Consider the disconnects: California's combined income and sales taxes are among the nation's highest, but the state's deficit is still about $16 billion. It's estimated that more than 2,000 upper-income Californians are leaving per week to flee high taxes and costly regulations, yet California wants to raise taxes even higher; its business climate already ranks near the bottom of most surveys. Its teachers are among the highest paid on average in the nation, but its public school students consistently test near the bottom...
EXCELLENT article. One wonders what would happen if the Greenbelt and the rest of California were to become two separate states, forced to negotiate as equals. Or how long either could even survive without what the other provides. The existing state just proves that assembled in large enough numbers, people are exactly as smart as rocks.
Driving across California is like going from Mississippi to Massachusetts without ever crossing a state line.
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