Understand this: California Democrats do it on purpose. There are by now overwhelming evidence that the Democratic way of governance doesn't work, and is a disaster economically, socially, culturally and in every other way that is typically thought of as good.
At some point, you have to acknowledge that Democrats know the foregoing, and not only don't care but the objective is a beggered, criminalized community, dependent on government, and which provides for state funding of the Party through the funneling of taxpayer dollars through public unions. Democrats have used this method to destroy much of the African American community in America - the consequences of this were clearly laid out in reports authored by, among others, Daniel Patrick Moynihan. It is a formula for complete success for the Democrats - look what has been done to the black community over the last 50 years and then take note of who African Americans vote for. This methodology is being used with Latinos, with the same success.
So...prosperity is not on the agenda for the Democrats - they make noises about it, but their actions are carefully calculated to ensure that economic success is impossible. All of it - the whole mishpucha as we say in our community - leads to the same thing - a community mired in misery caused by economic dysfunction, crime, one child families, lack of will to be educated et als. And it leads to one important fact - nearly 100% of the vote for Democrats, and areas of the country which are essentially rules by the most corrupt organization on the planet - the Democratic Party.
So forget about North Dakota - the lesson for Democrats in California is what NOT to do. The Democrats have power in California and things like an educated, prosperous community with intact families is something to be avoided at all costs, not embraced. And, with a media firmly behind them Democrats aren't about to allow anything to jeopardize their hold on power.
This is what the Democratic party is all about. In places like Chicago, and my home city of Newark New Jersey, the Democrats have been in power for decades and decades. The result? An uneducated (despite spending oodles of money on education, in order to run it through the teachers unions - the lack of intact families ensure that no amount of money will do a thing - BUT a lock on the media ensures perpetuation of the myth that money equals education - a perfect state of affairs since it brings in lots of money), crime ridden community, with zero hope for the future, media firmly toeing the party line and 100% of the vote. Republicans are clueless boogeymen, the Goldsteins of this modern utopia. As Democrats consolidate power in California, what we can expect is the same model of governance heretofore only used in the big cities. It is a depressing future, unless you are the ones in charge.
What North Dakota DOESN'T know is that nothing would make Jerry Brown happier than fewer cars on the road. He and other California liberals want to rid itself of as many cars as possible so that the environmentalists can a have their car-free, clean air utopia. To do this, they get rid of as many jobs as possible. Does that make sense to ya? Does to me.
Mr. Calle has cobbled together a series of unrelated statistics taken from a snapshot in time, which leads to a meaningless conclusion. It is this kind of short-term, myopic thinking that is devastating our country.
Kudos to North Dakota for not entering into crushing pension obligations or suffering from a massive overbuilding of residential real estate. Important to mention here is that a significant part of the high unemployment rate in California is because of the collapse of the homebuilding market, which happened due to unregulated “market demand” exacerbated by unscrupulous lending practices and uneducated consumerism.
There is only a finite supply of oil and gas locked up in North Dakota, and while it's a short term boon to the state, eventually these industries will wither, leaving abandoned oil fields and massive environmental cleanup. I hope the state begins to leverage its newly acquired wealth to train and educate its workforce to attract a diverse industry. This is precisely what countries like Kuwait and UAE, the latter of which devotes 25% of total federal government spending on education. These countries are leveraging their resources to prepare for a post-oil era, as is California. For those in disbelief, I suggest you research Masdar City, a project funded almost entirely by the Government of Abu Dhabi.
It is a better investment for a state to focus on becoming a center for innovation, attracting knowledge-based companies and research and development, rather to base an entire economy on the extraction of raw materials. I applaud California’s efforts to be the former, despite sometimes misguided legislation.
Great article. Thanks for the counterpoint to the endless drone about the magic of "green jobs." I had never considered North Dakota as a destination but it may be time I did.
