It is currently Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:15 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: As California collapses, Obama follows
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:18 pm 
God
User avatar

Joined: Mon Dec 04, 2006 11:48 am
Posts: 17948
Quote:
From his first days in office, the president has held up California as a model state. In 2009, he praised its green-tinged energy policies as a blueprint for the nation. He staffed his administration with Californians like Energy Secretary Steve Chu—an open advocate of high energy prices who’s lavished government funding on “green” dodos like solar-panel maker Solyndra, and luxury electric carmaker Fisker—and Commerce Secretary John Bryson, who thrived as CEO of a regulated utility which raised energy costs for millions of consumers, sometimes to finance “green” ideals.

Obama regularly asserts that green jobs will play a crucial role in the future of the American economy, but California, a trend-setter in the field, has yet to reap such benefits. Green jobs, broadly defined, make up only about 2 percent of jobs in the state—about the same proportion as in Texas. In Silicon Valley, the number of green jobs actually declined between 2003 and 2010. Meanwhile, California’s unemployment rate of 10.9 percent is the nation’s third highest, behind only Nevada and Rhode Island.

When Governor Jerry Brown predicted a half-million green jobs by the end of the decade, even The New York Times deemed it “a pipe dream.”

Obama’s push to nationalize many of California’s economy-stifling green policies has been slowed down, first by the Republican resurgence in 2010 and then by his reelection considerations. But California’s politicians, living in what’s become essentially a one-party state, have doubled down on green orthodoxy. As the president at least tries to cover his flank by claiming to support an “all-in” energy policy, California has simply refused to exploit much of its massive oil and gas resources.

Does this matter? Well, Texas has created 200,000 oil and gas jobs over the past decade; California has barely added 20,000. The state’s remaining energy producers have been slowing down as the regulatory environment becomes ever more hostile even as producers elsewhere, including in rustbelt states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, ramp up. The oil and gas jobs the Golden State political class shuns pay around $100,000 a year on average.

..............................

A recent Public Policy of California study shows that since the recession, the gap between rich and poor has widened more in California than in the rest of the nation. Lower-income workers have seen their wages drop more precipitously than those of the affluent. And the middle class is proportionately smaller and has shrunk more than elsewhere. Adjusted for cost of living, it stands at 47.9 percent in California compared to nearly 55 percent for the rest of the country.

Meantime, many Californians have been departing for more affordable states, with a net loss of four million residents to other states over the past 20 years (while continuing, of course, to attract immigrants.) Of those who remain, nearly two-in-five Californians pay no income tax, and one in four receive Medicaid.

There are some people are prospering in California, including many of the affluent supporters who Obama courts on his frequent fundraising forays here. Tenure-protected academics from the University of California constitute his third-largest donor base, while Google ranks fifth and Stanford twelfth, according to Open Secrets.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/27/as-california-collapses-obama-follows-its-lead.html


The squeezing of the productive part of the economy to fund the unproductive part continues apace on the Obama Administration.

_________________
Machina Sublime
Satan's Plan Deconstructed.
Your Best Resource On Joseph Smith's Polygamy.
Conservatism is the Gospel of Christ and the Plan of Salvation in Action.
The Degeneracy Of Progressivism.
A lesson on 'Faggotry' for Kevin Graham; a legitimately descriptive and even positive term used by homosexuals themselves.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: As California collapses, Obama follows
PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:15 pm 
God

Joined: Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:12 am
Posts: 4142
Location: Arizona
Quote:
...

Obama regularly asserts that green jobs will play a crucial role in the future of the American economy, but California, a trend-setter in the field, has yet to reap such benefits. Green jobs, broadly defined, make up only about 2 percent of jobs in the state—about the same proportion as in Texas. In Silicon Valley, the number of green jobs actually declined between 2003 and 2010. Meanwhile, California’s unemployment rate of 10.9 percent is the nation’s third highest, behind only Nevada and Rhode Island.

When Governor Jerry Brown predicted a half-million green jobs by the end of the decade, even The New York Times deemed it “a pipe dream.”

...


