Geez. I stopped paying attention to political news in California for a few days and in swooped Neel Kashkari, the investment banker who helped run TARP under Bush and Obama, to announce that he’s running for governor. In difficult times, God, the universe, the Prime Mover or whatever calls upon great men to rise up and deliver this kind of rousing oratory.
“I’m running for governor of California to strengthen California families, so that every kid in California gets a good education, and to create a lot of good jobs,” the 40-year-old Republican told hundreds of people at a lunch at Cal State Sacramento.”That’s my platform, jobs and education. Jobs and education,” he said.
JSF at Valley of the Shadow has a post about the upcoming election and what we can learn from 2010.
The last Gubernatorial Election, we had a policy maker with no Political experience [Meg Whitman – ed.] win the Primary (repeated on a national level in 2012 with the same team!) against a candidate who worked within the Party Structure who built connections. The Party Guy lost and we all lost in 2010.
The idea of electing an actual conservative to statewide office might be tilting at a windmill, but the last moderate outsider we had in California was Schwarzenegger. That model probably isn’t going to repeat itself.
This is our current governor folks.
The state just might be beyond redemption for a few more generations. We need someone who is going to articulate a real alternative.
Choo choo! Take note John Roberts: sometimes judges actually do try to save the voters from they’re own stupidity. On Monday California Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny stopped the sale of bonds used to fund the Edmund G Brown Memorial Railroad.
“The ruling marks yet another self-inflicted setback for the California High-Speed Rail Authority and a small victory for California taxpayers,” [Representative Kevin] McCarthy told FoxNews.com. “The CHSRA has failed at every turn to detail a realistic plan that will fund this program. With no private funds, unreliable ridership numbers and the reliance on taxpayers to eventually bail the project out – it should not move forward.”
California voters approved the sale of $10 billion in bonds to pay for the project in 2008, and the state received $3.2 billion in federal funding. Originally estimated to cost $45 billion, the current cost estimate for the project is $68 billion.
So far the California High Speed Rail Authority hasn’t laid a foot of track.
Jerry Brown will be reelected Governor of California. I am rarely this certain in my political predictions, and I would love to be wrong about this one, but we all know that this is going to happen. On that pessimistic note, Blackmailers Don’t Shoot endorses California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly for Governor of California in 2014.
Brown will most likely run unopposed on the Democratic side, and Donnelly will be running against the rat bastard Abel Maldonado, who lost the 2010 election for Lieutenant Governor to the loony San Francisco liberal Gavin Newsom. Maldonado became toxic to Republicans after voting for the largest tax increase in American history under roided out Austrian monkey Arnold Schwarzenegger, but California Republicans might make the mistake of running this turkey because of his last name. This would be a huge mistake.
California has 12 percent of the nation’s population and over 30 percent of its welfare recipients. California has a massive job and prosperity killing Global Warming policy that includes cap-and-trade and “a 5 page regulation on checking one’s tire pressure.” California has an early prison release law that led to Tobias Dustin Summers being released early to kidnap and rape a 10 year old girl. California is a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants. California has an official 8.9 percent unemployment rate, the fifth highest in the nation.
Californians need to have real options placed in front of them, and not a phony like Abel Maldonado or a Meg Whitman, who pandered to conservatives before stabbing them in the back on Spanish radio. We need someone who is willing to say something like this:
This epic experiment in socialism under Jerry Brown has been an epic fail. You know we need to get California working again. We need to unleash California’s prosperity by getting government out of the way. We need to liberate California from oppressive taxes and regulations.
I have little doubt that Donnelly will lose the election if he wins the primary, but Californians will finally hear what they need to hear about this state’s disastrous policies. After that those of us who are sane can move to Texas, from where we can point and laugh at the idiot electorate of our former home state.
A lot of people in California are finding out that it kind of sucks to be the egg that gets broken in order to make the omelette. I have no sympathy.
Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don’t like what they see.
These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years.
Everyone who wasn’t a starry-eyed worshiper of the Unicorn Prince knew that this would happen, so naturally nearly 60 percent of California voters are waking up to a severe shock. Here is self-employed lawyer Jennifer Harris finally figuring out what wealth redistribution actually entails:
“It doesn’t seem right to make the middle class pay so much more in order to give health insurance to everybody else,” said Harris, who is three months pregnant. “This increase is simply not affordable.”
Harris makes too much money to receive subsidies under ObamaCare, and her rates have more than doubled as a consequence of the law. Well Jennifer, someone has to pay for Utopia.
(This post was provoked by American Power.)
Days after the end of a strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers that caused massive headaches for the region, California Governor Jerry Brown put a stop to a strike by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 that was scheduled for Thursday.
The move Tuesday came less than two days before 1,600 drivers and mechanics were to walk off their jobs in protest over rising health care costs, wages and other issues. The strike would have affected about 181,000 riders in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Two points to make about this. First, Jerry Brown will be long gone by the time riders can take the Edmund G Brown Memorial High Speed Rail from Palmdale to Tehachapi, so he’ll never have to deal with what happens when the rail workers decide to walk off the job. If California’s rosy predictions for the future of this project are even remotely realistic, what will happen when all of those people who the Rail Authority project will commute from Fresno to Bakersfield are suddenly stranded and have no way to get to work? Even if the High Speed Rail works as it was sold to us, it still has a built-in failure thanks to Jerry Brown unionizing state workers all those years ago.
