California, what can I say? I love your redwoods, and Big Sur, Monterey, your tax revolt in the 1970s, even weird old San Francisco. (I really do.) But man, you guys have just gone off the deep end.
So are you just going to tax yourselves into oblivion? Is that the idea? Are you going to chase every small business out of the place? (I mean if I was a small startup I’d sellout to Facebook or Apple too, given the business environment. See how that works?) Are you going to abandon all sense of property rights? Are you going to bow to the reconquista types?
I know, I know, you think you’re going to create some kind of “multicultural” Finland on the shining sea. Thing is Finland is the size of Anaheim and it ain’t very “multicultural.” Cali ain’t gonna be Scandinavia with palm trees. More likely, if it continues on its current path, it will look more like those highly polarized and dysfunctional countries to the south of San Diego.
It might be hard for some to see now, but a truly declined California it’s becoming increasingly easy to see for many of us. (Yes, yes, we get it you have a big economy and so on. But when that wealth was created California was a very different place.)
It should be noted also that in relative terms California already has the worst poverty in the USA. Not Mississippi, not West Virginia, California.
(From The Wall Street Journal)
Take his insistence that California spend unknown billions of dollars on a bullet train connecting Southern and Northern California. Every poll shows that few people intend to ride it. Why? Because taking your own car will be faster and cheaper than driving to a station, parking, riding with stops along the way, and then renting a car or hailing an Uber at your destination. And anyway, tickets to fly between L.A. and San Francisco—which the train won’t even reach directly—can be had for less than $100. Why ride a rail that’s routed not along the state’s scenic coast (already served by Amtrak’s Coast Starlight) but through its distinctly unlovely interior?
An even more utopian folly is Mr. Brown’s determination to establish California as a model for climate-change politics and policy. It goes without saying that one state—or even one country—cannot reduce carbon emissions enough to benefit the climate in a meaningful way. The true consequence of the governor’s ubergreen policies is to reverse his father’s migration, at least for productive citizens and businesses. They’re leaving California for states where energy is cheaper, taxes are lower, and the regulatory burden is lighter. Middle-aged people making $100,000 to $200,000 a year are the largest cohort of those moving out, according to researchers Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox.