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« Reply #100 on: March 24, 2012, 04:38:12 AM »

WONDER WHY CALIFORNIA IS SO BROKE?? TAKE A LOOK These are all California State Agencies
California Academic Performance Index (API) * California Access for Infants and Mothers * California Acupuncture Board * California Administrative Office of the Courts * California Adoptions Branch * California African American Museum * California Agricultural Export Program * California Agricultural Labor Relations Board * California Agricultural Statistics Service * California Air Resources Board (CARB) * California Allocation Board * California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority * California Animal Health and Food Safety Services * California Anti-Terrorism Information Center * California Apprenticeship Council * California Arbitration Certification Program * California Architects Board * California Area VI Developmental Disabilities Board * California Arts Council * California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus * California Assembly Democratic Caucus * California Assembly Republican Caucus * California Athletic Commission * California Attorney General * California Bay Conservation and Development Commission * California Bay-Delta Authority * California Bay-Delta Office * California Biodiversity Council * California Board for Geologists and Geophysicists * California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors * California Board of Accountancy * California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology * California Board of Behavioral Sciences * California Board of Chiropractic Examiners * California Board of Equalization (BOE) * California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection * California Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind * California Board of Occupational Therapy * California Board of Optometry * California Board of Pharmacy * California Board of Podiatric Medicine * California Board of Prison Terms * California Board of Psychology * California Board of Registered Nursing * California Board of Trustees * California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians * California Braille and Talking Book Library * 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Controller * California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) * California State Disability Insurance (SDI) * California State Fair (Cal Expo) * California State Jobs Employment Information * California State Lands Commission * California State Legislative Portal * California State Legislature * California State Library Catalog * California State Library Services Bureau * California State Library * California State Lottery * California State Mediation and Conciliation Service * California State Mining and Geology Board * California State Park and Recreation Commission * California State Parks * California State Personnel Board * California State Polytechnic University, Pomona * California State Railroad Museum * California State Science Fair * California State Senate * California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) * California State Summer School for the Arts * California State Superintendent of Public Instruction * California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) * California State Treasurer * California State University Center for Distributed Learning * California State University, Bakersfield * California State University, Channel Islands * California State University, Chico * California State University, Dominguez Hills * California State University, East Bay * California State University, Fresno * California State University, Fullerton * California State University, Long Beach * California State University, Los Angeles * California State University, Monterey Bay * California State University, Northridge * California State University, Sacramento * California State University, San Bernardino * California State University, San Marcos * California State University, Stanislaus * California State University (CSU) * California State Water Project Analysis Office * California State Water Project * California State Water Resources Control Board * California Structural Pest Control Board * California Student Aid Commission 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Commission * California Water Environment Association (COWPEA) * California Water Resources Control Board * California Welfare to Work Division * California Wetlands Information System * California Wildlife and Habitat Data Analysis Branch * California Wildlife Conservation Board * California Wildlife Programs Branch * California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) * California Workers Compensation Appeals Board * California Workforce and Labor Development Agency * California Workforce Investment Board * California Youth Authority (CYA) * Central Valley Flood Protection Board * Center for California Studies * Colorado River Board of California * Counting California * Dental Board of California * Health Insurance Plan of California (PacAdvantage) * Humboldt State University * Jobs with the State of California * Judicial Council of California * Learn California * Library of California * Lieutenant Governors Commission for One California * Little Hoover Commission (on California State Government Organization and Economy) * Medical Board of California * Medi-Cal * Osteopathic Medical Board of California * Physical Therapy Board of California * Regents of the University of California * San Diego State University * San Francisco State University * San Jose State University * Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy * State Bar of California * Supreme Court of California * Teach California * University of California * University of California, Berkeley * University of California, Davis * University of California, Hastings College of the Law * University of California, Irvine * University of California, Los Angeles * University of California, Merced * University of California, Riverside * University of California, San Diego * University of California, San Francisco * University of California, Santa Barbara * University of California, Santa Cruz * Veterans Home of California

It is said that the only places they can cut is Police and Fire….

It doesn’t matter whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or Independent. This list has to shock you.

Over the years, our politicians have created this enormous pork barrel of agencies that employ over 350,000 people directly and countless more via contracts with the State. All of these people get salaries, medical coverage and pensions at our expense.

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« Reply #101 on: March 24, 2012, 05:13:23 AM »

The fate of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System should matter greatly to every Golden State taxpayer because of its stewardship of pension funds for state employees. It should matter even more to Californians who live in cities where CalPERS handles pensions for municipal employees. In San Diego County, that includes every city but San Diego. Most of those cities’ pension plans are in far worse shape than the state’s. These local governments desperately need CalPERS to do a good job.

