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Ben Boychuk
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FormerCalifornian March 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Like many others, I left the state and headed east. Even in the so-called fortunate enclave of Orange County those of us in the middle class found it hard to get by, especially with recurring layoffs in many key industries. As others have stated here, this is particularly true for those of us who have more 'experience', shall we say.

The outlook does not look rosy for the future, either. Politicians' pet projects take precedence over real needs, and the short-sightedness of Sacramento and their public sector union overlords will obstruct any real reform until it is too late. Inland California IS a third world entity, with scavengers stealing copper from wherever they can find it. Human and drug trafficking is another concern that is not being addressed in any real way.

If Milton were writing today, his magnum opus would be about the loss of the paradise that was California.
Basically Silicon Valley is a state unto itself. It is single-handedly propping up the entire state per capita income. Take SV away and California is going down the tubes.
Per Capita GDP of Texas - $46,498
Per Capita GDP of California - $46,029

Note the democrat below who said California has "double the state GDP of its nearest competitor, Texas." Multiply by population it's not even close to "double". California is less competitive, and with an increasing population of low-end immigrants, this is only going to get worse.

But this is a fact, and democrats can't handle facts nor reality.
Yes there are tech jobs here - if you are under 50. I am watching with increasing dismay as friends over 50 lose their jobs in tech and can't find another. California is a one-trick pony and without that tech pony it is a third world country. As the tech companies wise up and move more of their expansion out of California, so will the tax base and the upper middle white collar jobs. This place is doomed and I can't wait to leave it, taking my retirement savings with me.
"No matter what the facts are, the doomers always love to make up scary stories about the pending demise of California." Right. Out of curiosity, where in this article did you read anything about the "pending demise of California"? Or did you just want to get something off your chest?
The states with the highest rates of violent crime and the highest levels of poverty remain the Red States of the South and Midwest. Los Angeles, along with New York, rates as one of the safest large cities in the nation, with San Diego rating even higher.

California, by itself, remains the world's sixth largest economy with double the state GDP of its nearest competitor, Texas.

No matter what the facts are, the doomers always love to make up scary stories about the pending demise of California. Too bad the evidence doesn't support those claims.
Same points Victor Hanson has made for several years. Perhaps it simply scares too many people too much to admit that the once most prosperous state in the union is heading towards bankruptcy (along with the highest violent crime rate in the nation), despite the highest overall tax burden in all of the 50 states with a government run exclusively by Dims.... Yep, the good times are here again...
Richard K. Munro March 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM
If California NIMBY's have their way then California is in for deep trouble. But if California allows fracking and puts more water into agriculture then it has a chance. But it is later than most people think.
Re: California dreamin'

Maybe the state and lib media can propagate a "continue the miracle" theme and lobby to have the fed taxpayers continue to "invest" in this left leaning Utopia for the "good of the country".
Wish the NY Times would get sold and managed by journalists devoted to consistent truthful reporting.

Facts Mr. Boychuk could have included but are culturally or politically incorrect include:
1. The flood of low-skill, poorly educated immigrants from a cultural background(Hispanic) that places little emphasis on academic success yet encourages a high birth rate.
2. The absolute increase in size of the California population, leading to increased housing costs, fewer resources per person(think water), and simply a general congestion and crowding the affluent will choose to avoid.
3. The decline in public school standards that 50 years ago were among the best in the nation.
So, 98% of the "nuts" are grown in California. That would be consistent with my own experience after living here for 32 years.
jimmy Kilpatrick March 15, 2014 at 1:34 AM
Since when has any liberal had the capability to take an honest inventory of a dire situation caused by their actions?
It doesn't make much sense to say that, "Yeah the coastal areas are doing increasingly well, but look at what's happening an hour east". Has inland California ever had an economy beyond the exploitation of its general location and natural resources? Was there an aerospace industry in Bakersfield at some point in time? A tech cluster in Stockton?

It's reasonable to complain that we ought to find a better way to distribute our limited water resources to make sure that farming continues to be productive, but I don't know of any case anywhere where "farming community" and "booming economy" were in any way seen as mutually dependent.

A lot of the unemployment problems in inland California have with the fact that we've been attracting millions of low-skill immigrants over the past few decades, and now the economy doesn't really need them. But for those with the requisite skills to compete in the 21st Century economy, including immigrants, opportunities in California have never been better.
I was born in San Jose and have strong ties to the Golden State, though I live in the east. I have followed the fortunes of California with increasing dismay.

i simply stopped reading the Times years ago -- when it ceased to be "America's newspaper of record" and substituted instead "All the News That Fits, We Print" for "All the News That's Fit to Print." The crown jewel of American journalism was cavalierly turned into a yellow (actually, pink) rag by Pinch Sulzberger, and today is a but a caricature of the powerful organ his father built.

Everything has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The Times' end is nigh.
Gilbert W. Chapman March 14, 2014 at 7:29 PM
Upon being discharged from the military, someone asked me if there was any difference in Americans from across the country.

During that three year period, I'd had conversations with people from just about every state in our nation . . . From Wyoming to Alabama to Nevada to Minnesota to Ohio to Georgia . . . You name it.

In response, I said, "For the most part all Americans are pretty much the same . . . Except those from California . . . Those people from there are really weird."

That was in 1970 . . . From the theme of this article, I would guess nothing has changed in four decades.
Yes, California does have its problems. Of course there is the comparison between California and Texas --

A couple from Nebraska visited us here in Ca. And talked about what a great Job Moonbeam has done. Aghast, 3 of us replied HUH? Where did you hear that? Of course the answer was "oh, I heard read it somewhere" The one time retroactive tax grab caught many off guard. Many had liquidated assets that year because Obama was RAISING taxes and got a very unpleasant surprise when Ca. grabbed theirs. Take away the High Tech tax win fall. And this retroactive tax and we are even at best. PLUS, this state as NO NET INFLUX of people to buy homes or start businesses. People that are here are playing a "move to a better city" game with both their companies and their houses. So, better run towns will see booms and lousy Cities like LA will see net declines in all areas. With idiotic bike lanes, metro's, HOV lanes and Bullet Trains stealing money from necessities, and the mentioned insurmountable mountain of unfunded liabilities. Ca. is a BK in process. A huge Detroit or Sears in a long fall from grace.