Workers Comp For Babysitters And 20 Other Reasons Why California Is Stupid

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Is there any other state that is as stupid as California?  Unemployment in California has been sitting at about 12 percent for an extended period of time, and yet they continue to push businesses out of the state by imposing thousands of ridiculous regulations on them and by taxing them into oblivion.  Now California is even requiring workers comp for babysitters and paid vacation for nannies.  How insane is that?  The state government in Sacramento is flat broke and drowning in debt and yet they continue to spend gobs of money on some of the most frivolous things imaginable.  Poverty and crime are everywhere, yet California continues to pass legislation that encourages even more illegal immigrants to come in.  Unless you have a really, really good reason to stay in the state, it seems rather stupid to stay in California at this point.  The economy is in shambles, home prices continue to fall, traffic is worse than ever, crime is rising and poverty is everywhere.  Meanwhile, entire portions of the state could be leveled by the next big earthquake at any time.  So why in the world would anyone still want to live in California?


Unfortunately, the truth is that the “California Dream” is rapidly becoming a nightmare.  The “California” that The Beach Boys and The Mamas & The Papas once sang about is long gone.  (Sadly, many of my young readers probably will not even get that reference).

At this point, California has become the land of the idiots.  Just check out what a recent Fox News article said would be required in California under a new law….

Under AB 889, household “employers” (aka “parents”) who hire a babysitter on a Friday night will be legally obligated to pay at least minimum wage to any sitter over the age of 18 (unless it is a family member), provide a substitute caregiver every two hours to cover rest and meal breaks, in addition to workers’ compensation coverage, overtime pay, and a meticulously calculated timecard/paycheck.

Failure to abide by any of these provisions may result in a legal cause of action against the employer including cumulative penalties, attorneys’ fees, legal costs and expenses associated with hiring expert witnesses

Sadly, this is not an isolated incident.  In fact, this is fairly typical of the state of California these days.

The following are 20 other reasons why California is stupid….

#1 For seven years in a row, a major survey of U.S. CEOs has ranked California as the worst state for business.  Yet California lawmakers continue to pile on the rules, regulations and taxes.

#2 Businesses are fleeing the state in droves and the leadership of the state doesn’t seem to care too much.  Unemployment in many areas of California is over 20% and the state has lost 1.2 million jobs over the last three years.  The number of people unemployed in the state of California is approximately equal to the populations of Nevada, New Hampshire and Vermont combined.  Last year, only about 37 percent of the population of the entire state of California had a job.

#3 Residents of California get absolutely hammered by taxes.  The state of California currently has the third highest state income tax in the nation: a 9.3% tax bracket at $46,766 and a 10.3% tax bracket at $1,000,000. California also has the highest state sales tax rate in the nation by far at 8.25%.  Indiana has the next highest at 7%. In addition, residents of California pay the highest gasoline taxes (over 67 cents per gallon) in the United States.

#4 The politicians in Sacramento love to pass more laws.  At this point, just about everything is illegal in California.  The number of new laws is absolutely mind blowing.  For example, 725 new laws (most of them either completely pointless or completely stupid) went into effect in the state of California on January 1st alone.

#5 Thanks to endless taxes and fees, people that live in California seem to pay more for just about everything.  For example, residents of California pay some of the highest electricity prices in the entire nation.

#6 As businesses flee and the economy decays, many California towns are being transformed into hellholes.  The following is an excerpt from a recent New York Times article that describes what is going on in Vallejo, California….

Vallejo is still in bankruptcy. The police force has shrunk from 153 officers to 92. Calls for any but the most serious crimes go unanswered. Residents who complain about prostitutes or vandals are told to fill out a form. Three of the city’s firehouses were closed. Last summer, a fire ravaged a house in one of the city’s better neighborhoods; one of the firetrucks came from another town, 15 miles away. Is this America’s future?

#7 California has some of the worst public schools in the nation.  In the late 70s, California was number one in per-pupil spending on education, but now the state has fallen to 48th place.  Instead of focusing on the basics, lawmakers keep passing bills requiring even more hardcore “politically correct” indoctrination of California’s young children.  In one school district in California, children as young as five years old are being forced to watch propaganda films that tout the benefits of “alternative lifestyles”, and parents are being told that no “opting out” will be permitted.

#8 As bad as things are now, the future looks even worse for California.  The problems are obvious but nobody seems to want to fix them.  Forbes recently compiled a list entitled “Cities Where The Economy May Get Worse“.  Six of the top seven spots were held by cities in California.

#9 The state of California is now dealing with millions upon millions of people that have developed an “entitlement mentality”.  Incredibly, 60 percent of all students attending California public schools now qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches.

#10 Huge numbers of poor people and illegal aliens are taking advantage of “free” medical care at hospital emergency rooms and this has caused dozens of hospitals across the state of California to completely shut down.  As a result, the state of California now ranks dead last out of all 50 states in the number of emergency rooms per million people.

#11 The entire state has become one big episode of “L.A. Law”.  According to the Institute for Legal Reform, the “lawsuit climate” in California is ranked number 46 out of all 50 states.

#12 Even though the state government is Sacramento tries to legislate virtually everything, the reality is that there are vast stretches of central California that nobody seems to care about anymore.  In fact, there are quite a few areas that now closely resemble war zones. The following is how Victor Davis Hansen described what he experienced during his recent tour of the “forgotten areas of central California”….

Many of the rural trailer-house compounds I saw appear to the naked eye no different from what I have seen in the Third World . There is a Caribbean look to the junked cars, electric wires crisscrossing between various outbuildings, plastic tarps substituting for replacement shingles, lean-tos cobbled together as auxiliary housing, pit bulls unleashed, and geese, goats, and chickens roaming around the yards. The public hears about all sorts of tough California regulations that stymie business – rigid zoning laws, strict building codes, constant inspections – but apparently none of that applies out here.

Hansen also says that he observed that people in these areas are doing whatever they can to survive….

At crossroads, peddlers in a counter-California economy sell almost anything. Here is what I noticed at an intersection on the west side last week: shovels, rakes, hoes, gas pumps, lawnmowers, edgers, blowers, jackets, gloves, and caps. The merchandise was all new. I doubt whether in high-tax California sales taxes or income taxes were paid on any of these stop-and-go transactions.

In two supermarkets 50 miles apart, I was the only one in line who did not pay with a social-service plastic card (gone are the days when “food stamps” were embarrassing bulky coupons).

#13 Due to the economic downturn, budget cuts in many California cities have become severe.  In many areas essential social services are being shut down.  For example, the police chief of Oakland, California announced last year that due to very deep budget cuts there are a number of crimes that his department will simply not be able to respond to any longer.  The crimes that the Oakland police will no longer be responding to include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism.  Today, Oakland is considered the 5th most violent city in the United States.

#14 Crime is rising all over California but the police layoffs just keep on coming.  Things have gotten so bad in Stockton, California that the police union put up a billboard with the following message: “Welcome to the 2nd most dangerous city in California. Stop laying off cops.”

#15 Illegal immigration is a massive financial drain on the state, and yet California lawmakers just passed the “Dream Act” which gives even more benefits to illegal aliens.

#16 The Los Angeles area was once one of the most beautiful areas in America.  But now it is being transformed into a crime-ridden war zone.  The following is a comment that a reader identified as JF left on a recent article….

