November 8, 2010

The Lindsay Lohan of States

You're pretty and all...

Instead, we're making bets on how long it will be before your next meltdown. Oh, wait--you're already melting down.

You've racked up nearly $70 billion in general obligation debt, and that doesn't include your $500 billion unfunded pension liability. Your own analysts predict you'll face a hole of at least $80 billion over the next four years.

Your government's run by a brothel of environmentalists, lawyers, public-sector unions and legislative bums. When they're not taxing or spending, they're creating regulations and commissions like the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology and the California Blueberry Commission. Many businesses would leave if it weren't for your sunny climate.

From Allysia Finley, a "lapsed Californian" on

I can't throw stones. Our fair state has looked at the other 49 Brandeisian laboratories of democracy, pointed to California, and said: "That One!' We're right behind ya...

UPDATE: My. Oh. My. Insty links to a list of California State agencies. Like John Stossel's boxes of Federal Regulations he keeps as a prop on set. The length of this list speaks to fiscal irrectitude.

More importantly, how free can anybody feel or be in a State with that many regulatory bodies?

California Posted by John Kranz at November 8, 2010 10:12 AM
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