What Mr. Calle leaves off his article is that North Dakota is also the only state to embrace public banking. When the state needs to borrow money, it does so from itself and at lower interest rates than the private mega-banks. Profits from the state's investments are not returned to the private banks by paying them interest but instead plowed back into the local economy. Public banking has played as much a role in the low unemployment rate as oil production has
I graduated from a certain religious university in Utah in the mid-'80s where there were so many Californians that a popular t-shirt there read "UCP (University of Cal-Provo). The haughty attitude of those Californians was grating then. Now it's nothing but pitiable.
Now such an attitude is more likely greeted with "bet you're glad you got back to civilization" or "oh yeah, Cali--English as a second language." Or "So how's North Mexico doing these days?"
The superiority act has completely disappeared as their state slips into its self-made dystopia. I feel bad for its conservative agricultural backbone, the ones who've been made to bear the brunt of it so far.
But the anti-growth, anti-energy, anti-business stance of their state has caused such severe capital flight and sturdy refusal to do business there that it's nearly impossible to see them pulling out of this tailspin. California's debt load and inability to realize any but declining tax receipts in the face of exploding demands on its treasury mean it's going to hit the ground hard without a net.
And if you are from Mexifornia and harbor some idea that we, your betters in the civilized world in well-run States like Idaho or Utah or Texas will be bailing you out, that's because you're in denial.
My advice to you is stay the hell out of our states so the damage can be quarantined to yours. You made your bed so don't come crapping in ours.
Perhaps Doug is in a dream world where our energy needs will be met by the brating wings of unicorns that sprinkle pixie dust on the "green" never never land of progressives. "No safe place" for CO2?, get outta here! Plants perhaps?.
Green energy isn't a dream world, and traditional energy cannot supply us forever. For one thing, there is no safe place to put the resulting CO2, not from the point of view of world civilization as a whole. For another, even if we wished that difficulty away, supplies will eventually be exhausted.
And finally, California has plenty of desert, geothermal, wind, and solar potential. ND has, at best, some wind potential, and it's not well placed to exploit that because the transmission lines would have to be so long.
RR, I hear you. I see way too much of that attitude in Wisconsin. Besides that we have Democrats tying to block possible job creation. The Democrats don't really seem to care whether shovel-ready jobs are to be had or not.
We have a huge iron ore deposit in the northern part of the state and they are trying to stop mining the ore, first with one environmental reason and then another, whether they have any bearing on this mine or not. The fact that both Michigan and Minnesota mine their ore seems to make no impression on them. I guess they're following in the footprints of California. This is going through our legislature right now and I hope and pray it will pass (one RINO could be the stick in the spokes) and if it dos it will be a strict party line vote again. Good for South Dakota. I know they'll take care of the environment because people's consciousness has been raised higher than Haman already.
People need jobs, not handouts because being on the dole lessens one's self worth!
A common fallacy of "our side" is to endlessly repeat the mantra that "government doesn't work." It DOES work. Just not as promised.
Consider Vic's pithy remark about staying in CA in an unemployed status rather than moving to North Dakota for a job - a logical decision in a welfare state.
We pay people not to work. That works. More choose not to work -- by postponing their return to work (well, returning to "on the books" work).
Here's the URL for the latest WALL ST JOURNAL article on unemployment insurance -- aptly named "Paid Not to Work":
As of December, ten counties in North Dakota have under 2% unemployment. Their statewide unemployment rate is 3.3%. They are crying for employees, but can't find enough, even in this recession.
Why? Because today's unemployed people are not sufficiently motivated by their status to disrupt their lives and move to a less hospitable location. In short, unemployment insurance (coupled with other welfare benefits such food stamps, utility subsidies, etc. etc.) lowers the "mobility of labor," as the economists put it.
And it's not just North Dakota that offers better employment options. Other low unemployment states include Nebraska (4.1%), South Dakota (4.2%), Vermont (5.1%), New Hampshire (5.1%) and Iowa (5.6%).
There ARE jobs in this country, but the interest in employment is too often subordinated to "staying put."
If government simply "didn't work," often that might not be as bad as envisioned. The fact that it DOES work -- causing adverse consequences not envisioned by our central planners -- is perhaps a more perverse problem for America.
I've been to Williston. I'll stay right here in Southern California and continue looking for work.