Unfortunately, the news could scarcely be worse. Wilshire Consulting, a longtime CalPERS contractor, reported last week that over the past five years – since the tail end of the housing bubble and the subsequent market collapse and rebound – 99 percent of the nation’s larger public employee pension funds outperformed CalPERS in investment earnings.

That’s terrible. But what makes this news of particular significance is that for many years, amid controversies big and small, CalPERS has always pointed to its superior investment returns to suggest that trumps everything. A 19.1 percent return for fiscal 2006-07, for example, had CalPERS’ leaders boasting about “remarkable” results to the San Francisco Chronicle in July 2007. A few months later, after a senior investment adviser was recruited away from CalPERS by a hedge fund, a Sacramento Bee account featured pension fund officials crowing over CalPERS’ “great performance.”

But now that it is clear that CalPERS’ investment record over the past five years is the opposite of “remarkable” and “great,” perhaps there finally can be a reckoning in Sacramento – and a massive shake-up of both the agency’s staff and its board of directors. The horrible investment returns, after all, come on top of a far-ranging pay-to-play bribery scandal involving former CalPERS CEO Fred Buenrostro; reporting that showed how CalPERS deceived the Legislature in 1999 on the fiscal implications of a bill allowing for a massive retroactive increase in pension benefits; CalPERS’ aggressive efforts to block pension reform through relentless spin and a grossly misleading website; and the seeming silencing of those within CalPERS who warned that benefits were “unsustainable.”

Gov. Jerry Brown wants changes, too – an expanded CalPERS board with more experts that would give taxpayers a better shake in board decisions. But that doesn’t go nearly far enough. It’s fair to look at CalPERS’ record over the past 13 years and say its executives have acted in ways that would have brought shareholders, regulators and prosecutors down on their heads in the private sector – and we’re not even talking about the bribery scandal.

Alas, how CalPERS is treated is just one more example of Sacramento’s warped priorities. Legislators care far more about the out-of-state shenanigans of a fish and game official than the ongoing perfidy of a giant pension agency. This may seem funny to outsiders. To Californians, however, it is the grimmest of realities.

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« Reply #102 on: March 24, 2012, 07:27:49 AM »

http://www.city-journal.org/comments/index.php?story=7934#comments



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« Reply #103 on: March 25, 2012, 07:06:50 AM »

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California Tax Revenues Plunge; Businesses Exit "Taxifornia" in Droves
Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | 03/24/2012 | Mike Shedlock
Posted on March 25, 2012 9:44:58 AM EDT by SeekAndFind

California Tax Revenue Plunges

Inquiring minds have noticed a huge plunge in California Tax Revenue for the month of February compared to February 2011.



That is a 22.55% plunge in spite of the fact that this February was a leap year adding a day to the calendar.

Madeline Schnapp, at TrimTabs Investment Research sent me a quick note regarding that plunge a few days ago.

Madeline writes...
Hello Mish

I came across this little tidbit from the February report from the Comptroller's office of the State of CA.

In Feb 2012 income tax receipts are down $328 million y-o-y, or 16.5%. Ouch!

What about retail sales taxes? CA had a "temporary" sales tax hike of one cent that expired last July. Adjust the data to reflect that change, it looks like sales taxes in February are $400 million y-o-y +/-, a decline of about 12.4%. Double ouch!

That doesn't sound like robust growth to me.

Something About the Economy Doesn't Add Up

In Piecing Together the Jobs-Picture Puzzle, Jon Hilsenrath at The Wall Street Journal wonders "How can an economy that is growing so slowly produce such big declines in unemployment?"
Something about the U.S. economy isn't adding up.

At 8.3%, the unemployment rate has fallen 0.7 percentage point from a year earlier and is down 1.7 percentage points from a peak of 10% in October 2009. Many other measures of the job market are improving. Companies have expanded payrolls by more than 200,000 a month for the past three months, according to Labor Department data. And the number of people filing claims for government unemployment benefits has fallen.

Yet the economy is barely growing. Many economists in the past few weeks have again reduced their estimates of growth. The economy by many estimates is on track to grow at an annual rate of less than 2% in the first three months of 2012. The economy expanded just 1.7% last year. And since the final months of 2009, when unemployment peaked, the economy has expanded at a pretty paltry 2.5% annual rate.

