Thursday, March 22, 2012
... by the numbers:
254: the number of companies that moved out of state last year; five times as many that moved out in 2009.
120,000: the number of jobs lost last year; Texas gained 130,000.
3,600: the number of people that will be employed at Apple's next expansion in Austin, Texas. Apple, you will recall, was founded in California.
12: the percentage Americans living in California.
34: the percentage of Americans on welfare living in California.
9 billion: the amount of dollars Governor Brown expects to generate in revenue from his proposed tax plan (that will be voted on in November) in the first year.
2.2 billion: the actual amount of dollars in revenue that the Legislative Analyst's Office expects the state to realize from the Governor's proposed taxes.
9.2 billion: the deficit this year as estimated by the State Controller's Office.
Here's Brown's ad announcing his candidacy for governor back in 2009:
The numbers demonstrate things have got progressively worse since then.
The man has exhibited zero leadership in forging any headway with respect to our budget deficits, instead resorting to the gimmickry of hoped-for "unexpected revenue" windfalls that never materialize in order to balance the budget.
He has zero interest in standing up to the public employee unions that are saddling the state with unsustainable pension obligations and he has allowed himself to be painted into a corner by Big Labor, the green lobby, Big Construction, Democratic mayoral machine politics and the Obama administration over the high-speed choo-choo project that is estimated to cost as much as $120 billion when all is said and done.
Jerry Brown claimed he was just "too old" to give a damn any longer in his pitch to solve the problems of California. Turns out, even old age can't wring out deeply engrained statist hackery.
That man in the ad requesting "courage" is nowhere to be found these days.