And if you’re a Californian, so do you. Dave Neiwert catches this bit of wingnuttery:

Beck: OK, there’s something driving me to the edge of insanity, makes blood shoot right out my eyes, and that is California.

California today, they voted against offshore drilling. Not on their land, or their shore, no. They also voted last week to raise emissions standards because it’s too smoggy there and they care about the trees. Also, uh, in the stimulus, we found out today, it appears as though Hollywood can get a, um, bailout, from you and me, because nobody’s going to see their movies. Hmmph! You’d think maybe they should just make better movies, and then we’d all go. But no no, let’s bail them all out.

The Civil War taught us that, apparently, U.S. states can’t secede from the Union. I’d like to test that one again maybe sometime. But what I’d like to know is if the Union has the right to kick out states. Because if so, I’d like to take a star right out of our flag, and California is it.

From eco-warriors running the state and ruining it to Hollywood projecting their family values and politics on the U.S., and illegal immigration driving them into bankruptcy, the Golden State drives me out of my mind, and I don’t think I’m alone.

And while I’m far from fully satisfied with my adopted state, it looks like change is on the wing. It’s good that the state is cracking down on smog, since smog causes asthma and other respiratory ailments that cost the state and our economy a lot of money, not to mention the hardship imposed on so many of our citizens.

And yes, we do like our forests. The wild lands of California are sources of constant amazement to me as a newcomer, and since I don’t know any natives who’ve gotten bored with the great outdoors, I don’t think it’ll wear off.

And while it’s true that we are verging ever closer to bankruptcy, it isn’t the fault of illegal immigrants. The fault lies with the voters who passed the asinine Prop. 13, a tax revolt that has hamstrung our state government, destroyed what was once the finest public education system in the nation, and tied our legislature in asinine knots. Fortunately, that proposition is hemorrhaging support:

Californians are looking for major structural reform. From the mixed numbers, it’s not clear that which way they want to go, but surely the grass must be greener elsewhere. On the plus side, 54% of Californians favor shifting the 2/3 budget requirement to 55%. The question was asked specifically tied to the 55% number on the budget alone. The issue of eliminating the 2/3 requirement for statewide taxes was not asked in this survey, which I think was a mistake. They did ask about decreasing the 2/3 requirement for passing local taxes, and that is favored at a 50-44 clip. Both of these measures would substantially help fix some of the tyranny of the minority we’re facing, but we also need that third piece of the puzzle of the 2/3 requirement for taxes.

A majority of Californians want a tax hike right now, which is a shocking figure. No one ever wants higher taxes, right? But Californians know that taxes pay for good things, and they know this because they’re tired of not having the things that they know taxes buy. Like schools, roads, parks, medical assistance for the old, the poor, the young, and the veterans.

But the best thing California is doing is that we’re driving Glenn Beck “out of his mind.” Not that his relationship with his mind was very firm anyway, but whatever we can do to help, buddy.


  1. #1 Dunc
    February 3, 2009

    And what percentage of the total US economy does California account for? Quite a lot, I believe…

  2. #2 Tracey
    February 3, 2009

    And everyone says Californians are flakes!

    Side note: I used to go to a gym where Glenn Beck’s show was on the TVs every morning. There was no sound, but I’m convinced having to look at his stupid face every morning heavily contributed to me giving up on the gym…

  3. #3 SteveN
    February 3, 2009

    I can’t think of a more misinformed a-hole than Glen Beck, who now rightly has immigrated his show to Faux News. His opinions don’t count and will be soon forgotten.

    But I find it encouraging that there may be a shift in CA vis a vis The Great Evil, i.e. Prop 13. Perhaps our state’s pending bankruptcy will be the impetus we need to bring rationalism back into the governmental realm. The 2/3 super-majority guarantees inaction and stalemate. If Cali is ever to make a comeback, we’ve got to lose this odious proposition.

  4. #4 Oldfart
    February 3, 2009

    Now, if we can get another misinformed A-Hole conspiracy freak from CNN to Faux Noise where he (Lou Dobbs) belongs, I can safely watch the evening news by following my policy of never watching Faux News. With Lou still on CNN and likely to show up to make comments at any time, I am never safe.

  5. #5 Soren
    February 4, 2009

    I once saw it stated as a fact that the world third largest economy i Californias.

    I don’t know if the US was included in this list, or split up in individual states, but it should give an idea of just how much we are talking about.

  6. #6 alufelgi do bmw
    February 7, 2009

    In my opinion the largest threat for California are cataclysms and ecological catastrophes. Not important is how many money we have because one tragedy can us take all.

    February 14, 2009

    With Lou still on CNN and likely to show up to make comments at any time, I am never safe.

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