California: The Honey Boo Boo state

Oct. 29, 2012

By Laer Pearce

If the latest polling from the Los Angeles Times/USC from October 15-21 holds true, California voters will pick Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by 14 points. Among the results of the bluest of the blue states, California’s vote will be, at best, mediocre. According to Real Clear Politics, New York is expected to go for Obama by 29 points, Massachusetts by 20 and Maryland by 19.

On ballot propositions, mediocrity also will rule.  Less than 30 percent of the state’s likely voters feel the state is going in the right direction, according to a September PPIC poll. But these same voters appear ready to sheepishly accept the wrong direction and cast votes that will shove the state further down a path they don’t like.

According to the October 26 Around the Capitol polling averages, Californians are expected to vote for continuing the Sacramento status quo of tax and spend, and for granting public employee unions a continuation of their dominant power. Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax hike, is ahead by eight points. And Proposition 32, which would deprive the public unions of guaranteed political contributions from their members, is trailing by over five points.

The people also appear to continue their longstanding willingness to buy any fear-mongering thrown their way by trial attorneys with the expected passage by more than 10 points of Proposition 37, the genetically engineered foods labeling law. Did Californians learn anything from the biggest of the trial attorney propositions, 1986’s Proposition 65, which has soaked businesses for nearly half a billion dollars in fines and settlements, while providing no perceivable benefit to society? Apparently not.

Sub-par the norm

What’s going on with California? Simple: It’s become the Honey Boo Boo state, where the sub-par has become accepted as the norm, as personified by Shannon, Mike and Honey Boo Boo Thompson on TLC’s reality show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

Cal State University Fullerton economist Mira Farka recently referred to the sluggish national economy as “the Honey Boo Boo economy,” but the term fits the state of affairs in California even better. We may not lead in many measures, but clearly we’re way ahead in accepting what should be defiantly rejected.

The Hollywood Reporter called the Honey Boo Boo show “horrifying,” and added, “’Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ is a car crash, and everybody rubber-necks at a car crash, right?” How many times have we heard California referred to as a car crash or a train wreck? How often do visiting friends and family from more functional states grill us about what’s wrong with California, in the rhetorical counterpart to gawking at a crash scene?

They ask why San Franciscans qualified a ballot measure (since thrown out by the courts) that would have banned circumcision. Why, in the face of a $16 billion budget deficit, do California legislators busy themselves considering banning the sale of push pins (AB 1820)? And how can these same chronic spendthrifts vote with a straight face to support a resolution recognizing frugal shoppers through National Coupon Month (ACR 99)?

Why, if the state spends three times more on social welfare programs than it should, according to national per capita averages, is any cut to these programs reported as “cutting a swath through programs for the poor”? And how can Brown propose to hike the state’s income tax to the highest in the nation, while still pursuing a $62 billion high-speed train to nowhere?

The answer is simple: Voters in the Honey Boo Boo state appear content to vote again in 2012 to endorse the policies, politicians and power-brokers that have made mere mediocrity a seemingly out of reach goal for the state.

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Laer Pearce is a California public affairs consultant and the author of Crazifornia: Tales from the Tarnished State.


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  1. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 29 October, 2012, 12:35

    Like we needed more evidence to highlight the obvious and permanent disconnect between Crazyfornia and reality. The majority of voters in this state fall into one or more of the following categories:





    As long as that’s true things will just keep getting worse for everyone except the tax feeders.

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  2. r. mclain
    r. mclain 29 October, 2012, 13:39

    The people in LA and SF dont want to lose their free stuff , so they’ll vote for “Barry” again . Pretty soon there wont be anyone left to get the free stuff from . I closed my business , tired of working for everyone else Just called it quits they can get it from someone else.

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 29 October, 2012, 14:27

    Throwing in the towel…..nope…..adapt….juke….finess….never let troughies beat ya into a desperate act… there Donkey….said it for you!

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  4. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 29 October, 2012, 15:30

    Does it disturb anyone here besides me that they have that 7 year old dressed up in full adult make up like that????

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  5. BobA
    BobA 29 October, 2012, 16:31


    Yes, that does disturb me and to no small degree. Ever notice how children are becoming sexual objects increasingly younger ages? There are some pretty sick and perverted people in this world and they all seem to work in the entertainment industry.

    What’s even sicker are the moral degenerates who watch that “pedophilia-made-respectable” trash and think it’s cute and see nothing wrong with it.

