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California Is Broke – 19 Reasons Why It May Be Time For Everyone To Leave The State Of California For Good

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, there was a seemingly endless parade of pop songs about how great life was in California, and millions of young Americans dreamed of moving to the land of sandy beaches and golden sunshine.  But now all of that has changed.  Today, millions of Californians are dreaming about leaving the state for good.  The truth is that California is broke.  The economy of the state is in shambles.  The official unemployment rate has been sitting above 12 percent for an extended period of time, and poverty is everywhere.  For many Californians today, there are very few reasons to stay in the state but a whole lot of reasons to leave: falling housing prices, rising crime, budget cuts, rampant illegal immigration, horrific traffic, some of the most brutal tax rates in the nation, increasing gang violence and the ever present threat of wildfires, mudslides and natural disasters.  The truth is that it is easy to understand why there are now more Americans moving out of California each year than there are Americans moving into the state.  California has become a complete and total disaster zone in more ways than one, and an increasing number of Californians are deciding that enough is enough and they are getting out for good.

Sadly, the state of California is facing such a wide array of social, economic, and political problems that it is hard to even document them all.  It is really one huge gigantic mess at this point.

Just consider the following facts about what life is like in the state of California today…. 

#1 Unemployment in the state of California was 12.4% in September – one of the highest rates in the nation.

#2 The number of people unemployed in the state of California is approximately equivalent to the populations of Nevada, New Hampshire and Vermont combined.

#3 Not even state government jobs are safe in California these days.  Last month, government agencies in California slashed a total of 37,300 jobs.

#4 California has the third highest state income tax in the nation: a 9.55% tax bracket at $47,055 and a 10.55% bracket at $1,000,000.

#5 California has the highest state sales tax rate in the nation by far at 8.25%.  Indiana has the next highest at 7%.

#6 Residents of California pay the highest gasoline taxes (over 67 cents per gallon) in the United States.

#7 Even with all of the taxes, the budget deficit for the California state government for the current year is approximately 19 billion dollars.

#8 According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, California’s unfunded pension liability is estimated to be somewhere between $120 billion and $500 billion.

#9 20 percent of the residents of Los Angeles County are now receiving public aid.

#10 Budget cuts are making life very difficult in many California cities.  For example, Oakland, California Police Chief Anthony Batts says that due to severe budget cuts there are a number of crimes that his department will simply not be able to respond to any longer.  The crimes that the Oakland police will no longer be responding to include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism. 

Things have gotten so bad in Stockton, California that the police union put up a billboard with the following message: “Welcome to the 2nd most dangerous city in California. Stop laying off cops.”

#11 According to one survey, approximately 1 in 4 Californians under the age of 65 had absolutely no health insurance last year.

#12 California’s poverty rate soared to 15.3 percent in 2009, which was the highest in 11 years.

#13 California’s overstretched health care system is also on the verge of collapse.  Dozens of California hospitals and emergency rooms have shut down over the last decade because they could not afford to stay open after being endlessly swamped by illegal immigrants and poor Californians who were simply not able to pay for the services they were receiving.  As a result, the remainder of the health care system in the state of California is now beyond overloaded.  This had led to brutally long waits, diverted ambulances and even unnecessary patient deaths.

#14 California home builders began construction on 1,811 homes during the month of August, which was down 77% from August 2006.

#15 Earlier this year, it was reported that in the area around Sacramento, California there was one closed business for every six that were still open.

#16 The “lawsuit climate” in California is ranked number 46 out of all 50 states. 

#17 Residents of California pay some of the highest electricity prices in the entire nation.

#18 Over 20 percent of California homeowners are now underwater on their mortgages.

#19 Large tent cities have been springing up all over the state of California.  Just check out the following shocking video news report….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRLupIRhrmg

So why doesn’t the state government of California just fix many of these problems?  Well, the truth is that it simply cannot.  The state government is flat broke.  Earlier this year, Bob Herbert of the New York Times described California’s massive budget problems this way….

California has cut billions of dollars from its education system, including its renowned network of public colleges and universities. Many thousands of teachers have been let go. Budget officials travel the state with a glazed look in their eyes, having tried everything they can think of to balance the state budget. And still the deficits persist.

So is there any hope that all this can be turned around?

Is there any hope that the economy of California will recover?

Or will California continue to experience a rapid decline?

Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion….

  • Garyisacommiepinko!

    It sounds like California is the closest thing we have to a socialist democracy, which that big mouthed commie pinko Gary in WI speaks so highly of. Time and time again, history has witnessed the failings of these flawed economies. Yet, we still have sophmoric morons like Gary who think these flawed systems will work if given just one more chance. Gary is either too stupid to realize his ignorance or he gleefully wishes America’s demise.

  • F. Beard

    The solution is simple and just. The fractional reserve lending (FRL) cartel (backed by the government) has cheated both borrowers and savers. Borrowers because they were driven into debt during boom that they can’t pay during the bust and savers because FRL cheats them of honest interest rates.

    So, have the US Treasury send every American adult a huge check of new debt and interest free legal fiat (United States Notes). Combined with this leverage restrictions should be placed on the banks to preclude serious inflation.

  • VegasBob

    As California goes, so goes the nation.

    While the wealthy continue to bleed this country dry, the masses are being reduced to foraging for the crumbs the rich have accidentally left behind.

    It will never get better. It will only keep getting worse.

  • John ONeill

    If we don’t stand up now, it will be too late. The riots over in France are being quelled by police provacators. Yes, you heard it right – police provacators. It’s the oldest trick in the book. So, what do we do? We need to boycott the system. It’s not about right vs. left or democrat vs. republican, or conservative vs. liberal.

    We outnumber the elite of the world. Only if we could realize our power in numbers, then we could smash these demons. Boycott! Strike! Stay home from work! If we don’t fight, humanity is doomed.

  • Gary

    Stop all illegal and legal immigration. The only legal immigration is for people the country needs and not some uneducated unskilled person. We have enough of these already and we do not need more. This might hurt the repubes scandel of driving wages down…

    There is no such thing as a job an American will not do, only a job an American will not do that pays poverty wages.

    This may sound harsh but in earlier immigrations there was plenty of space that needed filling. This is not the case any more. Simply try to go anywhere during any type of rush hour and you will see that we do not need anymore people. There are already too many…

  • buscuitville

    some one forgot to tell these folks the recession is over, march on washington in january, be there or be square

  • http://www.planorperish.com/ Gutter Economist

    Many Americans may have a better future by leaving the United States and moving to a different country. The following magazine reviews the best opportunities:

    http://internationalliving.com

  • Maria

    It is so difficult to try to talk with family or friends about what is happening…not just in California…but everywhere. Four years ago, family and friends thought I was nuts for suggesting that we are going into a depression, but now they call to talk. They hear my words, but I don’t think they are comprehending. My biggest concern is they aren’t doing much, if anything, to prepare. The government can’t fix the problems, and they can’t take care of all the people.

    Please, tell us how people are preparing. Tell us what you tell your family and friends…what can be done to prepare for an economic collapse?

  • SPQR

    The article makes good points but paints too rosy of a picture when it comes to numbers like unemployment and the number of businesses underwater. Does anyone really believe the”official” numbers anymore? What about commercial realestate? The forclosure mess? Plummeting tax base? All are nowhere near the bottom of the abyss.

  • Advice

    Cecession: leave the federal state !

  • http://erectuswalksamongstus.com Max Hardwood

    Yes, back in the 60’s and 70’s I suppose there
    were many ‘young americans’ moving to the sandy
    beaches. Now, however, the beaches are strewn with litter, from the boats of illegals from 3rd
    world country Mexico arriving daily. Now, ‘young Mexicans’ dream of moving to the golden sunshine and easy entitlement payments, free
    hospital services for their anchor babies, and
    the Reconquista of their former home. LOL.

  • http://www.knology.net/~bilrum Charleston Voice

    We cannot afford them to stay in the Union. They must secede.

  • bloodworm

    I have lived in Cali since the early 60s.

