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California Demon
The American Spectator ^ | Juy 11, 2012 | John Fund

Posted on 07/11/2012 5:17:00 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

THE LATEST UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS show the economic recovery stalling. But as weak as the national economy is, it’s nothing compared to the condition of some states whose policies are guaranteed to scare away jobs and investment.

Call it the European Disease: Run up spending and debt, raise taxes in the name of balancing the budget, and then watch as jobs flee, deficits rise, and credit ratings fall.

Chief Executive magazine has just come out with a survey of 650 corporate CEOs on the business climate in their states.....

...California was dead last in attractiveness to business for the eighth year in a row, while Texas came in first for the eighth consecutive time.

[SNIP of GOOO-OO-OOD reading]

.....If there’s a line out the door at a Carl’s Jr. while employees are seen resting, it’s because they aren’t allowed to help: Break time is mandatory.

“You can’t build in California, you can’t manage in California, and you are taxed to death,” says Puzder. “In Texas, it’s night versus day—which is why we built 300 new stores there last year.”

.....good news for states that have the courage to implement real reform. For years, Louisiana’s policies were hostile to business and caused the state to lose population every year. But...Bobby Jindal has aggressively moved to change that. In 2006, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Chief Executive survey ranked Louisiana 47th in business climate—on the same level as Massachusetts. Now the state has moved up to 13th place, rising from last year’s 27th place—an astonishing turnaround.

.....Asked by Chief Executive exactly why he thinks it so important to reduce business costs in his state, Governor Walker replied: “I’ve never seen a store get more customers by raising its prices, but I’ve seen customers knock down the doors when they cut prices....

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: economy; jobs; regulations; taxes

1 posted on 07/11/2012 5:17:04 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I truly don’t know how a small business owner can hope to make a go of it in socialist California. God bless their persevering souls.


2 posted on 07/11/2012 5:20:03 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: ScottinVA

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/10/4622910/third-calif-city-votes-to-declare.html

......”San Bernardino became the third California city in that small span to choose Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection with a City Council vote on Tuesday night.

The Southern California city of about 210,000 people will also become the second largest in the nation ever to file for bankruptcy. Stockton, the Northern California city of nearly 300,000, became the biggest when it filed for Chapter 9 on June 28. The much smaller city of Mammoth Lakes voted for bankruptcy July 3.

San Bernardino’s City Council directed the city attorney to make the move during a meeting where administrators explained the dire fiscal circumstances and urged them to choose the bankruptcy option.

“We have an immediate cash flow issue,” Interim City Manager Andrea Miller told Mayor Patrick Morris and the seven-member City Council, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Miller said the city is facing a budget shortfall of $45.8 million. It has already stopped paying some vendors, and may not be able to make payroll over the next three months.”.....

http://blogs.sacbee.com/the_state_worker/2012/07/jerry-brown-says-california-public-pension-reform-wont-be-on-november-ballo.html

“Gov. Jerry Brown has backed away from his earlier call for legislators to put a pension-change measure on the November ballot, although the administration is continuing to push for statutory changes.

In an email to The State Worker, Brown spokeswoman Elizabeth Ashford said, “There won’t be pension changes on the November ballot. But we’ll get the reforms done, you can count on that.”............................


3 posted on 07/11/2012 5:25:33 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Miller said the city is facing a budget shortfall of $45.8 million. It has already stopped paying some vendors, and may not be able to make payroll over the next three months.”.....


If I was a vendor/business in California my policy would be cash on the barrelhead before doing business with any level of government. They, (Governments big and small), may have a hard time declaring bankruptcy. But as a small business I can be wiped out by their non-payment for goods and services and I don’t have any recourse except bankruptcy.


4 posted on 07/11/2012 5:52:56 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The state of Kolifornia is in just as bad a shape as these cities claiming bankruptcy and yet they elected an idiot governor who wants to spend billions on a train to nowhere. Most of the people in this state are delusional...the day of reckoning is at hand. It will not be pretty when it comes!!
5 posted on 07/11/2012 5:58:36 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Several cities are going bankrupt.
Will the bankrupt state bail them out?
Will the state, in turn, ask the fedgov to bail them out?

