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The California 'Mordida'

Mike4603 Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 12:00 PM
I'm one of those trapped in Calif. I can't leave because my wife won't move away from our grand kids. So we get to spend 5.3 million dollars to celebrate the opening of a bridge that is 24 years late, 5 billion dollars over budget, and of questionable construction. But what the hell, lets have a party. We are going down the tubes but it's only taxpayer money so lets celebrate
Dot462 Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 2:30 PM
NV is not that far. Persuade the grandkids' parents to move out with you. My husband and I did that -- moved up to Reno along with my mom and daughter and her husband, sold two houses in CA for way more than we paid and bought houses for way less in NV. Depends on what work your kids do, but there is opportunity elsewhere in low tax areas.

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...