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The California 'Mordida'

Alan176 Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 10:58 AM
I escaped Ca in 91 but moved back last year to care for an elderly parent. Once she is gone, I will probably leave again. I have a professional job and make relatively good income. However, my $100K salary doesn't support the same lifestyle that I had in my adopted state. My wife and I seem to worry more about money now. Weird.

California now works on the principle of the mordida, or "bite." Its government assumes that it can take something extra from residents for the privilege of living in their special state.

Gov. Jerry Brown made that assumption explicit in his latest back-and-forth with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who keeps luring Californians to lower-tax, higher-employment Texas. Recently, Brown said of Texas, "Who would want to spend summers there in 110-degree heat inside some kind of fossil fuel air conditioner?"

Translated, Brown's retort meant that despite California's sluggish economy, high taxes and poor services, it's still worth staying there to enjoy its beautiful...