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    by Brian T. Kennedy 6 Apr 2014

    “Maybe we can start again, in the new rich land--in California, where the fruit grows. We’ll start over.” - John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

    America is the greatest nation on Earth--and California, by virtue of its population, wealth and natural resources, its greatest state. With its natural beauty--from the hard rock coast of North California to its redwood forests, from the Napa Valley to the San Francisco Bay, from Malibu to Newport Beach, from Dana Point to La Jolla--it is inconceivable that God did not foreordain that Californians would wake every morning with gratitude in their hearts for the great good fortune of living in such a wonderful place.

    It is home to America’s high tech capital, Silicon Valley, and its giants--like Apple, Intel, Cisco and Oracle, to name but a few. In Southern California it is home to Hollywood and the vast entertainment industry of motion picture arts and sciences. The state’s universities, from Stanford and UC Berkeley to Cal Tech, UCLA and the Claremont Colleges, are among the finest in the world. Its agricultural production, especially from its Central Valley, is the largest in the nation.

    But as wealthy as California is, the California dream is not what it used to be. Everyday Californians are leaving the state for somewhere else, and those that remain are not quite as well off. The good news is that California’s problems are mostly of its own doing--and because they are political they can, with the right arguments and the right politics, be fixed. But there are big challenges.

    For over a century California has led the American experiment in Progressivism. Indeed California’s governor in 1912, Hiram Johnson, would found the Progressive Party and serve as running mate to Theodore Roosevelt on the presidential ticket that lost to the Democratic (but equally Progressive) candidate Woodrow Wilson. Johnson would bring to California a series of progressive reforms--the initiative, referendum, and more--that left the California constitution so amendable as to look more like a set of statutes than a real constitution, and changed almost unconsciously how Californians think about politics.

    With the initiative process, both liberal and conservative causes could be realized. Liberal public employee unions, most notably the California Teachers Association, could lock in high levels of education spending with Proposition 98. Fed-up taxpayers could place limits on property taxes with Prop 13. Californians concerned with illegal immigration could pass Prop 187 (if only later to see it fail in court). And those Californians who saw the injustice of state-sponsored racial preferences could ban them with the California Civil Rights Initiative.

    But the initiative process, however satisfying it sometimes seems, has also made electoral politics seemingly less important. Whereas other states fight hard to build political majorities, Californians have been happy to elect Democratic legislatures with the occasional Republican governor, leaving anything of import to a vote of the people every two years with a ballot initiative ginned up by a group of concerned or affected citizens. As a practical matter, winning a Republican majority appears to be just not that important, so far, to California’s political and business elites.

    The result is a state dominated by the Democratic Party and the public employee unions; the highest tax rates in the country; low performing schools; aging infrastructure; and the unenviable distinction of having one out of every three welfare recipients in America living in California. The latter fact, however serious, is not the kind of problem that will rise to the level of a ballot initiative to fix, since the costs are borne by so many people.

    Because of the state’s enormous wealth and tax base, California can afford this kind of extravagance since all the aforementioned quality of life positives outweigh the public policy negatives. And life is just fine for those Californians who have jobs and are fortunate enough to find themselves in the right parts of an information-based economy. The problem is for those who are not.

    California’s population has reached almost 40 million people, itself not a bad thing. But there appears to be a sentiment among the state’s policymakers that the population should really be more like 20 million. They have constructed a regulatory state that restricts the economic opportunity necessary for many of those 40 million people to prosper. Indeed, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, environmental priorities--namely, burdensome and overly strict air quality and emissions regulations--have driven out manufacturing of the kind that might sustain such a large working class.

    Even considering the lower costs of manufacturing abroad, California should have been a competitive place for domestic manufacturing, with such a large population and potential savings from lower transportation costs. But the regulatory burden is such that these jobs have gone to places like Texas and other pro-growth states--as writers like Chuck Devore and William Voegeli have documented so well.

    Although it may be satisfying to point out California’s shortcomings, it is also worth understanding the implications of such no-growth policies. What does it mean for the nation’s largest state to be unable to provide the kind of jobs that would allow its population to move from working-class to middle-class?

