How much trouble in CA in ??
- Government Octopus Stifles Growth and Strangles California
August 22, 2012 By Katy Grimes
If forces are at work quelling America, the best place to start would be
right here in California.
California used to be the 6th largest economy in the world, with rich
natural resources, prime agricultural land, the innovations of Silicon Valley,
and a once envied education system.
But the land of milk and honey has turned sour and bitter, full of
entitlement, resentment, and class warfare, burdened under the nation’s highest
taxes, the highest debt, and one half a trillion dollars in unfunded pension
liability. California has the worst credit rating in the nation, the most
illegal immigrants, and the most welfare recipients in the nation.
Whether there are “forces” or not working to dismantle the great American
experiment, the government is doing it for us–and California is first up at
California: on the brink
State government, with the help of the feds, dried up California’s Central
Valley, the world’s agricultural Mecca, through a myriad of absurd water
regulations, high taxing and environmental regulations, and managed to
devastate the state’s primary resource. Adding insult to injury, Gov. Jerry Brown
has decided to reuse much of the rich agricultural land for a $100 billion
publicly funded high-speed train that no one in California wants.
As if enough economic damage hasn’t already been done to the state, Brown
recently announced that he would tear up the unique and plentiful Delta
region in the state, and replace much of it with water tunnels to funnel
Northern California water to the southern part of the state. While the southland
needs water, tearing up more agricultural land isn’t the way to accomplish
this — not if one is a sincere steward of the unique natural resources
California has to offer.
This is just more proof that Democrats are not conservationists, but
extreme and irrational environmental posers. And they are so beholden to labor
unions and other extreme interests, they are causing the deterioration of the
In doing all of this damage to the state, Brown has ensured that the
dwindling businesses will pay the price.
Destroying California’s schools was easy. Instead of teaching everyone in
English, California politicians and educators claimed they were “celebrating
diversity,” and allowed English as a Second Language courses to take over
Instead of allowing and encouraging all immigrants to keep and maintain
their own languages, politicians have downgraded and degraded all education in
“It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse
for a society to be bilingual,” former Colorado Governor Dick Lamm said in
“Diversity” was not the charge of government education, nor was the goal
high-paying jobs and employment for adults.
But liberals hijacked the schools, and on the way forgot about educating
kids. Today’s California public schools are ranked last in the nation, but
the teachers are paid really well.
Manufacturing: the last frontier
In California, those who sit in government offices have labeled people who
create businesses “polluters.” Lawyers and bureaucrats, who receive
government paychecks and create nothing other than impossible hurdles for people
in business, are behind the regulations. And they do this in order to keep
I worked in manufacturing for 20 years and witnessed first hand the
strangling regulations California bureaucrats impose on manufacturers. Even when
business owners comply with the regulations, bureaucrats up the anty and
impose more impossible regulations. And it is our politicians allowing this.
If politicians were sincere about their hatred of bullying, they would
first look within government and end the bullying of business owners by petty
The government fog
Government is like a fog, filling in every possible crevice with its cold,
wet, harsh fingers.
Look at government — it’s everywhere. The owner of a property can’t even
turn the power on in his own building without applying for a permit from the
city before calling the power company.
We can’t travel without the Transportation Security Administration
breathing down our backs, and dumping out our hairspray, shampoo and lotions–rules
imposed by lamebrain bureaucrats.
Our public schools have become detrimental to many kids, instead of the
wonderful, safe , stimulating halls of learning they once were.
As the private sector has deteriorated under the imposition of government
rules, regulations, taxes, and cheating, bureaucrats and politicians are
getting rich, living well beyond their pay grades, and making secret deals
with faceless power brokers for future wealth.
Public corruption is killing the private sector. Government is run by men
and women who largely base their decisions on how they can grow government,
and personally benefit from it.
“In short, our top pundits, our political elites, our very president all
believe that they can blast the unfairness of high capitalism while doing
everything in their power to enjoy its dividends — and demand an ethical
standard from others that they habitually do not meet themselves,” said Victor
(Katy Grimes is a longtime political analyst, writer and journalist, and
CalWatchdog’s news reporter. Originally posted on _CalWatchdog_
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