When Barack Obama first entered into office, the Unemployment rate for California was at 10.2%. The Unemployment rate for California is now at 11.0%, which is 2.8% higher than the Unemployment rate for the Nation. The State of California has a Democratic Governor, a Democratic Lieutenant Governor, and a Democratic controlled State Legislature. The Democratic Party has controlled the State Legislature in California since 1996.

California: http://www.deptofnumbers.com/unemployment/california/

_________________
'O be wise; what can I say more?'
- Jacob 6:12


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: As California collapses, Obama follows
PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:12 pm 
Image

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Political Party: Republican
2003 - 2011

California: http://governors.library.ca.gov/38-schwarzenegger.html


Top
  
 
 Post subject: Re: As California collapses, Obama follows
PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:38 pm 
God
User avatar

Joined: Mon May 12, 2008 9:06 am
Posts: 9639
Location: Kershaw, SC
Eric wrote:
Image

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Political Party: Republican
2003 - 2011

California: http://governors.library.ca.gov/38-schwarzenegger.html



Arnold Schwarzenegger is and always has been a died-in-the-wool liberal. He openly identified himself as a social leftist well before his election, and governed his state, despite his reams of gaseous rhetoric, as a unalloyed left leaning statist/interventionist in all other respects.

The United States needs to return to its classical liberal/Judeo-Christian roots - the core of the founding principles of the Declaration and the rules of law imposed by the Constitution, or it will be, well within our own lifetimes, at its end. Once America is gone as a classical liberal grounded nation based in limited government by the consent of the governed, unalienable rights, natural rights, the rule of law, and individual liberty, there will be nowhere else to run (let alone hide).

This is it; the last place on earth containing anything like the range and depth of individual liberties and opportunities within which a people can thrive, prosper, and seek their dreams (pursuit of happiness).

However, freedom and liberty are not absolute, and must be mediated and conditioned by other delimiting and controlling principles. Freedom, of the kind conceived by the Declaration and Constitution, is of little value and can turn upon itself and devour its own children without a moral and virtuous people at the core of such a social order.

Much of our society having lost its moral, ethical, and spiritual (and hence, intellectual) bearings, two extreme poles now present themselves for consideration as humanity panics and runs around in circles seeking to place blame on the nearest politically correct goat within reach: the return of utopian collectivism and democracy, both historic (and closely allied) failures that have visited calamitous depredations upon human well being throughout history (and utopian socialism has been the most prolific as to the destruction of human well being among all the failed ideologies of human history)

The decay and dissolution of our economic, military, scientific, educational, and manufacturing infrastructure is merely symptomatic of the fact that, to a great extent, Jesus Christ is no longer the God of this land for a critical mass of its citizens, and a majority of the people have begun to openly choose wickedness, at the voting booth, in that which they consume and support in open markets of media, entertainment, news, and culture, and in the continuing degradation of the family, over righteousness. Far, far too many, including much of government, business, academia, the media, and the entertainment world, support, aid, abet, and nourish the Gadianton Robbers in our midst (and some of them are, in point of fact, intellectual, literary, and cultural Gadianton Robbers themselves).

Things are nearing "ripeness," it would seem, and, over the course of my lifetime, it appears as well that the pace of such movement toward the time at which the fruit will fall from the tree is increasing, as is the scope and intensity of such change.


Oh, sorry, I meant, "hope and change."

_________________
Nothing is going to startle us more when we pass through the veil to the other side than to realize how well we know our Father [in Heaven] and how familiar his face is to us

- President Ezra Taft Benson


I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white.

- Thomas Sowell


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: As California collapses, Obama follows
PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:51 pm 
God
User avatar

Joined: Tue May 25, 2010 8:49 am
Posts: 1548
Droopy wrote:

The decay and dissolution of our economic, military, scientific, educational, and manufacturing infrastructure is merely symptomatic of the fact that, to a great extent, Jesus Christ is no longer the God of this land for a critical mass of its citizens, and a majority of the people have begun to openly choose wickedness, at the voting booth, in that which they consume and support in open markets of media, entertainment, news, and culture, and in the continuing degradation of the family, over righteousness.


