I tell my students that I can run any business in America as long as I can borrow money. I’m going to tell them that I can also run any level of government as long as I can borrow money. California got a reprieve by having Obama be re-elected. Obama’s not going to let California go down the tubes. They vote Democrat. Obama will find a way to use federal money to bail California out. Jerry Brown is one happy man.
California isn't a "swing state," so Democrats in Washington can pretty much take it for granted. If you are a state and you really want to grab a lot of Federal dollars, you should do one or both of the following: (1) make sure your popular vote in presidential elections is never more lopsided than 52%-48% one way or another, and (2) make sure you elect one Democratic and one Republican U.S. Senator. That's how the game is played, folks.