    This is a state of booms and busts. Most innovation in this country comes from Cali.

    So goes Cali, so goes the nation.

    One of the big problems here is the promises made to public employees over the years. They used to be considered second class jobs that nobody wanted. In the 1990s/2000s they kept getting better and better pay and benefits and retirement promises.

    All that has come home to roost now that the boomers are retiring.

    And now it looks like Jerry Brown will be gov again and this means taxes will go up even more.

    In addition to all this, we are way overdue for a huge earthquake on the southern part of the fault. That’s gonna be fun.

    I never thought of leaving, but I am now considering it. I may look to a place close to a fresh water source. Lucky for me I retired years ago on my own(no pension so dont worry).

  • Obvious Man

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1463747/posts

    Come to Detroit, we have plenty of houses.

  • lostinmissouri

    The Environmental nazis, Open boarder perverts, and Global Warmers, have caused most of California’s woes…these Lobbies, along with Unions, own the state government.

    California’s problems are increasing, because “tax paying” Americans, have been leaving that silly state, and being replaced, by the illegal invasion.

    When a State, shuts down their biggest source of tax revenue…BIG OIL… then attacks their next biggest source of revenue…FARMING…and then welcomes 1000s of welfare illegals…it does not take a genius, to see where that will end.

  • http://thecivillibertarian.blogspot.com/ Something Wicked This Way Comes

    A few years ago, I had a friend who was a cop from California. He was telling me how much money he had made. I laughed at him. His gross amount was 20k higher than mine, yet I showed him on paper how I netted more money than he did.

    His house payment was twice what mine was. His car insurance was 4 times what mine was. His property tax was a little better than twice what mine was. His water and trash bill was 10 times what mine was. After I inserted the various tax rates- we compared what his 65k was compared to my 45k.

    Guess who made more money? He has been living in Boise ever since.

  • happy face

    Between the Federal immigration non-policy and Sacramento’s rapacity is there any light at the end of the fiscal tunnel?

  • Biff

    I visited California in 1990, and again in 1995. I was shocked how in those five years, things started going down. I would not even vacation there these days.

    It is called “socialism”

    It destroys everything it touches. It rewards failure and punishes success. The more politicians tax, the more they spend. And anyone that says that the budget deceifit is because of taxes being too low, needed to be disenfrancised and illegible to hold any government position.

    The government workers either get their jobs because there are no private sector jobs because of high taxes, or they are lazy and want an “easy” job doing nothing but telling people how to live their lives.

    Socialists are like viruses. They kill their host, multiply, then move to the next host. I saw this when I lived in Arizona. They would leave California after screwing it up, keep voting for socialists in Arizona, the state goes to ****, and now they are leaving.

  • Handog

    Why not hand over California to Mexico. Let’s face it, the reacquisition has been an ongoing success since the Alamo. I’m sure Daniel Boon is rolling over in his grave.

    I’m embarrassed over of what the USA has become. We let foreigners invade and don’t have the backbone to defend our own borders. Our military has been fighting a losing war for ten years against soldiers who wear sandals. Pathetic.

  • Russ

    California’s problems are simple:

    1) Too many illegal immigrants,
    2) Hostile business climate,
    3) Overbearing ‘liberal’ government with burdensome
    regulations,
    4) Ridiculous coddling of government bureaucrats
    (inflated salaries and pensions),
    5) Gargantuan public school bureaucracies that
    siphon away from the ‘classroom’ and to
    ‘administrators’.
    6) Highest tax burden in the nation.

    Solve these problems and you save California.
    How to solve them you ask ?

    1) Illegal Aliens:
    ENFORCE THE LAWS OF OUR COUNTRY !!!
    Pass a law like Arizona’s SB1070 that allows
    police to question people about their
    immigration status (IF they are detained for
    some other lawful reason).

    2 – 6) These are tougher. The ONLY way to change
    the regulatory/business/tax climate is to drain
    the cesspool in Sacramento and start over.
    The people of Kalifornia/Commiefornia will have
    to hold a constitutional convention to wipe the
    slate clean and start over, preferably as part
    of a state government default that will allow
    the state to get out of it’s ridiculously
    inflated state employee pension obligations.

  • Just Observing

    It’s become Mexico North…why would anyone expect it to be much different than Mexico South ?

  • William

    As someone who was raised in California from the age of two, left in 1983, came back in 1987, left for good in 1987 and has NO intention of EVER going back, even to visit, all I can say is……….HA HA!

  • incog99

    How many corporations have been driven from the state due to excessive taxes? The rest left after the governator made a sweet deal with Enron to settle the debt for .10 on the dollar. He was promised the governorship in return in secret meetings. No wonder California is on the ropes with crooks like these. Any self respecting corporation has already left this state.

  • TheGuy

    …and I’m just waiting for things to get bad enough that they repeal Prop 13. I don’t see where they really are going to have a choice much longer.

  • http://WBDM Joe in JT

    Good! You leave I’m staying. Unemployment is to high? I’ve got my job. Income tax to high? I have a crappy low paying job and get a refund check and a earned income credit. House underwater? Tough, I paid cash for mine back in 1997 for .30 cents on the dollar. Gangs and crime getting you down?, answer…don’t live in Stockton or Oakland. Home construction down 77%? Good, we have a shit load of houses you can buy at foreclosure or auction. Pension plans for state workers going to cost billions? To freekin bad baby, just declare bankrupcy and let the government take over the pension fund and give out only 300 bucks per month, now get back to work and get a real job this time.
    California’s hospitals over runned by illegals? Let the real people pass a law stating that illegals get nothing until they become American citizens. It’s all how you look at things, it’s really not that bad in Cali.

  • Laticia

    I don’t know how you come up with all these wonderful writing ideas, and how you carry out all the needed research. A truly outstanding blog!

    But now and then you overlook something. Here is one example:

    “So why doesn’t the state government of California just fix many of these problems? Well, the truth is that it simply cannot. The state government is flat broke.”

    I think there is a way to, at least partially, address this problem. California could in theory start its own bank, following the example of one of the Dakotas. But of course this cannot happen, because the Big Bad Central Bankers wouldn’t like it, and they run California–and the other 49 states.

  • Cal

    So how many of the previous posters live in CA?

    Look folks… I like this blog and to a certain extent I sympathize with your comments. But it’s not that back & white.

    Yes, public unions & their underfunded pensions are a problem, yes illegals with their (anchor babies) are an issue.

    And yet, somehow… life goes on.

    Riverside and Stockton aren’t California in it’s entirety. Don’t think that what was depicted in the posts above represent every residents experience …. ok, I’ll qualify that by saying if you didn’t overspend on housing, or didn’t work hard to learn a skill that got you a decent job and you at some point expended a significant amount of energy in finding & keeping that job….. then you could be living a life experience better than the majority of the US. Yep, no tornadoes, hurricanes and do be advised that significant earthquakes are quite rare and they only affect a relatively small group when they happen. Weather is mild. Life could be worse. Far worse.

    Yes the US is going down. CA does have a budget problem. But is SHTF about to break out here? Not any more likely than anywhere else.

  • YouHaveEyesButCantSee

    This situation will just get worse. Other states are going bankrupt too. I do not see any indications whatever of life getting any better here in the U.S. People’s spiritual lives will have to change. U.S. has become a God-less nation. Or maybe not – maybe they have money as their god.

  • Garyisacommiepinko!

    Gary, you are a racist ****. How dare you stop the flow of immigrants who are here to better the lives of their families and themselves. You must be an ardent listener of Rush and be in favor of the AZ immigration law.

    Why would you be anti-immigrant, considering you are a commie pinko? The only answer must be you are threatened by an illegal taking your menial, meaningless job. I thought all you commie pinkos were for everyone sucking at the teat of income distribution?