So, since china is progressing economically, scientifically, educationally and have solid control of much of the worlds manufacturing, does that mean that Jesus Christ is the god of their land for "a critical mass of its citizens"? Are you saying that a majority of the chinese people choose righteousness in the voting booth?

_________________
"your reasoning that children should be experimented upon to justify a political agenda..is tantamount to the Nazi justification for experimenting on human beings."-SUBgenius on gay parents
"At this point in my faith journey, I have no doubt that God is a God of discrimination." - wenglund


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: As California collapses, Obama follows
PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:59 pm 
God

Joined: Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:12 am
Posts: 4142
Location: Arizona
Eric wrote:
Image

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Political Party: Republican
2003 - 2011

California: http://governors.library.ca.gov/38-schwarzenegger.html



Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn't been Governor within California in over 15 months.
And Arnold Schwarzenegger is what a lot of Conservative Republicans would call a RINO (Republican In Name Only).


Schwarzenegger calls stimulus plan 'terrific': (February 22nd, 2009):
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/20 ... -terrific/

Schwarzenegger To GOP Governors: Give Me Your Unwanted Stimulus Money: (3/25/09):
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/2 ... 68918.html

White House turns to data and Schwarzenegger to defend stimulus: (10/30/09):
http://thehill.com/homenews/administrat ... d-stimulus

Schwarzenegger highlights benefits of 1-year-old federal stimulus package: (Feb. 17, 2010):
http://www.scpr.org/news/2010/02/17/120 ... ear-old-f/

Quote:
California received more money from the federal stimulus package than any other state. On its first anniversary today, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger emphasized the benefits of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Schwarzenegger said California will benefit from $80 billion in federal stimulus money.

...



Schwarzenegger: GOP stimulus attacks, then praise of projects hypocritical: (Feb. 21, 2010):
http://thehill.com/homenews/administrat ... pocritical

Schwarzenegger Rips Romney, GOP For Stimulus Hypocrisy: (Feb. 22, 2010):
http://www.topix.com/forum/state/ma-gov ... V5EPDIVSQ1

Schwarzenegger Backs Obama on Health Care, Stimulus: (Feb. 23, 2010):
http://www.newser.com/story/81569/schwa ... mulus.html

Schwarzenegger blasts big oil over Prop 23: (September 27, 2010):
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?sectio ... id=7691890

_________________
'O be wise; what can I say more?'
- Jacob 6:12


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: As California collapses, Obama follows
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 12:58 pm 
God
User avatar

Joined: Mon May 12, 2008 9:06 am
Posts: 9639
Location: Kershaw, SC
Quote:
So, since china is progressing economically, scientifically, educationally and have solid control of much of the worlds manufacturing, does that mean that Jesus Christ is the god of their land for "a critical mass of its citizens"? Are you saying that a majority of the chinese people choose righteousness in the voting booth?


China is a deeply authoritarian quasi-totalitarian fascist state that is "progressing" in primarily one sense and one sense only, and that is economically, and that has been by embracing, to a fair degree, correct economic principles that we and Western Europe have abandoned.

However, almost anything, in comparison to Mao's China, is "progress." If you consider the political and cultural atmosphere in China, and things such as the Tien An Men massacre of peaceful protestors using military force, and the continuing presence of gulags for both criminals and political dissenters, as signs of progress, please enlighten us as to why.

_________________
Nothing is going to startle us more when we pass through the veil to the other side than to realize how well we know our Father [in Heaven] and how familiar his face is to us

- President Ezra Taft Benson


I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white.

