Sunday, May 3, 2009

George Will on California

George Will was among the first "conservative" columnists I recall reaching national prominence. In recent years, his brand of conservatism has seemed increasingly moderate as more conservative voices emerged, and, for me, he's no longer required reading. But once in a while he shows he is still capable of incisive analysis, and this column on California is one of those examples.

The state has joined New York as one of those liberal laboratory experiments run amok, with sky high taxes, a terrible business climate, and the inevitable out migration as people flee the economic consequences of liberal insanity.

As George points out,

"If, since 1990, state spending increases had been held to the inflation rate plus population growth, the state would have a $15 billion surplus instead of a $42 billion budget deficit, which is larger than the budgets of all but 10 states. Since 1990, the number of state employees has increased by more than a third. In Schwarzenegger's less than six years as governor, per capita government spending, adjusted for inflation, has increased nearly 20 percent."

As a result, "For four consecutive years, more Americans have moved out of California than have moved in. California's business costs are more than 20 percent higher than the average state's. In the last decade, net out-migration of Americans has been 1.4 million."

This is the sort of economic future Obama will do his best to impose on the rest of us.

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