Our laboratories of democracy are moving toward one-party rule

posted at 4:01 pm on November 24, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

The federal government may be locked up in an extended state of bipartisan gridlock, but our fifty nifty United States have been moving towards clear-cut majorities not seen in these numbers in decades. The NYT summarizes the new situation:

Come January, more than two-thirds of the states will be under single-party control, raising the prospect that bold partisan agendas — on both ends of the political spectrum — will flourish over the next couple of years.

Though the Nov. 6 election maintained divided government in Washington, the picture is starkly different in capitals from California to Florida: one party will hold the governor’s office and majorities in both legislative chambers in at least 37 states, the largest number in 60 years and a significant jump from even two years ago.

Twenty-four states will be controlled by Republicans, including Alaska and Wisconsin, where the party took the State Senate, and North Carolina, where the governorship changed hands. At least 13 states will be Democratic, including Colorado, Minnesota and Oregon, where control of the legislatures shifted, and California, where the already dominant Democrats gained a supermajority in both chambers. …

This is going to be an interesting phenomenon to watch during the next four years of a continued Obama economy. As the choices made by individual states become more starkly partisan and the results start rolling in, we’re going to be able to compare apples to apples — and I’d bet good money that red states are going to start seeing significant gains in areas over which they have control.

For instance, California has a massive debt crisis on hand, and is sitting atop oil and gas reserves four times as large as those available in the Bakken Formation in North Dakota. Although California could sorely use the revenue and jobs that tapping into those resources more would create, they’re obstinately committed to developing an economy more focused on renewables. North Dakota, meanwhile, is taking full advantage of their energy resources, and their economy is going gangbusters with an unemployment rate hovering around three percent.

Implementing ObamaCare, education policy, regulatory agendas, taxes, energy development — there are plenty of policy decisions on which the parties will be able to make their specific mark, and the contrasts between good policies and bad policies are going to be much more readily apparent.


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Great! Go for it. That just leaves room for a real political party to develop. People are not happy with one party rule and that is the way the wimpy Republicans seem to be headed. That creates a vacuum for a real American party to be on the ascention.

BetseyRoss on November 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM

All of us will asked to bail out the financial basket cases like CA and IL which the national media will casually overlook which party controls those states. But if some Republican in Nowhere, Alaska said something dumb they’ll bother every Republican under the sun about it as though it’s their fault and have to repudiate that person.

gsherin on November 24, 2012 at 4:08 PM

This is going to be an interesting phenomenon to watch during the next four years of a continued Obama economy. As the choices made by individual states become more starkly partisan and the results start rolling in, we’re going to be able to compare apples to apples — and I’d bet good money that red states are going to start seeing significant gains in areas over which they have control.

Good news IMO. Because it will result in a resurgence of state’s rights. No longer the FDR mentality that Washington has to decide everything and have the bureaucracy to enforce it akin to clubbing baby seals.

Happy Nomad on November 24, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Our laboratories of democracy are moving toward one-party rule

I’m more interested in the question of when we’ll move towards having two different countries.

Stoic Patriot on November 24, 2012 at 4:12 PM

The red states are probably the only ones that will do their 10th to get big bro off our backs? WE have got to encourage our elected to do what is right for us in our states? I agree, this might be a royal mess?
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letget on November 24, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I’m more interested in the question of when we’ll move towards having two different countries.

Stoic Patriot on November 24, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Right on.

Slainte on November 24, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Twenty-four states will be controlled by Republicans, …
At least 13 states will be Democratic,

NYT messing with language again. Why did they not use the same terminology:

At least 13 states will be controlled by Democrats …

Just another subtle propaganda nudge. Being “Democratic” instills the subconscious notion that those other states are not democratic and more tyrannical.

/not being overly sensitive. The NYT knows exactly what it is doing as do the democrats who insist now on being called the democratic party.

AZfederalist on November 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Implementing ObamaCare, education policy, regulatory agendas, taxes, energy development — there are plenty of policy decisions on which the parties will be able to make their specific mark, and the contrasts between good policies and bad policies are going to be much more readily apparent

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How can there be a contrast if the Liberal Media controls 90% of the information spewed to the general population? Such a hypothetical is ruined from the get-go.

Besides, we already know Blue States are a failure as Census after Census shows that they lose population and electoral votes.

It’s just that those leaving for the Red States can’t acknowledge that their viewpoints are wrong and will continue to vote lefty.

sentinelrules on November 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

No federal bailouts for Blue State idiotcracies.

That means my state (Minny), too.