- Thomas Sowell


Last edited by Droopy on Tue May 01, 2012 6:00 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: As California collapses, Obama follows
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 5:23 pm 
God

Joined: Tue Dec 04, 2007 5:39 am
Posts: 6596
China still has a far more centrally planned economy than the Western democracies do, even the quasi-socialist ones. China has been liberalizing its economic policy for many years now. Not coincidentally they've had massive economic expansion during that time. But this shouldn't be confused with China somehow being a paradise of open markets. They're anything but. China might be increasingly wealthy now, but don't forget that for the size of its population, they're still doing horribly on a per capita basis. The US has twice the economic might with a quarter of the population. China has a long, long way to go before it even approaches the level of economic efficiency the US enjoys. If China's economy was as well-developed as the US's, they'd have a GDP at least 4 times as large as ours.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: As California collapses, Obama follows
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 5:28 pm 
God

Joined: Tue Dec 04, 2007 5:39 am
Posts: 6596
Brackite still doesn't understand that you can't take a raw unemployment number and simply attribute that to the government in charge. The cause and effect relationship isn't that simple. It's not even approximately valid.

It's also profoundly unconservative to think a state governor's influence over the economy is so extensive that current employment rate is a direct consequence of him or her. Most of what happens in the economy does so for cyclical reasons that are simply out of the hands of the government's ability to appreciably impact without massive, structural intervention. Odd that none of this board's supposed conservatives ever feel the need to point this out when Brackite is trying to bash Democrats with it.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: As California collapses, Obama follows
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 4:11 pm 
God

Joined: Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:12 am
Posts: 4142
Location: Arizona
EAllusion wrote:
Brackite still doesn't understand that you can't take a raw unemployment number and simply attribute that to the government in charge. The cause and effect relationship isn't that simple. It's not even approximately valid.

It's also profoundly unconservative to think a state governor's influence over the economy is so extensive that current employment rate is a direct consequence of him or her. Most of what happens in the economy does so for cyclical reasons that are simply out of the hands of the government's ability to appreciably impact without massive, structural intervention. Odd that none of this board's supposed conservatives ever feel the need to point this out when Brackite is trying to bash Democrats with it.


I am very familiar with the State of California and with its politicians, so I do believe that a lot of the Liberal policies in that State have played a major role in the unemployment rate being as high as it is there. The Democratic Party has controlled both the State Assembly and the State Senate in California since 1996. Nearly all of the Democrats in the California State Legislature are Liberals and Progressives. There are Not any blue dog and moderate Democrats in the California State Legislature. The bloated Government pensions is a major and serious problem in California, which may be partly responsible for the very high unemployment rate there.


New California taxes pay for pensions, not schools:
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20 ... ot-schools

BLOG: Jerry Brown's tax bait-and-switch:
http://www.thebusinessjournal.com/lists ... and-switch

Jerry Brown tells unions to brace for California state worker pay cuts:
http://blogs.sacbee.com/the_state_worke ... qus_thread

_________________
'O be wise; what can I say more?'
- Jacob 6:12


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: As California collapses, Obama follows
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 5:18 pm 
God

Joined: Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:12 am
Posts: 4142
Location: Arizona
Brown: California budget deficit rises to $16 billion:
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/13/448611 ... ficit.html

California Workers Get Pay Bump Even as Brown Seeks Cuts:
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-0 ... seeks-cuts



The Following information is from Wikipedia:

Quote:
On January 28, 2010, the White House announced that California would receive $2.35 billion of its request, of which $2.25 billion was allocated specifically for California High Speed Rail, while the rest was designated for conventional rail improvements.[29]

On October 28, 2010, the federal government awarded the CHSRA a further $900 million for passenger rail improvements, including $715 million specifically for the high speed rail project, but with the requirement that it be used for the Central Valley segments from Merced to Fresno, or Fresno-to-Bakersfield.[30] While the CHSRA recognizes the federal government's desire for the initial segment to be built in the Central Valley, the CHSRA states that it will evaluate the starting segment according to its own criteria. This announcement brings the federal government's funding commitment to high-speed rail projects in California to $4.3 billion.