How can an economy that is growing so slowly produce such big declines in unemployment?
Trimtabs thinks the problem lies in the heavily massaged BLS employment data and the highly suspect BEA personal income data.

That said, withholding tax data is also messy and not a perfect measure either, but no matter what I do with the data, I can't get to 200,000+ jobs unless a huge percentage of the workforce is suddenly working for McDonalds

Best,

Madeline Schnapp
Director, Macroeconomic Research
TrimTabs Investment Research
Many Explanations for the Unemployment Puzzle

There are many explanations for the "miracle drop" in unemployment.

Disability Fraud: Disability Fraud Holds Down Unemployment Rate; Jobless Disability Claims Hit Record $200B in January
Exploding growth in student loans and middle-aged job hopefuls returning to school: Consumer Credit "Demolishes Expectations" Really? No Not Really! The "Non-Bounce" in Non-Revolving Credit
Involuntary Retirement: Boomers of retirement age that still want and need a job have involuntarily retired to collect social security because unemployment benefts rans out and they have no other source of income.

Divergence with Gallup

Those three things piece together the "unemployment puzzle" nicely except for one thing. Gallup polls do not agree as noted in Gallup Reports Large Jump in Unemployment to 9.1%, Underemployment to 19.1%.
U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, increased to 9.1% in February from 8.6% in January and 8.5% in December.



The 0.5-percentage-point increase in February compared with January is the largest such month-to-month change Gallup has recorded in its not-seasonally adjusted measure since December 2010, when the rate rose 0.8 points to 9.6% from 8.8% in November.
So, is the BLS carefully massaging the data, or are their seasonal adjustments simply that far out of line with reality, tax collections, and common sense?

Businesses Exit California in Droves

Madeline and I are not the only ones who noticed the plunge in California. Chriss W. Street on Beitbart discusses the California Exodus behind the drop. Street has the reason: Businesses fed up with high taxes have fled the state.
California politicians seem delusional in their continued delusion that high taxes have not savaged the State’s economy. Each month’s disappointment is written off as due to some one-time event.

The more likely reason tax collections continue falling is that businesses and successful people are leaving California for the better tax rates available in more pro-business states.

Derisively referred to as “Taxifornia” by the independent Pacific Research Institute, California wins the booby prize for the highest personal income taxes in the nation and higher sales tax rates than all but four other states. Though Californians benefit from Proposition 13 restrictions on how much their property tax can increase in one year, the state still has the worst state tax burden in the U.S.

Spectrum Locations Consultants recorded 254 California companies moved some or all of their work and jobs out of state in 2011, 26% more than in 2010 and five times as many as in 2009. According SLC President, Joe Vranich: the “top ten reasons companies are leaving California: 1) Poor rankings in surveys 2) More adversarial toward business 3) Uncontrollable public spending 4) Unfriendly business climate 5) Provable savings elsewhere 6) Most expensive business locations 7) Unfriendly legal environment for business Cool Worst regulatory burden 9) Severe tax treatment 10) Unprecedented energy costs.

Vranich considers California the worst state in the nation to locate a business and Los Angeles is considered the worst city to start a business. Leaving Los Angeles for another surrounding county can save businesses 20% of costs. Leaving the state for Texas can save up to 40% of costs. This probably explains why California lost 120,000 jobs last year and Texas gained 130,000 jobs.

California Governor Jerry Brown’s answer to the State’s failing economy and crumbling tax revenue is to place a $6 billion tax increase initiative on the ballot to support K-12 public schools. He promises to only “temporarily” raise personal income rates by 25% on any of the rich folk who haven’t already left.
Taxed to Death

If Brown continues to suck up to the public unions responsible for the mess California is in, expect still more businesses to leave, expect the unemployment rate to rise, and expect a continued plunge in revenue.
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« Reply #104 on: March 25, 2012, 08:06:33 AM »

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California Takes Another Stab at Destroying Small Business
Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
Posted on March 25, 2012 10:08:10 AM EDT by Kaslin

Ludicrous Taxifornia Healthcare Proposal

California keeps up its insane attack on businesses of all kinds, this time with a proposal to force small businesses away from money-saving self-insurance plans into the arms of more costly Obama-care plans.

The LA Times writes, California seeks limits on small-business self-insurance trend
Sensing a fresh threat to state and federal healthcare reforms, California insurance officials are seeking new limits on a controversial form of health coverage insurers are selling to small employers.

At issue is a new type of self-insurance for small businesses with as few as 25 workers.