    Although California has a substantial number of ambitious and creative entrepreneurs, not everyone can be a software developer, screenwriter, lawyer or architect. One need only turn over an iPhone, and see that it was designed in California and made in China, to understand the point. And although no one has a right to a manufacturing job, the kind of wealth that was created by jobs in the aerospace and automobile industries, and that allowed working-class Californians in decades past to buy homes and move up the economic ladder, have disappeared or are quickly moving elsewhere.

    If this conscious limiting of economic opportunity is the trend of modern Progressivism, it would be good for Americans to know that now. For the net result in California is that it has become increasingly a place with a wealthy upper class that has figured out how to prosper in an information-based economy, and a large working-class that provide low cost services and consumer goods to them. That is a trend that that no one would want to see spread across the nation.

    Of course the bet being made by Progressive politicians is that Californians will continue to pay high taxes and tolerate sub-par services, or simply leave, rather than to demand change. That is a risky bet, albeit one that might pay off. Arguing against it is the California dream--from home ownership to middle class prosperity--that simply cannot be achieved with a welfare check or with entry-level service sector job. How long this denial of economic opportunity will continue is yet to be seen.

    As one-sided as California is today politically, the failure of liberalism on the national level, described so well in my colleague Charles Kesler’s I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism, is bound to have knock-on effects in California. The only question is whether Californians can tear themselves away from the state’s many pleasures and take seriously again the hard work of politics. If not, California's decline will continue, sunshine and all.

    Brian T. Kennedy is President of the Claremont Institute and Publisher of the Claremont Review of Books. Mr. Kennedy served as Director of the Institute’s Golden State Center in Sacramento for six years, and his family has lived in California since 1842.



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    Well, I just had some friends move out of state, I had some friends move out of state a few years ago, one of my best friends is about to move out of state. Further, I know a long list of people considering moving out of state. So at least anecdotally it's true that people are leaving. And I know it is considerably more expensive--about 50% more--to take a rental moving truck out of California than it is to take one back in, which means companies who rent moving trucks are seeing more leave California than come into California.

    All you need to know abou political thought in CA can be summed up with Harvey Weinstein. Here is the film mega-producer in 2011 telling CNN how he would gladly pay more taxes, and that he thinks it's a wise investment. http://variety.com/2011/biz/opinion/...e-taxes-37384/

    Now here is Weinstein pleading for California to give his company more tax breaks so productions stay in CA as opposed to, say, New Orleans. Weinstein says, "There’s no reason for us not to shoot here, except when you do the numbers here and when you do the numbers in New Orleans, it is much more attractive financially." http://variety.com/2014/biz/news/har...la-1201128308/

    Now, these appear in the same magazine, yet there is no mention in the second story that Weinstein wants tax relief while at the same time wanting himself and others to pay higher taxes. It doesn't even occur to a journalist--even an entertainment one--to talk about the disconnect.

    That's because Weinstein is a liberal, almost all journalists are liberals, California's big cities are dominated by liberals, and California's legislature is dominated by liberals. The disconnect doesn't occur to them. "We need higher taxes!" And then when business goes elsewhere, they're so confused they can't even see their own hypocrisy.

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    You are correct love. Guy is a fucking idiot.

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    Well California has also had some Repubs in office not too long ago, Arnold as gov and Riordan in LA. It didn't make much difference.

    Current gov Jerry Brown is doing a pretty good job and the economy is back on track. So this story's timing isn't the best. I do agree the initiative system has been derailed. It's too easy to manipulate by groups who have money.
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    I actually admire California for it's eco stance.I wish more states would start following that model.The landscape for all states have changed.They're all losing jobs just like Cali.It's gonna be a tough transformation but hopefully it will all work out in the end.

    My state (Ohio) is becoming the oil and gas capital of the world.I just hope air and water aren't sacrificed in the process.The thinking isn't as 'green' here.

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    Well California has also had some Repubs in office not too long ago, Arnold as gov and Riordan in LA. It didn't make much difference.

