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The Economist: California is 'ungovernable'

The respected Economist looks at California's economic and government woes and doesn't see a happy ending. The magazine says the state isn't likely to get the radical reform it desperately needs. A sample:

A good outcome is no longer possible. California now has the worst bond rating among the 50 states. Income-tax receipts are coming in far below expectations. On May 11th Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor, sent a letter to the legislature warning it that, by his latest estimates, the state will face a budget gap of $15.4 billion if the ballot measures pass, $21.3 billion if they fail. Prisoners will have to be released, firefighters fired, and other services cut or eliminated. One way or the other, on May 20th Californians will have to begin discussing how to fix their broken state. California has a unique combination of features which, individually, are shared by other states but collectively cause dysfunction. These begin with the requirement that any budget pass both houses of the legislature with a two-thirds majority. Two other states, Rhode Island and Arkansas, have such a law. But California, where taxation and budgets are determined separately, also requires two-thirds majorities for any tax increase. Twelve other states demand this. Only California, however, has both requirements.

The Times' Michael Rothfeld looks at the governor's fall from grace in today's newspaper.

 
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Yeah its sad, but true. special interest has strong armed California to the brink of destruction. I would vote for any individual that will put California back in the black financially, Protect American quality of life. and finally stand up to call a duck a duck, when it walks, quacks, and looks like a duck. Illegal Immigration is hurting us, and changing illegal to legal is not going to help us. Too many indigents will suck up resources, not pour into it.

Recall every elected official and get some people in there that will represent Americans.

What is worse the California mindset has reached Washington DC. What with so many California politicians having great power in Washington, and many others of them being tapped for the president's cabinet this bad habit of legislating morality and other personal activities will only spread across the country. It is expensive to be a nanny government. I love California and it is heart breaking to see it in the weeds like this. I wish I knew how to fix it but better minds than mine apparently see no hope.


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