On December 10, 2010, the Department of Transportation reallocated $1.2 billion in federal high speed rail funding from states that had rejected the stimulus funds, including Wisconsin and Ohio. Nearly half of this funding, $624 million, was redirected to the CHSRA for use on the initial Central Valley leg of the project.[31]

On May 9, 2011, the DOT reallocated $2 billion in federal high speed rail funding from Florida, which had rejected the funding. The DOT awarded $300 million to the CHSRA for a 20-mile extension along the Central Valley Corridor. The work funded in this round will extend the track and civil work from Fresno to the Chowchilla Wye, which will provide a connection to San Jose to the West and Merced to the North.[32] The California High Speed Rail Authority issued a draft Business Plan on November 1, 2011, for public review and comment.[33] The Business Plan will shape the financial and operational implementation of the HSR project, and must be adopted and submitted to the Legislature by January 1, 2012 and every two years thereafter.[34]


Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_High-Speed_Rail

U.S. Department of Transportation Redirects $1.195 Billion in High-Speed Rail Funds:
http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2010/dot20810.html

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $2 Billion for High-Speed Intercity Rail Projects to Grow Jobs, Boost U.S. Manufacturing and Transform Travel in America:
http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2011/dot5711.html

California high-speed rail to nowhere?:
http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/30/c ... o-nowhere/


All that stimulus money from the Obama Administration to help pay for the California high-speed rail is seemingly now not going that well to help build that project. The Unemployment rate for California is still above 10.5%. The State of California now has a budget deficit of about 16 billion dollars. California could maybe well end up indeed financially collapsing.

_________________
'O be wise; what can I say more?'
- Jacob 6:12


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: As California collapses, Obama follows
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:38 am 
God
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 27, 2006 11:44 am
Posts: 6048
EAllusion wrote:
Brackite still doesn't understand that you can't take a raw unemployment number and simply attribute that to the government in charge. The cause and effect relationship isn't that simple. It's not even approximately valid.

It's also profoundly unconservative to think a state governor's influence over the economy is so extensive that current employment rate is a direct consequence of him or her. Most of what happens in the economy does so for cyclical reasons that are simply out of the hands of the government's ability to appreciably impact without massive, structural intervention. Odd that none of this board's supposed conservatives ever feel the need to point this out when Brackite is trying to bash Democrats with it.


Yep, he still doesn't get it. Or, I think is most likely the case, he simply doesn't want to.

_________________
"Faggotry of all sorts isn't going to change LDS doctrine" - bcspace


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: As California collapses, Obama follows
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:55 am 
God
User avatar

Joined: Tue Nov 09, 2010 3:33 pm
Posts: 12064
Location: Kli-flos-is-es
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls ... -1171.html

_________________
Parley P. Pratt wrote:
We must lie to support brother Joseph, it is our duty to do so.

B.R. McConkie, © Intellectual Reserve wrote:
There are those who say that revealed religion and organic evolution can be harmonized. This is both false and devilish.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: As California collapses, Obama follows
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:55 pm 
God

Joined: Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:12 am
Posts: 4142
Location: Arizona
Quote:
...

Obama regularly asserts that green jobs will play a crucial role in the future of the American economy, but California, a trend-setter in the field, has yet to reap such benefits. Green jobs, broadly defined, make up only about 2 percent of jobs in the state—about the same proportion as in Texas. In Silicon Valley, the number of green jobs actually declined between 2003 and 2010. Meanwhile, California’s unemployment rate of 10.9 percent is the nation’s third highest, behind only Nevada and Rhode Island.

When Governor Jerry Brown predicted a half-million green jobs by the end of the decade, even The New York Times deemed it “a pipe dream.”

...



It is Time to Bump up this Thread again.

The Following Article is From The San Diego Union-Tribune:

Quote:
Heed air board, throw away the green Kool-Aid

In 2008, Barack Obama vowed that once he was president a wave of well-paying “green” jobs would lift the woeful U.S. economy. In 2010, Jerry Brown vowed that once he was governor, a wave of well-paying “green” jobs would lift the rotten California economy. But as has been documented in the news pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post, the green-jobs tidal wave proved to be a huge myth.

Now it’s time to retire another green myth: the notion frequently voiced by California Democrats that not only is there little or no downside to complex environmental regulations, sometimes they even help the economy. This claim has been made most prominently about AB 32, the ballyhooed 2006 state law forcing utilities to use cleaner but much costlier forms of energy to reduce the emissions that are believed to cause global warming.