    Current gov Jerry Brown is doing a pretty good job and the economy is back on track. So this story's timing isn't the best. I do agree the initiative system has been derailed. It's too easy to manipulate by groups who have money.
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    Well California has also had some Repubs in office not too long ago, Arnold as gov and Riordan in LA. It didn't make much difference.

    Current gov Jerry Brown is doing a pretty good job and the economy is back on track. So this story's timing isn't the best. I do agree the initiative system has been derailed. It's too easy to manipulate by groups who have money.
    Happy Birthday, Jerry Brown: We're Waiting on You

    by Art Laffer 6 Apr 2014

    Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown, Jr. is the embodiment of today’s California--a whimsical figure entwined in the California legend.
    Governor Brown’s great grandfather emigrated to the U.S. from Germany--took a brief respite back East--and then in 1852 covered-wagoned it to Colusa County California where Jerry Brown’s grandmother was born in 1878.

    California’s population circa 1850 was 93 thousand. The family (including Jerry’s 27%) still owns the family’s original tract of 2,700 acres. Being a three-term governor looking at a possible fourth term, with, as precedence, a two-term governor father and a near-governor sister, California politics runs in his blood.

    His juxtapositions, bipolar conflicts and logical inconsistencies all coexist within this singularly impressive man. He appointed Rose Bird as Chief Justice of California, nominated Jane Fonda to the California Arts Council and sponsored the most pro-union state employee legislation in America. Most recently, he successfully sponsored and aggressively campaigned for a huge increase in California’s highly progressive income tax.

    And yet, in 1992, presidential candidate Jerry Brown received the second most number of delegates in the Democratic primary (against Bill Clinton). He ran on a long-held theme of honesty in office (in contrast to Whitewater), personal morality (in contrast to Clinton’s infidelity with Gennifer Flowers et al.) and, most of all, a 13% low rate, broad-based flat tax to replace all federal taxes. He was the first serious candidate since 1913 to run for the office of President on the platform of eliminating the progressive personal and corporate income tax.

    His anti-tax tilt first appeared in 1978 when Jerry Brown was Proposition 13’s secret best friend. Proposition 13 cut property tax rates by almost 60% and required a two-thirds majority for any future tax increase of any kind. Prior to the June 8th election, Governor Brown discovered and made public the existence of a surplus fund of some $5 billion which allayed the electorate’s fears of a general government shutdown. The state government Governor Brown headed created a near panic among homeowners by sending out notices of huge increases in property taxes prior to the election. Without him, Prop 13 never could have won the election by a 2-to-1 margin.

    Governor Brown implemented Proposition 13 incredibly well, subvening some $5 billion of state funds to cities, counties and local districts to offset any loss in property taxes. In appreciation of Governor Brown’s good work, Howard Jarvis appeared in TV ads supporting Jerry’s reelection in 1978. Jerry Brown quite astutely morphed into Prop 13’s biggest supporter. Governor Brown was reelected in a landslide.

    Under his leadership, California also abolished the state’s death tax, indexed the state’s income tax and passed the Gann spending limit. California boomed as never before, attesting to Jerry Brown’s adroitness. The economic success of California following Governor Brown’s pro-growth low tax policies would be a source of pride for him for years to come.

    As Mayor of Oakland, Jerry Brown’s conservative inclinations continued to prosper. He was tough on crime, fiscally disciplined and sponsored two charter schools, a military academy for the city’s wayward youth and a school for pursuit of the arts. And to top it off, he invited the U.S. Marine Corps to use Oakland harbor land for military exercises. They accepted.

    As of April 1st, 2014, California is noteworthy because it has:

    •the fourth highest state and local tax burden in the country,
    •the third highest educational employee pay in the nation with the fourth lowest student test scores in the nation (according to Laffer Associates analysis of U.S. Department of Education NAEP test scores),
    •the most restrictive regulatory burden,
    •the highest state-only sales tax rate,
    •the most progressive personal income tax schedule,
    •the highest state personal income and capital gains tax rate, and
    •the California’s teachers union has been the single largest contributor to political campaigns in California over the past decade ($212 million)--double that of the next largest contributor, also a state government employees union.