  • http://www.planorperish.com/ Gutter Economist

    Maria: Plan and prepare for the Economic Collapse at http://www.planorperish.com/

  • Not gruntled

    Very funny comments, mostly by people that don’t live in CA.. I live in Oakland. I read the internet: total doom. I open my door and walk outside – it’s beautiful. The weather is mostly perfect. Wonderful houses, friendly neighbors, almost everyone around here has work. State has a budget problem – so what? Let the legislators stew – I don’t care. Yes, some areas have problems (I read), but in many areas it couldn’t be better. The state has incredible resources: ag, oil, colleges, hi-tech. The doom is just in the inner-tubes.

  • pineywoodsfats

    The only way this nation can return to any semblence of solvency is if we drastically reduce our military budget, including closing the vast majority of our 700+ bases worldwide, and ending our 2 (3, 4, 5 ?) ongoing wars.

    I have nothing against paying taxes. But unlike citizens in many western nations, the u.s. citizen gets comparatively little back in return.

  • happy face

    Most of the slams on Gary I have some sympathy with. But to call his job trivial and meaningless and favor uncontrolled immigration at the expense of American job-seekers is the most despicable display of malice I have seen here in quite a while.

  • Eyeswideopen

    As I see it, all states are pretty much in the same boat, some though, are seeing their problems and trying address them, Arizona for example. Californias problems though seem to be allot larger at present than most, and until public officials learn to live within their means, loke all of America nothing will change. It pisses me off that politictions think raising taxes is the answer, when all they do is spend more, than they make cuts, guess what, they spend those savings too. Its time to cut all services to illegals, cut entitlements, how many entitlement ie welfare families have you seen living better than the working person next to them? Let a state file bankruptcy, guess what that would allow you to renegotiate those pensions, and for that matter the complete job, from pay to benefits to retirement.

  • Teresa

    I was born, raised, and lived 40 years in California. I can verify it has turned into a cesspool. My husband and i relocated our very prosperous business out of CA a few years ago because of the bad business climate, the ever-increasing swarms of welfare-sponge illegals, and the stupid liberal politics that have been the FOUNDATION of what went wrong with CA. And I say this as a former liberal, now independent. California taught me what is terribly wrong when liberalism goes too far. The Buddhists call it “idiot compassion”.

  • Rick

    Socialism is collapsing, yet not only are the socialists in firm control of the state, the voters are about to approve California’s own special version of Cap and Tax, which will further devastate small businesses. Furthermore, marxists Moonbeam Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer, the dumbest US Senator, are being returned to office. The state needs to be split. There are too many Californians with no political voice who believe in freedom, and the GOP in California is incompetent and ineffective.But since this will probably never happen, the wise thing to do is to get out.

  • Ivan

    Yes, public unions & their underfunded pensions are a problem, yes illegals with their (anchor babies) are an issue.

    And yet, somehow… life goes on.

    WTF are you talking about? Life just doesn’t “go on”, it gets worse, ****ing worse.

    Yes, I’m an ex-Californian and I saw this train-wreck coming in 2000. Fortunately I sold my home at the peak in 2006 and fled this proto-Marxist state then and went to a nice, open western state.

    F’em. Californians rountinely vote for socialism time and time again over freedom.

    They made their bed, let them lie it.

  • http://www.dscardworld.com M3i Zero

    When something gets to this kind of scale and the drastic cuts already in place aren’t working, what’s the next step? How can California get everyone working and be productive? (Probably the fastest way out of the problem)

  • http://thecivillibertarian.blogspot.com/ Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Not Gruntled;

    Dude you’ve been hitting the chiva. Now just go back inside, tune in Dancing With the Stars, and string a few chords of Kum Baya…

    And we wonder why Ca. has a 19 billion dollar funding gap?? Hard to imagine with the plethora of responsible constituents.

  • Tom

    Vote against Meg Whitman. She is another sick bible beater that wnats to give the rich tax breaks and get rid of the middle class. Two terms of republican govenors bankcrupted California. Just like with the Country, Republicans are not good with money.

    Jerry Brown is our best hope. Otherwise the rich will continue to destroy the middle calss.

    • Alissa Avila-Hansen

      How’s Brown the Clown workin’ for ya?

    • Bob

      Don’t think that Republicans are “stupid” because they give to the rich.. I think there is a reason for that. First of all, who makes the jobs for all the poor people? Obviously, the people that have lots of money! By giving to the rich, they will create more jobs, which will make everybody happy.

      • Ashley Johnson

        Assuming they use that money to create jobs for Americans. History has proven they don’t. Demand creates jobs, not the rich. If nobody has spending money, demand drops along with jobs.

  • Michael

    I agree that CA is a craphole, but where will you go? It’s not like you’re going to move to NY, NJ, OR, IL, TX, FL, or anywhere alse and get a job. How ’bout moving to ND and working on a farm? That’s your most realistic option.

  • rch

    What nonsense. 20% of homeowners are underwater with their mortgages? That means 80% are Not underwater. 20% in LA County are receiving aid? That means 80% are Not receiving aid. Yes, things are hard now in CA. And yes, it will get a lot worse. But CA is still a great place to live. Mountains, ocean, desert, wine country, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco Bay, Yosemite, etc. I wouldn’t live anywhere else in the USA.

  • Philip Martins

    No wonder that California Is Broke…
    … if you see how greedy big banks are you wonder no more!

    Big Banks Gobble Up Tax Liens Hoping to Put More Homeowners Through Foreclosure!

    In a nutshell big banks (such as Bank of America, JP Morgan CHase, etc.) gobble up tax liens hoping to put more homeowners through foreclosure:

    http://realpropertycheck.com/latest/2010/10/banks-gobble-up-tax-liens-hoping-to-put-more-homeowners-through-foreclosure/

    Homeowners who paid off their mortgage can still loose their home to foreclosure if they default on property taxes. This hurts a lot.

    As if the current foreclosure mess weren’t enough, some banks have been creating front entities in which they are buying up tax liens en masse, then harass homeowners with legal fees while hoping to put them through a foreclosure and make a killing on the property.

  • Nickelthrower

    Greetings,

    I live in S. California but as a child growing up I lived near Detroit. I know exactly what it looks like when a place 100% falls apart.

    I watched them close one factory after another and ship the jobs away and no one did anything because it was “punishment” for all those over-entitled Union Workers. The whole nation sat on its hands as we descended into a financial and social disaster. Even today, the city of Toledo will GIVE you a house if you agree to mow the grass of the house they just gave you. Whole areas have been abandoned and are returning to nature. Where my parents live, the sewer system is collapsing and there is nothing the city can do because it has $0 to deal with the problem.

    Now, I’ve been reading people gloat about the demise of California. Some of you morons think it is because of “socialism” or our state’s liberal policies. Some of you can’t even help but wish for another earthquake to finish us off.

    Check this out, what happened to Detroit and the Mid West and is happening now in California is about to overwhelm this whole nation. Your homes, ALL OF THEM, wont be worth the nails that are holding them together. Your degrees will be worthless just like they were worthless where I grew up. Everything you need will cost more but everything you have will be worth less.

    The time to make a stand was 30 years ago and you guys (excluding anyone from Detroit) can’t even conceive of what sh*t storm is coming your way.

    Enjoy.

  • TOM

    Yayyyyy!

  • Public Servant

    As a non-native, despised public servant working in CA, I would criticize the article for not making any suggestion on how to make things better.

    From my experience inside government, I think the root of the problem is term limits and how elections are financed. Change these, and in time governance will improve. But let’s be realistic, we’re dealing with humans here; it’s never going to be perfect.

    (And YES, the pension system needs reformed. And no, illegal immigration is certainly not the primary problem here. It is just the latest excuse for the bigots and racists to rant).

    Term limits were sold as a “no brainer” fix for everything; how’s that worked out? What they did not account for is that our society, and its governance, are complex. To govern in such an environment requires, among many other things, long-term thinking, experienced staff, and moderation of extreme positions–compromise. Term limits create the opposite conditions. so start with getting rid of them. And when a bad politician needs to go, people can exercise their right to vote him/her out…like they did in the old days!

    The other one, election financing is also vital. I don’t trust my elected officials because I know what they must do for the Corporate/union money that gets them into office. I’m not sure what the answer is, but public financing needs to be on the table. What we have now is a mess and it, more than anything else, makes me fear for the future of our Country.

