On Why Californians Should Stay

This is not my typical “you made your bed” posting. This is an intriguing commentary from the giant, Victor Davis Hanson. Very interesting read. His advice for Californians is the same advice we’ve been giving on liberal governance. Eventually, their policies will destroy them.

What follows is the very end of the article. Read it. You won’t be disappointed.

On the congested coastal strip, building regulations, zoning absurdities, and environmentalist prohibitions on new construction prohibit almost anyone under 40 from acquiring a house without a sizable inheritance or an income in the upper six figures. Elites in Santa Monica and Menlo Park are starting to notice that their once-premier public schools don’t perform at the level that one might expect from the astronomical sales, income, and gas taxes. Shutting down thousands of acres of irrigated farmland in the state’s interior, at a time when foreign buyers are lining up to buy California produce, translates into higher prices at the Santa Barbara food co-op. Soon, even the Stanford professor and the La Jolla administrator may learn that illegal immigration, cumbersome regulations, and terrible elementary schools affect them as well.

The four-part solution for California is clear: don’t raise the state’s crushing taxes any higher; reform public-employee compensation; make use of ample natural resources; and stop the flow of illegal aliens. Just focus on those four areas—as California did so well in the past—and in time, the state will return to its bounty of a few decades ago. Many of us intend to stay and see that it does.

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7 Responses to On Why Californians Should Stay

  1. Greg B says:

    Except it won’t.

  2. EastBayLarry says:

    You are right Greg. I’m staying due to family ties, (my ex won’t let my kids leave), but I fully expect Califubar to follow Greece into the dirt before things improve.

  3. Frank in Texas says:

    Hanson is a great mind and writer but he is letting his nostalgia for bygone days cloud his thinking. Now that Cali has run out of other people’s money they will look to the Feds to bail them out. The lib/statist/socialist/communist quartet never ever admits that their policies are wrong. They will just keep doing the same thing over and over until Cali falls off into the Pacific. Anyone who thinks differently is fooling themselves. Any conservatives left in California should run not walk away from the train wreck now.

  4. Roy Ryder says:

    I blame expat Californians in Colorado for swinging my state from red to retard blue. For the past 10 years we’ve been choked with liberals fleeing their feces-encrusted nests in California for Colorado, only to have them demand that this state become California on the Rockies. They just don’t seem to understand that the problem isn’t whatever state their in, it’s them.

  5. notamobster says:

    Oh, they understand it, all right. They understand it just fine. They don’t care. They’ll have decades to run up worthless debt and mire the state in useless regulations. Then, they’ll move on.

  6. fubar says:

    CA is full of parasites. bleed the host dry then move on.


  7. Tatersalad says:

    If you are staying in California to stick it out then enjoy your life as beggars. It is inevitable and it has started. You will end up just like the City of Detroit as it is now.

    Why? The people with any sense and money, left the city to protect their accounts because their housing values tanked to Zero $$. Stay and the state will bleed you dry to pay for all of the entitlements.

    Enjoy! The first to start the decline will be places like Disneyland and vacationers will go elsewhere because of your taxes required to live or do business there, more less by anything from this state.