VIDEO: Does California government do anything well (besides grow)?

VIDEO: Does California government do anything well (besides grow)?

California is controlled by Democrat politicians, but even they have failed to deliver on a list of progressive promises. Reason Magazine’s Editor Matt Welch joins CalWatchdog’s James Poulos to discuss the shortcomings of liberal utopia.


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  1. Ronald Stein
    Ronald Stein 27 October, 2014, 07:23

    The California government is great at the “shell game”. Shifting our energy needs outside the California borders to States and Countries with less stringent environmental controls will increase the World’s Greenhouse Gases (GHG) and most likely increase our cost for the energy that drives the California economy. California’s businesses, and its 38.3 million residents, contribute a minuscule 1% percent to the World’s Green House Gases, or GHG’s. The rest of the World and the USA contributes the other 99 percent. The world economies see that energy will improve their standard of living, but are not as rich as the United States and their focus is on their economies, not the environment. Energy has improved the standard of living in the U.S. and is the basis of our economy, thus the rest of the world is striving to “be like us.” Solving a World GHG problem is not the responsibility of the few that live in California. Maybe China and India, with a combined 2.4 billion contributors, may be, but not California’s 38.3 million. California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, AB32, was passed in 2006 without a financial impact projection on its projected costs to the California economy. Now, 8 years later, there has been a minimal change to the 1% contribution, but AB32 has generated millions of dollars of income to the government at the expense of the financially challenged.

    The California government is also great at other actions resulting in over regulations on businesses, over taxation and uncontrollable fees that are contributing to the middle class becoming an endangered species as the inequality has deepened. The results are that consumers are paying for over regulations to businesses. Extra costs resulting from government actions on businesses are a slight inconvenience to those making the big bucks such as those making the big bucks. Those behind the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses are mostly the highly compensated, and most with sweet defined retirement benefit packages waiting for them upon retirement, i.e., those that CAN afford the higher costs that trickle down to all citizens for products and services.

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 27 October, 2014, 09:52

    Government is a thin thread bailing up civilization-

    Yezzi Knoosh, my uber driver

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  3. Richard Rider
    Richard Rider 27 October, 2014, 09:57

    Oddly enough, the other 49 states manage to “bail up civilization” with a LOT thinner thread than California’s!

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    • Ex Democrat
      Ex Democrat 4 February, 2018, 11:07

      Illegal Immigration benefitting over paid teachers, nurses, police, prison guards. It is only a matter of time before firefighters get in on the feeding frenzy.

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  4. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 27 October, 2014, 10:26

    I love how these videos portray democrats as bad and republicans as good, when both are just flip sides of the coin of the other. It’s the tried and true ‘divide and conquer’ method that is so effective on the peasants in most any society – even in a so-called enlightened and educated one like our own. heh. The Welch character never seems to talk about the basic scam that describes our entire political system. Doesn’t it seem strange to him that there is not ONE elected Calfornia State representative who is from a third party? And why is that never worthy of a discussion? The dems and the pubs work together to scam the citizens. So when you say “big government” make sure you also include the GOP’ers. They are just as bad as the dems in so so many ways! You folks are being played by these rascals. Stop rooting for the home team, Poulos and Welch! We need TOTAL reform in the political system – which means a massive downsizing of the two major parties.

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    • Ex Democrat
      Ex Democrat 4 February, 2018, 11:20

      So glad to hear this non-partisan truth. Two parties run by wealthy elitists. Both parties support illegal immigration(except Trump) in order to increase their wealth. They flip flop on issues when politically convenient. Look at Bill Clintons 1995 SOTU address criticizing illegal immigration. Same in 2008 Charles Shumer speech. My favorite is wealthy republican bankers giving Obama money to not hold them accountable for the 2006-2013 economy they created. I especially like Obama forcing all americans to bail out republican banks with their tax money. How about blaming Obama the day he took office for the recession Bush created. The Bull Shit goes on and on. One consistent theme. Corrupt politicians stay in power while everyone else pays the cost.

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  5. T ted t t teddy
    T ted t t teddy 28 October, 2014, 15:39

    Calif gov does a lot well
    Problems and mistakes occur in every single human
    The history of private enterprise has been
    Riddled with catastrophe from the titanic
    To the Edsel
    To the initial failure of the Hubble ST
    Gadflys whine
    It’s what they do

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