Critics said insurers such as Cigna Corp. are using these new plans to game the system and cherry-pick companies with healthier workers. They said this could undermine a key goal of the federal Affordable Care Act to lower premiums by pooling together more healthy and sick Americans into insurance exchanges. Premiums could continue to escalate without a diverse pool of consumers. That prospect has federal health officials weighing action against this practice as well.

Self-insurance, in which employers pay medical providers for their workers' care, has traditionally been used only by large employers that have the financial resources to pay for expensive medical claims. A Kaiser Family Foundation study found that 60% of U.S. workers with health coverage were in self-insured plans last year.

Now some insurers are chasing after much smaller customers with new plans designed to limit employer payouts for big claims using what's called stop-loss policies. This guarantees that businesses won't be responsible for anything over a certain amount per employee, perhaps as low as $10,000 or $20,000, with the rest paid by an insurer. Regulators and health-policy experts say this arrangement undercuts the notion of self-insurance since employers aren't bearing much of the risk, and it allows companies to circumvent some state insurance rules.

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones will unveil proposed legislation next week that would bar insurers from selling stop-loss policies below a certain amount. The specific dollar figure is still under consideration, but some experts recommend a minimum of $40,000 per worker.

Officials in the Obama administration are keeping a close eye on developments in California and other states where insurers are aggressively selling these plans.

"We are working carefully to ensure that consumers in all markets have the protections guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act and will provide more clarity on the tools available to reinforce these protections soon," a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said.

Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments over the constitutionality of the federal healthcare law and specifically its mandate that individuals purchase health insurance.Yet Another Stab at Destroying Small Businesses

Not only does Obama want to tell you that you have to have insurance, the State of California (with Obama giving a careful eye) wants to mandate self-insured businesses be responsible for the first $40,000 per person, in healthcare liability.

If this passes, any sane business would move to another state if possible.

Indeed businesses are exiting California in drove already. Please see California Tax Revenues Plunge; Businesses Exit "Taxifornia" in Droves; Piecing Together the Jobs-Picture Puzzle for details.

Those businesses with 25-40 employees who need to stay within the state will start firing employees to get below the 25 employee minimum. The rest will simply be screwed (some into bankruptcy).

This Taxifornia proposal is yet another huge step in the wrong direction, and the idiots running the state cannot even figure out why businesses are leaving.

Enough is enough. It's time to start all over with health-care. Hopefully the Supreme Court tosses out Obama-care next week.
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Strong Majority Backs Jerry Brown's Tax-Hike Initiative [64% OK On Sales Tax and Rich]
LATimes ^ | March 25, 2012 | Anthony York
Posted on March 25, 2012 11:46:38 PM EDT by Steelfish

Strong Majority Backs Jerry Brown's Tax-Hike Initiative Sixty-four percent of those surveyed said they supported the measure that the governor hopes to place on the November ballot. It would hike the sales tax and levies on upper incomes to help raise money for schools and balance the state's budget.

By Anthony York March 25, 2012 Reporting from Sacramento— California voters strongly support Gov. Jerry Brown's new proposal to increase the sales tax and raise levies on upper incomes to help raise money for schools and balance the state's budget, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

Sixty-four percent of those surveyed said they supported the governor's measure, which he hopes to place on the November ballot. It would hike the state sales tax by a quarter-cent per dollar for the next four years and create a surcharge on incomes of more than $250,000 that would last seven years. A third of respondents opposed the measure.

Brown's new plan, rewritten recently amid pressure from liberal activist and union groups that had a competing proposal, relies on a larger share of revenue from upper-income earners than his original measure. Correspondingly, it leans less upon sales taxes, which are paid by all California consumers. The poll shows that taxing high earners is overwhelmingly popular.

"These poll results illustrate that Brown was very smart to put together this initiative the way he did," said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.

Shirley Karns, 74, an independent voter from the Northern California town of Lakeport who backs the governor's new plan, said the wealthy should pay more.

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« Reply #106 on: March 28, 2012, 05:13:00 AM »

Calif. Democratic treasurer perpetrated $7M fraud
AP via SFGate ^ | 3/27/10 | TOM VERDIN and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press




Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say in a court filing that Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee defrauded at least 50 candidates, officeholders and political organizations out of $7 million in a scheme that dates back more than a decade.

The U.S. attorney's office in Sacramento filed the new charges in federal court late Tuesday, providing the most detailed account to date in a case that has left some Democratic candidates scrambling for campaign cash in an election year.


