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    California Nightmaring, With Mass Immigration A Key Demon
    Immigration; Posted on: 2009-10-05 14:40:05 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    California: The High Cost of Illegal Immigration

    By Brenda Walker

    The Golden State has been drowning in a maelstrom of self-created misery. A budget crisis of monumental proportions is exacerbated by one of the country's worst unemployment rates, 12.2 percent in August.

    But what's really disturbing is Sacramento's refusal to make the fundamental changes needed to return the state to a balanced budget and economic sanity. The state is victim to a perfect storm of idiot ideologies, from Open Borders creating a Mexifornian population explosion, to nutty environmentalism.

    California is a scary reverse universe, where the legislature is purposefully creating job loss and economic ruin. The nominally Republican Governor Schwarzenegger has done little good and a lot bad—including his enthusiastic promotion of a unilateral state climate bill.

    Even if you believe that human-caused climate change is real, it is still crazy for one state to cripple its economy when others nearby do not. For example, Nevada is happy to receive fleeing businesses. It has been successfully pitching itself as the lower-tax, lower-regulation alternative.

    It is tragic to see Eden headed so resolutely to hell. California has been blessed with spectacular land, abundant natural resources and many brilliant, talented people. It has been the spawning ground of new ideas, both excellent and odious. Thus Silicon Valley changed the world and was started by some nerdy kids in their parents' garages. Perhaps the laid-back lifestyle made ignoring state politics too easy, but the Jarvis-Gann tax revolt of the 1970s and passage of Prop 187 in 1994 (which would have prevented illegal aliens using taxpayer-funded services) showed many citizens wanted the state redirected. Nevertheless, the bad ideas have predominated in recent years.

    The Tax Foundation rates California as #48 in the nation for business climate. Forbes recently rated it as the 12th worst state for business, a slight improvement from 2008:

    “California has the country's largest gross state product, at $1.55 trillion, far ahead of No. 2 New York's $965 billion, but the Golden State is dead last in business costs and ranks 10th in growth prospects, 22nd in labor, 26th in quality of life, 27th in economic climate and 39th in regulatory environment.” [Forbes: California improves to 12th worst for business, San Francisco Business Journal, September 24, 2009]

    A devastating economic report was recently pried loose from Sacramento that quantified the dollar costs and job loss caused by deranged overregulation:

    “Regulations on small businesses in California have cost the state's economy $492 billion and 3.8 million jobs, according to a report quietly released by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office this week…. “The report, authored by Sanjay B. Varshney, the dean of the business school at California State University Sacramento and Dennis H. Tootelian, a marketing professor at Sacramento State, totaled the ‘direct, indirect and induced’ costs of regulation to calculate the $492 billion figure. It found the cost of regulation was $134,122 per small business in 2007 and caused about one job loss per small business.” [Report says regulations hurt state's economy, San Francisco Chronicle, September 25, 2009]

    The far-left Democrats who run the California legislature have poisoned the well for honest business, even green companies, which they claim to support.

    News Source: vdare

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