    On a personal note, I just returned from a vacation in Canada. You want to talk about taxes? Try Canada.

    When I got back to CA, I realized it was home. I love it here. My friends are here. It’s got it’s problems, but it is a dynamic, international, melting pot. It’s a great state because it is diverse, complex, and has great weather.

  • mark

    @Not gruntled

    Well, you’ve kind of indicated what your problem is: your viewpoint is from your front door and therefore narrow.

    The author of this blog and other wise commentators like Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge have a vantage point that is much higher and much broader than yours and a greater understanding of complex economic factors. That expanded view is the difference between their opinions and yours.

  • Maria

    Gutter Economist,

    Thank you.

  • Brad

    Actually, the state sales tax here in Texas is 8.25% as well. But then there is no state income tax. I feel sorry for the people who live in California now. I just don’t see a way out of this that won’t involve a lot more pain and suffering.

    They could start by electing some folks that have the courage to stop sucking up every special interest group in the state.

  • http://cherylkicksass.blogspot.com Cheryl M

    Highly recommended everyone check to see if their bank has has the promissary note for their mortgage in their possession. If MERS owns it instead, STOP PAYING YOUR MORTGAGES. This will collapse the banks now rather than wait for Obama to sign a bill to support the banker fraud.

    Stop paying your mortgages! The banks resold them as security packages to third parties and broke the chain of title!

  • Garyisacommiepinko!

    Happy face-

    I’m saying Gary is a hypocrite. He espouses communism- the current capitalist system is corrupt, and eveyone is equal and should be paid as such, regardless if one has a PHD or GED. Unless of course, you are an illegal, then you don’t count according to Gary.

    Why would anyone be a communist, unless they can’t compete in an economy… they see communism as the only way they can improve upon their job/financial situation. That’s sad. Under capitalism, anyone can advance. That’s why people risked their lives to flee communists countries, to better their lives under freedom. How many westerners risked their lives trying to break through the Iron Curtain to settle in a communist country? Aaaah…zero!

    I do not like communists and soclialists and I will fight against them at every turn and was willing to do so while serving in the military. Sure, capitalism isn’t perfect…but its the best system out there. (Now I will get numerous responses by eggheads refuting my opinion and will advocate all sorts of alternative systems, e.g. limited dictatorship. WHATEVER.)

  • Cubano

    California is circling the drain and will likey default on its debt and obligations. What is the solution the California’s financial problems? A 100% free market Capitalism where government only involvement is to serve as a referee. Any form of collectvism brings financial and social chaos, disorder and violence. It robs people of the freedoms and leads except the ruling class to serfdom.

    See http://www.mises.org for more information and educate yourselves on the true benefits of free market Capitalism.

  • Jill

    um, no – California and New York are the most capitalist states in the country. Look around – the most promising young people and immigrants from Asia move to these states to start careers in finance, Silicon valley, media etc. The states send far more tax money to the federal government that they receive, thus subsidizing rural states. Houses and rents are much higher because there are large upper middle classes which drive the market up.
    get a clue about socialism – maybe consult an encyclopedia.

  • Gary

    The richest of the rich are rich enough. I know a million dollars
    doesn’t go as far at it used to but really just how many millions or
    billions does one need. Why haven’t these folks been out there day and
    night creating jobs with their Bush era tax breaks?

    But wait, we can’t insult the wealthy plutocracy that is really calling the shots now. Can we.

    Nah, what was I thinking… we would all rather join Tea parties and tell the government to take their hands of medicare.

    If this makes me a socialist then guilty as charged.

    BTW-Here in WI we have plenty of fresh water. CA has almost none. Just wanted to throw that in. Good weather is not everything…

    I wish who ever keeps accusing me of being a commiepinko would actually think b4 posting and not regurgitate the right wing talking points…You are entitled to your opinion (however misguided), however, you are not entitled to your own facts.

  • cattie

    Hmmm, maybe the now the Republicans will all move away. It’s their greed that threatens California.

  • Big E

    A lot of people that live in CA are in bad shape. Guess they did not elect the right people to take care of them. What a joke.

  • Clint Mcgriff

    I am 48 years old and was born/raised here. It is now a broken down mess! Traffic is worse than you can imagine, even weekends are horrendous. Malls, beaches, restaurants, parks, all fill to capacity with illegals and other apartment dwelling scum. Now, with no job prospects, I am stuck!

  • Jimbo Bob

    Reason 20:

    Despite the harsh times, California voters keep electing schmucks such as Brown, Boxer and Feinstein. They never seem to learn.

  • Aaron

    FYI: The Texas sales tax rate is not 8.25%, it is 6.25%, however, local jurisdictions may add on their own sales and use taxes as long as the total does not EXCEED 8.25% TOTAL.

    California’s base sales tax rate is 8.25%, plus additional taxes on top.

  • NW Mom

    Don’t come to Washington State looking for it to be any better. We’re being flushed down the same drain right behind you. The numbers you read don’t reflect the actual misery being felt in this State. You read about unemployment numbers dropping? They only drop because people exhaust their benefits not because they are back to work. You hear about 1,000 new jobs created? Doesn’t make up for the 4500 jobs lost during the same period. You hear about health care costs going up? That’s because so many have no health care and overhelm the emergency rooms. Everyone might as well call this state Mini-California for all the things we have in common right now. And after the voting in November, it’s going to get uglier here!

  • http://yahoo.com Trina

    I know who ruled and ran California,for many many years;Democrats.The governor,the legislature,all the rest of the state leaders and politicians,all Democrats,Liberals.I know,I lived there.Even the Democrat voters got tired of them,they impeached Gray Davis,Democrat,cause they got sick of them.I know,i voted for the impeachment;and the same Democrats who voted for him,impeached him.So,if you want to blame anyone for the ruined state,blame the Democrats,their legislature ruined the state.They taxed that state to death,they spent billions of dollars bankrupting it,and now it’s going down the drain,thanks to Democrats and Liberals.I know,I was there,I saw it all.—Was there,saw it all happen,and who did it.

  • mindie

    How is a spreading cancer treated? Aggressively. A slow and painless approach is now impossible; CA has run out of time. The illegals and the entitlement programs are destroying CA so eliminate the first and seriously curtail the other. Invest heavily in a pro-business climate and scale down the entitlements. Either that, or make CA a caretaker state of Mexico which is what Sacramento wants anyway.

  • Tom

    two terms of republican govenors and a two term republican president is what hurt California. Republicans want a war on the middle class. They only care about the top 2%.

  • Jackson

    I live in California, some areas are hurt more then others.

    The California state government + federal government spends way too much. They should adopt some austerity measures even though it can hurt but its good for the state.

  • http://www.karlaflippinridinglessons.com Karla

    Leaving. ASAP. I have been giving the economy a boost by buying paint, new flooring, plants, etc. to get this house ready to sell early next year. We went to AZ in June to town shop, and we were amazed by the CLEAN hwys, LOW tax, stuff was affordable, and they treat us like grownups. It’s like CA was 30 years ago. Remember that?
    Remember when we were treated like adults, and could buy spray paint without giving a urine sample?

  • George Fryzelka

    Democrats have controlled the state legislature for decades. Need I say more.

  • Paul

    Garyisacommiepinko! What a typically brainless American half-wit you are. You just have no idea whatsoever. Fools like you are the reason your whole country has been so easily stolen from under you all. While you’re out there saluting your flag the real enemy within has already taken your wallet, and is working on getting the clothes off your back, but you’re too busy staring up at that flag of precious, precious American capitalism to notice. Stupid Loser.

  • Teresa

    Karla,

    Excellent choice in leaving ASAP. We left a few years ago after forty years in CA, and can’t believe the better quality to our lives and finances. As sad as I feel for my native state’s decline, I think it is too late to save it—especially when they’ve chosen Jerry Brown and the same cast of legislative characters to keep the cesspool overflowing. We got out just in time.
    At least AZ has the intelligence and courage to take on the feds regarding immigration and a positive business culture.
    Good luck with selling your house quickly.

