People leaving CA a ‘success’ story?

People leaving CA a ‘success’ story?

Detroit homeJoe Mathews presents the counter-intuitive thesis that people leaving California for Texas is a sign of Golden State “success”:

Yes, California has an above-average unemployment rate and other economic problems, and many of our people and companies are relocating or expanding to states like Texas that offer cheaper living and generous economic incentives. But there’s another way to look at these departures of Californians and California companies: as a colonization of Texas and the rest of the country. 

This colonization is not a sign of decline but of our success. Texas and other states are trying to steal our culture, our companies, and our jobs because we have so many things worth stealing.

If that’s the case, then Michigan is an even bigger “success.” When I got out of the U.S. Army in Feb. 1982, I returned to my native Great Lakes State. Unemployment was a Great Depression-level 16 percent. People were streaming out for Texas or wherever, bringing with them our Michigan charm and tolerance for cold weather.

I drove my father’s car around the Detroit area for weeks looking for work. This was a place where, just nine years before, anyone with a heartbeat could get a great factory job paying the equivalent in 2014 dollars of $120,000 a year. Nothing.

Eventually I ended up back in journalism — but in Washington, D.C. Then I came to California in 1987 during the boom times under Republican President Reagan, who cut national taxes; and Republican Gov. George Deukmejian, who in 1987 actually refunded to taxpayers the tax money the state didn’t need.

By contrast, Michigan’s population actually declined in the last decade. Detroit just went bankrupt, and in 60 years has lost 2/3 of its 2 million population.

If that “success” pattern holds for California, its population will drop from 38 million today to 12.7 million in 2074. That will please anti-people environmentalists and the California Coastal Commission, as the state, as actually has happened to Detroit, returns to the wilderness.


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  1. Bud Led Ted S.
    Bud Led Ted S. 29 May, 2014, 06:46

    LOL– Yes, we are doomed John. Calif will return to a wilderness!

    Oh my you’re a caution!

    You still have your Dad’s car? What is it? I wish I had saved my Dad’s car—

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  2. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 29 May, 2014, 06:50

    As this once great nation inexorably transforms itself into a cybernetic hall of mirrors, an empire of lies and hypocrisy, orwellian doublespeak will rule. Of course the elites will love the clean, empty freeways as they glide in self-driven cars from ridgetop estates into clean, sanitized ‘cities’. There will be no shortage of cheap domestic ‘help’ for these passionate lovers of the environment.

    War is peace, truth is lies.

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  3. Andrew
    Andrew 29 May, 2014, 08:46

    Joe Mathews knows better.

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  4. Queeg
    Queeg 29 May, 2014, 09:03

    After this article our big moving trucks in the rental yard will be reserved for weeks……Ulysses Uhaul will be pleased after he gets back from his seminar “How to Maximize Income on Down Trodden Doomers” in Turtle Rock, Pennsylvania at Bucky’s Trails End Lodge.

    Ulysses called in so excited they were having a farewell all you can fish fry in the Troll Room……believe that… CWD!

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  5. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 29 May, 2014, 11:17

    Eventually I ended up back in journalism — but in Washington, D.C. Then I came to California in 1987 during the boom times under Republican President Reagan, who cut national taxes; and Republican Gov. George Deukmejian, who in 1987 actually refunded to taxpayers the tax money the state didn’t need.

    Ronnie Rayguns utopia was a mirage for two very deadly reasons/issues;

    1) HUGE budget deficits, which have continued every year since 81, with Obama setting the record above even GWB– who himself set a record for budget deficits; and

    2) HIUGE trade deficits, imbalances with China, Korea and Japan that wiped out the manufacturing base and middle class.

    As for Deukmejian, he destroyed higher education, imposing fees on community colleges that were FREE, jacking CSU fees from $150 per semester (today $3000 per semester), jacking UC fees from $500 per quarter (today $3,000 per quarter).

    I think Deukmejian was an idiot myself. Raygun, so-so, he certainly pulled the country together with bipartisan support, but his fiscal policies- trade and budget- were disasters IMO.