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« Reply #108 on: April 01, 2012, 07:29:23 PM »


How California's Colleges Indoctrinate Students
Wall Street Journal ^ | March 30, 2012 | PETER BERKOWITZ
Posted on April 1, 2012 9:58:13 PM EDT by reaganaut1

The politicization of higher education by activist professors and compliant university administrators deprives students of the opportunity to acquire knowledge and refine their minds. It also erodes the nation's civic cohesion and its ability to preserve the institutions that undergird democracy in America.

So argues "A Crisis of Competence: The Corrupting Effect of Political Activism in the University of California," a new report by the California Association of Scholars, a division of the National Association of Scholars (NAS). The report is addressed to the Regents of the University of California, which has ultimate responsibility for governing the UC system, but the pathologies it diagnoses prevail throughout the country.

The analysis begins from a nonpolitical fact: Numerous studies of both the UC system and of higher education nationwide demonstrate that students who graduate from college are increasingly ignorant of history and literature. They are unfamiliar with the principles of American constitutional government. And they are bereft of the skills necessary to comprehend serious books and effectively marshal evidence and argument in written work.

This decline in the quality of education coincides with a profound transformation of the college curriculum. None of the nine general campuses in the UC system requires students to study the history and institutions of the United States. None requires students to study Western civilization, and on seven of the nine UC campuses, including Berkeley, a survey course in Western civilization is not even offered. In several English departments one can graduate without taking a course in Shakespeare. In many political science departments majors need not take a course in American politics.

Moreover, the evidence suggests that the hollowing of the curriculum stems from too many professors' preference for promoting a partisan political agenda.

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« Reply #109 on: April 01, 2012, 09:05:34 PM »

always fanced moveing to California  Undecided.... i hate it here in the .U.K


BUT after reading this lot its put me right off Sad

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« Reply #110 on: April 01, 2012, 09:16:21 PM »

always fanced moveing to California  Undecided.... i hate it here in the .U.K


BUT after reading this lot its put me right off Sad



Don't.  FAR better places to live in the US.  My brother bailed on the smoldering shithole of California a couple of years ago and is much happier for it.
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« Reply #111 on: April 01, 2012, 09:25:29 PM »

Yeah smoldering pretty bad here today.  70's with about a 100 mile visibility and all the hills were green.  Could a rats ass othwise  Cheesy
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« Reply #112 on: April 01, 2012, 09:43:15 PM »

Yeah smoldering pretty bad here today.  70's with about a 100 mile visibility and all the hills were green.  Could a rats ass othwise  Cheesy

Talking about the economy.  Beautiful state.  But call me back when the mudslides and wildfires roll thru.  Grin
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« Reply #113 on: April 01, 2012, 09:56:03 PM »

Talking about the economy.  Beautiful state.  But call me back when the mudslides and wildfires roll thru.  Grin

Only dealt with a wild fire once since 1978 and it didn't interrupt my life.

Yeah things are more expensive here.  Yu gotta pay for the  weather I guess lol.
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« Reply #114 on: April 02, 2012, 08:35:43 PM »

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New York Times - Business Day ^ | March 16, 2012 | By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
Posted on April 2, 2012 10:59:07 PM EDT by Razzz42

When the city manager of troubled Stockton, Calif., had to tell city council members why it was on track to become the biggest American city yet to go bankrupt, it took hours to get through the list.

There was the free health care for retirees, the unpaid parking tickets, the revenue bonds without enough revenue to pay them. On it went, a grim drumbeat of practically every fiscal malady imaginable, except an obvious one: municipal pensions. Stockton is spending some $30 million a year to pay for them, but it has less than 70 cents set aside for every dollar of benefits its workers expect.

Some public pension experts think they know why pensions were not on the city manager’s list. They see the hidden hand of California’s giant state pension system, known as Calpers, which administers hundreds of billions of dollars in retirement obligations for municipalities across the state.

Calpers does not want cities like Stockton going back on their promises, and it argues that the state Constitution bars any reduction in pensions — and not just for people who have already retired. State law also forbids cuts in the pensions that today’s public workers expect to earn in the future, Calpers says, even in cases of severe fiscal distress. Workers at companies have no comparable protection...

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Yeah smoldering pretty bad here today.  70's with about a 100 mile visibility and all the hills were green.  Could a rats ass othwise  Cheesy

So the only thing your state can offer is good weather.

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« Reply #116 on: April 22, 2012, 05:14:46 AM »

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'California is God's best moment," says Joel Kotkin. "It's the best place in the world to live." Or at least it used to be.

