Thursday, March 22, 2012

California's death spiral...


... 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.


K T Cat said...

Dean, there's no apostrophe after American. It's Americans plural, not American's possessive.

Enough nitpicking. Now back to read the article for real.


B-Daddy said...

Nice take down of our latest hack governor.

Mutnodjmet said...

Anybody who expected anything different from Brown when voting for him was being very foolish. Perhaps we will become like Chicago, per something KT Cat posted.

I do not see anything good coming out of the path we are now on.

Dean said...

KT, ugh. Thanks. Corrected.

K T Cat said...

Nag nag nag nag nag ....


K T Cat said...

Funny how the solutions he proposed when he was younger an ostensibly not as bold and brave are the same ones he's proposing now.

By the by, as I understand it, the origin of the phrase so common in films with Nazis, "Show me your papers" refers to the Nazis restriction of labor relocation. The State determined where you were allowed to work and live. I'll bet the Thomas Friedmans of the world wish they had this power now to prevent all those sweet, delicious tax dollars from getting away.

K T Cat said...

And that was supposed to be Nazis' plural possessive up there, not Nazis plural.


Anonymous said...

According to one analysis group: If during the Rnold years, California would have given every budget item a cost of living increase and accounting for the increase in population, we would have sitting on a 9 billion dollar surplus. Dad

K T Cat said...

Arnold gave it his best shot when he went to the people with his 4 propositions, but they all got voted down. After that, he was pretty much doomed. I'd say we Californians are getting what they deserve.

Harrison said...

If I may, one more time for your reading pleasure, quote this song which seems more apt not than it was in 1978:

"California Uber Alles"

I am Governor Jerry Brown
My aura smiles
And never frowns
Soon I will be president...

Carter Power will soon go away
I will be Fuhrer one day
I will command all of you
Your kids will meditate in school
Your kids will meditate in school!

California Uber Alles
California Uber Alles
Uber Alles California
Uber Alles California

Zen fascists will control you
100% natural
You will jog for the master race
And always wear the happy face

Close your eyes, can't happen here
Big Bro' on white horse is near
The hippies won't come back you say
Mellow out or you will pay
Mellow out or you will pay!


Now it is 1984
Knock-knock at your front door
It's the suede/denim secret police
They have come for your uncool niece

Come quietly to the camp
You'd look nice as a drawstring lamp
Don't you worry, it's only a shower
For your clothes here's a pretty flower.

DIE on organic poison gas
Serpent's egg's already hatched
You will croak, you little clown
When you mess with President Brown
When you mess with President Brown

Dean said...

Dead Kennedys. Ahead of the curve.

K T Cat said...

Dean, this is a great post and I'm keeping it in my memory for future links. A link is on the way in a post later today.

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