  • mike

    California has become a failed state, like Mexico. That’s what happens when you bring in tens of millions of Mexicans. That is by far the #1 reason for California’s collapse, and anyone who says otherwise is lying or in denial.

  • Juliette of Ohio

    Cheryl M: Is there any way to force your mortgage company to give you the title information? I’m on an endless loop of trying to locate that one right person who is authorized to give me the info, and that only if I produce enough ID to fulfill their ever-changing requirements. I know this sounds like I’m a moron, but you have to live in Ohio to realize how hostile it is to both business and to common sense. Our mortgage is current, but I’d really like to know what is going on with our house note. Thanks for info from anyone!

  • Len Powder

    California, along with Greece, Spain and other socialist countries is demonstrating to the world that socialism and communism will ALWAYS produce the same result: poverty, shortages, deficits, inflation and misery. What’s absolutely astonishing is that Californians look like they are ready to re-elect one of the main culprits in its demise – Jerry Brown. Talk about gluttons for punishement!

  • John

    As ye sow, so shall ye reap!

  • Wiara

    I can tell you for a fact, they’ll leave California and turn wherever they land into something just like it. Look at how they ruined Arizona – it used to be a great place to live until they overran it. Now Oklahoma and Texas are next in line for their onslaught.

    • M

      I 100% agree. They’re already trying to change Colorado so much that half the state is trying to break off from the other half and form their own Colorado.

  • Floyd Van De Vere

    As goes California, so goes the nation. It starts with Gerrymandering (to divide into voting districts so as to give an unfair advantage in politics)which has led to progressive liberal agendas (Of note are the ones to help illegal aliens get free government benefits and become sympathetic to the liberal agenda and the massive unions with government backed pensions) which are paid for by taxing the middle class (the rich liberal politicians are of course exempt)and businesses. As a result, business move away or lay off employees, reducing the tax flow, so the liberals of course, raise them even more to keep funding the liberal agendas to keep the liberal power base in the state. A vicious cycle which appears to be renewed with the election of Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer. God help us all!

  • jdubya57

    It’s sad to see what the statist democrats have done not only to CA, but every state in which they have been the ruling party for any significant period of time. Sad also, that until the voters of those states elect true Constitutional conservatives to serve them, the downward trends will continue.

  • SuthnEXposuR

    California elects some of the most unfit politicians to run their state. ONE example of wasteful spending is the $500 billion school building built to simply “look pretty” and give californians bragging rites. Way to go. Bragging rites don’t fill empty stomachs and will only house a very few!!!!! Man, these guys need to “get it together”.

  • Lola

    As a native Californian, I’ve watched as special interests commandeer the state and hijack our government. The far left, led by tax hungry entitlement and environmental extremists must now recruit the country next to us to prop up their dwindling support. We can expect to pay a premium for these imported voters lured by the left. Corruption is now the cornerstone of California. Shutting down the best farm land in the world hasn’t helped either.

  • M Schwartz

    According to Edwin S. Rubenstein

    the average uneducated immigrant household:

    Receives $30,164 in government benefits

    Pays $10,573 in government taxes

    Generates a fiscal deficit of $19,588 ($30,164 less $10,573)

  • M Schwartz

    As Alex Aleviev reported last year:

    “For a closer glimpse of what’s in store for California, look at the Los Angeles Unified School District, the largest in California and the second largest in the country. Of its roughly 700,000 students, almost three-quarters are Hispanic, 8.9 percent are white, and 11.2 percent are black. More than half of the Latino students (about 300,000) are “English learners” and, depending on whether you believe the district or independent scholars, anywhere between a third and a half drop out of high school, following significant attrition in middle school. A recent study by UC Santa Barbara’s California Dropout Research Project estimates that high-school dropouts in 2007 alone will cost the state $24.2 billion in future economic losses…

    Perhaps the most disingenuous myth about illegal immigrants is that they do not impose any cost on society. The reality is that even those who work and half do not, according to the Pew Hispanic Center cannot subsist on the wages they receive and depend on public assistance to a large degree. Research on Los Angeles immigrants by Harvard University scholar George J. Borjas shows that 40.1 percent of immigrant families with non-citizen heads of household receive welfare, compared with 12.7 percent of households with native-born heads. Illegal immigrants also increase public expenditures on health care, education, and prisons. In California today, illegal immigrants’ cost to the taxpayer is estimated to be $13 billion half the state’s budget deficit.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112167023

  • M Schwartz

    Jason Richwine also pointed out the difficulty of intergenerational academic underachievement.

    They’re not just like the Irish — or the Italians or the Poles, for that matter. The large influx of Hispanic immigrants after 1965 represents a unique assimilation challenge for the United States. Many optimistic observers have assumed — incorrectly, it turns out — that Hispanic immigrants will follow the same economic trajectory European immigrants did in the early part of the last century. Many of those Europeans came to America with no money and few skills, but their status steadily improved. Their children outperformed them, and their children’s children were often indistinguishable from the “founding stock.” The speed of economic assimilation varied somewhat by ethnic group, but three generations were typically enough to turn “ethnics” into plain old Americans.

    This would be the preferred outcome for the tens of millions of Hispanic Americans, who are significantly poorer and less educated on average than native whites. When immigration skeptics question the wisdom of importing so many unskilled people into our nation at one time, the most common response cites the remarkable progress of Europeans a century ago. “People used to say the Irish or the Poles would always be poor, but look at them today!” For Hispanics, we are led to believe, the same thing will happen.

    But that claim isn’t true. Though about three-quarters of Hispanics living in the U.S. today are either immigrants or the children of immigrants, a significant number have roots here going back many generations. We have several ways to measure their intergenerational progress, and the results leave little room for optimism about their prospects for assimilation…

    Though continuing research on the barriers to Hispanic assimilation will be valuable, the reality is that no intervention in the foreseeable future will change the very slow and perhaps nonexistent assimilation process into a fast and effective one.

    The consequences of a large ethno-cultural group’s lagging behind the majority in education and income are significant. In strictly economic terms, perpetually poor immigrants and their descendants will be a major strain on social spending and infrastructure. Health care, public education, welfare payments, the criminal justice system, and programs for affordable housing will all require more tax dollars. When pro-immigration conservatives declare that these government programs should be scaled back or eliminated entirely, I am sympathetic. But a large public sector is a reality that cannot be wished away — we will not be abolishing Medicaid or public schools anytime soon. Immigration policy needs to take that reality into account.”

    http://nrd.nationalreview.com/article/?q=YjQ4N2EyMTQ4NzZjZmNlOWQwN2RiNTZjMWZiZDY4YzQ=

  • http://graystarcity.info DAVID GRAY

    My wife and I started full time RVing September 2009. As soon as we got to Florida, we changed our residency to there. That decision alone saved us over $1,500 just in license and annual vehicle registration. No state income tax and since I’m a 100% disable vet, I’ll pay no property tax when I buy there. I still own a paid for house in CA and will sell it when the market turns around. I can still vote in CA but I don’t have any hope for CA. I’ll do what I can for CA by voting for good people and nothing more. We feel sorry for our kids who still live in CA.

  • Eric

    To NW Mom: Oh I hope you’re wrong…I just moved from California to Washington in search of greener pastures. I know Washington is a “blue” state, but I did some research and decided to make the move anyway.

    California is a typical example of what happens when liberals are in control…and that goes for Arnold too. Anyone who thinks Schwarzenegger represents Republican values is simply clueless. He is the founding father of the RINO club. He’s as liberal as any Dem in San Francisco, which is a big part of the problem. For Pete’s sake, look at who he’s married to! That’s why I laugh out loud when some moron points to Arnold Schwarzenegger as an example of “Republican failure”. Schwarzenegger is not and never was a Republican. He only ran as a Republican because he knew he would never get elected as a Democrat under the circumstances following Grey Davis.

    I personally know farmers who have been relegated to poverty status because of the environmentalist movement. Long live the Delta smelt…while the most fertile farmland in the world dries up into a dust-bowl, and land that has been passed down for generations is put up for collateral and eventually goes into foreclosure.

