Except for truly super-rich people like high-profile attorneys and Hollywood stars and moguls, the upper-middle class has been fleeing this state’s hostile business environment for more business-friendly climates for years, shrinking the tax revenue base as well as employment opportunities for the rest of us. The net out-migration is so bad that the state will lose a seat in the House of Representatives for the first time in over 5 decades. This trend will only accelerate as the tea party influence makes those destinations all the more economically attractive relative to California.
It is delusional arrogance on the part of Sacramento politicians to imagine that they own California’s taxpaying residents and citizens. Has anyone in Sacramento heard of globalization? California businesses have been pioneers on this frontier, from the San Joaquin food basket to the port of Long Beach and from Hollywood to Silicon Valley. But California does not have a divine monopoly on any of this.
Those of us Californians who live and work outside of the politically favored cliques like the public employee unions find ourselves targeted at best as cash cows to be milked, at worst as enemies of the people. Is California destined to slouch for the remainder of our lifetimes and beyond toward the stagnation, bankruptcy and social unrest that we witness today sweeping from Greece to France, countries whose fiscal and social policies we are imitating? Or will we pull back from the brink before it is too late?
One of the powers that elected Sacramento politicians lost this time around was that of dictating the redrawing of US Congressional districts within California. Thanks to the passage of Proposition 20 (and the defeat of Prop 27), that power is now vested in the independent (until the Democrats figure out a way to stack it) commission created in 2008 by Proposition 11.
But with few exceptions, the Democrats hold all the reins now; they can’t escape responsibility. And so when the proverbial toxic biomass hits the green power-generating windmill, perhaps the voters will finally hold them accountable. Earthquakes have aftershocks, and tsunamis come in sets of waves. Maybe there’s hope that a reality check will cause one to finally breach the ideological desert.
Howard Hyde is an IT Manager, conservative activist and blogger. Visit his site at www.HHCapitalism.com.
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