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    CA Finalizes Cap and Trade

    CA Finalizes Cap and Trade

    California’s streak of bad governance is coming to a climax with the finalization of their cap and trade legislation:

    California’s plan to cap greenhouse gas emissions and put a price on carbon is set to take effect on Jan. 1 after the Air Resources Board voted Thursday to make final adjustments in the regulation.

    This “model legislation” will inevitably be flooded with special interests, rake hikes, and more flight from California. (As my boyfriend pointed out, though, it’s still better than a pigovian tax.) For free market solutions to environmental problems, I typically look to Dr. Mark Pennington.

    Between that and the California foie gras ban, I won’t look to the Golden State for investment. Their legislative body is immune to common sense.

    I know we have a few Californians who regularly read this. I’d like to know how the debate has been going locally.


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    I moved to another state. Life is to short for California.

    As a 3rd-gen Californian I have to say that question in the last election was: “How stupid are the voters here, really?” The answer surpassed everyone’s expectations by an amount beyond measure.

    Almost all of the people I talk to are actively hoping for a massive cataclycism, the likes of which has never been seen before, as they believe two things:

    1) Nothing short of complete failure on all levels will break the Left’s death grip.

    2) In that event, only the non-Left will survive. (OWS seems to be proving this point.)

    Their views may be a tad extreme, but some days I’m not so sure.

    For myself, I intended to tough it out while giving them all the rope they want, and keeping open my lines of retreat to Texas.

    radiofreeca | October 23, 2011 at 3:47 am

    I’m 6th generation Californian. They say the ultimate form of control is to be able to destroy something, and any big government (like California’s) will attract control freaks. So things will just have to be destroyed until there’s nothing left for the control freaks to control, and then they’ll move on to new things to control (and destroy). That’s why small government works – the control freaks go into private industry (where competition keeps them in check). It’s just human nature.

    carolmcl | October 23, 2011 at 4:12 am

    I live in the Central Valley; my county’s board of supervisors has totally disavowed the High Speed Rail boondoggle; it was due to go throught our county cutting through homes and productive farmland. Proponents in our area claim it will bring in jobs; the county doesn’t feel it’s worth it. Neither do I, it’s a boondoggle. The county is also fighting the employees’ union to help the county meet its budgets. It’s just the dept. head, and a new lawyer for the county up against all of SEIU, which of course, has an unlimited pot of money, and whole cadre of lawyers. So my county is trying to fight the good fight…

    You guys are in a tough spot as home owners in CA. As a former Floridian I was forced to move out of the state 900 miles to be employed so I can sympathize somewhat with your situation although given the insanity of CA leaders with their PC nonsense it’s going to be tough. However, CA leaders are counting on a captive audience. The internet tax didn’t work out so well for them when Amazon cut off their CA associates. It must have taken the libs by surprise that Amazon would literally drop a huge state and then they were forced to walk that law back. In the same manner, unless the population responds in a similar manner they will literally run the place into the ground all the while claiming they are the 8th largest economy in the world.

    You might want to consider some alternatives as homeowners as I have experienced. Find employment out of state for one of the income earners in your family and then rent a place as a bridgehead for the others to have a local address in getting a job. If you have a friend in another state where you are looking for work, use their address on your resume’ (ask them first of course). What this means is you will have to maintain two residences, but in doing so your domicile home state will become the new one thus denying CA your income tax revenue and also sales tax revenue. If enough middle to upper class families do this, the revenue loss will become too great for the lib leaders to maintain their PC delusion as the ugly reality mugs them like a gang stomping.

    I see a lot of people are thinking their friends and family are the primary consideration in this equation. Well, you have a choice, you can hold hands on the deck of the Titanic or get in the life boat. When (not if) CA’s economy crashes most of you will not be having a job so this calculation of friends and family will become irrelevant. Don’t think for one minute that the local and state governments are going to accept your excuse of unemployment to NOT pay your property tax. Your children’s friends don’t pay your property tax. Be prepared or you will get rolled.

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