    I also remember reading a story about brand new housing complexes being demolished for public safety reasons (vagrants, crack houses, vandals, etc). Brand spanking new houses that had never even been lived in…bulldozed because nobody would buy them before the riff-raff moved in. It was more expensive to keep them standing than to cut the losses and walk away.

    And how many years has it been since the legislature has been able to pass a budget on time?

    I know I’ve rambled on here, and I could on for another 12 pages, but I’ll just stop. I’m glad I made the move, but I’m sad about it at the same time.

  • Montie R

    The definition of stupidity is doing something
    the same way every time and expecting a different
    outcome. The state of kalifornia has lost their
    political minds. Socialism is was and always will
    fail.

  • R Ellis

    We left California in 2008 and do not regret it! A state that once ranked 3 in the world in wealth is now sadly approaching third world status. The state has suffered for years under Democrat rule and left leaning environmentalists, stifling businesses and farming. The influx of illegal immigrants is resulting in stretched social services and increasing taxes. Illegal immigrants are protected from deportation with “Sanctuary City” status within the state. Most California legislators are bought and paid for by unions,and ironically the Assembly leader is a former union negotiator! Yep we got out. We just feel sorry for our kids who can’t get out right now!

  • formerCalresident

    I lived in Calif from 1982 to 1991.
    The state is run by the unions.
    The Mexicans are on all the state government
    payrolls and living on state government welfare. My mother still lives in N Cali.
    She can’t sell her house because last year
    the fires burned all the houses around her.
    She has no where to go. She can’t afford to
    pay the taxes. She’s barely getting by yet
    the Mexicans are driving new cars and live
    in new houses, all state government subsidezed. You can’t bring up the poor by
    bringing down the rich.

  • karen

    This is a classic example of “You reap what you sow.” Don’t expect the rest of the country to bail out California for being irresponsible. We aren’t in the mood anymore. There are consequences for liberal progressive policies, and the chickens have come home to roost. California, it is time to grow up and deal with the mess you have created. Good luck!!!

  • Cameron

    Does anybody need any more or better reasons to vote Conservative? As to the CA/& other Libs who refuse: THERE ARE NONE SO BLIND AS THOSE WHO REFUSE TO SEE.

  • bodhi

    CAFR1.com
    These municipalities and states are not ‘broke’. They are just as corrupt as the ‘City of Bell’. How do you get the self-serving,
    entitled government functionaries to ADMIT THEY HAVE EMBEZZLED, MISAPPROPRIATED MILLIONS ON AN ANNUAL BASIS WHEN THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR IS IN SIGHT? They take their cues from the ‘District of Criminals’. This is already a COMPLETELY TOP DOWN SOCIETY, wherein the different levels of government exist to keep people in their place. Through the deliberate debasing of our currency over the past 40 years, and especially within the past 10, there has been a movement afoot to destroy the ‘middle-class’, so that the numbers of dispossessed overwhelms the capacity of the state to properly satisfy, civil unrest and chaos ensues, wherein the stratified police state can play its ‘war
    games’ carte blanche to the whimpers of approval of the self-righteous, duly ‘terrorized’ remnants of the ‘middle’ and
    ‘upper’ classes.
    WAKE UP, America!! Pledge your allegiance to the REPUBLIC of the united States of America.
    IT IS BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!! Turn your back on the blood sucking USSA, Inc, and its many tentacled fascist corporate bodies, NOW, WHILE WE STILL CAN!

  • Cameron

    California is “The Granola Bar State” because it’s chock-full of fruits, flakes, & nuts, but since CA is such a great place in which to live, maybe ALL the Liberals will move there & give the rest of America, aka “flyover country”, to Conservatives who will take GOOD care of it. Then poor CA won’t have to subsidize the “poor” States so much. One can only dream!

  • the truth

    if a sheep walks off a cliff, the rest will follow. This epitomizes the liberal voter.

  • Dan

    Bob had it right back in October. Stop the inflow of illegal immigrants. We can not afford to carry them on our backs! If California doesn’t have the guts to send them home, send them to Arizona or Oklahoma. Those guys know how to get it done.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Pyrillix

    Bottom line is if you like what has happened to california, new york, michigan, etc. then keep voting democrat, because that is what you are gonna get. period..

  • MARIE

    CALIFORNIANS: GIVE A PROVEN BUSINESS LADY, MEG WHITMAN, A CHANCE TO SHOW YOU CAN ALL HELP TO TURN CALIFORNIA AROUND.

    STICK WITH THE PRESENT GOVERNOR, AND YOU’VE LOST A CHANCE TO IMPROVE THINGS.

    THINGS AIN’T GOING TO CHANGE IF YOU STAY WITH THE PRESENT REGIME.

  • ’53 Korean Vet

    I seem to remember that CA owns rights to get propositions on their Ballots like (Prop-13-!)
    Two propositions can make a difference-! One might recall Fed Judges, from CA for disobeyed
    articles in the Constitution-! Get rid of Dems
    by not allowing Charity to Positions of Power!
    Make them commit to a $1 per week salary! They
    want to serve their state–fine! No illegals allowed, if you don’t have permission to come,
    “The Door is closed-!” In 1620, the Mayflower Pilgrims had to get English-King’s permission to come to America, & everyone else had to get
    the same permission–after that! And the USA
    required immigrants to apply & also take a Health-Examination & pass it–& to remain in
    good report in obeying laws for 5 yrs before
    you got your final citizenship! Why show any
    difference for anyone else-!? Aren’t we all equal-!?

  • Rebootd

    Clint Mcgriff’s little off-hand statement about “apartment dwelling scum” is telling – just exactly where does he think most blue collar workers live? All you folks whining about Democrats and immigrants need to look in the mirror – what decisions were you making that put you in such a vulnerable position? Did you prepare for nothing? Or did you just run out and get a mortgage and six credit cards just because you could, all while looking down on people who have been poor for decades? This country is so full of whiners and blamers and scapegoaters.
    There is an small number of elite rich folks who run this country. Get used to it, start understanding it, and quit blaming your neighbors for how they voted, because this economic meltdown has nothing to do with “liberal” or “conservative.” Screaming about politics is exactly what the PTB want you to do. The time has come to learn how to take care of yourselves instead.

  • Smart Guy

    Vote for Prop 19. While it probably won’t raise $1+ billion in tax revenue like many say, it would definitely help out the current crisis.

  • Illuminatislayer

    Now thats HOPE and CHANGE you can believe in

  • Ekim

    @Gary

    You’ll make an excellent slave. Go sign up for Obama’s “Civilian Security Force”. They’ll feed you, train you, arm you, and tell you whom you should round up and probably kill.

    The best part is that none of it will be your fault…

  • Melody

    Hello Folks in here The Very LIBERAL DEMOCRATS have been in office and have had total control for over 30 years. And Brown is the one that started the mess we are in, allowing sanctuary cities and the huge Government Union Take over of our state. Guess what FOlks he is going to win this election it is pathetic people in State will vote for him just because he has a (d) behind his name not knowing He is the cause of this Mess we are in.

  • Ken

    Step 1: Default
    Step 2: Secede
    Step 3: Allow Competing Currencies
    Step 4: Rescind all legal tender laws

    You may be surprised how quickly the economy and all who are willing to work will prosper.

  • AnotherExCalifornian

    Born and raised in northern California, I took my family and left the state in 2008. We got out just before things started getting really bad in the small town where we lived. Friends that are still there relay stories of closed shops downtown, no jobs, and an economy that’s fallen completely apart. I got a job in Texas a day after I started looking and two years later I’m looking for a house to buy. While I miss my friends there and I feel for my native state, I’ll never go back.

  • PC

    You forgot another one:

    We have 12% of the nation’s population, but 1/3rd of the nation’s welfare cases.

    Basically our welfare load is 3 times greater than the rest of America.

  • GL

    This is what you get when you have a state run for decades by Marxist Libtards. The rest of the country is not far behind.

