Monday, November 02, 2009

California vs. Texas:
The Verdict Is In

by John Hinderaker - November 1, 2009 - Powerline

Texas has usurped the leadership position that, decades ago, belonged to California. Today California is in decline, likely irreversibly so. William Voegeli draws the sad but instructive comparison in the Los Angeles Times:
In America's federal system, some states, such as California, offer residents a "package deal" that bundles numerous and ambitious public benefits with the high taxes needed to pay for them. Other states, such as Texas, offer packages combining modest benefits and low taxes. These alternatives, of course, define the basic argument between liberals and conservatives over what it means to get the size and scope of government right. ...

California and Texas are not perfect representatives of the alternative deals, but they come close. Overall, the Census Bureau's latest data show that state and local government expenditures for all purposes in 2005-06 were 46.8% higher in California than in Texas: $10,070 per person compared with $6,858. ...

Confronted with a stark choice between government dominance and freedom, Americans are voting with their feet:
One way to assess how Americans feel about the different tax and benefit packages the states offer is by examining internal U.S. migration patterns. Between April 1, 2000, and June 30, 2007, an average of 3,247 more people moved out of California than into it every week, according to the Census Bureau. Over the same period, Texas had a net weekly population increase of 1,544 as a result of people moving in from other states. During these years, more generally, 16 of the 17 states with the lowest tax levels had positive "net internal migration," in the Census Bureau's language, while 14 of the 17 states with the highest taxes had negative net internal migration.

I have lived in both of these states, Texas and California. In fact I have lived and worked all over both states. In Texas, that includes Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio and El Paso. I have only missed Houston. In California that includes Culver City, the San Fernando Valley, Redondo Beach, Long Beach, Malibu, Cerritos and San Jose. I have only missed San Diego and Sacramento.

I can say from first hand experience. This article is correct. I had a friend in California who was in her late forties who had retired as a teacher and was making almost $60,000 in retirement. She was working full time as a realtor making even more than that while still drawing her retirement. The article didn't note that, but the early retirement provisions allow these ex government employees to go on to second careers at very early ages, while still drawing huge government pensions.

Many of our states are no longer a fair deal for our citizens. We have become as corrupt and class based as any nation on earth has ever been. The only difference is that the UPPER CLASS today is government bureaucrats.


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