California: A Liberal Failure

From Powerline:

…Today, California is the most spectacular failure of our time. Its government is broke. Productive citizens have been fleeing for some years now, selling their homes at inflated prices (until recently) and moving to Colorado, Arizona, Texas and even Minnesota, like one of my neighbors. The results of California’s improvident liberalism have been tragically easy to predict: absurd public sector wage and benefit packages, a declining tax base, surging welfare enrollment, falling economic production, ever-increasing deficits. Soon, California politicians will be looking to less glamorous states for bailout money. Things have now devolved to the point where California leads the nation in poverty…

Where California (and Detroit, and Chicago) are now is where Obama and his liberals want to lead us tomorrow – a place of bloated, corrupt government, spreading poverty compelling spreading dependency on government and a tiny, fabulously rich ruling elite living in guarded enclaves.  Is it part of  plan?  In a certain sense, yes – liberals don’t believe in people doing for themselves, so their policies are all designed to take control away from people and give it to government.  The problem is that when you do that the ability to create wealth withers away until all the wealth is concentrated in people who either inherited it or got it from government while the mass of people wallow in welfare-drugged poverty.

The good news is that liberalism is completely collapsing – Obama’s re-election is not the glad morn of a new liberalism; it is the death rattle of the liberalism brought to us in FDR’s New Deal.  In the end, it is probably better that Obama won – this way the complete failure of liberalism will rest upon the liberals, themselves.  While they will continue to blame Bush – and anything else they can point a finger at – I believe that by 2016 the finger of the people will point squarely at the liberals.  As long as we craft a positive program of reform and get a reasonably decent nominee, we’ll send them packing – and likely for good.

Keep the faith, keep fighting – and save as much money as you can:  its going to be a rough four years.

30 thoughts on “California: A Liberal Failure

  1. Norma Stitz November 20, 2012 / 3:04 am

    It is true that by all measures, liberalism is collapsing. But we must always be vigilant, or they’ll get the upper hand again.

    Great post.

  2. GMB November 20, 2012 / 6:36 am

    Rely on yourself, then your family, then friends, then your community. I would not recommend relying on the officials of government, whether it be your local police or the federals, for anything. I think it is pretty clear that they can not deliver.

    If you are responsible for the well being of others be ready to do whatever it takes to put food and water in front of them. Hunt, fish, and garden wherever you can find room to.

    Most of all, accept the fact that you have responsibilities. I believe this is the greatest difference from those of us who call ourselves conservative to those who call themselves liberal. Liberals have spent their whole lives avoiding any acceptance that they are responsible for themselves.

    Put your faith in God through Jesus and you will come out of this. Put your faith in anything else and I believe you will end up like Thomas/James. A bitter pile of hatred.

  3. 01canadianobserver November 20, 2012 / 7:46 am

    . “In the end, it is probably better that Obama won”,,,Mark.

    Wow, what a surprising thing to hear you say, Mark. Why would a patriotic American like yourself, want your fellow citizens to suffer another four years under the horrible policies of President Obama? Wouldn’t a Romney win have fixed the country’s economy, brought back moral values and restored its reputation around the world? Wouldn’t that have been better?

    Wishing hardship upon folks, just for spite, is something I wouldn’t have expected from a full blown Christian like you, Mark.

    • Retired Spook November 20, 2012 / 10:21 am

      Aw, CO, you’ve really got your cutsie, wootsie, snide, condescension schtick down to a T.

      • Amazona November 20, 2012 / 10:47 am

        But you see, Spook, when you only come here to attack and insult, and feel compelled to post something—ANYTHING—-because of that sick need, you will come up with something as utterly stupid as that “full blown Christian” snarl.

        And noting that it is snide and stupid will brand you as “vitriolic”.

        Not SAYING it, you understand—-the RRL gets a free ride on nasty—but daring to notice it is just too too mean.

      • Retired Spook November 20, 2012 / 10:57 am


        CO has been coming here nearly as long as you and I have — at least 5 or 6 years, and I can’t recall a single occasion when she offered a thought-provoking idea. That’s a really sad commentary on her pathology.

    • M. Noonan November 20, 2012 / 11:04 pm


      I voted for Romney – and I thought he’d win; and had he won, he probably would have put in place the necessary fiscal, tax and regulatory policies to restore the American economy to health. I did my bit to spare myself and my fellow Americans a lousy economy. But now that we’ve lost, it is time to take stock – and as we’re heading back in to recession, it is better in the long run that the man and the party who created the mess have to live with it, and suffer the electoral consequences in 2014 and 2016. I believe I warned you liberals that the worst thing which could happen to you in 2012 was Obama winning…you should have turned out in droves to vote Romney as that was the only way to save your liberal bacon in the long run.

