The Blues

Life is generally a series of trade offs. When we are young we forego the Ferrari, the giga watt stereo system with the 6 foot speakers, and making it rain “dolla dolla bills, ya all” in the local strip club because going to college (and paying for it by working nights) makes more sense. Then you put in mega hours at the office with the hopes of having a comfortable retirement. Even with blogging, you put up with the occasional brain dead buffoon, the ones that marvel at their own ability to cut and paste then claim some ownership of copied words, because there are many others out there who can contribute, can provide the impetus to question your beliefs and open up new ideas to be examined. This is pretty much how I feel about living in California, trade offs up the wazoo. The culture, the cuisine, the weather, and the close proximity to every imaginable activity, I can play tennis all year round, what’s not to love? Well, sadly, it is run by democrats, which translates in to the obvious, high unemployment, high taxes, stifling regulations, fleeing businesses and deficits as far as the eye can see. The nature of the beast, but many other states understand stink when they smell it:

In 2010, influenced by the Tea Party and its focus on fiscal issues, 17 states elected Republican governors. And, according to an analysis, every one of those states saw a drop in their unemployment rates since January of 2011.

And here is the money shot:

This is yet another example of how the so-called “blue state” model is not working.

Talk about a V-8 moment.

For years California has had a deficit problem, but much like the nation under Bush, the people elect another democrat and that deficit breeds like rabbits. Jerry Brown campaigned to clean up Sacramento and bring back fiscal sanity, He gets elected and since then the deficit has increased by 70%.

We can look at other blue states to see how they are fairing:

For instance, the unemployment rate in New York actually went up.

How about Obama’s home state? Uh Oh.

And now we can add San Bernadino to the list of cities in California that have filed for bankruptcy, unable to meet pay roll. Stockton, Mammoth Lakes, just like Vallejo a few years ago, cities across the state are coming to terms with onerous public services contracts which they can not meet. Embedded costs to public sector unions, paying the salaries of 2 employees (1 working, and 1 retired collecting benefits, sometimes at 100% of their salary) for everyone on the books, a recipe for disaster. Vallejo was paying just over 70% of its annual budget on labor costs. San Bernadino was paying 80%, no city can sustain itself at that rate.

When I was working I had several buddies, both on the police and fire departments of Vallejo, they were paid very well and it was clear years ago, at least to me, that this system of reimbursement could not be sustained. After Vallejo filed, it terminated all public service contracts, the workers were not happy and many put in for early retirement. But with renegotiated contracts and some belt tightening, something Sacramento can’t seem to fathom, Vallejo has emerged as a healthy thriving community, back on it’s feet and out of bankruptcy court.

Somethings in life seem so simple, so obvious. You don’t spend more money then you make has got to be the no brainer at the top of the list. Red states have figured it out, why is common sense and liberal politics like oil and water {rhetorical question, we all know the answer}.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    Moogoo will now explain how increasing the tax rates to be in excess of 100% for everybody will not only level the playing field, but magically put everyone back to work and put a chicken in every pot.

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