California’s always been a special place, leading the nation one way or another: 150 years ago, the Gold Rush here proved crucial to funding the Union cause in the Civil War. Our Central Valley is one of the richest farmlands in the world. After World War II, Southern California became a center for the aircraft and defense industries. And let’s not forget Hollywood, which for 100 years has shown America’s face to the world in movies and television. And, in the late 1970s, a taxpayer revolt here set the stage for nationwide prosperity that lasted nearly 30 years.
But an unwise leader can take one to Hell instead of Heaven. In a post this morning at their Foundry blog, the Heritage Foundation looks at what the last decade of almost unquestioned control of the government by "progressives" and environmental radicals has lead us to – Californication:
California imports more energy than any state in the country and as a result has some of the highest energy costs in the country, including the second highest commercial sector energy prices (only ocean bound Hawaii has higher rates). California’s unemployment rate hit 9.3% in December 2008, up from 4.9% in December 2006. There are now 1.5 million Californians out of work. The state has the fourth-highest housing foreclosure rate in the nation, has lost more businesses than any state in recent years, and is facing a $40 billion deficit. In some small towns unemployment is now running close to 40%.
Not a slice of Heaven, is it? Let not forget income taxes that were just raised to around 10% and a sales tax now at 9.25%, both measures taking money out of an economy, dampening consumer spending at just the time, and stifling job creation at just the moment when one should be doing the opposite.
Today the taxpayers have a chance to start another revolt against irresponsible government by voting "No" on propositions 1A through 1F, thus telling the governor and the legislature that we’ve had enough of their weak, profligate mismanagement. The results of turning down these ballot measures will be painful in the short run, but, perhaps with a restoration of fiscal discipline and good sense, we can again lead in the right direction, back toward prosperity.
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