      • 01canadianobserver November 21, 2012 / 7:04 am

        …”you should have turned out in droves to vote Romney as that was the only way to save your liberal bacon in the long run”…Mark


        I know you’ve made some pretty bizarre statements in the past, Mark, but I think this one may take the prize.

      • tiredoflibbs November 21, 2012 / 11:50 am

        co, the statement is only bizarre if you can’t think outside of the limited box in which you find yourself.

  4. GMB November 20, 2012 / 8:29 am

    “Wishing hardship upon folks, just for spite, is something I wouldn’t have expected from a full blown Christian like you, Mark.”

    Exactly where is Mark wishing hardship on anyone? Hardship is coming because of progressive policies that have failed the world over. Will you not be happy until the whole world is as dark and hungry as north korea? Do you see yourself as one of the kims? Deciding needs and abilities? Or do you see yourself as a che? Deciding who lives and who dies but rarely ever participating in the executions yourself.

    Who knows what people like the “observer” are capable of? I for one will not give any of them the benefit of the doubt when it comes to family’s well being.

  5. Cluster November 20, 2012 / 9:08 am

    I mentioned the other day in a previous thread that I think a lot of Americans will be so tired of the economic misery and the social/racial divisions after four more years that they will turn their backs on the Democratic party. Conservatives should now spend the next four years reaching out to single women and minorities, reminding them everyday of how difficult their lives are as a result of Democratic policies, and how it can change if we return to fiscal common sense and personal responsibility.

    I was also listening to some political commentary the other day and they were talking about how the different races voted and it occurred to me that not only was that offensive to me, but we are no closer to MLK’s dream today than we were 45 years ago, and that is a very sad commentary. I find it just incredibly hard to believe that we, and specifically liberals, still lump people together by the color of their skin, as if all black people share the same political concerns, or Hispanics, Asians, etc. Do they realize how racist that is? But even worse, it seems that a lot of blacks, Hispanics, etc, actually buy into it for whatever reason. We will never become a “progressive” forward looking society if we continue to be regressive in our thinking about ethnicity, and that was the point of MLK’s brilliant speech. I actually hope many of you are as offended by this thinking as I am. And that being said, I’m of the mind to only support a minority conservative ticket for 2016 – someone mentioned a Marco Rubio/Susanna Martinez ticket the other day which could be a winner. My emphasis over the next four years will be to help minorities escape the liberal plantation that Democrats have them chained to. They all deserve so much better.

    • Retired Spook November 20, 2012 / 10:17 am

      We will never become a “progressive” forward looking society if we continue to be regressive in our thinking about ethnicity, and that was the point of MLK’s brilliant speech.

      Cluster, for all their talk about “progress”, the modern Left isn’t really “progressing” at all. And, were it not for the education system that they’ve largely had control of for the last half century, they wouldn’t be getting away with it to the extent they are.

      I actually hope many of you are as offended by this thinking as I am.

      They aren’t, trust me. I’ve brought this up with several Liberals I know, and their standard answer is that some people are just not able to handle freedom and personal responsibility, which I also find highly offensive. The outlier in this election was the Asian community that overwhelmingly voted for Obama. Asians are, on average, both intelligent and industrious, so there must be something else at work besides race there.

      And that being said, I’m of the mind to only support a minority conservative ticket for 2016 – someone mentioned a Marco Rubio/Susanna Martinez ticket the other day which could be a winner.

      As long as you support them because of their ideas, I’m with you.

      My emphasis over the next four years will be to help minorities escape the liberal plantation that Democrats have them chained to. They all deserve so much better.

      YES X 1,000. Conservatives’ (notice I didn’t say Republicans’) message should be economic empowerment. Not everyone will be attracted to that message. The power of free stuff will continue to be intoxicating for many, but we don’t need ALL of them; only 10 or 20%.

  6. J. R. Babcock (@JRBabcock) November 20, 2012 / 11:13 am

    Not only are California residents leaving the state in droves, California high school graduates are increasingly leaving the state for higher education. Along with the destruction of the black family, destruction of the beautiful state of California will forever be at the core of the woeful legacy of the Progressive movement.

    • Retired Spook November 20, 2012 / 11:29 am

      Not only are California residents leaving the state in droves

      JR, you’ve got that right.

      For the past two decades, California has been sending more people to other American states than it receives from them. Since 1990, the state has lost nearly 3.4 million residents through this migration.

      To put that in perspective, California has lost almost as many people since 1990 as the entire population of neighboring Oregon.