  • scott bowlan

    wait until 2011 shows up it is going to get a lot worse.
    from 2011 threw 2012

  • http://novelgraphicnovels.com/ Steve Edward

    It’s time for your leaders to impose rewards and sanctions for companies that take their operations off shore.

    But will that happen? Will Americans actually pull together to impose penalties and rewards on industries to bring back the jobs they exported.

    Time will tell?

  • http://crossedsabers.com Cat

    We are in WV…we have food and shelter for 4-6 people willing to work part time at our horse rescue.

  • billbob

    ummm… SURPRISE!!

    You cannot IMPORT millions of desperate third world aliens,
    and offer incentives to speculators to EXPORT your nations industry..

    AND STILL HAVE A COUNTRY..

    WOW..CRAZY, I KNOW.. (sarcasm)
    who could have predicted that such a ruinous, radical, corrupt course of action as national policy would obliterate the american standard of living- right?

  • April

    And to make matters even worse the state of California elects Jerry Brown. Come on people we need change. The man is elderly, things cant be run the way they were run in the 70s. Is he going to reform welfare? We have illegal immigrants come here just to have kids and then end up on welfare. Who pays for that, we do, the working people of CA. what about government employees? Are they going to continue to sit on their fat butts and continue to get great health benefits and the best pensions plans out there. Labor unions are other issue. what about social security reform? there are people out there that have never in their life worked for the united states but they come here, become citizens and get social security. Does this make any sense. that’s why we are falling behind even as a nation!

  • JUSTICEFORALL

    LET’S SEE – ALL THESE AMERICANS ARE NOW UNEMPLOYED BUT ALL THE ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE STILL WORKING AT THEIR JOBS. EASY SOLUTION – MANDATE THE E-VERIFY SYSTEM FOR “ALL EMPLOYERS” AND GET THE ILLEGALS OUT OF OUR JOBS! ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAWS WHICH STATE ANY EMPLOYER CAUGHT HIRING AN ILLEGALS FIRST GETS FINED AND THEN THROWN IN PRISON AND WATCH HOW QUICK AMERICANS ARE GIVEN THEIR JOBS BACK AND ILLEGALS WILL SELF-DEPORT. ALSO, GIVE THEM A DEADLINE AFTER WHICH IF THEY ARE CAUGHT STILL HERE, THEY WILL BE THROWN IN PRISON FOR 10 YEARS AND THEIR BELONGINGS THEY HAVE STOLEN FROM THIS NATION CONFISCATED. THEY WILL LEAVE, AND AMERICANS CAN GET THEIR JOBS BACK!

  • JUSTICEFORALL

    PS GET RID OF TRAITOROUS MECHA BOY VILLARAIGOSA (MAYOR OF L.A.) WHO I UNDERSTAND PUT OFFICES ALL OVER L.A. HELPING (AIDING & ABETTING IS MORE LIKE IT) ILLEGAL ALIENS TO STEAL WHATEVER THEY CAN GET FROM AMERICA IN THE WAY OF SOCIAL SERVICES, ETC., ETC. AND TAKE BACK MAYWOOD, CA WHICH HAS GONE COMPLETELY BANKRUPT SINCE THE MAJORITY OF ITS RESIDENTS ARE ILLEGAL ALIENS.

  • paul

    left California a long time ago. What a weird place to live, Disgraceful with all that money and opportunity there ,they developed a rat hole.

  • David Alan

    Our family of seven left the “Golden State”, land of our upbringing over 40 years, greatly sorrowed over what it had become…California isn’t alone in the problems, though.

    Sad thing is, this malaise of depression is over the whole of America…don’t be fooled, it’s just worse in California – we left 4 years ago….CA is just one of the worst off patients in the Cancer Ward, but to our shock & dismay…Texas, our newly chosen State, is not far behind.

    Not quite as bad, but most of those problems are here, in seed form anyhow.

    To cut to the chase, on the surface the disease is Statism, which both parties are addicted to, GOP & Democrats alike, therefore, hoping for a mere election to make a change, without a widespread repentance, is a vain hope.

    The cause of our disease of “Statism”, the root, is a failure to look to God & His remedy Jesus Christ, as our supply & source of happiness & fulfillment.

    Instead, we look to our jobs, money, social status & connections, and ultimately, to the State – Caesar (not just for welfare & foodstamps – corporate & state contracts & gov’t jobs are just as surely welfare), instead of to God, and our neighbors.

    If the surface disease is Statism, the root is Idolatry, pure & simple – so that Statism / Idolatry are two sides of the same coin.

    We in our family have been feeling the fallout, and are in repentance mode – God be praised – and have fore-sworn trying to use political solutions to solve spiritual ills.

    I’m not saying there isn’t a role for Godly men in the political realm – there sure is (the truly Godly man will be known ‘in the Gates’ – civic life / politics), but the Truth is, we have our self & family & church ‘sphere / governments’ totally messed up – our of joint with God’s righteous commands – and are justly reaping horrible fruit.

    85 % of children from professedly Christian homes lose their faith during the college years. Many of them will fornicate, rather than marry, the few that do marry will bear very few children. Huh ?

    This is a curse, that Satan would steal our ‘Godly seed’ that He promised us.

    So what do we do ?

    We go nuts in the political realm, keep spending ourselves into a deeper debt hole, eating all the processed garbage at the grocery store, getting all manner of diseases in the process, and then, in vain, pray for God to heal us.

    Look at the ObamaCommie Care Socialized medicine program – is that not the State / Caesar, posing ‘the One who healeth your diseases’ – “Jehovah Rapha” ?

    So many professed of us professed Christians have turned to the State for our needs, so that the State begins to take on the role that actually only belongs to God. In doing this, the actions of Ceasar have their root in our disobeying God’s will for our lives – his plan for healthy living & eating, and his commandments to ‘come our from amongst them & be ye separate, saith the LORD.”

    Yet in the past year, how many Christians or pastors have told you that ? I pray some have – or that you sensed it. But haven’t you seen many, many political complaints about the ObamaCommieCare plan, that totally ignored the spiritual root cause of this plan ?

    The Scriptures say: “He that turns aside from hearing the Law of the LORD, even his prayer shall be an abomination to Me.”

    The solution: repent, repent, repent. Read Psalm 51 where King David tearfully repents – let his prayer, be our prayer.

    Then, read Isaiah Chapter 1, the most amazing passage / guide to thorough cultural & church repentance – note how it says that UNTIL we cease our works of evil (God will reveal them to us WHEN we are humble, not before) & begin doing good, God will not even hear our most fervent prayer.

    I’ve read most of the comments in this thread – and I’m shocked at how few of them connect the cultural degredation to the churches apostasy (I apologize if I missed some that did) – therefore I feel duty bound to comment.

    This is no holier than thou stance I make here, brothers & sisters in Christ – every drop of 3 + years of blood, sweat & tears our family has suffered, learning these lessons the hard way – I am trying to express to you.

    We left the mess that is California (San Diego / Riverside county area) – for most all these 19 reasons listed in this article – knowing the State was going downhill, fast.

    But the fact is, that either California or Texas are both doomed if / because they have rejected Christ’s LORDSHIP over both the leaders & the people.

    Final idea: Note Isaiah 33:22, that for the LORD to be our Savior, he must first be our “Judge, Lawgiver & King” – only then will he be our “Savior”.

    Have you & your family made Him, submitted to Him as “Judge, Lawgiver & King” or are you ignoring Him in those areas, just hoping for an ‘easy out’ savior ?

    As the true saying goes: “If He’s not LORD of all, He’s not LORD at all.”

    Amen !

    May the power of God, in Christ & the Holy Spirit, save all the 50 states as we return to Him in humble repentance !

    David Alan
    Texas

    • Highpockets

      Praise God David for your courage to speak His word! You hit the nail on the head! People also need to know that we are more than halfway through the prophecies in God’s book of Revelations! We need to get ready, hold onto your hats, because the Lord is soon to return! It won’t mater one bit who is “who the President is, or who is elected to office” So it is written, so it shall be. The question is: “Will YOU be ready????”