I work in law enforcement in LA (I fortunately don’t live there). LA is a third world country, trash everywhere, graffiti, gangs (mostly Hispanic). I’m sick of illegals primarily Mexicans (I’m American of Mexican descent). These liberal politicians will not stop aid to illegals which costs this state 21 billion dollars a year, which is about the same as our current deficit. I earn a pretty decent income and my wife has a meager salary, but it seems to get more and more difficult to earn a living in this state. If I can make it to retirement, I’m probably going to leave this state.

Another reader identified as Rob left the following comment….

I have lived here off and on for 42 years. Hellhole is not strong enough a word for it. One cannot go anywhere without seeing Graffitti from these gangs. Illegal Aliens are literally on every corner and every home depot. LA County alone spent 600 million in aid to illegal aliens not including education being factored in and the state spent 110 billion last year on just programs, welfare, aid to illegal entitlement programs, no ******** wonder why we are broke, the liberal agenda out here is astonishing, these liberals literally couldnt see the forest through the trees. I am so sick of seeing Nortenos, Surenos, LaFamilia, and other hispanic gangs crowding our prisons, illegals underage having their anchor babies, illegals crowding the ER’s, crowding the schools. No wonder why the teachers are pissed off. I agree, this state sucks, and we will be moving very soon.

#17 Instead of sealing the border, California just seems to be encouraging even more illegal cross-border traffic.  Therefore it is likely that the state will have even more problems with Mexican gangs and drug cartels.  Already things are at epidemic levels. Approximately 75 tunnels along the U.S. border with Mexico have been discovered by law enforcement authorities in the last four years alone.

#18 California is being transformed into a very frightening place.  To get an idea of where California is headed, just consider the following statistic: during one recent 23 year period, the state of California built 23 prisons but just one university.

#19 The state of California has become so desperate for money that it will do just about anything. Today, the state will go after safe deposit boxes if the owners have had “no contact” with the bank for just 3 years.

#20 At this point, California is essentially flat broke.  The state of California is facing a $26 billion dollar deficit for this year and hundreds of billions of dollars in future unfunded liabilities.  At this point California is treading water financially and nobody knows how much longer the state is going to be able to avoid financial disaster.  Meanwhile, lawmakers continue to spend money like it is going out of style.

So what do you think?

Do you think California is stupid?

Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below….

  • Pamela

    Rick Perry isn’t doing much to stop the illegals here in Texas either.

  • Glenda the Good Witch

    I was born and reared in California in the 1950’s and left it’s ‘golden shores’ many years after the new blight of illegal immigration began to take and affect the state substantially. I loved my home state and sometimes miss the way things were many years ago. But we cannot go back to the dreamland of ‘old’ California in this ‘new’ LIBERAL and out-of-control economic situation. My son was the only ‘white’ face in his kindergarten school picture. He was faced with peers that were already being taught by their parents to hate the white ones. This is not an exageration – i left the city of Los Angeles when he was ten years old to protect him from the ‘white’ haters in our lower-middle class neighborhood. He is a college graduate living in California still and cannot find a permanent job. I go back now and then to visit my remaining family there but it is nauseating to my very soul how the most beautiful state in the Union is now the ugliest. I do not know the answers, for, as California goes, so does the country. The new USSA is cutting it’s own liberal/socialist throat and the people had better wake up and start making the voting changes necessary to bring our country back from its knees to at least a standing position soon or things will just get worse and worse…I pray for my state of my birth but things are so out of control and the politicians think they are ‘God’ now and need to control the children in the public schools, the parents of the children, and all its citizens – it is too nauseating to go on.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    I am a regular listener to Financial Sense pod cast Jim Puplava’s company is based in California and the rare times he talks about it it’s nightmare to do business in (He stays because as I understand it the sailing is to die for). Number 2 is spot on Businesses are fleeing California in droves. I have a theory about why the Government of California is acting like this. One Liberals dominate most of government and Liberals tend to live in a self-repeating echo chamber. They don’t like to be challenged and when they are they start name-calling, avoiding direct questions. When you only seek agreement with people who think like you do your views of the world become stunted. Two I really believe these people think the rest of the country will bail them out when the time comes. They think they will have their Greek moment and DC will come rushing in with cash a very unlikely outcome. I expect the whole thing to end in tears, and more than a little violence.

    • Guido

      They really do. I have relatives in Seattle, and those folks really do seem to be out of touch with the rest of the world. When my family members out there debate the issues with me, their facts are so distorted and bizarre, it’s like they live in a liberal Twilight Zone where the facts fail to reach them. They really do believe their s#$t doesn’t stink out there. I don’t even talk to one of them after they insulted me, criticized my service, and informed me they knew that I had never been in danger in Iraq and ha done nothing. They were ignorant, yet so opinionated.

      When the Army sent me to CA, I thought I would try to buy a handgun to do some plinking. ************ Trying to buy a gun in CA was so ridiculous, I gave up and just waited to leave the place. Their list of banned weapons is incredible.

      The sad part is, the libtards on the Left Coast tend to leave the urban hell they create and move elsewhere, taking their stupid politics with them. I understand folks in Colorado are tired of CA libs importing their ideals.

      • bryan

        Buying a handgun in California .

        1. Get you handgun safety certificate

        2. Go to store , select handgun

        3. Show proof of residency, two item’s required.

        4. Pay for handgun .

        5. Wait ten days for background check .

        6. Pick up handgun .

  • Gary2

    I thought they were the porn capital-I am sure there are many willing people to be in porn. Given the staggering amount there is on the web-Thank God for filters- Does it not pay a good wage???

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Gary2 in Wisconsin: Many of the BRA’s top porn companies are based in Los Angeles, especially the San Fernando Valley. The porn industry used to claim to be recession-proof, but this economic downturn is so severe that even the porn industry has experienced layoffs, downsizing, pay cuts, etc. You know the economy is in terrible shape when even the porn industry is hurting.

      Larry Flynt joked that the porn industry needs a bailout. Ha ha! Well, I’d rather bail out Hustler than bail out the criminals at Goldman Sachs.

  • Colin

    Los Angeles was never beautiful. It was an industry town for the entertainment sector. It was a city divided by race and wealth, and there were brutal riots in the city. It was polluted and crowded. I think people’s perceptions of the city were shaped more by the media, than by reality.

    Like many of our more important cities, Los Angeles is gentrifying. This means that the lower classes are being pushed out of the city as powerful interests re-develop the city for an exclusive clientele.

    I know that it is fashionable for the enemies of our country to blame the liberals for the problems in this country and this state. However, the enemies of our country have played an influential role in the present and future of this state. Our state government is dysfunctional because the two parties are unable to work together and they are often gridlocked. This Californication of politics can be seen on the national level.

    • mark

      Colin, your state is run by you progresives. The right lost power many years ago. It is you progresives that have raised you taxes so high. It is you progresives that pay your state and county workers such high wages and benifits that you can’t pay for. You progresives run your schools and higher education systems that fail or cost too much. It is you progresives that will not control your southern border and pay benfits to noncitizens. And yes, Californians are stupid for voting in progresives time and time again.

  • I moved to California in September and agree with most of what you said. The state is beautiful and I love the weather. The economy and mismanagement is a different issue entirely. I have no intention of leaving, but can see the despair many people face that I get to ignore. I am an Internet marketer and work with clients all over the world. Therefore, I have been largely unaffected by the local economy, at least as far as income and work goes.