    • Count d'Haricots (@Count_dHaricots) November 20, 2012 / 2:54 pm

      “California students, fed up with tuition increases and frustrated by packed California universities, are making a mass exodus.”

      “No body goes there anymore, it’s too crowded.” Yogi Berra

  7. Retired Spook November 20, 2012 / 1:24 pm

    OT, but the Donks are nothing if not predictable.

    • neocon01 November 20, 2012 / 1:48 pm

      You can not pull up the poor by pulling down the rich….RR

      tens of millions of peon peasants flood into Kalifornia with their hands out and speak NO English….then DEMAND OPM by the truck load………
      THAT is the leftist utopia that awaits AmeriKa

    • neocon01 November 20, 2012 / 2:02 pm


      marx/alinsky 101

    • dbschmidt November 20, 2012 / 5:54 pm

      Predictable–I reckon so as CNET has listed the latest.

      CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans’ e-mail, is scheduled for next week.

      Revised bill highlights

      ✭ Grants warrantless access to Americans’ electronic correspondence to over 22 federal agencies. Only a subpoena is required, not a search warrant signed by a judge based on probable cause.

      ✭ Permits state and local law enforcement to warrantlessly access Americans’ correspondence stored on systems not offered “to the public,” including university networks.

      ✭ Authorizes any law enforcement agency to access accounts without a warrant — or subsequent court review — if they claim “emergency” situations exist.

      ✭ Says providers “shall notify” law enforcement in advance of any plans to tell their customers that they’ve been the target of a warrant, order, or subpoena.

      ✭ Delays notification of customers whose accounts have been accessed from 3 days to “10 business days.” This notification can be postponed by up to 360 days.

      Leahy’s rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — to access Americans’ e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge. (CNET obtained the revised draft from a source involved in the negotiations with Leahy.)

      But I thought the Dems & Libs were all about privacy and freedom from the evil patriot act type stuff. Guess not so much. At least I have my PGP server still running strong.

      • Amazona November 20, 2012 / 8:24 pm

        Remember the shrill hysteria over the mis-named but easily demagogued “warrantless wiretaps” when calls coming in to the United States from known terrorists abroad could be listened to, and the information gained used only, solely, to prevent a terrorist attack?

        The level of outrage and hysteria, the strident accusations of being guilty of treason and other crimes, the ongoing hysteria over this practice and the lies claiming it had not received judicial review and approval, were all deafening.

        In this case, the phone of the person called, in the United States, could not be tapped without a court order, but calls into that number from known terrorists ABROAD could be recorded. In this case, the only information that came from a pre-court order surveillance that could be used was what could be used to head off an attack.

        So the US end of the conversation could deal with robbing banks to get money to buy arms, for example, and the information gained before a court ordered wiretap could not be used.

        Now that the earphones are on Leftist heads, it seems to be very different. Now the outrageous violations of Constitutional law suggested by Leahy are simply ignored. Now it seems to be just fine to listen in on any conversation, copy any mail, etc. as long as it is done by the correct people.

        This is just another, more malignant, example of the moral relativity of the Left, which under Obama has been stretched into legal relativity as well.

      • M. Noonan November 20, 2012 / 11:02 pm

        It is rather sweeping – and the place for us to kill it is in the House. It won’t stop Obama from just going ahead and invading the privacy of the American people, but at least it won’t be a law on the books and once we get a President who understands what a law is, things will improve.

    • Cluster November 20, 2012 / 9:33 pm

      We have another four years of this Spook. Wont it be fun?

  8. Amazona November 20, 2012 / 2:29 pm

    I commented, about a year after Obama was inaugurated, that I thought he was the best thing that could have happened to this country.

    My reasoning was based on the frog-in-the-pot theory, that the Left had slowly been turning up the heat for decades and gently lulling America into a gradual acceptance of the trappings of Leftism, but that the arrogance of Obama and the Left after his election was so strong, and their acceleration of the Lefting of America so blatant, that it would alarm people into taking a closer look at the reality of what had been going on.

    I was right, to a point. Obama lost millions of supporters in his reelection campaign, a campaign which was a tacit admission that he could only hope to be reelected by mounting a vicious campaign of lies and demonization of his opposition. The change in strategy from 2008 was a stark contrast to the earlier sunny, HOPE AND CHANGE promise of better things to come, and was instead a harsh and bitter appeal not to optimism or love of country or even a better life, but to fears and suspicions and bigotries.

