragnet2
Just look at the crime stats for example.. Crime in the 1980s was *substantially* higher than it is now. In fact, LA's per capita crime rates have been dropping dramatically for many years

Even in South Central?

Ya don't have to believe me, just look it up.

Got links?

ff

59 posted on 03/02/2013 4:32:14 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: foreverfree
Last I checked, S. Central LA is still LA.

Got links?

Yeah, I got links and since you have computer, you do to...It took me 5 seconds to pull this up...

L.A.'s Homicide Rate Lowest In Four Decades---L.A.'s homicide rate is the lowest it's been since 1967.

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/06/132677265/las-homicide-rate-lowest-in-four-decades..

Say, are you not in Philadelphia? This below is a bit dated, but you get the message.

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Philadelphia and Los Angeles Comparative Crime Ratios per 100,000 People

Latest 2006 Crimes per 100,000 People:

Philadelphia, PA Los Angeles, CA National
Murder: 27.7 12.4 7
Forcible Rape: 65.55 27.3 32.2
Robbery: 749.1 370 205.8
Aggravated Assault: 720.1 377.2 336.5
Burglary: 788.1 524.8 813.2
Larceny Theft: 2691.1 1539.2 2601.7
Vehicle Theft: 795.9 654.4 501.5

60 posted on 03/02/2013 9:44:08 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2
Last I checked, S. Central LA is still LA.

You mean the crime rate dropped in South Central as much as it did other parts of the city? What factors were/are involved?

As for me being from Philly, yes and no are the answers. Born and raised in Delaware County, PA, which separates Philly from the state of Delaware (my stomping grounds were closer to DE than Philly). Went to college in east central PA. Moved to rural Maryland in 1985 for several reasons (crime not really being one of them). Haved lived in the Seventh State ever since except for 4 months in '86-'87 when my (eventually abortive) library career took me to Southern NJ.

ff

61 posted on 03/03/2013 6:58:57 PM PST by foreverfree
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To: foreverfree

So I hit the ten ring....

You get bad mumbo...


62 posted on 03/03/2013 7:27:49 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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