    However, all my clients I have I found online. I have almost given up looking for clients in the “real world” because the businesses near me seem too broke. I have had businesses offer me free gym memberships or wine for my services. I can’t pay my rent with that. I would rather work for people I can see face-to-face, but anonymous people I will never meet actually are paying me money. I feel so sorry for anyone in this state who is looking for a regular 9-5 job. If I was in that position I would have no choice but to move back to New Hampshire.

    I am in the position where I can enjoy the beauty of California and be unphased by the conditions of the local economy. God help the people who have to deal with it. I see their suffering every day up north and it is heartbreaking. Seems there are way more unemployed than there were back in New England.

    A lot of it is to blame on all the pot. Seems like too many people are addicted and lose all ambition in life.

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Kalen: I think you make a good point about California vs. New England. I don’t live in New England, but I do live in a major northeastern city (Philadelphia) and spent some time in L.A. back in the 1980s. I’m so glad I left. It was hard to survive out there back then, and I can only imagine how terrible it is now. Were there things I liked about L.A. other than the weather? Sure, the mariachi bands on Olvera Street, the eccentrics at Venice Beach, Grand Central Market on a Saturday afternoon. But mostly, I remember an incredibly expensive city where it was very hard to survive unless you made a lot of money. Thank God I left.

  • Calabrese

    What is is with Americans and taxes ?
    Government needs financial possibilities to help and support people and business. 10 % taxes – ridiculous. We in Germany have over 40 % tax rate for highest incomes.

    • A Dodgy Bloke

      Good then stay in Germany, and have fun bailing out the Greeks, the Italians, the Spanish, the Irish, and most of Eastern Europe, and thier banks. Some of us like keeping out own money and not giving it to the Dead Hand of Government.

      • Gemma

        You’re kidding, right?

    • Guido

      Calabrese-You don’t understand the American system. First, we are governed by a Constitution that is supposed to limit gov’t power. At no point in our founding was government supposed to be running welfare programs and handouts.

      Your own gov’t pioneered that system in the late 1800s under the Kaiser as a way to head off Socialist forces and keep the working masses complacent and easy to control.

      It only half worked, perhaps less, when you consider the many revolutionaries your nation has had to contend with. The problem with handouts is they tend to be endless and become expected and government is forced to hand out more to keep more people happy. Thatcher has been quoted as saying Socialism is nice until you run out of other people’s money.

      Our nation began embracing your nation’s Socialist lead in the early 1900s with the Progressives, spearheaded by Wilson and others, and the Left has never looked back. They’ve piled one boondoggle program on top of another until we reached points of over 70% taxation under Carter-yet no one looks at Carter’s era as an era of success. Taxation kills accomplishment and success.

      It’s not even a fair system-politicians pick and choose winners and losers, such as tax write offs for buying certain cars or energy saving windows. Gov’t interference usually doesn’t help competition, pricing, or efficiency, as we’ve seen with the GM buyout, the Solynda bankruptcy, the big bank failures, and many other incidents.

      I think it’s safe to argue, our government and our welfare state have accomplished very little since then, aside from stealing wealth from productive people to give to unproductive people. There has been very little, if any, value for these programs. And we have more poor people than ever before.

      The federal government, or fedgov, as I like to call it, was never intended to have an income tax, nor was it supposed to be taking so much of our money to run so many unconstitutional programs. The states are the proper source of programs, such as welfare and medicare, if they wish to have them at all-there was no expectation 200 years ago that we would ever have government running charity.

      Our system was founded to keep power as close as possible to the local level because our leaders believed decentralized power was more responsive to the will of the people. I believe Plato said, “Those who wear the boot know best where it pinches.”

      I see no reason to believe the fedgov can administer charity on a national level-they suck at pretty much everything they try to do and the more centralized a program is, the less successful it seems to be.

      Were the fedgov to stick to its mandated powers and responsibilities, you would see a much smaller government with a much smaller tax bill. Were we to follow the original design, most of our taxes would be raised with tariffs on foreign trade and direct taxes for specific goals, i.e. road improvements, and you would see practically NO US troops intervening in other nations’ wars and conflicts. (we were also intended to be traders, not global policemen) The states would charge the bulk of the taxes for their programs and people could change those taxes by voting or moving as they saw fit. MD and TX are two great states to compare. MD taxes heavily, and wealthy folks move away, while TX has no income tax and business and people are flocking there. Does that sound better than the current setup? Perhaps not to a person from Germany, but many Americans might think it sounds better.


        Bravo, Guido!

        If these brain dead libs only had half of your wisdom, we might have a chance here in Cali.


    • joe

      When California has a state income tax of around 10%, that is not the only income tax that workers are paying – there are also the three federal income taxes (Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and the actual federal income tax). Added to the sales tax, additional taxes on gasoline, property taxes, “fees” and other “use taxes”, many Californians are paying well over 40% of their income in taxes.

    • the 10% is just from California, on top of that you get hit with another 20% or more from the Federal government. Plus everything you buy in CA is taxed heavily at almost 10%. We also pay additional taxes for unemployment benefits, Social security benefits, Medicare, just to name a few. We really are turning into another socialist state where it’s one for you and one for the government.


    DO THE MATH!!!Here is an example of why hiring illegal aliens is not economically
    productive for the State of California…or any other state for that matter.

    You have 2 families…”Joe Legal” and “Jose Illegal”. Both families have
    2 parents, 2 children and live in California . “Joe Legal” works in
    construction, has a Social Security Number, and makes $25.00 per hour
    with payroll taxes deducted…. “Jose Illegal” also works in construction,
    has “NO” Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash per hour
    “under the table”.

    Joe Legal…$25.00 per hour x 40 hours $1000.00 per week, $52,000 per year ..
    Now take 30% away for state & federal tax..
    Joe Legal now has $31,231.00

    Jose Illegal…$15.00 per hour x 40 hours $600.00 per week, $31,200.00 per
    year, Jose Illegal pays no taxes…
    Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00

    Joe Legal pays Medical and Dental Insurance with limited coverage
    $1000.00 per month $12,000.00 per year
    Joe Legal now has $19,231.00

    Jose Illegal has full Medical and Dental coverage through the state
    and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year.
    Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00

    Joe Legal makes too much money to be eligible for Food Stamps
    or welfare – Joe Legal pays for food $1,000.00 per month $12,000.00
    per year – Joe Legal now has $ 7,231.00

    Jose Illegal has no documented income, so he is eligible for Food
    Stamps and Welfare – Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00

    Joe Legal pays rent $1,000.00 per month – $12,000.00 per year
    Joe Legal is now in the hole minus (-) $4,769..00

    Jose Illegal receives a $500 per month Federal rent subsidy ..
    Jose Illegal pays rent $500.00 per month (section 8 housing)
    $6,000.00 per year – Jose Illegal still has $25,200.00

    Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job
    after work or his wife must work. Jose Illegal has nights and
    weekends off to enjoy with his family (and eat out!).

    Joe Legal’s and Jose Illegal’s children both attend the same school.
    Joe Legal pays for his children’s lunches
    Jose Illegal’s children get a government sponsored breakfast & lunch,
    and they also qualify to be bused to school at tax payer expense.

    Jose Illegal’s children have an after school ESL program.
    Joe Legal’s children have to find a way to get to school and go home
    after school as, “latch-key kids” with no adult supervision.

    Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same Police and Fire Services,
    but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay.

    Jose Illegal can send most of his money back home to Mexico to build a
    new home for retirement, and have money to buy a new truck
    (and still have Medi-Cal benefits while living in a foreign country;
    until someone turns him in to authorities….if they ever find out)

    Joe Legal is still in the hole.

    Any questions?

  • Ken w

    Let California fall under the weight of years of poor decisions. I don’t want my taxdollars going to bail them out, that only creates “moral hazard”. Let them institute austerity for their citizens like Greece. For years they’ve made promises they can’t keep. Is there a city run by liberals that isn’t in shambles? It all comes down to personal responsibility not entitlements.

    • Guido

      I agree, but they’ll only move to where you live and bring their failed policies with them.

      • Guido

        It’s like a living example of Atlas Shrugged. California makes so many stupid decisions, you would almost think they’re trying to run themselves into the ground. Like this recent idea of unionizing babysitters. That’s absolutely nuts, but they’ll go for it. They eat up stuff you or I would find bats#$t crazy.


    The author makes it seem like all of this is happening because “stupid lawmakers” have no idead what they are doing. Quite the contrary. Lawmakers in the US know exactly what they are doing. And what they are doing is all by design. So, yes, the intelligent will leave CA and soon, and the most prepared and super intelligent will leave the United States altogether and never look back.

  • I always wanted to live in California, too many rules and yes the entitlement mentality. But this is relevant THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA GET THE GOVERNMENT THEY WANT!

    Maybe some day our brothers and sisters in the Golden state will wake up and realize that they live in paradise and stop making it hell!

  • john

    Where I live in Arizona, the sales tax rate is 8.85% plus a 25 city tax.

  • john

    Sorry, I mean a 2% city tax.

  • Guido

    Thankfully, many people have figured out CA is a failed state and have moved their businesses and left the state. Years ago, I heard U-Haul had a long, long waiting list for trailers to leave the state. They won’t rest until they’ve turned it into one big bankrupt nanny police state. Then, they’ll have to build a wall around the border to keep their citizens from fleeing the workers and peasants paradise.

  • Texar

    CA is our Greece. It’s going to pull down the entire country.

    • joe

      Having lived in both, I can agree – both are places with great natural beauty, fantastic climates, and completely dysfunctional governments.

  • KB

    I have had many thoughts recently about government, none of them flattering, but the one thing that is so glaringly obvious to me is that we should make lawmaking, including and especially Congress, a part-time job with no more than 20 hours per week with no benefits and hourly pay. Let’s see how many apply for the job then.

    The only thing that these people do currently is make laws. What else would “Lawmakers” do other than MAKE LAWS? Such as the concept of too many pensioned retirees will bankrupt a company, so will too many full-time lawmakers make too many laws because that is ALL THEY HAVE TO DO.

    They are suffocating us with all their ridiculous laws, so I say down-size them into part-timers. It would save so much grief.

  • DW

    California is screwed. If Californians want to leave California, they better make sure they don’t californicate the place they’re moving to.

  • mark

    I left California in 2001. That was the best move we made. I sure would not wish to be there as things continue to melt down. We had apartments in Vallejo. It was a rough town before the police layoffs. They paid the police and firemen huge wages, well over 100,000. The tax base could not cover the costs. This is what happens when you let progresives run anything. The state had to take over the Vallejo schools because of to much debt. Walmart even left Vallejo! The city government drove them out and so Walmart built in the town next door. Ha, they now recieve the sales taxes while Vallejo shoppers buy there. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. I hope all of the progresives stay in the state. Good luck California, you are going to need it.

  • Alison

    Are you really saying that tolerance for homosexuals is pushing an alternative lifestyle? Sounds like you are just a bigot.

    • TK


      The Truth does not change just because you do not believe:

      For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

      And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

      And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

      Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

      Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

      Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

      Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

  • TK

    Do I think that California is stupid?

    I know California is stupid!

    But, they are just an example of what America as a whole is going through. It does not look good for America. We truly need a hero to come in and save the day.

    If that hero shows up, I am afraid he would be killed because there are millions of Americans who are addicted to government hand outs. What a shame. We are our own worst enemy.

    Truly California is in it’s last days.

  • Donald Wilson

    I was born and raised in California, used to be a great place. However, over time the politicos and liberal agenda have screwed things up. I am retired military and I wouldn’t live in California you are over taxed and burdened by stupid laws and politically correct policies. That state is doomed. As the old saying goes you reap what you sow. The end of California is closer than most politicos would want to admit. Good luck. Bavo 2 out.

  • Keystone

    Oh they’re stupid alright. I’ve been to SoCal many time on business and I’ve always thought to myself, this could be such a great place to live if the liberal politicians hadn’t screwed it up so badly. Oh, and you can add to the list: some of the worst gun laws in the country.

  • I live in California and your article is right on. Since I was born here in 1945, I’ve seen it when it was beautiful and a wonderful place to live: safe, prosperous, and easy to afford.

    Thanks to no one else but LIBERALS (and the stupid assholes who vote for them) it is turning into a third world toilet. They just can’t help themselves from destroying beauty and killing prosperity.

    I just wish they’d all move to those third world countries they seem to love and leave the rest of us alone.

    • mark

      Hey Linda, We want them all to stay there so that the progresives can’t ruin another state! California is the perfect example how the liberals took a really nice place and turned it into a dump. I know how nice it was, for I was born there in 1954.

  • Breaking Bad: California vs. the Other States
    by Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters
    Version 1.778
    Revised 22 August, 2011
    Updated version online at:
    Phone: 858-530-3027

    Facebook blog page:

    Here’s a depressing but documented comparison of California taxes and economic climate with the rest of the states. The news is breaking bad, and getting worse (I keep updating this fact sheet):

    California has the 3rd worst state income tax in the nation. 9.3% tax bracket starts at $46,766 for people filing as individuals. 10.3% tax starts at $1,000,000.

    Highest state sales tax rate in the nation. 7.25% (as of 1 July – does not include local sales taxes) Table #15

    California corporate income tax rate (8.84%) is the highest west of the Mississippi (our economic competitors) except for Alaska. Table #8 — we are 8th highest nationwide.

    California’s 2011 Business Tax Climate ranks 2nd worst in the nation.

    Fourth highest capital gains tax 9.3%

    In virtual tie with CN and NY for highest gasoline tax (averaging 67.5 cents/gallon) in the nation, (July, 2011). (also CA has the highest diesel tax – 76.9 cents/gallon)

    California is ranked 14th highest in per capita property taxes (including commercial) – the only major tax where we are not in the worst ten states. But CA property taxes per owner-occupied home were the 10th highest in the nation in 2009. and

    California’s 2011 “Tax Freedom Day” (the day the average taxpayer stops working for government and starts working for himself) is the 6th worst date in the nation – up from 28th worst in 1994, but down from 4th worst in 2009. CA “improved” only because of our state’s soaring unemployment rate – the new tax dodge!

    California has the 2nd highest state unemployment rate. (July, 2011) – 12.0%. National unemployment rate 9.1%. National unemployment rate not including CA is only 8.7%, making the CA unemployment rate 37.9% higher than the other 49 states.

    California needlessly licenses more occupations than any state – 177. Second worst state is Connecticut at 155. The average for the states is 92.