    I took this dramatic shift as proof that while not enough of the nation had caught on, a few million had. While the RRL are strutting in glee and bragging about “humiliating” and “shaming” the Right, they lost millions of their own supporters, they had to wallow in the gutter to win, and even then the election was handed to them by short-sighted people who can probably be considered to fall on the Right, reluctant as I am to claim them. Whether they were anti-Mormon bigots, wall-kicking temper tantrum babies protesting the choice of Romney, or religious zealots hoping to advance the End of Days, their retreat from the voting booth was hardly approval of Barack Obama, and Obama’s vote count was hardly a national mandate for Leftist governance.

    Though I was disappointed to learn that we had missed the chance to have an honorable man in the White House, and an administration we could admire for its integrity in addition to its competence—the kind of change I was hoping for—-my guilty secret was that I also felt a sense of relief.

    Because the Dem campaign telegraphed what we would be facing for the next four years, making a horribly difficult job even harder, and dragging the nation even deeper into the fever swamp of suspicion, hatred, fear and bigotry the Left had so successfully established in the last four. I dreaded the merciless onslaught of lies, attacks, and undermining of sincere efforts to fix what has been broken, and the mud slinging and blame games that would have been the inevitable result of a Dem loss.

    I think the nation is facing a miserable four years. Hopefully the House can rein in efforts to spend more and tax more, holding that at bay, while we work quietly and calmly on the infrastructure of our failing society, free from the responsibility of dealing with the mess left by the Left.

    Now it is THEIR mess. They own it. Obama INHERITED it and he and Leftist political theory will have no one to blame for the inevitable failure of their policies. I think we need another four years of having Leftist ideology rammed down our throats. Now, the tax increases and rising costs of health care are, for too many, mere abstract projections that can’t stand up to the pie-in-the-sky promises of Obamacare, so we will actually have to live through a few years of misery for the lesson to be learned. Now, the short-circuiting of the economy by raising taxes, increasing regulation, stifling petroleum and coal production, increasing taxes on investment income, and other Dem agendas are just vague ideas, too complicated and distant to worry about. We will, sadly, need to see more communities failing, more people out of work and desperate, more businesses closed, for this to move out of the realm of the abstract and into reality for these people. And I now believe that for the gullible and easily led, the only way they CAN be learned is by harsh experience.

    Without this stage of disintegration of our economy and dilution of our Constitutional law, the squishies could still be convinced that the Left COULD HAVE fixed things, if only we had given them four more years.

    • Count d'Haricots (@Count_dHaricots) November 20, 2012 / 3:11 pm

      I know you and Spook read The forgotten Man and remember the lesson therein; as the New Deal Government became more overreaching, as the Roosevelt Government became more intrusive, and demonstrated ever increasing ineptitude at resolving the depression their policies created, they received more support not less.

      As Obama’s socialist proclivities further infest our economy (as California) the dimocrats will enjoy even more support. conservatives must make sure the economy gets no worse, and improvement should be the goal.

      Hard? Yes, impossible? I hope not.

      • dbschmidt November 20, 2012 / 6:10 pm


        “During FDR’s presidency, the federal government grew exponentially in size. The federal government usurped traditional state power; it regulated minute details of Americans’ everyday lives. The American governmental structure changed fundamentally – yet no constitutional amendment justified that change. Instead, FDR claimed authority in the original text of the Constitution. The American people never had to face the fact that by approving FDR’s program, they were altering the Constitution. FDR never had to face the political fallout of altering the Constitution.”

        — Attributed to Benjamin Shapiro about a book by Dr. Larry Sabato

        IIRC, the 22nd amendment was the quickest from written to passed restricting the number of terms the President could serve directly because of the four terms of [Constitutional damage] FDR. We don’t need no stinkin’ Kings. Maybe they just lacked the foresight to realize “the One we have all been waiting for” was just over the horizon.

    • neocon01 November 21, 2012 / 8:56 pm

      If Ubama had sons they………..

    • bozo November 23, 2012 / 2:47 pm

      Weird story. So milk producers are moooving their factories (cows) to states with higher mandatory minimum selling prices, and California is the problem? So if California RAISES it’s mandatory minimum selling price for milk above every other state, all the cows in America will be move here, and that would be a good thing?

      Pretzel logic.

  9. bozo November 23, 2012 / 3:06 pm

    So the Powerline article is two non-Californians dissing California. Yawn. One visited for a week. One owns a home here and says the taxes are so low, he’s keeping it for now – there’s an oxymoronic evaluation for ya (I know – low taxes because bla bla bla lie lie lie…).

    California haters are always welcome to enjoy our deserts, beaches, mountains, cities, culture, cuisine – spend your tourist dollars – then go home. It’s not cheap to live here. You want cheap? Try Nevada.

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