Kiss a Democrat if you’re outta work

July 26, 2012

By Katy Grimes

I remember when Democrats were all about supporting hard working men and women. So were Republicans, but it was Democrats who were more closely associated with the working class.

And that’s the rub; Democrats no longer support the working class because they are so busy signing the masses up for welfare, disability, and unemployment benefits… and pushing tax increases to pay for it.

Yet, America is still made up of more working people than not. And it’s the working class, the middle class, and upper middle class who vote.

Government paid pushers

Entitlements are like a gateway drug–once people get a taste of being paid for just being alive and living in California, the rest is easy.

“Where’s my free car? Where’s my free home? Why should I have to pay for my kids school supplies? Why should I have to pay for my healthcare? Obama’s going to pay for my mortgage.”

Handing out welfare checks is like giving crack to kids–you know they will come back for more.

And that’s apparently the plan.

California doing everything wrong

The Bureau of Labor statistics reported July 20, “Twenty-seven states recorded unemployment rate increases.”

California’s unemployment rate is currently at 10.7 percent, supposedly down from 11.9 percent.

Compare California’s high unemployment rate with the unemployment rates of Right-to-work states: Nebraska 3.3 percent unemployment, North Dakota 2.9 percent, Vermont 4.7, Oklahoma 4.7, Texas 7.0, Wyoming 5.0, Virginia 5.7.

Right to work

The 1947 Taft Hartley Act allowed states to pass right-to-work laws, which now prohibit the union shop in 22 states.

In non right-to-work states like California, Federal labor laws allow unionized workplaces to fire employees for failing to pay union dues.

State right to work laws essentially require unionized workplaces to become “open shops.” Open shops must allow employees to work, whether or not they join the unions or pay regular dues.

Interestingly, employees of the Federal Government have the right to choose whether or not to join their respective unions.

A 2011 story in the Wall Street Journal by Robert Barro reported some very interesting information about the economic growth of right-to-work states:

There is evidence that right-to-work laws—or, more broadly, the pro-business policies offered by right-to-work states—matter for economic growth. In research published in 2000, economist Thomas Holmes of the University of Minnesota compared counties close to the border between states with and without right-to-work laws (thereby holding constant an array of factors related to geography and climate). He found that the cumulative growth of employment in manufacturing (the traditional area of union strength prior to the rise of public-employee unions) in the right-to-work states was 26 percentage points greater than that in the non-right-to-work states.

California’s poor performance only getting worse

“If California were a separate country, it would have the world’s 9th largest economy, reports the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation,” reported Jan Norman in the Orange County Register this week.

“Sounds good until you read that in 1984 and 1985, California had the 5th largest economy and with those two exceptions, it had the 7th largest economy since the 1970s until 2010, says”

California ranked again this year as one of the 10 worst states for business. “Hawaii and California are incredibly unfriendly towards business. Too many regulations, restrictions, and new taxes. Local government does not care about your problems,” Chief Executive Magazine reported.

In fact, California is dead last, with Texas as the number one state in which to do business. “It is perhaps no coincidence that Texas and Florida have the highest net migration of people to their states from 2001 to 2009. (By contrast, New York and California lost over 1.6 million and 1.5 million in net migration out of the states, respectively, over the same period.)” the magazine reported.

And the magazine found that most of the states in the top 20 are also right-to-work states, “as labor force flexibility is highly sought after when a business seeks a location.”

“Several economists, most notably Ohio State’s Richard Vedder and Harvard’s Robert Barro, have found that the economies in Right-to-Work areas grow faster than other states, have higher employment and attract more inward migration,” Chief Executive Magazine found.

“California’s enduring place of perpetual decline continues in this year’s ranking. Once the most attractive business environment, the Golden State appears to slip deeper into the ninth circle of business hell,” CEO magazine reported. “The economy, which used to outperform the rest of the country, now substantially underperforms.”

“And its status as the most ruinously contentious place to operate remains undisturbed in eight years.”

“With 12 percent of America’s population, California has one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients.”

“Each year, the evidence that businesses are leaving California or avoid locating there because of the high cost of doing business due to excessive state taxes and stringent regulations, grows. (See “Eastward Ho!”) According to Spectrum Location Solutions, 254 California companies moved some or all of their work and jobs out of state in 2011, an increase of 26 percent over the previous year and five times as many as in 2009.”

California is doing everything wrong with Democrats in charge. If you’re outta work, be sure to kiss a Democrat; it looks as if California will be dead last for years to come unless voters can replace liberals with some adults.


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  1. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 27 July, 2012, 08:44

    No service economy can grow without continued increases in productivity. So…..raise prices to make up for dips…..raise taxes in the dips….

    Problems solved?

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  2. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 27 July, 2012, 10:53

    Pure garbage.

    Which party is it that wants to protect companies that send thousands of American jobs to other countries? Which party is blocking any sort of meaningful action in the Congress in favor of a cut-everything, no-taxes-ever policy?

    If you expect us to believe that the party of GW Bush, Lehman Brothers and Bain Capital is the party of working Americans, please share what you are smoking.

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  3. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 27 July, 2012, 11:00

    blah blah blah blah Steve. Great DNC talking points.


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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 27 July, 2012, 12:09

    Globalism was Bil Clinton’s favorite foreign policy…read your history…..

