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15 Depressing Facts About The State Of California
BusinessInsider ^ | 4/1/10 | Gus Lubin

Posted on 04/06/2010 2:07:39 PM PDT by Kartographer

Since the recession compounded a long-standing budget crisis, the Golden State has collapsed into a vicious cycle with no easy way out.

Unions interfere with budget cuts. Cutbacks emerge from somewhere and the people riot. Neither the Republican governor, nor the Democrat president has a solution, except hope to hell that the housing market picks

up again.

Oh yeah, and they're running out of water.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: California
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The NEW ballad of Jed Clampett
Come and listen to a story 'bout a man named Jed
Poor oil entrepreneur barely kept his family fed Then one day he was working for some food,
And up through the crowd come a bumbling fool (Arnold that is, RINO gold, more taxes please)

Well the first thing you know old Jed's taxes are to much to bear,
Kin folk said Jed move away from there!
Said California is no place for you to be
So they loaded up the truck and they moved from Beverly (go’n back to the Hills they are, fish’n holes, country and western stars)

Well now it's time to say goodbye to Jed and all his kin
They would like to thank you folks for kindly dropping in
You're all invited back again to their new locality
To have a heaping helping of their hospitality (Redneck Hillbillies, is what the press call 'em now, Clingers of bibles and guns and to Obama no bow! Nice folks Y'all come back now, ya hear?)
1 posted on 04/06/2010 2:07:39 PM PDT by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

The West coast Greece.


2 posted on 04/06/2010 2:08:51 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( FIRE STUPAK: LindaForCongress.com)
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To: Kartographer

The most depressing thing about California is how far it has fallen.

It once represented the pinnacle of what America was meant to be. The liberal fools in their clueless, juvenile insanity have nearly pissed all of that magnificent largesse away.

The plight of the Golden State is nothing less than a national disgrace. That should make us all sad.


3 posted on 04/06/2010 2:11:51 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: Kartographer
From the article:

CA spends $859 million per year on imprisoned illegal immigrants.

4 posted on 04/06/2010 2:12:16 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas...)
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To: Kartographer

There is a lot more than 15 depressing things about California


5 posted on 04/06/2010 2:12:22 PM PDT by GeronL (There is only a "Happily ever after" for you if you're the one writing your own script)
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To: re_nortex

That’s a lot of money, but if we send them back (usually to Mexico) they just come back.

Better incarcerated than back over the border doing their crimes.


6 posted on 04/06/2010 2:13:09 PM PDT by Persevero (Ask yourself: "What does the Left want me to do?" Then go do the opposite.)
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To: Kartographer
Lex Luthor: Bye bye California. Hello new west coast. My west coast...... Costa Del Lex. Luthorville. Marina del Lex. Otisburg - “Otisburg”?
7 posted on 04/06/2010 2:14:05 PM PDT by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: Kartographer

Basket case. They earned it fair and square.


8 posted on 04/06/2010 2:14:27 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Kartographer

The most depressing thing about CA?

It really is too big to fail.

Good luck to us all if it goes under.


9 posted on 04/06/2010 2:15:49 PM PDT by jessduntno ( If someone calls me racist, I reply "you are just saying that because I'm white!")
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To: re_nortex

“CA spends $859 million per year on imprisoned illegal immigrants.”

You do realize that since this IS California, the alternative would be to provide healthcare, clothing, food, housing and an education outside of prison?


10 posted on 04/06/2010 2:16:28 PM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: re_nortex

>CA spends $859 million per year on imprisoned illegal immigrants.

I could reduce that to a million, max.
Bullets are fairly cheap.

;)


11 posted on 04/06/2010 2:17:13 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Spok

“the alternative would be ... “

That’s a `false dilemma’. There are other ways to deal with the salient reason (along with unionized public employees) for California’s fiscal problems than feeding, housing and medicating them, in or out of prison.
At one time, California’s public schools led the nation. Now they are near the bottom of the list. CA has made its own bed.


12 posted on 04/06/2010 2:23:55 PM PDT by tumblindice (Liberty or death)
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To: EyeGuy
The most depressing thing about California is how far it has fallen. It once represented the pinnacle of what America was meant to be.

As a native son, I can truly attest to that. In the time that I was raised there, I don't think there was a better place on earth to be a kid.

My wife and I have four kids - all born in California. When our eldest was about nine, we could no longer ignore the handwriting on the wall. We pulled up stakes and headed to Texas, which is very similar to the California of my youth.

