Only 40%? Just wait; it'll go higher.
This is a direct result of too much government. California is one of the most governmentally-bloated states we have. I was just reading this morning
in an old LandLine Now
magazine about the CARB (California Air Resources Board) regulations that are being applauded as being so far ahead of
the national goals.
It was California who decided at one time to consider outlawing CB radios in trucks. It was California who decreed that smoking was not allowed in
truck sleepers (homes) until a few lawsuits were filed. It is California where all the subdivision regulations first appeared. It is California where
some cities have outlawed smoking outdoors. It is California where drivers are forced to freeze or burn while trying to sleep, because their idling
trucks are so terrible to the 'environment'.
The other day, I was talking to the District Manager of a store chain. I had expressed interest in investing with them, and she told me the chain was
planning to expand from the Eastern half of the country to nation-wide by offering stock. The one problem they had to solve was to change their
computers to allow for individual store overrides on regular pricing. The reason? It costs so much more to do business in California that that could
not operate in the black at the prices they sell for everywhere else.
It is California where illegal immigrants are being treated as upstanding citizens, while upstanding citizens are being financially and socially
raped. It is California where people gather and protest in droves because they can't get a marriage license because they are homosexual, all the
while coming face to face with starvation and utter poverty with nary a gripe. It is California where military bases have been forced out of cities.
It is California where it seems everything is OK, as long as you do not try and raise a family by working hard for your living. That seems to be a
California is well-known for trying to eek out every last dime from a driver in fines and fees. California is where taxes are so high as to make the
high taxes elsewhere pale in comparison. California has the highest building standards in the nation, making housing much more expensive than anywhere
else. Heck, look through an auto repair manual sometime; the specs are literally different for California models than for the exact same auto sold
California is a black hole in which money disappears, never to be seen again. It is, as mentioned above by mikerussellus, the perfect little
playground for governmental programs. We are seeing the result of those programs, not the result of capitalism or patriotism or conservatism or
Christianity, or any of the other scapegoats normally sought out for blame. No, this is the result of out-of-control government. And it's not just
limited to California; It is beginning to plague every major metropolitan area or 'socially progressive' state in the nation. It's just that
California has always been on the cutting edge of new societal ideals, and they thus are the first to begin the fall.
What I find unbelievable is the naietivity (is that a word?
) demonstrated by the rest of the country. They can look at this happening right in
front of their eyes, and without looking away fall into the exact same trap. Lemmings have nothing on us humans.
Sadly, it has now gone past the point of no return, which is why this is now one of the rare times I post such a thing as I have here. It cannot be
stopped. The supports are now crumbling too fast to repair them, and the governmental programs that are being used to hold the economy up are simply
not able to bear the load.
Nothing can be done. There is no one you can vote for, no protest you can attend, no government program you can support, that will even lessen the
coming collapse. Prepare for yourselves, and prepare for the worst.
And remember that the worst is worse than you imagine.