Once again, we won’t cite ideologues to show this to be a myth. We’ll cite what those who work for Brown and Obama have to say, starting with the California Air Resources Board. Last week, board officials held a workshop in Sacramento about their plan to implement AB 32, specifically a cap-and-trade program in which industries buy and sell pollution credits to try to create market pressure to reduce pollution. Air board officials are considering giving away millions of dollars in pollution credits in the hope it would stop companies in key industries from fleeing California over its energy costs. They’re doing so even though giving away pollution credits undercuts the central goal of AB 32, and even though the state government is counting on proceeds from the auction of credits to help balance the budget.

Oil refining, cement production and food processing – all areas in which energy costs are paramount – were offered as examples of industries that would head for cheaper states.

So much for the depiction of AB 32 as benign.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu saw this coming years ago. In 2009, Chu said it was crucial for major world economies to work in sync in shifting to cleaner-but-costlier energy. If the U.S. went it alone, Chu warned, it would face serious competitive disadvantages. How serious? So serious that he said the U.S. should consider imposing trade sanctions on nations that didn’t use costlier energy “in order to protect the American industries.”

This is the devastating disadvantage that California will soon face with its key economic rivals – both other states and other nations. The air board knows it exists. The U.S. energy secretary chosen by a Democratic president knows it exists.

When will Jerry Brown and the Democrats who control Sacramento admit it exists? When unemployment hits 15 percent? Twenty percent?

If state leaders think it’s OK to martyrize our economy so Golden State environmentalists can feel good about setting an energy example for the world, they should say so. But they must stop pretending there is no downside to their go-it-alone approach. When the air board is holding hearings on ways to stem a jobs exodus from California because of high energy costs, it’s time to stop serving the green Kool-Aid.


Link: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/aug ... -kool-aid/

_________________
'O be wise; what can I say more?'
- Jacob 6:12


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: As California collapses, Obama follows
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:42 am 
God
User avatar

Joined: Mon Dec 04, 2006 11:48 am
Posts: 17948
California school district spends $1 billion to borrow $100 million.

_________________
Machina Sublime
Satan's Plan Deconstructed.
Your Best Resource On Joseph Smith's Polygamy.
Conservatism is the Gospel of Christ and the Plan of Salvation in Action.
The Degeneracy Of Progressivism.
A lesson on 'Faggotry' for Kevin Graham; a legitimately descriptive and even positive term used by homosexuals themselves.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: As California collapses, Obama follows
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:26 pm 
Savior (mortal ministry)
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:29 pm
Posts: 931
Location: The Yukon Hotel - 1187 Hunterwasser Los Angeles
As a California resident for most of my life, I have witnessed the long slow decline of my state.

Back in the bad old Stalinist days of Earl Warren (a RINO, the John Birch Society called for his impeachment from the Supreme Court) and Pat Brown, California had the finest University system in the country. If you went to Junior College, you could be a full-time student (18 Units) for $7.95 cents a semester. Education was seen as an investment. Today Junior College is over $45 per UNIT, and still the Junior College system, as well as the rest of the University System, is crumbling for lack of funding.

One of the things that has really hurt California is the initiative process. Californians can bypass their elected legislators and directly enact legislation by collecting enough signatures to put initiatives on the state ballot. It was a noble idea: conceived so that the citizens would have a way of enacting legislation in their own interests, bypassing special interests that were preventing the legislature from acting on them.

Unfortunately it has enabled the people to pass many ill-considered pieces of legislation. If you want to track the slow arc of California's fall, a great place to start is with Proposition 13. Conceived by Howard Jarvis, the spiritual Godfather of Grover Norquist, Prop 13 not only slashed the property tax rates in California, it required of 2/3rds majority of the legislature to pass any new taxes (Not unlike the defacto 60 vote requirement to pass bills in the Senate without threat of filibuster.)

Prop 13 is certainly not the only reason for California's decline. It's merely the biggest.

_________________
"If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, he'd roll over in his grave." - Gerald Ford

Strange Fruit


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Jump to:  
Revival Theme By Brandon Designs By B.Design-Studio © 2007-2008 Brandon
Revival Theme Based off SubLite By Echo © 2007-2008 Echo
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group