    And, as a consequence of these policies, California has:

    •the seventh highest share of public employee unionization,
    •the fourth highest unemployment rate in the nation,
    •the fourth worst highways in the country,
    •the third highest workers compensation costs,
    •the highest poverty rate in the nation,
    •the highest paid public employees, and
    •the greatest net outflow of state adjusted gross income.
    The issues are clear and the correct answers are obvious: we’re all waiting on Jerry.


    Dr. Laffer has had a long association with Governor Brown. Dr. Laffer was involved in California’s Proposition 13. After the passage of Proposition 13 he spent three days with the Governor and his cabinet (including Director of Finance Dick Silberman and Chief of Staff Gray Davis) planning the future of California with Prop. 13. Dr. Laffer also wrote candidate Brown’s tax plan for the 1992 Democratic Presidential primary. He has kept in contact with Jerry Brown over the years. Dr. Laffer is the author of Eureka! How to Fix California.




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    The Chairman of the California Latino Legislative Caucus believes requiring schools to teach kids in English is a form of "linguistic tyranny" that needs to be abolished. 

    After the California State Senate voted in favor of a ballot initiative on Tuesday to repeal most of Proposition 227, which voters approved in 1998 and which requires students to be taught primarily in English, State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said Proposition 227 ushered in a form of "linguistic tyranny, where we [politicians] decide what language our kids are going to learn."

    According to the Los Angeles Times, Lara authored the measure, SB 1174, which "was approved 27 to 8 and next goes to the Assembly for consideration." If successful, the initiative would be put on the ballot in November of 2016.

    The Latino Legislative Caucus has vowed to make overturning the ban on bilingual education and reinstituting affirmative action its top legislative priorities,even as a record number of Latinos got accepted to the University of California system. In fact, more Hispanics were accepted to the UC system than whites this year, as Breitbart California has reported.

    State Sen. Jim Nielsen, who opposed the measure, told the Times that bilingual education programs could do California's children more harm than good.

    “English is the common language of this country," he said. "It is how we do business all over the world.”
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    I am in this state and I hope cracks off into the fucking ocean, California is a disease. I hate what this state has become since the 70's, it used to be a fair balance of people and now it is over run with latinos who aim to turn it back into mexico with American funding.
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    As a guy with a background in linguistics, I don't think proposition 227 was very good for education. We know that when we ask students to reject their preferred home languages or dialects in favor of standard English, they tend to reject standard English.

    We've no problem teaching classes using a lot of non-standard English, and we never ask students to reject their home or other dialects for standard English; we merely ask that they understand standard English, be able to use it, and know that it is needed to be successful in life.

    I think forms of immersion make sense, and you disincentivize people speaking other languages from learning a nation's standard language if you make all important governmental documents available in those other languages. This likely contributes to why Latinos are slower over generations to believe immigrants should speak English, but by the second generation, Latino immigrants are mostly speaking English.

    I think if a school thinks a bilingual program is the best way to help students learn standard English, then they shouldn't be stopped by the law from doing so. And I also think that if a parent thinks otherwise, they should be able to send their kid to another school.

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    A couple of weeks back, the governor announced that the state actually had a budget surplus. He wisely stressed caution, and is currently working on a "Rainy Day" account to put some of this money into in case of emergency. You know, like wild-fires, earthquakes, the coming El Nino, or any of the other natural disasters that this state is prone to enduring.

    What do the democrats in Sacramento want to do? Spend it.

    Not on some of the things which had to be cut a few years ago, but on new crap.

    The state is currently gutting the Junior College system - something that set California apart from the rest of the country and the entire world - to address the dismal performance of the the K-12 grade education offered in this state. Worse, the democrats want to spend that surplus on a new PRE-SCHOOL plan.

    California has always been prone to get-rich-quick schemes starting with the Gold Rush in 1849, and continues today with the current tech-bubble (and it is so obvious that it is a bubble). The state's financial woes began in 2000 with then Governor Gray Davis caving into the government employee unions, and giving them an unparalleled raise based on the tech bubble of the late 1990s. The state's financial model was based on numbers that could never be sustained...as it is now with the current tech bubble.