    For the 2007-08 school year, the Los Angeles Unified School District spent $29,780 per student. The district also has the country’s second lowest graduation rate of 40.6%.

    CA public school teachers the highest paid in the nation. CA students rank 48th in math achievement, 49th in reading. page 36

    1 in 5 in Los Angeles County receiving public aid.,0,4377048.story

    California has 12% of the nation’s population, but 36% of the country’s TANF (“Temporary” Assistance for Needy Families) welfare recipients – more than the next 7 states combined. Unlike other states, this “temporary” assistance becomes much more permanent in CA.

    California prison guards highest paid in the nation.

    For every dollar California pays to D.C., we get back 78 cents. We rank 7th worst.

    California is the worst ranked state for tax administration – another anti-business factor.

    California now has the lowest bond ratings of any state, edging out Louisiana.

    The American Tort Reform Association ranks CA the worst state “judicial hellhole” – extremely anti-business.

    America’s top 500 CEO’s rank California “the worst state in which to do business” for the 7th straight year (May, 2011). (It’s worth reading the short article, and especially the part about California.)

    California, a destitute state, still gives away college education at fire sale prices. Our community college tuition is the lowest in the nation. How low? Nationwide, the average community college tuition is about three times higher than California CC’s. Chart 5 on page 8
    This ridiculously low tuition devalues education to students – resulting in a 30+% drop rate for class completion. In addition, 2/3 of California CC students pay no tuition at all – filling out a simple unverified “hardship” form that exempts them from any tuition payment, or receiving grants and tax credits for their full tuition.

    On top of that, California offers thousands of absolutely free adult continuing education classes – a sop to the upper middle class. In San Diego, over 1,400 classes for everything from baking pastries to ballroom dancing are offered totally at taxpayer expense.

    Protests about increased UC student fees too often ignore one crucial point — all poor and most middle class students don’t pay the “fees” (our state’s euphemism for tuition). There are no fees for California families with under $80K income. Moreover, Pell Grants and federal tuition tax credits covered the total 2009-10 fee increases for nearly 3/4 of all undergraduates with household incomes below $180K. and

    California residential electricity costs an average of 32.4% more than the national average (far higher in San Diego County). For industrial use, CA electricity is 70.8% higher than the national average (May, 2011).

    It costs 38% more to build solar panels in California than in Tennessee – which is why European corporations have invested $2.3 billion in two Tennessee manufacturing plants to build solar panels for our state.

    Consider California’s net domestic migration (migration between states). From April, 2000 through June, 2008 (8 years, 2 months) California has lost a NET1.4 million people. The cumulative net annual income lost from this 8 year out-migration comes to about $26 billion. Net departures slowed in 2008 only because people couldn’t sell their homes. In 2010 we lost “only” 72,000 net people to domestic migration. Again, note that this is NET loss. and and
    These are not welfare kings and queens departing. They are the young, the educated, the productive, the ambitious, the wealthy (such as Tiger Woods) – and retirees seeking to make their pensions provide more bang for the buck. Some of these departing seniors are retired state and local government employees fleeing the state that provides them with their opulent pensions – in order to avoid the high taxes that these same employees pushed so hard through their unions. And once they move out of California, our state can no longer tax their California-paid pensions.

    As taxes rise and jobs disappear, we lose our tax base, continuing California’s state and local fiscal death spiral. This downward spiral must stop NOW.

    NOTE: To see the latest version of this “Breaking Bad” column, plus other taxpayer items of interest, go to my blog at, or my Facebook page at This fact sheet also is available free upon request as a 2 page Word file for printing.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    “Personally, I’d rather be in Philadelphia.”—WC Fields

    I spent some time in Southern California a long time ago, but it was hard to survive financially in La La Land—so I ended up moving back to Philly, which is a decision I have never regretted. I don’t miss La La Land a bit. You can have it. Sure, the weather is great, but you can have L.A.’s earthquakes, smog, unbearable traffic, high unemployment, and high cost of living. Oh, and I have vivid memories of all the Californians I knew who not only hired illegal immigrants, but were actually PROUD of breaking the law. I remember the comments well:

    “Why should I pay an American minimum wage to cut my grass when I can pay an indocumentado under the table for a buck an hour?”

    “Why should I pay an American nanny to raise my kids when I can get a Mexican nanny to do it under the table for a buck an hour? Oh, wait—there’s a Guatemalan woman who will be do it for 50 cents an hour instead of a buck. I’ll hire her instead.”

    That was 30 years ago, when hiring an illegal immigrant was a badge of honor in La La Land. Is it any wonder California is such a mess? People who get paid under the table aren’t paying any taxes on that income, which means that the tax burden gets shifted to those who are working legally.

    See, when you encourage the working conditions of a Third World environment, you erode the middle class and BECOME a Third World environment. And that’s what California is at this point: a Third World environment, which is very bad news because California is the world’s eighth largest economy. It is a collapsing economy in a dying Third World country known as The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA).

  • Brady

    yes… California is very Stupid

  • A very well researched, well written and engrossing article. I’ll be linking this in the next article I write at the included website. Thank you very much.

  • spud

    Los Angeles was once my home. It is so far gone that I can hardly stand to visit anymore. Truly, I want to cry. It used to be such a nice place. I know many that have left, taking their businesses with them. Many of us would move back in a heartbeat if CA would clean up it’s mess. I don’t think it will ever happen.

  • Colin

    As I stated earlier, the troubles in this state are not reserved exclusively to liberals. There are other groups that must share the blame.

    The troubles for this state began in the 1960’s when Ronald Reagan was governor. They escalated over time, and have escalated greatly under Republican governors.

    Since I moved here from Texas in 1983, our state has been governed by three Republicans – George Deukmejian (1983-1991), Pete Wilson (1991-1999) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (2003-2011) – and two Democrats – Gray Davis (1999-2003), who was recalled, and Jerry Brown (2011). Like every other state in the country, and like our nation, the Republicans create a mess and the Democrats are called in to fix it. Of course, they don’t fix it, due to the fact that our legislative body is dysfunctional.

    To make up for the inefficiencies in our government, the voters literally are acting as surrogates and are voting in legislation that mired in legalese and is needlessly complicated.

    Before I moved to this state, the voters voted in a disastrous proposition, Prop. 13. This prop limited the amount of tax placed on real estate. With this prop and the resultant legislative actions, the value of the quality of living in our state began its decline. I think that if you are going to write about our state, that you should mention this prop.

    As for Los Angeles, this city is an unwieldy beast, and is often cited as the classic example of urban sprawl. This city has played an unusually large role in the politics of this state, and there has been for some time talk by fringe groups of dividing this state into two for many feel that LA’s needs and ambitions too often supercede other lesser communities. (Our state has two major centers of influence – Los Angeles, in the Southland, and the San Francisco and the surrounding bay region.)

    I will admit that liberals have done wrong, but I would live in California than in Texas where the air is bad, the water is bad, and the jobs are crap. Frankly, I would rather live here than in a Republican-controlled miasma.

    If I do move, I may more north to either Oregon or Washington, to one of the progressive areas. (I am after all a progressive socialist.) I will never move to the South. I personally feel that Lincoln should have left the Southern states go, and not bother reclaiming them. I despise the South, and I hate that our nation is still fighting the frekkin Civil War 150 years after it ended. (The Tea Party’s members are the latest incarnation of the Southern white trash that emerged after the Civil War.) As for the other areas of our country, I have less antipathy and no great desire to go visit or move to there.