Mr. Kotkin, one of the nation's premier demographers, left his native New York City in 1971 to enroll at the University of California, Berkeley. The state was a far-out paradise for hipsters who had grown up listening to the Mamas & the Papas' iconic "California Dreamin'" and the Beach Boys' "California Girls." But it also attracted young, ambitious people "who had a lot of dreams, wanted to build big companies." Think Intel, Apple and Hewlett-Packard.

Now, however, the Golden State's fastest-growing entity is government and its biggest product is red tape. The first thing that comes to many American minds when you mention California isn't Hollywood or tanned girls on a beach, but Greece. Many progressives in California take that as a compliment since Greeks are ostensibly happier. But as Mr. Kotkin notes, Californians are increasingly pursuing happiness elsewhere.

Nearly four million more people have left the Golden State in the last two decades than have come from other states. This is a sharp reversal from the 1980s, when 100,000 more Americans were settling in California each year than were leaving. According to Mr. Kotkin, most of those leaving are between the ages of 5 and 14 or 34 to 45. In other words, young families.

The scruffy-looking urban studies professor at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., has been studying and writing on demographic and geographic trends for 30 years. Part of California's dysfunction, he says, stems from state and local government restrictions on development. These policies have artificially limited housing supply and put a premium on real estate in coastal regions.

"Basically, if you don't own a piece of Facebook or Google and you haven't robbed a bank and don't have rich parents, then your chances of being able to buy a house or raise a family in the Bay Area or in most of coastal California is pretty weak," says Mr. Kotkin.

While many middle-class families have moved inland, those regions don't have the same allure or amenities as the coast. People might as well move to Nevada or Texas, where housing and everything else is cheaper and there's no income tax.

And things will only get worse in the coming years as Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and his green cadre implement their "smart growth" plans to cram the proletariat into high-density housing. "What I find reprehensible beyond belief is that the people pushing [high-density housing] themselves live in single-family homes and often drive very fancy cars, but want everyone else to live like my grandmother did in Brownsville in Brooklyn in the 1920s," Mr. Kotkin declares.

"The new regime"—his name for progressive apparatchiks who run California's government—"wants to destroy the essential reason why people move to California in order to protect their own lifestyles."

Housing is merely one front of what he calls the "progressive war on the middle class." Another is the cap-and-trade law AB32, which will raise the cost of energy and drive out manufacturing jobs without making even a dent in global carbon emissions. Then there are the renewable portfolio standards, which mandate that a third of the state's energy come from renewable sources like wind and the sun by 2020. California's electricity prices are already 50% higher than the national average.

Oh, and don't forget the $100 billion bullet train. Mr. Kotkin calls the runaway-cost train "classic California." "Where [Brown] with the state going bankrupt is even thinking about an expenditure like this is beyond comprehension. When the schools are falling apart, when the roads are falling apart, the bridges are unsafe, the state economy is in free fall. We're still doing much worse than the rest of the country, we've got this growing permanent welfare class, and high-speed rail is going to solve this?"

Mr. Kotkin describes himself as an old-fashioned Truman Democrat. In fact, he voted for Mr. Brown—who previously served as governor, secretary of state and attorney general—because he believed Mr. Brown "was interesting and thought outside the box."

But "Jerry's been a big disappointment," Mr. Kotkin says. "I've known Jerry for 35 years, and he's smart, but he just can't seem to be a paradigm breaker. And of course, it's because he really believes in this green stuff."

In the governor's dreams, green jobs will replace all of the "tangible jobs" that the state's losing in agriculture, manufacturing, warehousing and construction. But "green energy doesn't create enough energy!" Mr. Kotkin exclaims. "And it drives up the price of energy, which then drives out other things." Notwithstanding all of the subsidies the state lavishes on renewables, green jobs only make up about 2% of California's private-sector work force—no more than they do in Texas.

Of course, there are plenty of jobs to be had in energy, just not the type the new California regime wants. An estimated 25 billion barrels of oil are sitting untapped in the vast Monterey and Bakersfield shale deposits. "You see the great tragedy of California is that we have all this oil and gas, we won't use it," Mr. Kotkin says. "We have the richest farm land in the world, and we're trying to strangle it." He's referring to how water restrictions aimed at protecting the delta smelt fish are endangering Central Valley farmers.

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Meanwhile, taxes are harming the private economy. According to the Tax Foundation, California has the 48th-worst business tax climate. Its income tax is steeply progressive. Millionaires pay a top rate of 10.3%, the third-highest in the country. But middle-class workers—those who earn more than $48,000—pay a top rate of 9.3%, which is higher than what millionaires pay in 47 states.

