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Posts Tagged ‘California’

Where’s Washington State headed?

Posted by Liberty on February 18, 2009

The Decline of California

“The Golden State — which a decade ago was the booming technology capital of the world — has been done in by two decades of chronic overspending, overregulating and a hyperprogressive tax code that exaggerates the impact on state revenues of economic boom and bust. Total state expenditures have grown to $145 billion in 2008 from $104 billion in 2003 and California now has the worst credit rating in the nation — worse even than Louisiana’s. It also has the nation’s fourth highest unemployment rate of 9.3% (after Michigan, Rhode Island and South Carolina) and the second highest home foreclosure rate (after Nevada).

Roughly 1.4 million more nonimmigrant Americans have left California than entered over the last decade, according to the American Legislative Exchange Council. California is suffering more than most states from the housing bust, but its politicians also showed less spending restraint during the boom.”

Please note that California has both a sales tax and an income tax.  Ask a Californian how that’s working out for them.

Posted in Arrogant politicians, Liberalism, Redistribution of wealth, Social engineering, Socialist economics, Taxes | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

California voters: your voice doesn’t matter to Attorney General Jerry Brown

Posted by Liberty on December 21, 2008

Calif. AG Urges Court to Void Gay Marriage Ban

“The California attorney general has changed his position on the state’s new same-sex marriage ban and is now urging the state Supreme Court to void Proposition 8.

In a dramatic reversal, Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a legal brief saying the measure that amended the California Constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman is itself unconstitutional because it deprives a minority group of a fundamental right. Earlier, Brown had said he would defend the ballot measure against legal challenges from gay marriage supporters.”

Memo to Jerry Brown: California’s “ban” on same-sex marriage was about more than which marriages will be recognized by the State of California.  It was also the common man’s pushback against judicial tyranny.  A vote of the people is how these matters should be decided–it’s how more issues should be decided, in fact. 

California’s voters spoke decisively [with a 52% majority] to affirm that only marriages between a man and a woman will be recognized by state government.  They also made it clear that they would not accept radical policies forced upon them by activist judges.  If Jerry Brown cares so much about the Constitution, perhaps he would recognize that creating law is not the function of the judicial branch of government.

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Calif. set to adopt sweeping global warming plan

Posted by Liberty on December 11, 2008

Calif. set to adopt sweeping global warming plan

“On Thursday, the California Air Resources Board was expected to adopt what would be the nation’s most sweeping global warming plan, outlining for the first time how individuals and businesses would meet a landmark 2006 law that made the state a leader on global climate change.”

This scares me because Washington State always seems to want to mimic California for some reason.

“California’s 2006 law, called the Global Warming Solutions Act, mandates the state cut emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

The strategy chosen by air regulators relies on 31 new rules affecting all facets of life, from what fuels Californians put in their vehicles to what kind of air conditioners businesses put in their buildings.

The average Californian, for example, can expect to pay to have his or her car tires inflated during oil changes and to pay higher power bills as utilities try to increase their use of renewable energy.

He or she could also see more fuel-efficient cars at dealerships, better public transportation, new housing near schools and businesses, and utility rebates to equip homes to be more energy efficient.

New fees and reporting requirements will accompany the emission rules.”

Here’s the best part:

Most of the reductions in California’s emissions will come from more detailed regulations that will be written over the next few years, including rules governing a cap-and-trade program that launches in 2012 to help the largest polluters achieve emission cuts.”

They’re implementing this program, protestations from business leaders be damned, and even the regulators don’t know the details yet.  How convenient.

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