Google’s first U.S.-built smart phone coming to TX, not CA

google-fiberJune 4, 2013

By John Seiler

As I reported yesterday, Apple is building its new GPU unit in Florida, not California.

Now this:

“Google-owned Motorola is working on a new smartphone that is made up of the things you’d expect: It’s lighter, thinner and faster than its predecessors, with cool new sensors capable of knowing if it’s traveling in a car, or accidentally dialing someone from your pocket. However, the differentiator that’s getting the most buzz is its manufacturing—the phone will be assembled entirely in the U.S.

“Motorola’s manufacturing partner, Flextronics, will build the phones out of a 500,000 square foot manufacturing facility near Fort Worth, Texas, using chips from Taiwan and OLED screens from South Korea.”

Top tech execs love living in California and keep their main offices in Silicon Valley. Their smart accountants keep them from paying California’s sky-high taxes. But there’s no way they can avoid the state’s absurd anti-manufacturing laws, such as AB 32, the Global Solutions and Manufacturing Destruction Act of 2006.

So they build their manufacturing plants in other countries — or if they build in the United States, they do so in any state except California. Electricity also is cheap in Texas because of cheap natural gas. By contrast, as Chris Reed has been noting on our Web site, California continues to prevent much fracking or other energy development.

These lost jobs are great, middle-class jobs on which you can raise a family.

In California, here are the jobs available to you: Silicon Valley billionaire or highly compensated government worker. Otherwise, your choices are: go on generous welfare subsidies — or leave the state.


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  1. us citizen
    us citizen 4 June, 2013, 12:33

    Im a native born Californian and have lived here my whole life. My house is paid for but Im thinking of leaving. With all the crap going on and no one in southern CA speaking English anymore……….it is a living hell hole. I no longer feel safe in my city and it was one of the ones on the safest city list. The schools are disasters!!!, the traffic is horrific, if you get in an accident you pray to God they are legal and have insurance, the nurses in the hospital speak broken english, you pay an arm and a leg for water and electricity now……….I mean exactly what is the point of staying here anymore. I go 20 miles and have to plan on at least an hour on the road. It is miserable. One of my best friends moved to Texas and believe me, he is talking me into moving without too much resistence.

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  2. Sean Morham
    Sean Morham 4 June, 2013, 12:49

    The stock market seems to at the beginning of a correction. It may jump around a bit and decline gradually or drop significantly (autumn). That will cause chaos in many ways, but the gloating over the California budget will come to abrupt halt. The stupefied governor and legislative whores for the special interests will blame sequester, Republicans, capitalism and there will be cries for massive increase in state taxes/fees(see Spain) to correct the situation. Oh, what fun. We in for a wild ride.

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