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The California 'Mordida'

Maureen116 Wrote: Mar 12, 2013 2:07 AM
My husband retired last year so we moved to Costa Rica in hopes of making our retirement savings last longer. We can't afford the Golden State any more. In Costa Rica we are able to afford an ocean view home and we only need summer clothes, have no air conditioning, and eat the most delicious fruit in the world. Gasoline is expensive here, but we don't burn away fuel sitting in traffic. In fact the area we live in has very little traffic compared to CA. Imports are expensive, but labor costs are quite inexpensive. We are able to live a better lifestyle in the tropical rainforest along the pacific coast. If we weren't retired we would have to consider moving to Texas.

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...