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  6. Queeg
    Queeg 29 May, 2014, 15:39

    Poodle we have come to believe you just don’t like anything!

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  7. Donkey
    Donkey 29 May, 2014, 16:25

    California is looking a lot like Detroit John. Back in the day, the 1970’s, a family was looking to pay about $100 dollars a month to rent, my wife and I never paid over $300 a month in the early 1980’s. Bought our first house for $90,000, then another at
    $122,000 at, and another at $220,000. Things were good, business was good, then NAFTA happened, followed by MFNTS for China, and CAFTA. It took awhile but things slowed down even as the ports were talking machinery to the third world by the boat loads. One could see more regulation from the RAGWUS feeders in the late 1990’s as every bureaucracy fought for “code” enforcement many times for the same business. I can remember the fire department clown telling me that he had sole jurisdiction over an inspection only to find out that the AQMD would be making the same judgement.

    I parked my car this morning, walked across the street to get my neighbors mail while he is on vacation, turned around to see a code enforcement joker measuring my tire distance from the curb. He about crapped his pants as I walked up on him and told him that if the tires are on the concrete part of the gutter then it is less than 18 inches from the curb. Rudyard Kipling was spot on about RAGWUS feeders. 🙂

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    • S Moderation Douglas
      S Moderation Douglas 29 May, 2014, 17:21

      No wonder you’re bitter, paranoid and unhinged.

      Rent $100 a month. Average wage,$700 a month.

      The glass is at least half full.

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      • Donkey
        Donkey 29 May, 2014, 18:40

        You are a very strange person S&MD, everything I posted happened, if you find that “paranoid” then you don’t know the meaning of the word and like most RAGWUS feeders you are a narcissistic thief. 🙂

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        • Bud Led Ted S.
          Bud Led Ted S. 30 May, 2014, 06:43

          Hmmm– well Duncey, Mod Douglas is only expressing what we all think of you– sorry little buddy. On the “unhinged” thing. You might want to speak with a professional– it may help.

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          • Donkey
            Donkey 30 May, 2014, 08:50

            The “…unhinged” thing. You might want to speak with a professional– it may help,” is the same tactic used by the Soviet Union, if one does not agree with their system then they must have a problem, read Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago, if you can read, the truth is that even trying to pronounce his name would put your feral GED brain into knots. 🙂

        • Donkey
          Donkey 30 May, 2014, 07:38

          TCS what you think is jaded by the actions of the RAGWUS , so in truth it is all fraudulent fiction. It is always typical of the RAGWUS to use character assassination and lies to drown out those opposed to their agenda. You can’t admit that the RAGWUS system of pay, benefits, and pensions is rigged for your betterment so you accuse your detractors of being this or that. The truth exposes your system for what it is, evil, wicked, and vile. 🙂

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          • Rex the Wonder Dog!
            Rex the Wonder Dog! 30 May, 2014, 08:01

            Teddy is mental Donk.

          • Steele, Ted, When only the very best will do!
            Steele, Ted, When only the very best will do! 30 May, 2014, 09:33

            mmmmm— you seem particularly “unhinged” this morning little buddy!

          • Donkey
            Donkey 30 May, 2014, 14:38

            Sure TCS, the RAGWUS you are a member of steals from the unrepresented and unprotected taxpayer and we are “unhinged” for calling you a thief. This is what happens when a narcissist becomes a sociopath. 🙂

          • Bud Led Ted S.
            Bud Led Ted S. 30 May, 2014, 21:30

            Nice 4 line RURG little buddy

          • S Moderation Douglas
            S Moderation Douglas 30 May, 2014, 22:40

            bitter, paranoid and unhinged

            and reactionary.

          • Donkey
            Donkey 31 May, 2014, 22:50

            S&MD, you should seek help for your problems, on your dime of course. It must be depressing to hide from who you are little one. 🙂

          • Bud Led Ted S.
            Bud Led Ted S. 1 June, 2014, 07:57


            I think he’s correct, you do seem unhinged. Sorry.