    Also, the KKK was loaded with Democrats. A Reublican president Abe Lincoln freed the slaves. Republicans passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act while Democrats dragged their feet. Reagan won the cold war. Kennedy and Johnson gave us the Vietnam quagmire. FDR and Wilson gave us entitlements….50% of Americans now look to government for existence……

    I am sick of lobbyists telling us how to live and waste our taxes on corruption!

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  5. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 July, 2012, 12:23

    blah blah blah blah Steve. Great DNC talking points.

    Steve – 0


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    NTHEOC 27 July, 2012, 16:37

    CalWatchdog says:
    blah blah blah blah Steve. Great DNC talking points.
    Blah,blah,blah,blah,Katy.Great repub and teaparty talking points from you.Kinda like your NRA talking points on your gun column!!Democrats have done more for the working middle class and are fighting for our survival!We soon may no longer have a voice in government, because we can’t come close to matching the billions of dollars corporations effortlessly contribute to the political process. the GOP has nakedly shown disdain for the 99% to court corporate cash!!their bottomless funds draw the interest of mainstream national candidates, very likely to the detriment of the rest of us. If the immortal corporate pigs could donate vastly more money to his candidate’s election than the other 99% of us, candidates can logically advocate for policies similar to what the big donors want, even if that meant repealing child labor laws, banking regulations, allowing big banks to take more American homes, destroying the environment, or raising taxes on the 99% to cut taxes for the 1%. Unless you are part of the one percent katy, the only ones fighting for your survival are democrats!

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  7. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 27 July, 2012, 18:14

    Since I’m only making guest appearances these days, I’m delighted to see that NTHEOC has taken over in standing up to the right-wingers who hang out on the Dog.

    And Katy, someone who drinks Tea Party Kool Aide and marches in lock step with the Koch Brothers ought not to be criticizing others for using talking points.

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  8. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 July, 2012, 18:31

    Katy- do you march in “lock step with the Koch Brothers” or is stevie pumping more BS into the comments 🙂

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  9. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 July, 2012, 18:33

    NTHEOC, everyone in the private sector is fighting your scam. That is a fact, and maerk my words, the end is coming.

    Wait until Nov 6 Baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are going to be in so much pain you’re going to need Teddy Steals to give you mouth to mouth (eeeewwwwww!!!) 🙂

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  10. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 27 July, 2012, 19:12

    I’m not worried at all rex, But you should be if nov 6th turns out the way you want!! you are the one who will be getting services cut!! I just wonder what services people are willing to lose the most.

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  11. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 July, 2012, 20:43

    NTHEOC, when the pension sales tax fails, which it certainly will, Clown and his Toadies will have to make real decisions….and determine f GED ecuated gov employees are worth $250K per year…….did you know Clown increased spending by $8 BILLION dollars over last year???…he should have froze spending for everyone, not a single raise untill the budget is balanced-FOR ANYONE……..did you know Clown gave the prison guards, who already have $200K/year jos, BIG FAT raises???…..did you know Clown and the Toadies are giving pay raises to their staffs that are as high as 10%??????…to employees already pulling down CASH salaries of $183K+++++????? No, I am sorry, but no one is going to be voting to raise taxes when that is going on, just not happening.

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  12. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 27 July, 2012, 20:51

    As I already said, “blah blah blah blah – great DNC talking points.” And this time you even managed to squeeze in the Koch brothers. Good one Steve.


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  13. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 July, 2012, 22:59

    Steve, quit while you’re behind 😉

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  14. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 28 July, 2012, 01:40

    Katy-since you and Stevie are both in SacTown you should interview him and try to get inside his head and figure out the typical thinking of someone in his position. Seriously.

    If Teddy Steals were by you I would recommend interviewing him too. Of course that may be a suicide mission 😉

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  15. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 28 July, 2012, 07:13

    No one goes to Adelanto for interviews.

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  16. Eric in SR
    Eric in SR 28 July, 2012, 12:26

    Vermont’s a right to work state? I never would have guessed, considering its reputation for being a socialist bastion (Rep. Bernie Sanders & others). Anyway, for us Joe Lunchbucket working stiffs in California, here’s a nice bumper sticker idea: “Had Enough? Vote Democrat! And when the Democrats get through with you, you won’t have enough.”

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  17. Eric in SR
    Eric in SR 28 July, 2012, 12:29

    And do keep up the great work, Katy–you’re an information source par excellence! 🙂

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  18. Bob
    Bob 28 July, 2012, 22:17

    Well, the tax eaters really took it in the shorts. This is just the beginning…

    Federal Bankruptcy Court Lets Stockton, California Cut Retiree Health Care Benefits; Flood of City Bankruptcies Coming

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  19. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 29 July, 2012, 11:54

    Wait until the pension cuts come, and they are;

    Google Amy Monahan Iowa Pension Law Review-cuts coming baby!

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  20. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 29 July, 2012, 11:56

    Eric, Bernie Sanders is the ONLY guy I have seen call out the Congress on the bailout of Wall Street and TARP, he is not one to bash, and he is an Independent which makes him A-OK in my book;

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  21. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 29 July, 2012, 19:38

    BTW Teddy-I moved over to Lancaster, love hi desert air!

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