Reading articles like this one (and many others) validate my decision to get out.

13 posted on 04/06/2010 2:23:57 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Kartographer
15 worst things about CA:

1.Liberals

2.Progressives

3.Eco-Green-Nutcases

4.Illegals.

5. In your face homosexuals.

6. Hollywood pseudo-politicians.

7.Nancy Pelosi.

8.Barbara Boxer.

9. Henry Waxman

10.Maxine Waters.

11,12,13,14,15---repeat your worst 5 of the former 10.

vaudine

14 posted on 04/06/2010 2:30:12 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: EyeGuy

What I cannot fathom is how people can’t see liberalism for the cancer it is..both my parents died of cancer, so I don’t use the word lightly..IT IS FATAL!! It is a fatal disease..When are people going to wake up from this nightmare? It destroys everything in its path. Yes, California USED to be a great state, but abundance breeds laxity, and laxity breeds liberals...before you know it, the cockroaches are even leaving the state for better opportunities elsewhere.


15 posted on 04/06/2010 2:30:48 PM PDT by majormaturity
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To: Kartographer
San Diego is not the rest of Califonia. You just enjoy your dusty NM
16 posted on 04/06/2010 2:31:12 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Kartographer

4 good things about Cali: In’N Out Trader Joe’s Smart & Final Big 5 Sporting Goods.


17 posted on 04/06/2010 2:31:30 PM PDT by 185JHP ( "The thing thou purposest shall come to pass: And over all thy ways the light shall shine.")
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To: Kartographer

Most depressing: EVERY State Legislator running for re-election in 2008 won. Every spending bill won—even though we were already broke.

We’ll see the same results this November.

The California electorate is SICK IN THE HEAD.


18 posted on 04/06/2010 2:31:57 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: Kartographer

one thing thats not depressing:

the weather. trust me on this.


19 posted on 04/06/2010 2:31:58 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Kartographer

20 posted on 04/06/2010 2:33:04 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: SoCalPol
America's Finest City.

With some of its finest women!

21 posted on 04/06/2010 2:34:52 PM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: SoCalPol
First of all I am NOT a Native New Mexican! Transplanted SOUTHERN! But New Mexico Does have it's moments.



22 posted on 04/06/2010 2:38:11 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: allmendream
CVN 76 Ronald Reagan home ported in San Diego
23 posted on 04/06/2010 2:39:33 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Kartographer

After seeing the trees, hills and Alps in Germany, Austria and Switxerland, nothing beats that


24 posted on 04/06/2010 2:42:22 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: SoCalPol

I really miss San Diego. My wife really wants to move back now. My problem is that I’m a productive citizen, I don’t think that I would do well in California over the next 5 years.


25 posted on 04/06/2010 2:45:31 PM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: SoCalPol
No heaven on earth is right here in The Great Smoky Mountians of North Carolina.


http://theoldecartographersshoppe.net/places-nc.html
26 posted on 04/06/2010 2:46:39 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: SoCalPol
[San Diego photos]

What are the thoughts about Bakersfield from Californians? I was there on business back in 1992 and was pleasantly surprised. The people seemed down to earth and, at the time, there was still an Oklahoma-Texas-Arkansas feel to the place. Buck Owens will still alive and country music seemed quite popular in the area (a good thing, IMHO).

27 posted on 04/06/2010 2:47:21 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas...)
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To: Kartographer

Well, I don’t have to garage the Vette for the winter and the women dress scantily.

Ain’t ready to punch out just yet.


28 posted on 04/06/2010 2:49:27 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares ( Refusing to kneel before the "messiah".)
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To: dangerdoc

What type of work do you do?


29 posted on 04/06/2010 2:50:28 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: dangerdoc

I have a hard time wanting to live away from San Diego.
Born here and I have been nowhere I would rather live.
But the liberals are flushing the entire state down the crapper, and SD may go with it eventually.


30 posted on 04/06/2010 2:51:06 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares ( Refusing to kneel before the "messiah".)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

With 3 of our 5 congressmen Conservative Republicans here
in San Diego is something most areas don’t have.


31 posted on 04/06/2010 2:54:11 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Kartographer; Tijeras_Slim; elkfersupper; Constitution Day; CedarDave; CougarGA7
But New Mexico Does have it's moments.

And how.