    • mark

      Colin, the republicans that you refer to were also progresives. Prop 13 happened because the high property taxes were driving people out of their homes. You progresives never learned that you need to shrink government. You guys always think it needs to grow. Why leave the paridise you helped to create. Why not stay and fix the problem. We sure don’t need more progresives in Oregon, they are trying to turn this place into another failed state.

    • Guido

      That’s amusing. That Southern White Trash of which you speak were the Democrats. And it was the Progressives under Wilson who brought racism back from the brink. Wilson segregated the military, fired black officials, and helped breath life back into the Klan. Democrats overturned reconstruction and forced out hundreds of black Republican government people across the South, too, and used the Klan to terrify blacks from voting Republican for decades after the war.

      A visit to San Fran should be sufficient to show what liberals can do. There’s nothing like watching a homeless man in high heels taking a crap in the street, after all, that’s his non-existent sky being-granted right!

      While CA may have clean air, and I’ve heard over the years LA air is so bad it is equivalent to smoking a pack a day, their clean air rules regarding gasoline ended up poisoning the water, instead. Was that MTBE, or something? And their regulations have helped insure business flees the state. The infrastructure is in disrepair. And most recently, they announced a goal to unionize baby sitters and force hotels to only use fitted sheets.

    • JF

      Prop 13 has saved numerous homeowners from losing their homes to massive increases in property tax to feed the liberal entitlement programs. Prop 13 was passed by voters in 1978. We did not have any fiscal problems until the past 10 years or so. It was about the same time when CA legislators began to massively increase the size of government, entitlement programs and opened the door wide open to illegals.

  • TR


  • Sad and confused

    I dont know what to do. I live in Texas but im from California and i dont want to live in Texas anymore and want to be with my friends and family in california but after reading all of this and the replies ..almost makes me not want to live at all….smh at all of this…

  • Imran

    I reckon the Mexican’s will soon be invading your nation from everywhere but comfort yourselves with the fact that it’s belated payback!

    Remember, how you Christian Anglo-Saxons carried out the greatest genocide ever known to man by butchering hundereds of millions of indigenous people of the region so why cry now??.

    America was born out of sheer violence and the tears of all these people who have every right to claim the land back!. Your country is on the verge of imploding , if anyone wants to live then they should relocate elsewhere ASAP! I am so glad that i don’t live in the hellhole that is the United States of America!

    • Guido

      I wish you could hear my laughter.

      Actually, our economic situation is bad enough, the Mexicans are self-deporting back to Mexico. I don’t quite see what payback we’re due from the failed state south of us whom we’ve been propping up for years. Considering all the money we permit to flow South of the Border, I think we’re a pretty good neighbor. We take in their surplus population with no official complaint and accept all their bitching and blame for their own internal problems.

      Which genocide are you referring to? Because I’m a little curious. Based on your Mexican thing from above, I feel I need to remind you it was the Spanish who did in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, the Southwest, and parts of the South and West.

      I don’t think the frequently-dirty dealings of the US, British, and French gov’ts really count as genocide, since they never really tried to eradicate the Indians, plus you can’t really blame the current people of the US for things that happened hundreds of years ago. Can you?

      I mean, I’ve never oppressed anyone, nor forced them out of their home to march somewhere else, nor have I killed an Indian or Mexican or anyone else around here. I’ve never fought for a farm on the frontier where I was forced by the economic situation of the Colonies. Nor have I had to kill marauding Indians to defend my family.

      Am I somehow responsible for some Original Sin of being American? That seems absurd. In fact, as long as you’re doling out some kind of inherited punishments, half my family heritage is from Europe in the last century, or so, so I’m at least 50% off the hook.

      While you’re busy dishing out the blame, could you get me some reparations from those dirty Russians for their many years of oppression of my Scandinavian ancestors and my Eastern European in laws? Although I got some German ancestry, could you also get me some of that sweet, sweet cash from them for what they also did to my in laws? I figure between Stalin and Hitler, I’m due some cash. My grandfather’s village was flattened in WWII by both sides. Plus, some of my in laws were forced to flee the Ukrainian de-kulakization and their property is now occupied by others in Belarus and the Ukraine.

      Actually, your argument gets sort of ridiculous, since I bet there are tons of victims we could feel upset for if we hop on the Wayback Machine. No doubt, we could agitate for the Greeks who suffered Persian aggression. And the Russians who suffered the Mongols. And the Germans… well, they’ve been attacking everyone since Rome. The bloody Vikings pretty much owe all of the Northern Hemisphere a big apology. The Iraqis probably ought to apologize for tearing up ancient Israel. And I bet we could all sue Bosnia for starting WWI and pretty much insuring the 20th century was a mess. And let’s not forget the violent pre-Cortez South American empires.

      NO nation is innocent of violence in the history of man. Not a single one. You’re fooling yourself if you believe otherwise. Look up the practices of the Indians some time-they weren’t exactly saints.

      Oh, wait, lemme rewind-are you saying I am somehow guilty of some Racial Original Sin for being Anglo-Saxon, perhaps you mean to indict all Caucasians? Am I the bearer of some blood debt because people who look like me might have done naughty things in the past?

      If you really believe this, I think you have a ton of issues to deal with-because you’re nuts. I don’t know what your racial makeup may be, but I’m sure you’re from a much purer, nicer breed of people than I.

      Oh, if only I wasn’t cursed with this sinful white skin! If only my freckles were my real color and this loathsome white were the birthmark! I might be a better person, then. I could be a righteous, upright, indignant person who knew his ancestors’ victimhood confirmed his inherent greatness!

      Perhaps I could then demand special consideration for employment, promotion, and educational opportunities to make up for all the things that I have never been denied, but might have been, had I lived decades earlier… Oh, this White Man’s Burden that I live with! Oh woes me! Where is the justice in this world?

      Get real, dude.

  • Kevin

    Because California has sufficient wealth regardless of the present deficits the local and state government has run up they have the luxury of seeing life as it should be as opposed to how it is. It’s a child’s perspective of their world.

    It’s unfortunate that reality trumps fantasy.

  • MountainHome

    Don’t forget it was the federal govt. (Democrats) who wanted to tax kids who mowed yards. Nothing is sane about government any more.

  • WM

    Imran: You have fallen into the trap like many before you in believing thast it was the “Christians” who caused all the genocide around the Southwest, South America, Central America, etc. This is a lie from the devil to cause people to despise Christ even more. The said genocide and pillaging was initiated by the Roman Catholic Church, which is NOT a Christian system, but one created by man. It is so far removed from New Testament Christianity it is not funny. This religious system however, has been caused Christian, and thus, all the genocide that they caused is interpreted by the masses as being from Christians. The New Testament NEVER even hints of Christians forcing others to believe or to take over a culture to make them convert. This is foreign to Biblical teaching and is a invention of the devil to cause more divisions amongst the human race and to try to discredit Christianity. True, Biblical, born again, followers of Christ would never agree with the inquisitions and any sort of conquering others by force for the faith.

    Just a clarification. It seems too many people easily believe that all these inquisitions were caused by Christians. They were not, they were caused by the false system, Roman Catholicism.

