Monday, April 23, 2012


Interesting look at California's downward spiral.  This is a microcosm of what can happen in our country on a grander scale.

The Great California Exodus


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."


DHenderson64 said...

Dang right we expect people to work in Texas. Of course, there are still plenty who can, but choose not to work because they just lazy and "good fer nuthin'" (as my momma calls them).

Rev. Paul said...

We have a FEW up here in Alaska that are trying to get by on welfare, but the only ones who pull it off well are the Natives, because the federal gov't gives them everything for free.

Randy in Arizona said...

The problem is the ex-californicators then proceed to try to make over the places they have moved to into another California!

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