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  6. K. Wright
    K. Wright 29 October, 2012, 17:09

    Does it disturb anyone out there that there are beauty pageants for young girls in some states beside California. Look I’m born and raised in California and if the legislature up in Sacramento is going along content to do nothing but ask for more money for more moonbeam concepts then what can a native do? The man moonbeam already showed my generation how lame he was. And now he foisted himself on this generation. Blame every vote that went for him after Gloria Allred did the hatchet job on Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina both successful businesswomen in full makeup just prior to the last election. Meg is a grown woman and she couldn’t compete against vampira Alred. Get real. This state if full of lawyers just waiting to pounce. Until business actually counts in this state everyone who needs a job will simply have to go elsewhere or sacrifice to stay here and pay for private school or parochial school and for public schools as well. I refused to pay for more than one kind of school (public–unfortunately) and after 16 years of higher education in this state neither of my two UCLA and CSUN graduates can find jobs! This state is like the desert. It is really a mirage. There is no one here. Just a bunch of zombies now. Yes, that classic Bob Hope line said it correctly. We walk around aimlessly like Democrats.

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  7. us citizen
    us citizen 29 October, 2012, 17:54

    I never vote for ANY tax increases of any kind in this lame state! What was once a wonderful place to live in is now a hell hole. Tijuana just moved over the border along with all its scummy leaches.

    Honey Boo boo and her sick mother ought to be thrown in jail. Her for using her kid, and not getting help for her ADHD kid, and the kid for being the most obnoxious brat on this earth and knowing how to use it.

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  8. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 29 October, 2012, 18:15

    What village idiot watches this kinky stuff….looks some have wandering….whatever…..shame?

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  9. Bob
    Bob 29 October, 2012, 19:15

    Yup, right about now mediocrity is looking pretty good. If only we could have mediocrity.

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  10. Bill - San Jose
    Bill - San Jose 30 October, 2012, 01:22

    I can tell you for fact that there is a migration of major business out of California.

    I know this because I am a mover. Not furniture either. I can’t count how many companies have moved on and auctioned off what was left in the last 3 years.

    We don’t need that kind of business. Crossing my fingers that once Romney is in, he will be able to convince the Senate to pass his efforts to lower the corporate tax rate to 25%. California will need that to survive.

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  11. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 30 October, 2012, 08:11

    Crossing my fingers that once Romney is in,

    Once Romney is in??? He was one of the ones outsourceing jobs over seas………Romney, Obama, they are both sell outs, and dont get your hopes up if Romney wins, it will be the same old same old.

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  12. BobA
    BobA 30 October, 2012, 08:49


    Are your implying that Obama, a financial illiterate, is better for business? How’s that working out so far for America?

    It makes no financial sense for any multinational company to keep jobs in America, especially California. Simple tax math proves that beyond any shadow of a doubt. US tax policies even makes it difficult and restrictive for corporations to repatriate the profits that they’ve already earned overseas.

    If Obama had his druthers he would just confiscate their overseas profits altogether under the auspices of them paying their “fair share”.

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  13. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 30 October, 2012, 08:57

    Poodle shows by disparing anything that moves….a deep deep problem….meds?

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  14. Hondo
    Hondo 30 October, 2012, 10:09

    I think Obama is poised to be reelected. Romney has run a beyond weak campaign and Obama has has one weak day, the 1st debate. He won the next two.
    I all comes down to Ohio and the public unions have huge sway, power and money and Romney looks to be trending down there. He won’t get Penn or Michigan and Wisconsin due to the huge public union presence there.
    Romney has run on country club ethics and issues and refuses to hold Obama accountable for so many huge mistakes ( not one add on lybia or fast and furious). Obama has bitch slapped him all over the country since day one.
    Get used to the term’ President Obama’

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  15. BobA
    BobA 30 October, 2012, 10:46


    Are you telegraphing who you plan to vote for or speaking as someone from a deep blue state? Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and John Kennedy couldn’t win California to day. Josef Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez would have a better chance of winning California today.

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  16. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 30 October, 2012, 14:46

    Are your implying that Obama, a financial illiterate, is better for business?
    They are both idiots, that is what I am saying, and it wont matter which one is elected neither will do jack- IMHO.

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  17. John
    John 30 October, 2012, 15:51

    Your polling is way off Laer, Prop 30 is below 50%, Prop 32 is dead even and support for Prop 37 has dropped to 38%

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  18. Laer
    Laer 31 October, 2012, 01:27

    John, Prop 30 is at just under 50, but the no’s were at 42, so I was correct there, and with 37, where the yesses lead the no’s and there are a lot of undecideds. I hope the poll you cite on 32 is right. I looked up the Around the Capitol polling average (California’s counterpart to the RCP average) as I wrote the piece last Sunday, and used its numbers for all three measures.

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