Friday, October 26, 2018

Heckuva Job, Jerry

One of my trolls periodically asks why I don't leave California, given that I don't have anything positive to say about its government.  My reply is simple:  even if I left, California would still be a rotten place to live unless you're rich:
If liberal policies actually made any sort of progress correcting the various inequities that they’re alleged to do, big government utopias like California would be progressive beacons of hope for the American left. California, many believed, was so progressive and forward thinking that it would experiment with various social policies and the rest of the states would follow suit. Hence, the so-called “Golden Rule” of the nation was once “as California goes, so does the country.” So, how is California doing with the problem of wealth inequality?

Not so good.

Despite having the fifth-largest economy in the world, California is one of the worst states in the nation in terms of wealth inequality...

Despite all the wealth in the state and the Democrat control of state government, California actually ranks as the poorest state in the country after costs of living are factored in. A whopping 19 percent of Californians live below the poverty line. While California represents just 12 percent of the nation’s population, Californians represent a third of all Americans on welfare.
As the saying goes, read the whole thing.


Pseudotsuga said...

If you left California before retiring, would your teacher pension follow you?
(this is assuming that you actually get anything from the notoriously underfunded program.)

Darren said...

I assume I could draw on it if I retire at age 55, but I'd still be subject to the federal Windfall Elimination Provision.