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The disease of Californication

03/23/2013

Doug Patton, over at CFP, has this wondrous article about Red State Governors Should Be Careful What They Wish For. As you know, these people have a very dark and dank disease of the mind in many, if not most, cases. They are infected, even if they don’t know it. Just like the ragheads that escape from their “cultural centers”, only to start bitching about our being “too free” and insisting that we must all bow to owlshit. If you want freedom of religion and all the other bullshit you were saddled with, fine, welcome to it. If. however, you continue to insist that your former way of life is the only way, that your religion is the only one, go the fuck home. You’re here, not there, and that’s not the way it is done here. Of course we know the concept of “sleeper agents”, just waiting for the word to do whatever it is they are here to do, but that’s another dimension of thought.

What Doug’s post is about is those who think they really are escaping from the leftist BS for free states like Texas, or Arizona, or Florida, or wherever, only to pollute the new state with those same entitlement programs that they left. Let me grab a quick quote:

Unfortunately, Colorado is not alone in its drift to the left. According to a 2012 Gallup Poll, one of the ten most liberal states in the country is now New Hampshire. That’s right. The “Live Free or Die!” state. So what happened? Massachusetts happened, that’s what. Residents of the Bay State, including business owners fleeing from crushing taxes and regulations, moved to New Hampshire. All was fine…for a while. New Hampshire was happy to have the business, and they welcomed their new neighbors.

Then, inevitably, election seasons began to roll around, and those self-transplants from Massachusetts began to vote for the same sort of meddling liberal politicians who had enslaved them and their businesses back home. And so, in 2012, New Hampshire helped re-elect Barack Obama and gained the dubious distinction of becoming one of the top ten most liberal states in the country.

That should give you a good idea of how the whole thing reads. Go check it out, and then come back for discussion.

6 Comments
  1. 03/24/2013 00:10

    It is like a terminal Cancer that keeps on repeating till it kills the host….

  2. 03/24/2013 00:36

    Precisely! Excellent call.

  3. Dr. Jeff permalink
    03/24/2013 03:07

    I am a native Californian. I’ve watched decades of the degradation of what was once a great State. We used to be wonderfully rich. We had agriculture, manufacturing (especially aerospace), a thriving movie industry, oil and more.

    Today, agriculture has been hobbled by “environmental” decisions that have restricted water for farms. Prime farmland has been paved with strip malls. Manufacturing has been killed by a combination of environmental laws, union rules and labor rules. Essentially, there is no more manufacturing in California. As for the movie industry, licensing fees, unions and useless regulations have driven most productions out of state.

    The only industrial area still alive in California is Silicone Valley. With the rise of India, the former Soviet Bloc and China in the computer world, I expect to start reading articles about how it’s getting harder to make it in California any time now.

    There has been much debate about how we are transitioning to a service economy. Nice idea. The only problem is that a service economy does not generate wealth. It gathers wealth by servicing needs and getting paid for the service. A nation of shoe shiners will starve unless someone with wealth needs shiny shoes.

    No matter what economic model you believe in, there are only three sources of wealth in the world. There are only three occupations that actually produce wealth. All other occupations are parasitic. Sometimes they are necessary to support the core functions (eg truck drivers), but they are parasitic none the less.

    Mining
    Farming
    Manufacturing

    No other occupations actually generate anything of material value. Kill those three functions and you have killed your livelihood.

    All of the things that have brought about the destruction of the Golden State were all introduced with the ideas of: “If it only saves one….”, “We need to preserve….” and other high sounding ideas. Critics were shoved aside and their predictions of industrial and agricultural decline were dismissed as fear mongering.

    Good luck guys. Learn from history before it bites you on the ass.

  4. 03/24/2013 08:55

    Excellent summation.

  5. 03/24/2013 11:26

    Dr Jeff,

    I think Professor Hanson shares some of your misgivings.

    The state deficit is at $16 billion. Stockton went bankrupt; Fresno is rumored to be next. Unemployment stays over 10% and in the Central Valley is more like 15%. Seven out of the last eleven new Californians went on Medicaid, which is about broke. A third of the nation’s welfare recipients are in California. In many areas, 40% of Central Valley high school students do not graduate — and do not work, if the latest crisis in finding $10 an hour agricultural workers is any indication. And so on.

    Read the whole thing. And like a sinking ship with plague infested rats they abandon ship to infest the neighboring ships that are still afloat.

    California is the poster child for liberal social and economic failure but that doesn’t dissuade these malevolent morons as they are going to make it work if they have to bankrupt every state in the union.California is devolving into a feudal state of extreme haves and have not’s who have made concerted war on those in the middle. Those who object get out but also those who leave are the hypocritical fiscal conservative/social liberal types who don’t understand that it is their social liberalism that is the primary cost driver as their altruism far exceeds their pocketbooks. They don’t understand that someone has to pay for their ego trips they just don’t want it to be themselves.

    Apparently they haven’t yet received the message that blue model governance is dead.

    Eleven states, including California, have more residents who draw money from the government—as employees, pensioners, or welfare recipients—than people employed in the private sector. This means that roughly one-third of Americans live in states where more people receive tax dollars than pay taxes on non-government income.

    Any average fool should be able to ascertain the unsustainabilty of this situation. Which just goes to show how special the fools that deign to rule us are.

  6. 03/24/2013 11:32

    Superb outline of the reality of standing in a bucket and trying to lift yourself by the handle.

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