And Democrats want to raise taxes even more. Mind you, the November ballot initiative that Mr. Brown is spearheading would primarily hit those whom Democrats call "millionaires" (i.e., people who make more than $250,000 a year). Some Republicans have warned that it will cause a millionaire march out of the state, but Mr. Kotkin says that "people who are at the very high end of the food chain, they're still going to be in Napa. They're still going to be in Silicon Valley. They're still going to be in West L.A."

That said, "It's really going to hit the small business owners and the young family that's trying to accumulate enough to raise a family, maybe send their kids to private school. It'll kick them in the teeth."

A worker in Wichita might not consider those earning $250,000 a year middle class, but "if you're a guy working for a Silicon Valley company and you're married and you're thinking about having your first kid, and your family makes 250-k a year, you can't buy a closet in the Bay Area," Mr. Kotkin says. "But for 250-k a year, you can live pretty damn well in Salt Lake City. And you might be able to send your kids to public schools and own a three-bedroom, four-bath house."

According to Mr. Kotkin, these upwardly mobile families are fleeing in droves. As a result, California is turning into a two-and-a-half-class society. On top are the "entrenched incumbents" who inherited their wealth or came to California early and made their money. Then there's a shrunken middle class of public employees and, miles below, a permanent welfare class. As it stands today, about 40% of Californians don't pay any income tax and a quarter are on Medicaid.

It's "a very scary political dynamic," he says. "One day somebody's going to put on the ballot, let's take every penny over $100,000 a year, and you'll get it through because there's no real restraint. What you've done by exempting people from paying taxes is that they feel no responsibility. That's certainly a big part of it.

And the welfare recipients, he emphasizes, "aren't leaving. Why would they? They get much better benefits in California or New York than if they go to Texas. In Texas the expectation is that people work."

California used to be more like Texas—a jobs magnet. What happened? For one, says the demographer, Californians are now voting more based on social issues and less on fiscal ones than they did when Ronald Reagan was governor 40 years ago. Environmentalists are also more powerful than they used to be. And Mr. Brown facilitated the public-union takeover of the statehouse by allowing state workers to collectively bargain during his first stint as governor in 1977.

Mr. Kotkin also notes that demographic changes are playing a role. As progressive policies drive out moderate and conservative members of the middle class, California's politics become even more left-wing. It's a classic case of natural selection, and increasingly the only ones fit to survive in California are the very rich and those who rely on government spending. In a nutshell, "the state is run for the very rich, the very poor, and the public employees."

So if California's no longer the Golden land of opportunity for middle-class dreamers, what is?

Mr. Kotkin lists four "growth corridors": the Gulf Coast, the Great Plains, the Intermountain West, and the Southeast. All of these regions have lower costs of living, lower taxes, relatively relaxed regulatory environments, and critical natural resources such as oil and natural gas.

Take Salt Lake City. "Almost all of the major tech companies have moved stuff to Salt Lake City." That includes Twitter, Adobe, eBay and Oracle.

Then there's Texas, which is on a mission to steal California's tech hegemony. Apple just announced that it's building a $304 million campus and adding 3,600 jobs in Austin. Facebook established operations there last year, and eBay plans to add 1,000 new jobs there too.

Even Hollywood is doing more of its filming on the Gulf Coast. "New Orleans is supposedly going to pass New York as the second-largest film center. They have great incentives, and New Orleans is the best bargain for urban living in the United States. It's got great food, great music, and it's inexpensive."

What about the Midwest and the Rust Belt? Can they recover from their manufacturing losses?

"What those areas have is they've got a good work ethic," Mr. Kotkin says. "There's an established skill base for industry. They're very affordable, and they've got some nice places to live. Indianapolis has become a very nice city." He concedes that such places will have a hard time eclipsing California or Texas because they're not as well endowed by nature. But as the Golden State is proving, natural endowments do not guarantee permanent prosperity.

Ms. Finley is the assistant editor of OpinionJournal.com and a Journal editorial page writer.
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« Reply #117 on: April 22, 2012, 09:43:04 AM »

California should stop sending the Federal governement so much money
We receive back 78 cents for every dollar we send to the Federal Governement

What doe the Federal Governement do with that money

They give it to welfare queen states such as Mississippi, Alaska, Virginia etc.

Yes, the federal government redistributes the wealth of Blue States to those deadbeat leeches in the Red States

http://visualeconomics.creditloan.com/united-states-federal-tax-dollars/
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« Reply #118 on: April 22, 2012, 10:19:27 AM »

California should stop sending the Federal governement so much money
We receive back 78 cents for every dollar we send to the Federal Governement

What doe the Federal Governement do with that money

They give it to welfare queen states such as Mississippi, Alaska, Virginia etc.