32 posted on 04/06/2010 2:55:29 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SoCalPol

San Diego was called by Reagan if memory serves his “lucky town”. He always campaigned here last before election day.

I hope his luck is still with us.


33 posted on 04/06/2010 2:55:57 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares ( Refusing to kneel before the "messiah".)
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To: Kartographer
These programs include Healthy Families, CalWORKS, Adult Day Health Care, In-Home Supportive Services, California Food Assistance Program...

This cheers me up.

34 posted on 04/06/2010 2:56:41 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Names Ash Housewares

True.

I worked for Reagan when he first ran for Gov.
Saw him many time in person when Gov. and Pres.
Also met and spoke with him.


35 posted on 04/06/2010 2:57:49 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: SoCalPol

Physician.


36 posted on 04/06/2010 2:58:49 PM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: SoCalPol

Thank you for your beautiful pictures. I love, love, love, living in beautiful San Diego with our most perfect weather in the whole United States! Poo on those who are just jealous.


37 posted on 04/06/2010 2:59:58 PM PDT by blkmontecarlo
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To: Kartographer
Most of the "facts" are California's poor performance, by liberal standards. Fell from #1 to #48 in per-pupil spending is not a metric I'd be upset about.
38 posted on 04/06/2010 3:04:47 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Build a man a fire; he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire; he'll be warm the rest of his life)
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To: re_nortex
Bakersfield is great. Conservative town. I just bought some property on the Kern River just west of there.
39 posted on 04/06/2010 3:06:44 PM PDT by 12chachacha
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To: re_nortex

Have never been to Bakersfield.
There are other areas in CA like that though.

I Enjoy a large city as here in San Diego.

There are bad areas of Calif., nothing perfect but
when some on FR start tanking the state, can’t take it
as a whole, just have to name the town or city.
I have my own list.


40 posted on 04/06/2010 3:06:55 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Most of the "facts" are California's poor performance, by liberal standards. Fell from #1 to #48 in per-pupil spending is not a metric I'd be upset about.

Yep. Too bad they couldn't reach the point of honor, #50.

41 posted on 04/06/2010 3:08:23 PM PDT by Marathoner ("Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force" -George Washington)
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To: Kartographer
Yeah, well, we have great weather and the prettiest women.

AND, some areas are worse than others.

Still, I wouldn't want to be in LA or Oakland when the check don't cash...

42 posted on 04/06/2010 3:08:34 PM PDT by Mariner
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To: Kartographer

Greecelifornia?


43 posted on 04/06/2010 3:11:13 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Kartographer

Beautiful pictures, looks like the Texas hillcountry.


44 posted on 04/06/2010 3:11:32 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: EyeGuy
It once represented the pinnacle of what America was meant to be. The liberal fools in their clueless, juvenile insanity have nearly pissed all of that magnificent largesse away.

Yes, the Liberals/Democrats killed the Goose. But these people are in denial. I talk to these people all the time. They cannot face reality because it will force them to admit that most of what they've believed their whole life is wrong. That's a cold shot.
45 posted on 04/06/2010 3:14:34 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: dangerdoc

Major medical and biotech here.
With BomaCare around the corner, Boma is throwning
you docs under the bus. Really ashame.

Have a relative here who is a doctor in his 30s.
A Navy doc. with the 1st Marine Div.


46 posted on 04/06/2010 3:16:36 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: 12chachacha
Bakersfield is great. Conservative town. I just bought some property on the Kern River just west of there.

Thanks for the ``inside story'' about Bakersfield. Later that same year (1992) business took me to up to Healdsburg by the Russian River. My host was astonished when I tactfully told him I actually preferred Bakersfield. Sonoma County was just too liberal for my tastes. It was also too chilly (both the people and the climate).

47 posted on 04/06/2010 3:17:24 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas...)
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To: Kartographer

California is not going to be in drought this year. Rainfall has been pretty good.


48 posted on 04/06/2010 3:19:03 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: martin_fierro

I miss the drive through liquor windows. ;)


49 posted on 04/06/2010 3:21:55 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (In order to dream of the future, we need to remember the past. - Bartov)
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To: beebuster2000

Not to mention it is arguably the most beautiful state in the Union. With the highest mountain in the contiguous 48, the second lowest place on earth, the tallest trees in the world, the oldest living tree on Earth...and I could go on. Probably why it was so appealing to liberals.


50 posted on 04/06/2010 3:24:32 PM PDT by Yogafist
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