          • Donkey
            Donkey 2 June, 2014, 17:30

            The RAGWUS feeders are the ones unhinged TCS. Hows my little parrot doing? 🙂

          • Bud Led Ted S.
            Bud Led Ted S. 4 June, 2014, 20:28

            lol still waaaaaaay unhinged!

            You go girl!!

  8. Queeg
    Queeg 29 May, 2014, 23:07

    You cannot live in the past….your future is domination by globalist slavers, corrupt politicans, MBA’s wearing Euro purses, the big box rip off artists.

    In the past major wars erupted when factors of production became intolerably imbalanced spenting the old and feeble and killing and maiming the younger generations.

    It is different now….so many are poor, sick, poorly educated….the dependency class far outstrips producers and dissenters. Why war….why work..

    Nothing works or gets solved with a divided populace ruled by globalists and political scum!

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 30 May, 2014, 15:28

      Queegy you left out the PIC and the number of Americans being murdered by the state. If you have an ounce of integrity:, innocent Americans are being murdered everyday by costume clad clowns with weapons and more psychological problems than a demonrat running for office. 🙂

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      • Bud Led Ted S.
        Bud Led Ted S. 31 May, 2014, 15:49

        Duncey— RURGS like this make it look like your unraveling little buddy.nDo you have a fan in the singlewide?

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 31 May, 2014, 22:48

          TCS, state terrorism is fine by him!! 🙂

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          • Bud Led Ted S.
            Bud Led Ted S. 1 June, 2014, 07:55


            Now you terror-ist?

            Me thot u mizoginism?

          • S Moderation Douglas
            S Moderation Douglas 1 June, 2014, 10:41

            You have NO concept what real terrorism is.

            Your glass is overflowing and you’re too paranoid to appreciate, or even comprehend it.

            You suffer from “first world problems”: “OMG, I have to press “one” for English!!! The unions!!! The aliens!!! The horror!!!

          • Donkey
            Donkey 2 June, 2014, 03:38

            A flash-bang grenade burns of the face of an infant, at the hands of state costumed clowns, that is terrorism fool, at its worst. 🙂

          • Donkey
            Donkey 2 June, 2014, 03:46

            Sure S&MD, you have a better perspective of the world than a USN Vet that has actually been to many overseas ports.

            You fail to see our state PIC, you fail to see the number of citizens murdered by the state every year, you fail to understand that pointing guns at a sleeping citizen during no-knock raids is terrorism, shooting people in the back or the top of the head is terrorism. You fail to see because the RAGWUS feeds your greed, you are blind to anything else. 🙂

          • S Moderation Douglas
            S Moderation Douglas 3 June, 2014, 15:38

            As it happens, I am a USN vet (65-69) who has been to several overseas ports. Most Americans have NO IDEA how good they have it.

            Some are just plain paranoid.

        • Donkey
          Donkey 4 June, 2014, 08:34

          The paranoia you are expressing has to do with the truth about the RAGWUS being exposed S&MD, evil never seeks light.

          As a USN vet I tip my hat to you, but we will never agree on the state stealing from the private sector to enrich a few feeding at the public trough, too much money is being taken to feather the beds of members of the corrupt RAGWUS cabal. If you remember and take seriously the oath you took when joining the USN, then you would not condone the crooked system the RAGWUS has created. 🙂

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          • S Moderation Douglas
            S Moderation Douglas 4 June, 2014, 09:57

            Robert Rizzo is literally one of a kind. He is certainly not the only public sector crook. Almost certainly not even the biggest government crook. Cozy contracts and kickbacks are everywhere, in both the public and private sectors.

            I have known and worked with many honorable, intelligent, honest, hardworking public sector workers. I would (and have, many times) trusted my LIFE to them.

            They have no more in common with Rizzo than my local bank teller or burger flipper has to Bernie Madoff or Charles Keating.

            Your paranoia about public sector unions is laughable. They are not nearly as powerful as you give them credit for, and what power they DO exert has been a net benefit for ALL of California, including the “private” sector.

            But you just keep blowing that horn. We need the laughs.

  9. S Moderation Douglas
    S Moderation Douglas 31 May, 2014, 22:45

    Where is Ulysses?

    I wonder what the rates are from California to New Jersey?

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