  • Rory Trup

    The central problem in California is the dominate party (democrats) are anti- Christian. San Francisco’s homosexual proclivity results in a Sacramento leadership fixated on promoting a variety of orgasisms rather than responsible economics. These tyrants passed out entitlements/other people’s money to ensure votes for radical environmental deviants. These creeps even declared a “Harvey Milk” day in public schools. Harvey Milk was an admitted pedophile and would have been sued if he was a Catholic Priest (read his own quotes in his biography). Go figure. Plus, the environmental side does not like jobs because work uses energy and manufacturing polutes. Boxer and Pelocy even won re-election again Nov. 2nd. I rest my case.
    Peace,
    RT

  • Christina

    I left Cali last year… All my bills but housing are actually more expensive in FL. People are nicer in CA. We miss it. We’re going back!!!! I luv CA!!

  • Hansen

    We simply cannot continue to feed,house, give medical care to and educate Central America arrived here…

    We don’t need their cheap labor and we don’t need more unemployed. They are taking jobs away from Americans:

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/oct/29/study-foreign-born-workers-gain-656000-jobs/
    Study: Foreign-born workers gain 656,000 jobs
    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/border/
    October 29, 2010
    Immigrants have gained more than 600,000 jobs since the official end of the Great Recession in June 2009, according to a newly released study. Native-born workers fared far worse, shedding 1.5 million jobs, according to an analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center of U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Labor data.
    If illegals were not here there would be 1/3 less unemployment by simple arithmetic.

  • Hansen

    When you read about crowded schools with no money, closed hospitals, high medical costs, overcrowded prisons, think Wall Street and also think Central American immigration. Here’s how it starts:
    For anyone who cares about actual statistics. The number one expenditure in California is live births. Latino women have 69% of all the births on Medical, and half of them are undocumented.

    Latino kids make up over 52% of all Medi Cal recipients. That’s because they automatically get enrolled when they are born to their illegal or legal Latino mom’s here.

    Our health care system in California is all about Latino kids. Don’t believe me though, read the report straight from Medi Cal.

    http://www.chcf.org/topics/medi-cal/index.cfm?itemID=102647

  • HURLCO

    Having been born and raised in Detroit, I headed west for the bay area and lived there for the majority of the seventies. It was a great place to live while going through the roaring twenties of sex, drugs & rock n’ roll. Now, most of those in my peer group are running the state of California. What a travesty. The LBGT Confederacy dictates most of the politically correct trajectory of the school system. Deviant behavior engenders deviancy. A sphincter was designed by God to defecate with…not fornicate with. While that may come off as a shallow metaphor, just think about it. When a great state is run by deviants, deviancy is the result. You can blow it off as being homophobic, I don’t really give a shizz. They made their bed and now bitch about the inherent bed-bugs. I would not live in California even if offered a well paying job and free rent.

  • HURLCO

    And now my comment is awaiting “moderation” and approval for simply speaking the truth.

    • Michael

      All comments go through the moderation process. I am not trying to offend anyone.

      Michael

  • Kelly Smith

    I believe California is going broke because they allow workers to rec unemployment too easy now, they will give it to you for almost any reason. A person and decide they don’t need to work anymore get up and walk out “quit”, and still they are allowed unemployment. How qualified is that person sitting there passing out unemployment to everybody.

  • judy

    We need to cut people off that has been leaching from the welfare system for years, pop a kid out every year (most are not wanted) they do it for the money, why in the hell should us working older tax paying citizens keep paying for these leaches…? The illegals, prisoners..etc. I dont have health care my self, I need surgery, I can’t get it, because I am uninsured, but these people do?? wtf? Why in the hell are the democrats think they are doing a good job, is it because they are leaching, how can you not see the jobs, homes lost since Obamaa has been president, he is embarrassing….I hear his voice, it turns my stomach….

    • Susan

      Judy, you said it perfectly! The answer is so simple, why isn’t that implemented? We have caused the reverse of “the strong survive” in creating a society of leeches who expect everything to be paid for – by those of us who work for their benefit. And they are now dangerously close to outnumbering us. It makes me sick and so does Obama, the socialist.

      • Steven B.

        But, pot smokers in California love Obama as he gives them welfare, food stamps, and Section 8 housing to smoke pot all day without working. Legalizing pot in Colorado is going to bankrupt it too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Whitey

    California is liberalism at work. Period.

  • Shawn

    California has great weather….other than that there’s too many uneducated people who live for today and do not plan for the future. Too many people who can perform the same job for less. No stability amongst the Hispanic population… Just yesterday in Bakersfield outside of inn and out burger a young mother with her husband / boyfriend and of course grandma by her side, was using profanity right in front of her young child. F this f that. Their culture is non existent. It’s horrible. They have absolutely no future, with out education and a complete life change.

  • SUSAN

    Intersting comments about California being broke. Thankfully there are many ways for those who have lived here for years enjoying this wonderful state and all it has to offer and now don’t want to be here, to leave. The illegals that cost us millions of dollars a day in so many ways should be the first to be deported. I came with my family from another country leagally. It should still be a requirement today, but my belief is that local government will not ever allow this to happen which is beyond me. Also get these people off welfare. Taking the train you can see a lot that needs to be done in LA and so many other cities south and north why not get these people out to clean it up.

  • popp

    illegals suck the system dry..helloo

    • judy

      I just blogged on Q and A about this, yes they are, they use FAKE ID’s…to get what they want. They have liters they can’t pay for dumping the crap on us.

    • Guest

      Racist bastards if it weren’t for us Mexicans your lawns would be ugly!

      • john

        stfu

        • john

          illegals are sucking the system dry.

  • jim

    The reason Califonia is this bad now is simple. As the percentage of white people continues to drop and Black and Hispanic rise the state will coninue to decline and it will never get better. look at Detroit.

  • http://twitter.com/Radavero1 Richard Radavero

    great job gov.

  • alex johnston

    major corporations in California hardly pay any taxes. It is the rich who get the most welfare by far and who are leaching the system.

  • Irv Spielberg

    Harvey Milk Stamped “Out” Forever !

    The Obama Cabal is
    behind universal GAYety with a “forever” postage stamp glorifying Harvey
    Milk, a Jewish homosexual predator “attracted to boys aged 15-19,”
    according to WikiAnswers! (Also see Wikipedia.)
    Global gaydom was even predicted by Jesus (see “days of Lot” in Luke 17 and compare with Genesis 19).

    And the Hebrew prophet Zechariah (14th chapter) says that during the
    same end-time gay “days” ALL nations will come against Israel and
    fulfill the “days of Noah” at the same time (see Luke 17 again) – a
    short time of anti-Jewish genocide found in Zechariah 13:8 when
    two-thirds of all Jews will die.
    In other words, when “gay days” have become universal, all hell will break loose!

    The same “days” will cause worldwide human government to collapse in
    just a few short years! For the first time ever there won’t be enough
    time for anyone to attend college, have a family, enjoy retirement, etc.
    It will also be the last time anyone like ObabaBlackSheep will be able
    to keep pulling the wool over our eyes!
    One final thought. The more we see gays “coming out,” the sooner Jesus will be “coming down”!

    For more, Google or Yahoo “God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up,” “Jesus Never
    Mentioned Homosexuality. When gays have birthdays…,” “FOR GAYS ONLY:
    Jesus Predicted…,” “USA – from Puritans to Impure-itans!” and “The
    Background Obama Can’t Cover Up.”
    (PS: HOMOgenized Milk is preferred by Gov. Schwarzenaggravator and Pres. ObabaBlackSheep.)

  • wilsonsandy2

    CAL IS BREAKIN AND THE 1% WONT BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN CALIFORNIA. YOU SHOULD LEAVE ANYWAY BECAUSE IT WILL EVENTUALLY HAVE A QUAKE THAT WILL SINK MOST OF THE STATE. JERRY BROWN IS AN ALLY WITH OBAMA. OBAMA IS GOING TO LIVE IN CAL IN 2016. HOPE HE LOVES ALL THE ILLEGALS/MUSLIMS

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