Second, columnist Mike Royko coined the name Governor Moonbeam in the 1970s, and it wasn’t a term of endearment. In 1979, the Dead Kennedys released the song “California Über Alles,” which imagined a scenario in which Jerry Brown sent the people of California to hippie death camps. The Overton Window has shifted so far on Democratic Party policies that Jerry Brown is now a moderate Democrat.
I’m willing to entertain the idea that he’s just the most dishonest. Billy’s column at the Huffington Post, New Rule: Conservatives Who Love to Brag About American Exceptionalism Must Come Here to California is one of Maher’s typical applause-trolling moves. It’s also a great insight into just how delusional liberals are.
Before I saw who wrote the article, I thought the title meant that conservatives who came to California would question American exceptionalism. The problem is that that would actually be kind of funny, which would not be keeping in character with the actual author. Instead we get this.
New Rule: Conservatives who love to brag about American exceptionalism must come here to California, and see it in person. And then they should be afraid — very afraid. Because while the rest of the country is beset by stories of right-wing takeovers in places like North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin, California is going in the opposite direction and creating the kind of modern, liberal nation the country as a whole can only dream about. And not only can’t the rest of the country stop us — we’re going to drag you along with us.
Conservatives from other states really should visit California. They can drive through our bankrupt cities, head to the Home Depot and chat with the illegal immigrants who hang out there with impunity, and maybe make a stop in Venice where homeless people who live in trailers dump their holding tanks on the street. It would be a great lesson for anyone from a more conservative state. Even liberals could benefit from seeing what their policies result in when they rule the place for decades. It might also put their home states’ crappy weather into perspective.
The second part is highly doubtful. The only way that California could drag the rest of the country along with it is if so many people eventually flee the state looking for a better place to live that they start taking over entire states.
Bill Maher’s Finest Moment
Maher then writes something that shows just how insane liberals are.
Since then, everything Republicans say can’t or won’t work — gun control, immigration reform, high-speed rail — California is making work. And everything conservatives claim will unravel the fabric of our society — universal healthcare, higher taxes on the rich, gay marriage, medical marijuana — has only made California stronger.
There is so much wrong with this that I don’t quite know how to address it.
Yes, California has strict gun control. That doesn’t mean anything. We still have Oakland, Richmond and Compton, which are on the same list every year that Detroit, Camden and Chicago are on. Murder is down across the board in the country, but that’s true in states where you can buy an AK-47 with a 30 round magazine.
I’m not going to address everything else he mentions, but the biggest whoppers he lists are high-speed rail and gay marriage. There is no high-speed rail in California. There’s a plan to somehow in the future build a train track that might be done by 2028. The projected budget, which is rosy, is currently at seven times the initial estimate. There are currently two lawsuits trying to block the track that hasn’t even been built yet, which, by the way, is set to go between Madera and Fresno. If the entire goal of the high-speed rail project was to move meth around the Central Valley, congratulations.
Gay marriage isn’t something Californians asked for; it’s something that was forced on us. In 2008, which happens to be the year that Maher’s crush was elected President, California voters passed Prop 8, which would have outlawed gay marriage. A gay judge with an axe to grind declared the law unconstitutional, and Jerry Brown and Kamala Harris refused to do their jobs and defend the will of the people in front of the Supreme Court. Either Bill Maher is a blithering idiot, or he’s lying through his teeth.
Maher closes thus.
The bottom line is that we are moving the country’s largest economy into a place where we can all be health-insured, clean air-breathin’, gay-married, immigrant-friendly citizens who don’t get shot all the time. And my message to the rest of America is: do not resist. Kneel before Zod! California has been setting the trends in America for decades, from Silicon Valley to silicone tits, and it’s not going to stop now.
Wrong. And pretty soon the only people in California who will have health insurance are evil one percenters like Bill Maher, who will move to Texas when the state doubles his taxes.
Update: The Daley Gator links and mentions some of the consequences of living in Utopia.
There were 1.3 million businesses in California at the end of 2012, 5.2 percent fewer than in the previous year (that’s about 73,000 fewer). To put that in perspective, Massachusetts lost 5,200 businesses, the second-highest amount, and Kansas had 3.1 percent fewer businesses in 2012 than in 2011, the second-highest loss rate.
Those are the pertinent facts. Read the rest of the post to see how this came about.
Update II: Name-dropped at Regular Right Guy. Sweet.
I must have Stockholm Syndrome. It doesn’t make me mad anymore when Democrats in California’s legislature pass something boneheaded that will no doubt be signed by our zombie Governor.
The California legislature approved an increase in the minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour late last week. The hike will be phased in over the next three years adding $1 in 2014 and another in 2016, according to Raw Story.
See, I understand. When your entire career is paid for by unions and your voter base is losers, you have to do things to pay off the unions and flatter the losers. It isn’t much different from the Obama Administration.
This will be a disaster for everyone in the long run, just like every other policy pushed by Democrats and their lobbyists, but the reality is that the politicians are sent to Sacramento to carry out the will of the people, and the will of the people of California means bad ideas that never work as intended.
Enjoy the new cost of a Big Mac folks. The people get the government that they deserve.
Update: Looks like everyone is on Twitter these days. Thanks Mr. President.