Brian and Garrett Fahy

Second, California’s “progressive” initiatives have failed, squandering billions in the process. Tax credits and other “investments” in green energy required by the Global Warming Final Solutions Act have helped bankrupt the state and kill off entire industries like manufacturing and oil and gas production. Unaffordable public transportation projects (high speed rail) have proven unfeasible, and the legal system fosters a victim culture hostile to employers and economic growth, e.g. the state’s anti-business employment and discrimination laws, judicial indulgence of bogus ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) suits that ravage small businesses, and growing hostility to cost-friendly, efficient arbitration agreements.

Finally, all powerful union interests control the legislature and stymie any reform efforts. Outlandish and unrealistic pension benefits are pegged to unrealistic growth assumptions, benefits for public sector workers (teachers, prison guards, lifeguards) exceed those in the private sector who create wealth, and union employees cannot be terminated or forced to contribute to their health care or retirement. Think Wisconsin before 2010.

The result is a California where only Prius driving, green loving, high earners (limousine liberals, tech titans, and Democratic politicians) and those on the dole (state employees, immigrants, food stamp/EBT recipients), will survive long-term. Everyone else is leaving as fast as their polluting SUVs can take them, to Arizona, Texas and Nevada.

Ultimately, California’s collapse reveals an increasing cultural disconnect between the producers (who are leaving) and the statist remnant. The liberal, redistributionist remnant supports policies that appease its conscience but wreak havoc on the economy. Conversely, the producer ex-pats see only legislative, bureaucratic, and legal roadblocks not worth the fight, and a California increasingly not worth fighting for. If the nation truly goes the way of California, God help us all, including the Frisbee industry.


Brian and Garrett Fahy

Brian and Garrett Fahy are attorneys from Los Angeles who previously worked in the White House and Senate Republican Conference, respectively. They write on national legal and political affairs. They can be reached at BGTownhall@gmail.com.