    • J.M

      Why people doesn´t read some history before spewing there non-sense in the Internet and elsewhere. If we are to judge who was more proficient plundering and killing Indians the Award definitely goes to the ANGLOSAXON PROTESTANTS. Why do you think you have not one milliliter of Indian blood unlike most Hispanics? Yes you cannot even find a state in the US or province in Canada that have Indian Majority however I can mention FIVE COUNTRIES of Latin America where Indians are MAJORITY. And regarding true Christianity come on, your sect was not founded by Christ you in no meaningful way can be regarded as Christians. The pilgrims who came to America at first were so removed from our Lord Teachings that most of them considered those Indians are barbarians only deserving the worst (predestination anyone?)

      • Guido

        Are you sure? Seems Cortez and others slaughtered thousands and thousands in groups of as few as 2 dozen Conquistadors. Try reading Guns, Germs, and Steel for an incredible account of one of the most one-sided attacks ever.

        Actually, it’s kind of silly to argue who killed more-I think it was evil no matter who did it, but you really ought to be fair. In any case, regardless of which group killed the other in history, does it have any reflection on who we are today? Do you really hold this resentment over folks who in any case would be long gone by now? It seems like you’re just looking for something to be upset about.

        I said it before-are we really guilty for what other people did hundreds of years ago? Doesn’t that place anyone and everyone anywhere on Earth in guilt for some offense? Shoot, blame me for Eve and the apple, while you’re at it.

        Also, let me point out, you can’t look at history with 20-20 hindsight. Applying modern values and ideas to the distant past is silly, since the times and social mores then were completely different. While no one wants slavery today, to hate the past because it existed is futile. If you hate every nation and every culture that engaged in war, murder, slavery, etc you would have to hate pretty much everyone. By the way-what about Indian tribes that attacked, subjugated, and killed other tribes? Where do they fall on your list?

        • J.M


          I just was correcting certain misconceptions regarding history of America, based mostly on bias and the so-called “Black Legend” Whatever your opinions are the Spaniards that came to America even though they killed thousands (millions were killed by the diseases of the Old World) their intent was never to obliterate the Indian population of America, they even strove to convert most of them to their version of Christianity and assimilate culturally. The White people in US and Canada assimilated the Indian populations when around + 90% had been exterminated through wars, diseases and starvation.

          I’m not judging the past deeds with our present values, au contraire, I was putting them in perspective, even by the standards of yore the deeds of N. America settlers were far more barbaric than those of the Hispanic and Portuguese conquistadors.

          That’s why I hold no grudge against the current US population for past deeds that don’t relate to me or my ancestors but I do hold in contempt those who twist history and slander entire populations accusing them of the very things their ancestors are guilty of.

          • Guido

            I think the first chapter or two of Zinn would beg to differ. The Spaniards made the SS look like choir boys in South America. Reading their pious accounts of bloodshed and mayhem almost brings tears to your eye for the slaughter they committed on defenseless people.

          • J.M.

            Come on, please don`t bring the faux reference to the Nazis, if that were the case i would be white as well as all the people I know (I’m from South America) but that`s not the case, and in those countries with white majority (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay) the slaughter was not committed by the Spaniards, it was committed by the Governments of Independence, for a pathetic example check “La Guerra de la Triple Alianza” (Triple Alliance War) in which one of the Indian Majority nations of the time was obliterated in a War instigated by Anglosaxons (Brittish). By the way the slaughter of American Indians by Anglosaxons was so gruesome you cannot even deny, that would make the Soviets proud.

  • Gary2

    The biggest argument against Democracy is a five minute discussion with the average Tea Bagger. Even one look at these clowns is an argument against Democracy.

    • Guido

      That’s fine, Gary2, since neither America, nor most Tea Party supporters are democratic. The US is a Constitutional Republic, and most Tea Party supporters support that ideal. Democracy, according to Plato, is one of the worst political systems, since it is rule by the poor. It is rule by the mob.

  • Andrew

    Stop the taxpayer handouts and you’ll stop the dead weight illegals. That by itself weeds out the criminals and deadbeats, leaving only the hard workers, the ones who come here to add something to the productive economy.

  • Yes, we’ve had several (weak, semi, RINO) Republican governors, but the power resides in the two CA legislative bodies. Which party controlled these two august organizations? HINT: Not the GOP.

    “The California State Legislature currently has a Democratic majority, with the Senate consisting of 25 Democrats and 15 Republicans and the Assembly consisting of 52 Democrats and 28 Republicans. Except for the period from 1995 to 1996, the Assembly has been in Democratic hands since the 1970 election (even while the governor’s office has gone back and forth between Republicans and Democrats). The Senate has been in Democratic hands continuously since 1970.”

  • A Defense of Proposition 13 Property Tax Revenues
    by Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters
    1 July, 2010
    Phone: 858-530-3027 Blog:

    When it comes to gathering sufficient property taxes, Prop 13 is no problem at all – except for profligate spenders. Look at the history of my San Diego County – a history which pretty much reflects the history of property taxes in the urban/suburban counties that hold over 90% of California’s population.

    According to the SD County Tax Assessor, in 1977 – the year BEFORE Prop 13 took effect – our countywide property tax revenue was about $639 million. For this past 30 June concluding 2009-2010 fiscal year, our county assessor reports revenues of $4.596 BILLION. For every property tax dollar collected in 1977, the county this last year collected $7.20.

    During that time frame, our county population has grown about 85%, and inflation has gone up about 260%. Hence property tax revenues today are substantially higher than the bloated PRE-Prop 13 year, even after adjusting for inflation and population growth.
    For 2008, California was ranked 14th highest in per capita property taxes (including commercial) – the only major tax where we are not in the worst ten states. But CA property taxes per home were the 10th highest in the nation that year.


    It turns out that, under Prop 13, property tax revenue is FAR more stable than our other forms of tax revenue. Income tax revenue is plunging, and sales tax revenue is dropping.

    But property tax revenue seldom goes down AT ALL. Since the year Prop 13 passed, San Diego County property tax revenue has ALWAYS gone up – every year – until this 2009-10 fiscal year.

    The SD County Assessor reports that real estate property tax revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010 is down – but only 1.0%. This in the 4th year of California’s real estate meltdown. The year before, real estate property tax revenue was actually up 4.1%. Not one person in a thousand knows this – the press has not (yet) covered these amazing facts.

    Revenue is up because Prop 13 has the little-known added benefit of smoothing out real estate property tax revenue from year to year. Most properties this year (generally those purchased prior to 2003) had their property tax go up 2%. Add to that the resales, property improvements and new structures (which establish new tax assessment levels), and the revenue stayed rather constant in the teeth of our economic downturn.

    Consider what happens without Prop 13 protection: In the real estate boom years from 1998 through 2005, property taxes would have SOARED. (Even WITH the Prop 13 limitations, San Diego County property tax revenue collection during this period STILL rose 111%.) But then in the last four years, dropping property values would have caused a dramatic plummet in property tax revenues – revenues that governments would now be hooked on – just like we see with our volatile sales taxes, and especially with our erratic income tax revenues.