These are the first dominoes.
Hope you have your garden planted...


6 posted on 07/11/2012 6:05:04 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: ontap

My own state of Maryland is running millionaires to other states like it was a contest to see how many they can force to move.

Martin O’Malley wants to be President after bankrupting Maryland he wants to take a shot at bankruptiong America.
Just in case there is anything left after we get rid of Obama.


7 posted on 07/11/2012 6:17:10 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

From California Dreamin’ to California Demon. And too much “Dreamin’” will always lead to disaster.


8 posted on 07/11/2012 6:50:24 AM PDT by Anima Mundi (ENVY IS JUST PASSIVE, LAZY GREED)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I feel so sorry for California, it is one of the most beautiful states in the country and it's dying a slow and agonizing death. The problem is the parasites are fleeing to other states and ruining the very politics that allowed their new hosts to thrive.

Beware Texas, as soon as they reach critical mass they will turn Texas into California. They're already trying to do it here in Arizona.

9 posted on 07/11/2012 6:59:44 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: McGavin999; All

....”According to the story in the Los Angeles Times, one resident “blasted the city’s elected leaders for allowing the financial crisis to grow unabated and wasting millions of tax dollars on transit projects and other non-essential services.”

A description that could be applied to the entire state which seems to have a special weakness for expensive transportation project like a high speed rail project that will move anyone still living in California from one bankrupt city to another.”

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/california-failing_648407.html


10 posted on 07/11/2012 7:19:47 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Venturer

“Martin O’Malley wants to be President after bankrupting Maryland he wants to take a shot at bankruptiong America.”

You have identified one of the facts about these socialist governors that, on the surface, seems to defy logic. Actually, this is evidence of what systems folks call a “reinforcing loop”. If you raise taxes on and otherwise punish the hardest working people, they leave or simply don’t get a chance to succeed in the first place and so the proportion of the population that is hard working and successful is reduced. This results in a higher proportion of the population who vote for anti-success politicians. Over the years, governors who are the worst for their states’ economies will receive higher and higher popularity ratings and greater proportions of the vote. Those governors then use their popularity as a ticket to national office, e.g., the Presidency. This is a flaw in the system that actually rewards bad decision makers.

Of course, this can translate to the level of a nation, such as Greece.


11 posted on 07/11/2012 7:20:38 AM PDT by iacovatx (Conservatism is the political center--it is not on the "right")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

...but they’ll be able to ride from one bankrupt city to another in speed and style!


12 posted on 07/11/2012 8:17:47 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: MrB

I wonder who will get the first massive FedGuv Inc. bailout, CA or IL ? which is more connected to the White Hut?


13 posted on 07/11/2012 8:35:40 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: ScottinVA
California was dead last in attractiveness to business for the eighth year...

Business owners are leaving the state...

14 posted on 07/11/2012 9:19:07 AM PDT by GOPJ (Marion Berry: 'If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very very low crime rate')
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To: McGavin999

“The problem is the parasites are fleeing to other states and ruining the very politics that allowed their new hosts to thrive.”

I’ve said it before and I will say it again. California’s problems had their genesis with the the migration of liberals here from the East Coast. East Coast Liberals are like locusts, they eat everything in sight and then they move on. Since California is on the Pacific Ocean, they have no choice but to back track to the states that they passed over to get here in the first place. Hawaii is not an option since the Japanese Liberals have already staked their claim there. And yes, if I were Texas, I would be very worried. Just look at Austin if you have any doubts. Where did the big Silicon Valley companies put their plants, in Austin!


15 posted on 07/11/2012 11:11:35 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; blam; TigerLikesRooster; nickcarraway; neverdem; ProtectOurFreedom; ...
Take a peek at this . . .

