Thursday, September 10, 2009

State of Denial

I lived there for 4 years, and I hated most of it. Now, I don't even like to vacation there. Leading California Out of the Dark Ages -

High taxes. Penalizing the rich. Destroying Schools. There is a great deal about about the sad state of California Schools.
  • The CA education code is 2000 pages - can you say "micromanagement" all at the behest of unions?
  • Less than half of the 600,000 employees in CA education are teachers
  • In Los Angeles, 25 percent of teachers send their kids to private school
But that is only the schools.
Having institutionalized envy in a steeply progressive income tax, California depends on 200,000 wealthy taxpayers for 25 percent of its revenue. The state ranks behind only liberal New York in the number of outward-bound moving vans. More people would flee if they could sell their homes. Between 1990 and 2007, the state lost 26 percent of its factory jobs and 35 percent of its high-tech manufacturing jobs. "Detroit, only with sunshine," says Investor's Business Daily.
California's state government is out of control. The state workforce increased 24 percent in the 10 years ended 2007.

This isn't a Democrat or Republican issue. Government spending grew 40 percent faster under Arnold Schwazenegger than under his predecessor. State spending has increased twice as fast as inflation and population since 2005.
Democrats blocked allowing parents to enroll their children online in state health programs because it might have endangered unionized clerical jobs.
Let me get this straight... high tech California rejects the internet and cost savings in favor of union jobs. No, they aren't in denial. [via Bob Schaffer]

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