  • JD

    CALIFORINA REST IN PEACE- Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I was concieved in that foul state. I went down there in 1999 during the winter so I could find work. There was work back then. Tons of illegals. I worked with them on several roofing jobs including the Top Ramen Factory. You have to drive everywhere to work, you have to stand in line everywhere you go, the air itself is the most foul shit I ever seen. Im from WY and MT so it was a huge shock to the system. My buddy and I lived on the streets in Whittier for a couple weeks and even back then there was tons of homeless. Everywhere I looked I saw gangbangers driving around in fancy cars. It is a 3rd world country down there. I wish my older brother would move up here so when that shithole state falls into the ocean I wont worry about him. Workers comp for babysitters? To me it sounds like a way for that cash-strapped state to pilfer more money out of its peoples pockets. States these days are trying desperately to come up with new revenue streams. For example, here in good ol’ MT we have a carpetbagging Attorney General from CA that just made a 24/7 sobereity law that makes DUI offenders pay $4.00 a day to breathalyze you twice a day. If you dont have the money you go to jail. It is horrible to do this to poor people. They already take your drivers licence and make you pay for expensive treatments that teach you nothing and now they want you to pay to be free! It seems like a great way to screw over people even more while raising revenue. I hate the Califorina invaders that have destroyed great states like MT,ID,OR,WA and CO. Stay the hell away!!!

    • mark

      JD, I was born in california, sorry it’s not my fault. I got out of there in 2001. I felt that I was drowning in a sea of progresives. I must say that Jimmy Carter cured me of voting for any of them long ago. I also wish that the progresives from california would stay there and not export their stupid ideas.

  • mondobeyondo

    California may not have fallen into the ocean – but its politicians and politics long ago fell off the deep end.

  • Imran

    I guess insane people can only laugh at themselves when the bubble is about to burst! I don’t have time to read long and tedious essay’s by self righteous American’s but will tell you that illegal invasion of your land by the Mexican’s is indeed payback for them!.

    American’s have no understanding of world history so no point in debating this issue with a people who have no knowledge whatsoever! I am talking of the many indeginous people killed by your white ancestors upon their invasion of the land you claim to own today! I am talking about the million’s of black people bought from Africa who were enslaved, no wonder millions of these Afro-Americans are full of hate towards America!

    Well i don’t believe in the original sin concept that is exclusive to Catholicism/Christianity rather individual responsibility yet it has to be said that almost 90% of American’s are addicted to war, pornography, violence, drugs and alcahol etc to the degree that i consider American’s to be subhuman!

    I wish you could see the joy on the faces of many Asians and Arabs when they see American’s being slaughtered in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere by the people of the soil any natural disaster like earthquakes or hurricanes back home. I have seen people dancing, laughing and clapping upon seeing American’s dieing or being butchered without mercy!

    WM…Muslim’s equally revere Isa who you refer to as Christ though i understand that like most you’ll also be unaware of this fact! I am sure your holy book does not condone forced conversions yet your clergymen are well known for such activities and stand guilty as charged! Allah will deal with them in his own way and time of which you may be certain!

    If American’s blame Islam for all the evil in the world then we too will hold today’s Americans responsible for all the suffering around the world!

    • Guido

      You mean you weren’t interested in my response to your plea for attention? I worked hard on that response. Tedious, indeed!

      Your rants, however, are interesting. They’re equal parts ignorant and angry.

      Got sources for your facts? Are Americans addicted to all that stuff at once, or are you lumping various things all together?

      And how dare you write off people who are dealing with the monster of addiction? It’s important to support war-making, porn-watching, drug-snorting, booze-drinking addicts in making the right choice and seeking help.

      By the way-who are the other %10 of Americans and how do you identify that one in nine? I’m not a war/porn/violence/drug/alcohol addict, myself, but you never know when you might fall off the wagon…

      I don’t know many people who take joy in watching others suffer, but if I did, I imagine I would consider them savages. I dunno what that says about you and your buddies. I think a lot of the people I know are somewhat merciful, actually.
      Speaking of mercy-when was the last forced Christian conversion you know of, because I don’t think that happens frequently where I live, but I could be wrong.

  • JD

    Mark, Sorry man I was just a little riled up. There are really good people from Cali my older brother is one of them. Its just the stupid politicians I cant stand. They made it where you cant smoke in the bars in -40 below weather.

  • JF

    Your “Isa”, and our “Jesus Christ” are not the same.

  • Imran


    It’s refreshing to know that some American’s still “work hard” instead of killing innocents around the world in the name of defending them!! I am not angry at American’s but some force surely is which is why your country seems to be going from one disaster to the next in double quick time, serves you right!!

    It was “interesting” to see your brothers and sisters crying for freebies after the recent hurricane!! For some reason i felt not an ounce of mercy for them! Well if i wanted attention then i must have received that with your immature reply, hence i must be playing you like a guitar!!

    I’ll mock whoever i want so keep your “dares” to yourself! Should have stayed away from drugs and alcahol in the first place then they wouldn’t be seeking a cure! Almost all pornographic filth, drugs and gang culture is your gift to the world. More then any other it’s your nation who arms the entire world with weapons then preaches peace to them at the same time..what a bunch of hypocrites you people are!!

    Mercy is for human beings not animals who have killed millions of innocents in Iraq, Afghanistan and lets not forget Vietnam, shall i provide a list of American atrocities!!? Well you probably live in America so are unaware of what is happening outside your borders but your Christian evangelists like Pat Robertson are well known to attack other religions especially Islam.

    Your government spreads billions every year in trying to convert Africa and Asia to Christianity despite the people telling you they don’t want it! Then the missionaries use deceptive tactics to fool the villagers or blackmail them with foodstuff or other forms of aid! is one site that exposes these desperate retards!!

    • Michael

      Actually the people of Africa do want Christianity – hundreds of thousands of people are showing up to meetings held by Christ For All Nations…..


    • Guido

      That sure is one high horse you ride on, Imran. Careful-you’ll probably get hurt if you ever fall off.

    • Guido

      Just out of curiosity, what is your nationality? I am curious to know what gem of a nation, what guiding light to the rest of us, you call home. No doubt, it’s a paradise in whose shadow we can only hope to stand some day…

      • Mr.White

        My guess is our friend imran, complete with his passive aggressive animosity towards American is a practicing Muslim. His nationality is anyone’s guess. But I would suspect it originated or has ties to the Middle East.

    • Cynical Guy 42

      You’re kidding about that last paragraph, right? Our government does nothing to support Christians. Maybe none of that stuff you’re saying is true.

  • Gemma

    I actually don’t think it’s frivolous to give nannies, paid vacation. Being a nanny is a real job and despite being a servant like job, they work hard at watching your ugly snot nose brats. THEY DESERVE A BREAK.

    • Poor CA working mom who can’t afford a nanny

      That’s not the point. The law makers can pass any law they want. The point is no one can effort it. It’s very expansive to hire a nanny already. With such bad economy, working moms actually will forfeit a nanny and put their babies to cheaper daycare instead. So the consequence is nannies lose their jobs! So do you want law to protect no one, or no law to hurt the nannies?

  • CAdontcomtoOre

    MR.IMRAN! you need look in a mirror if you want to point out the problem in the world. you are a hypocrite.

  • Gordon

    The west of the United States has been signed over to the bankers so they’re pushing people out. That’s the real foreclosure problem.

  • BJ Arvin

    I grew up in PA but feel nostalgic for the Jan and Dean of that beautiful CA!! My last visit was my last. I was shocked at the trash on the freeways. Looked like WTC after the building came down.

  • JD

    Hey Imran,
    Your false prophet had a 6 year old wife. Before you label Americans as a bunch of porn watching losers maybe you should learn some history you twit!