Thriving and prospering? Maybe if you're a fatcat West of the coastal range. If you're in the Central Valley, you're already living in a third world country. I grew up there. Took my brains and got out before I caught whatever disease keeps hard-working people there, where the government bleeds them dry over their lifetime. California's in a death spiral. Tell me about thriving when they balance their budget and get out of debt and a working-class family can afford to buy a decent home again.