California on the Edge

Russ Steele

Mark Meckler writing on his blog Across the Fence – The Return to Self Governance has  an impassioned plea on need to save California:  Is California Near the Edge of the Cliff? The simple answer: “Yes.” And my heart is breaking.

My heart is breaking for my home state of California.  Rational people who are still working to earn a living and live in the once great state of California are leaving, and looking to leave, in record numbers.  I was born and raised here.  I love the state.  The climate, and the geographical diversity cannot be beat.  It’s a stunningly beautiful place that offers something for everyone.  In addition to being a happy home for those of us born here, it has been a magnet for immigrants for many decades, offering opportunity like nowhere else.  But today, things are different.  My family has been looking to leave, along with a tide of hundreds of thousands of other productive citizens of the once “Golden State.”

California government (at both the state and local level) has managed to brew the perfect storm of insanity, and is committing slow motion societal suicide.  The brain, business and capital drain from California is taking place at a stunning pace.  The numbers back this up, as does the anecdotal evidence.  Ask anyone you know in California if they or people they know have considered leaving (or have left already), and you’ll find virtually no one who is untouched by the out migration issue.   So what’s driving this flow of our best, most hard working and brightest citizens to other states?  Well here’s just a sampling:

 Mark’s long list of why people are leaving CAlifornia is HERE.

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

5 Responses to California on the Edge

  1. Redman2 says:

    Another good article, Russ. Meckler only leaves out workmans comp rate increases.
    They have increased so much that California has gone from 9th highest in 2009 to 2nd place, only behind Alaska in 2012. Here are the increases through 2011:
    http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/print-edition/2011/04/08/employers-see-workers-comp-rates-rising.html?s=image_gallery
    This cost was right at the top of my decision to move my business to Washington State.

  2. reid simpson says:

    Gosh, I wonder if they could be doing this on purpose?

  3. Doing what on purpose? Driving the middle class from the state?

  4. Sean says:

    An interesting concept “on purpose”. Inner city governments have been getting themselves re-elected for years buying votes from those who could be bought cheaply at the expense of the more affluent. The result was more people moved in whose vote could be bought for a low price but many of the affluent left. This guaranteed election success for the party that provided support to the dependent and fewer resources and opportunity for the dependent, hence more dependence. Permanent single party rule over the impoverished guaranteed.

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