Yes, the federal government redistributes the wealth of Blue States to those deadbeat leeches in the Red States

http://visualeconomics.creditloan.com/united-states-federal-tax-dollars/

no way bro, the repub states are the shit holes? the most uneducated welfare receiving in breds.33 is a fucking clown he supported both bachmann and Palin, both clearly fucking stupid humans, one a bigot the other a quitter.
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« Reply #119 on: April 22, 2012, 10:42:32 AM »

no way bro, the repub states are the shit holes? the most uneducated welfare receiving in breds.33 is a fucking clown he supported both bachmann and Palin, both clearly fucking stupid humans, one a bigot the other a quitter.

they are not all shitholes and I'm making a generalization to make a specific point on this thread since 333 seems to want to devote hours of his life (mostly it seems - talking to himself) to bitch a moan about a state where he doesn't even reside.    The fact is that many of the most conservative states that bitch most about the federal government also rely on the Federal government to support the deadbeats in their own state.

Look at that socialist nightmare called Alaska

they receive a 1.84 in federal funds for every dollar they pay in taxes.

The residents also receive annual payment as their "share" of of the wealth from oil revenue
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« Reply #120 on: April 22, 2012, 11:38:29 AM »

they are not all shitholes and I'm making a generalization to make a specific point on this thread since 333 seems to want to devote hours of his life (mostly it seems - talking to himself) to bitch a moan about a state where he doesn't even reside.    The fact is that many of the most conservative states that bitch most about the federal government also rely on the Federal government to support the deadbeats in their own state.

Look at that social nightmare called Alaska

they receive a 1.84 in federal funds for every dollar they pay in taxes.

The residents also receive annual payment as their "share" of of the wealth from oil revenue

Palin would of made an amazing VP, her state is raping and she doesn't quit, wait......
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« Reply #121 on: April 29, 2012, 05:07:30 PM »

http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/state-351388-california-growth.html#


Great article.   No wonder the communist leftists and progressive marxists see nothing wrong w this crappola.
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« Reply #122 on: May 01, 2012, 06:56:44 AM »

http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/state-351388-california-growth.html#


Great article.   No wonder the communist leftists and progressive marxists see nothing wrong w this crappola.

explain how Alaska is not a communist state? why do red states receive the most handouts? how can you reconcile that fact with what you are spewing? you wanted Palin yet her state is a shithole and she quit, she quit for fame and money, you clearly lack critical thinking and are a party slave.
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« Reply #123 on: May 01, 2012, 07:09:20 AM »

explain how Alaska is not a communist state? why do red states receive the most handouts? how can you reconcile that fact with what you are spewing? you wanted Palin yet her state is a shithole and she quit, she quit for fame and money, you clearly lack critical thinking and are a party slave.


LOL   Most of Alaska is controlled by the Federal Govt douche. 

Party slave?   WTF are you talking about?  The only slaves I see around here are those defending obama doing shit they would be in the streets over if anyone else did it. 
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LOL   Most of Alaska is controlled by the Federal Govt douche. 

Party slave?   WTF are you talking about?  The only slaves I see around here are those defending obama doing shit they would be in the streets over if anyone else did it. 


are you for real? Palin quit her job to chase money, she quit LMAO. she is stupid as all fuck and you support her, the only reason being she is a repub. You have given obama no credit, absolutely nothing. You are black and white, everything obama does is bad and the answer is the next republican in line. You are bouncing from candidate to candidate as long as they are republican. You get all your info from a republican mouthpiece and claim that liberals are brainwashed, wake up moron you both are. What is so hard for you to fathom that the party that once was worthy of honour is now full of crazy fundamentalist christians who deny facts and reality.

You are a reality denying meatpie.
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red states have more poverty, less education, less income and lead the board on umemployment. What else, the red states have more health problems, lower taxes and receive the most help from the government, in fact the top ten states that receive the least handouts are all liberal states. Teen pregnancy is higher in republican lead states are more religious. You can't even argue this, it's fucking facts, you assholes run shit into the ground because you support people like Palin. I can't even fathom how she is in politics, it's hilarious to me that anyone in their right mind would vote for someone who is clearly told what to say and can't even get that straight.

oh yes the low education and religion go hand in hand, stupid people need God, they can't fathom fact and science, thunderstorms still cause shock and awe in these people. I truly value conservative ideals, but there is nothing conservative about absolute morons who sign things that state they will never raise taxes, absolutely absurd.
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