    It would be nice to vote Republican, but the GOP in this state only backs psychopaths.
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    California's top marginal tax rate is 13% and kicks in around $1 million. That is an insane tax rate for a state government. And environmental regulations done at the state level is going to do nothing that is not dwarfed by the pollution generated in a country like China, and only serves to put it at a competitive disadvantage with other countries and states.

    Just as there appears to be no realization that a tax rate that high impedes growth, on the other end of the spectrum you have a state like Kansas where a tax cut from a range of 5 to 6.5% to 3 to 4% will do nothing but wreck the budget. It seems like a matter of faith with some Democrats that cutting tax rates no matter how high will result in tax receipts cratering and will have little to no effect on economic growth, and with Republicans that any tax cut no matter how inconsequential will result in increased tax revenue and won't result in cuts to essential services like roads and schools. The truth, of course, is both schools of thought are legitimate in some circumstances. A cut of 50% to 25% would eventually result in increased tax revenue. A change from 6% to 5% won't do shit but starve essential functions or result in your credit rating being downgraded, or both. But recognizing facts like that would require rational political parties, and, well, good luck with that.

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    JERRY BROWN CONCEDES TO LATINO GROUP: ‘YOU NEVER KEEP CONTROL FOREVER’

    “The power you represent is growing and it is growing in very important ways,” Gov. Jerry Brown told hundreds of Latino elected officials from across the country at a conference in San Diego. With the aid of Jerry Brown’s signature, that power has resulted in new laws giving illegal aliens drivers licenses, scholarships and the right to practice law.

    The Los Angeles Times reported that on Thursday, Brown met with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Astonishingly, in what sounded mostly like a concession speech, the governor said “The Mexicans threw out the Spanish around 1815, and then, of course, the gringos threw out the Mexicans in 1846, or 1848… But the point is, you never keep control forever.”

    Brown explained to the audience his reasoning for giving a greater share of our financial resources to Hispanics. 

    “The school district gets more money based on the number of non-English-speaking families that have their children in our schools,” Brown said. “Because it’s not really justice to treat unequals equally. You have to do more to be able to create that opportunity and that pathway for those families that are not having the same skill of speaking English as others.”

    Introducing the governor at the conference was liberal State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) who praised Jerry Brown as governor and he voiced the spirit of Hispanics in California. 

    “It’s true we keep coming, and we have in Gov. Brown someone who embraces us when we keep coming,” Padilla told the audience.




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    JERRY BROWN CONCEDES TO LATINO GROUP: ‘YOU NEVER KEEP CONTROL FOREVER’

    “The power you represent is growing and it is growing in very important ways,” Gov. Jerry Brown told hundreds of Latino elected officials from across the country at a conference in San Diego. With the aid of Jerry Brown’s signature, that power has resulted in new laws giving illegal aliens drivers licenses, scholarships and the right to practice law.

    The Los Angeles Times reported that on Thursday, Brown met with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Astonishingly, in what sounded mostly like a concession speech, the governor said “The Mexicans threw out the Spanish around 1815, and then, of course, the gringos threw out the Mexicans in 1846, or 1848… But the point is, you never keep control forever.”

    Brown explained to the audience his reasoning for giving a greater share of our financial resources to Hispanics. 

    “The school district gets more money based on the number of non-English-speaking families that have their children in our schools,” Brown said. “Because it’s not really justice to treat unequals equally. You have to do more to be able to create that opportunity and that pathway for those families that are not having the same skill of speaking English as others.”

    Introducing the governor at the conference was liberal State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) who praised Jerry Brown as governor and he voiced the spirit of Hispanics in California. 

    “It’s true we keep coming, and we have in Gov. Brown someone who embraces us when we keep coming,” Padilla told the audience.




    http://www.latimes.com/local/politic...html?track=rss


    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-C...ontrol-Forever
    I would like to set him and the illegals on fire, where the fuck is the outrage in the United States over these illegals coming here and irresponsibly spawning? WE ARE BEING OVER RUN BY LATINOS WHO DONT GIVE A FUCK PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAKE UP.
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