Adios, California

t’s not easy watching California self-destruct. After all, my four sons are 6th generation Californians. One relative of ours journeyed here prior to the Gold Rush when the state population was just a handful of people. Family lore has it he was a gunslinger who, victorious in a gun duel, headed to California to avoid the law. He ended up ranching on what is now known as Mammoth Mountain. Other family members took part in the gold rush and one ended up discovering gold in 1895 in the Mojave Desert. My grandparents arrived in Kern County in the 1930s and worked as teachers educating the children of oil workers shortly after the discovery of oil in that region.

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3 Responses to Adios, California

  1. ShakeNbake says:

    Good article. I help out an elderly veteran friend a lot. He is originally from California, and boy has he told me stories. Late last fall he reconnected with one of his sons after 40 years ( long story ) who resides in California. All I will say is his son is kind of up there in his govt job. The things he told me were just sad. He is a right minded person, and is in the process of selling his properties, retiring, and fleeing to greener pastures. He tells me every single person that he knows that is right minded is just trying to make it to retirement and they are leaving. He could not believe that a dozen eggs at the drug story here by the Great Lakes were on sale for .89 cents. Just blew his mind.

    • Elmo says:

      Your example is a result of the ‘cage free’ law that was a creation of the Humane Society of the United States, which pushes a U.N. agenda that the Statists in Sacramento are completely simpatico with.
      In California fees, taxes and the hidden cost of regulation infuses everything. The best example is the cap and trade fee on gasoline. Allow me to explain.

      The ‘CA Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006’ was signed into law by Arnold Schwarzenegger. It gave sweeping power to the Air Resources Board (annual budget $670 million), chaired by a woman who was first appointed to a state position by Moonbeam in the ’70s. CARB devised a scheme whereby ‘polluters’ would be required to purchase credits to offset carbon emissions, and one of the players in the sale of these credits is a Delaware based corporation that was created by the state of California. This was an illegal action but as Moonbeam would say, “So sue me”.

      Two groups of ‘polluters’ that must purchase credits are the refineries and the power generators. The cost of purchasing those credits is then passed on to consumers in the form of higher costs. There is also a cap and trade fee tacked onto the cost of fuel at the pump. The current fee is 10-12¢, but nobody seems to be able to tell you what that cost actually is. It’s estimated that this fee will eventually rise to over 70¢ per gallon.

      These fees are not passed by law, they are created by CARB as regulations. The members of CARB are not elected. They are all appointed by the governor.

      The incredible thing is that very few people here have the slightest idea how any of this works. They just know everything here is expensive and continue to vote Democrat. And if the Democrats get their way, more and more states will become exactly like California, which is morally and fiscally bankrupt.

      Oh, and the cost of fuel is going up 12¢ tonight with a separate new tax that was never voted on by the people. They tell us it’s going to fix our roads.

  2. Skip says:

    I’m outa here. Taking a good look at Pocatello Idaho.

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