Skip to comments.Curley Effect in California
Posted on 05/04/2012 1:11:03 PM PDT by reaganaut1
California has become a heavily Democratic state. The majority Democrats in the legislature and the Democratic governor are pursuing highly wasteful projects: a "high-speed" rail that probably won't be high-speed but will surely be high-cost, and higher marginal income tax rates (already among the highest in the United States) on the highest-income people, to name two. They don't seem to be restrained by the worry that many of the most-productive people will leave and are leaving the state. You can attribute this simply to ideology, and I'm sure that's an element. But I also think one of the Democrats' goals is to reduce the population of potential anti-Democrat voters so that their majority is assured.
Will that hurt many of the people who vote for them? Sure. But we need to distinguish between the fortunes of those who vote Democrat and the fortunes of the Democratic politicians. The California state government pays legislators pretty well in pay and perks when you consider the opportunity costs of many of them. And the state government is larded with high-paying sinecures for those few who ever lose an election or get redistricted out.
(Excerpt) Read more at econlog.econlib.org ...
“I’m a victim of soicumstance!”
Oh! Woize guy!
“Im tryin’ to think — but nuttin happens!”
We argued that some political leaders use such taxes to increase the likelihood of re-election by encouraging emigration of voters opposing them, or stopping social mobility of their supporters. Moreover, these taxes can be attractive to a political leader even if the consequence is the impoverishment of both the overall community and their own supporters. We called such policies the Curley effect, and claimed that they describe the tactics of numerous politicians, including American mayors James Curley and Coleman Young, Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe, as well as of the Labour Party in Britain prior to the Thatcher era.
Dictator to the 3 stooges:
“You have two choices to die: 1) Cut your head off; or 2) To be roasted alive.”
Larry: “Cut my head off. It’s faster.”
Curley: “As for me roast me alive.”
Moe: “And why is that you nitwit?”
Curley: “Because hot roast is better than cold chop, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.”
I just had a recruiter ask me if I was interested in a principal qa engineer position in CA. I said no way.
If there’s anyone out there in CA that wants to go for it email me here. It’s in lake Forest.
I get the same queries from recruiters regarding QA jobs in CA, but not as often as it used to be. Apple is openning up 3600 positions here in Austin. Texas will soon eclipse
Silicon Valley in terms of tech jobs if not already.
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