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Originally posted by Daedalus24
I don' get the title.
but, I agree with your post. Actually that's what's been bugging me about politics since 2000. You have hardcore conservative lunatics just ranting how America is slowly being destroyed by liberals that it's just beyond me how they completely ignore the last 7 years of full Republican control of Washington.
What really pisses me off as a Californian is that we had that lovely little recall of Gray Davis back in 2003 because we were going down the gutter, when in actuality, my old high school could afford absolutely everything and class sizes were manageable. Now I look back at my senior year *2006* and notice that were were just barely able to maintain after school activities. And don't get me started on the current state of public education, it's just horrible. How could a school stuck in the middle of a place where houses don't sell below $750,000 pretty much goes down the gutter? I just don't get it.
California has been the number one food and agricultural producer in the United States for more than 50 consecutive years.
More than half the nation's fruit, nuts, and vegetables come from here.
California is the nation's number one dairy state.
California's leading commodity is milk and cream. Grapes are second.
California's leading export crop is almonds.
Nationally, products exclusively grown (99% or more) in California include almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, kiwifruit, olives, persimmons, pistachios, prunes, raisins, clovers, and walnuts.
From 70 to 80% of all ripe olives are grown in California.
California is the nation's leading producer of strawberries, averaging 1.4 billion pounds of strawberries or 83% of the country's total fresh and frozen strawberry production. Approximately 12% of the crop is exported to Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Japan primarily. The value of the California strawberry crop is approximately $700 million with related employment of more than 48,000 people.
California produces 25% of the nation's onions and 43% of the nation's green onions.
Gross domestic product (GDP)
California is responsible for 13% of the United States' gross domestic product (GDP). The state's GDP is at about $1.7 trillion (as of 2006).
The GDP increased at an annual rate of 3.1% in the first quarter of 2005.
The death of a Navy hospitalman in a rocket attack Wednesday brings the number of Californians killed since the wars began in Afghanistan and Iraq to 500.