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Surtr Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 9:05 AM
California's problems extend beyond unwise legislation. Its problem is that they are now a Third World nation chock full of unassimilables who can't seem to graduate high school, follow a few rules, or pay their medical bills. Sweden is a big government nation, yet they do fantastically well. Oregon and Washington join California on the Left Coast, yet they are doing well.
True Conservative! Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 12:51 PM
Actually, none of those states is doing "well"! Oregon and Washington are just a little behind California. As for Sweden, they finally recognized the socialism wasn't working and backed off a bit.

Hell, China dialed back the communism considerably for much more capitalism ... and from that moment they have done far better!
Pistol Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 7:18 PM
Sweden has benefitted from selling arms to both sides in 2 world wars, while remaining neutral. The US profited hugely after WWII when we had no competition, but squandered the profits. The Swiss and Swedes have been quite a bit smarter. They also benefit from good education and homogenous populations.
radio talk shows Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 10:32 AM
Sweden's population is about 9.5 million, California's population is 33 million and the state government does little if anything to slow illegal immigrants.
Polly1 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 12:51 PM
Not only that but assimilation is discouraged, both by politicians and by immigrants' leaders. It's a far cry from what made America great!
Thanks, California! Thanks for your monstrous spending and absurd regulatory overreach! America needs you. We need Connecticut and Illinois, too! We need you the way we needed the Soviet Union, as models of failure, to warn us what happens if we believe those who say, "Government can."

Moving to California was once the dream for many Americans. Its population grew at almost triple the national average -- until 1990. Then big government, in the form of endless regulation and taxes, killed much of the dream. In the last decade, 2 million people left California.

Many of them moved to Alaska, Florida,...