Scenes of Despair

Excerpt:

In some areas of the United States you would never even know that an economic crisis is happening, but in other areas things are clearly falling apart very rapidly. There is a very serious shortage of decent jobs in most parts of the country, and we are seeing clear signs of societal breakdown in many of our major cities.

During the last recession, millions of Americans lost their jobs. Because a lot of them did not have much money saved up, many of those unemployed Americans also quickly lost their homes.

In the end, some of them ended up living in their vehicles.

And living in a car can be absolute hell. The following is from an ABC News report....

Three children -- one suffering second-degree burns -- were taken into protective custody Monday after they were discovered living with their parents in a "filthy" car in a Walmart parking lot.

Police were called to the parking lot Monday morning in Mount Dora, Fla., where they found the family of five living in a 1987 Cadillac Coupe de Ville full of clothes and garbage. Police told the Orlando Sentinel that days-old chicken bones were strewn about the car, along with a spoiled carton of milk and a bottle of tequila.

Other families try to make the best of it that they can. The following is one touching example from a recent 60 Minutes report....

This is the home of the Metzger family. Arielle, 15. Her brother Austin, 13. Their mother died when they were very young. Their dad, Tom, is a carpenter. And, he's been looking for work ever since Florida's construction industry collapsed. When foreclosure took their house, he bought the truck on Craigslist with his last thousand dollars. Tom's a little camera shy - thought we ought to talk to the kids - and it didn't take long to see why.

Pelley: How long have you been living in this truck? * * *


16 posted on 07/11/2012 11:11:57 AM PDT by ex-Texan (The Time to "Wake Up" is Over !)
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To: ex-Texan

Thank you for the post ex-Texan.

It’s an important post with graphic information of what Obama and his czars have wrought (with intent to cripple the country).


17 posted on 07/11/2012 12:24:35 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2905379/posts


19 posted on 07/11/2012 12:59:14 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: McGavin999
The real parasites are still living in Cal. The producers have moved..and are continuing to move.

I left in 1997.....I saw the writing on the wall.

20 posted on 07/11/2012 1:15:51 PM PDT by Osage Orange (8675309)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
In some states (e.g. Pennsylvania) the police and firemen were forced to accept minimum wage pay because the municipalities are BK. Coming very soon to California. A buddy of mine for about 20 years just was forced to move from LB, CA and is on the road right now to Colorado. He speaks first hand about gang violence and methheads selling drugs openly without regard to "law enforcement." The entire system is broken. Get ready for camp fema if you live in a high crime area or state because that is coming right our next phony election

JMHO and sorry about that but there is not much help left

21 posted on 07/11/2012 1:19:56 PM PDT by ex-Texan (The Time to "Wake Up" is Over !)
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To: McGavin999

“I feel so sorry for California, it is one of the most beautiful states in the country and it’s dying a slow and agonizing death. The problem is the parasites are fleeing to other states and ruining the very politics that allowed their new hosts to thrive.”

So true, but I strongly believe TX will resist the temptation to Californicate itself.

The GOOD news about CA is that if we get a few more of these muni BKs, the trend will accelerate with a violence that will be jaw dropping. If you asked me a year ago when CA will hit rock bottom, I would have said (and did say) ten-plus years. As things are, I think it could happen in 1-2 years. And that’s a plus. Too late for the next election to shift how CA immutably throws its electoral votes, of course, but this lesson will be learned, that’s a guarantee.

Wait; I’ll rephrase that. The pain will be experienced, it will occur. That much I can guarantee. But I can’t guarantee any lesson will be learned.


22 posted on 07/11/2012 1:22:08 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Instead of running for another term, 0bama should be begging for forgiveness.)
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To: iacovatx

Well yes, and no.

You (completely) disregard the growing problem:

Americans no longer make things. We have exported our production.

That has masses of problems, and they are growing rapidly.

We need to re-address manufacturing to America. Now.


23 posted on 07/11/2012 1:25:31 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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