L I B

Bruno Strozek on November 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I would be very curious to see an analysis of what the electoral results would have been had the states not had winner take all rules for the electoral vote. This would be more in line with the founding fathers intent and would also prevent the tyranny of the majority in the cities from over-riding the votes of those in less populated legislative districts. I know that in AZ, we would have given a few votes to Jugears because of that, but I also know that some votes in California, New York, and even Illinois would have gone to the Republican candidate.

This winner take all rule seems to be designed purposely to give the big population centers the ability to control the state’s electoral vote for president.

Going to legislative district results instead of winner take all would have some other benefits as well. It would make gerry-mandering districts have a downside as well as an upside for the democrats. Further, it would help nullify the voter fraud problem. Large population centers in Philly want to cheat? Fine. That LD goes to Obama, but the whole state doesn’t hinge on several 10′s of thousands of fraudulent votes.

AZfederalist on November 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

A lot of people muse from time to time that term limits would solve some of this problem. Somewhat true, but it is your freedom to re elect someone truly good, truly representing your point of view.

The trouble really is, the Rules of the House and the Senate. They drive us insane, for one thing. They say they make things go slower so we don’t make decisions in haste, and that is not bad. But a lot of the rules and practices and protocols enforce a SENIORITY system like the one you hate in the Labor Unions. End Seniority now. After a trial period of a few months, lets say six, everyone’s representative is equal. DRAW STRAWS for who goes first picking offices! Stop with this “RANKING member on the such and such committee” and end political clout based on the number of years a senator is there. They had to get “Permission” to let Paul Ryan head the budget committee, because others OutRanked him. Hissss.

This is mimicked at the state level. No one’s rep should be Less Powerful than any other rep based on the years they are there. Let them prove themselves by actions, and MERIT trust and responsibility.

Fleuries on November 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

“North Dakota, meanwhile, is taking full advantage of their energy resources, and their economy is going gangbusters with an unemployment rate hovering around three percent…”

You have to ask yourself, Erika…

… Why isn’t this common knowledge in the “pop culture“?

It would be nice to compare “apples to apples”, but do you think for a second that the press that just helped Oblahblah to a second term would ever report fairly on successful policies of “Red” states and the failed policies of “Blue”…?

… It is just like Oblahblah getting away with blaming Bush for the failed economy over the past four to six years when we know what the true cause was, Democrat Social Engineering meddling of the Free Market.

So why doesn’t every school kid know this…?

… The failure of the Left will never be exposed for the failed ideology it is based upon, all they will do is double down upon it and shift the blame to others.

I’m afraid it is going to take something bigger to finally open people’s eyes…

Seven Percent Solution on November 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Blue Stater’s should be forced to live in the mess they’ve made. Instead, they’ll move across state lines, bringing their contagion with them(ex.-How no tax N.H. was wrecked by Mass. “patriots”, moving to avoid the policies they voted for).

SMACKRUNNER on November 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

None of this will mean anything, because the Traitor-in-chief, will not allow a Lib State to fail. Benedict Obama will sell out the Red States to ensure the survival of his Marxist/Socialist agenda! If the Gov’s are stupid enough to accept the ObamaTaxCare fiasco, then they also deserve to go Bankrupt! But, have no fear, the Butcher of Benghazi would rather kill Millions more Americans, rather than let his failed Ideology, be shown to fail again! His Obama Enemy media, will blame the repubs & the eSTAbrepubs will continue to blame anyone but themselves or their partner in crime, Benedict Obama! Good luck with that!

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God Bless America!

paratisi on November 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

We’re already under one-party rule and have been for decades.

Dante on November 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Twenty-four states will be controlled by Republicans, …
At least 13 states will be Democratic,

NYT messing with language again. Why did they not use the same terminology:

At least 13 states will be controlled by Democrats …

Just another subtle propaganda nudge. Being “Democratic” instills the subconscious notion that those other states are not democratic and more tyrannical.

/not being overly sensitive. The NYT knows exactly what it is doing as do the democrats who insist now on being called the democratic party.

AZfederalist on November 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

…THIS…^ ^ ^

AND

Blue Stater’s should be forced to live in the mess they’ve made. Instead, they’ll move across state lines, bringing their contagion with them(ex.-How no tax N.H. was wrecked by Mass. “patriots”, moving to avoid the policies they voted for).

SMACKRUNNER on November 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

…THIS…^ ^ ^

KOOLAID2 on November 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

we’re going to be able to compare apples to apples

This has already been the case for years; just compare California and Illinois to Texas. The difference in the states could not be starker.

Theophile on November 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

This is fascinating.

Republicans run elections poorly.

(Paraphrasing Mr. Pat Caddell and Mike Reagan on Restoration weekend available on Front Page Mag on the web; and Mediaite in a foreshadowing September 26 article that focused on the public’s opinion that Mitt did not know how to run a campaign but President Obama did. By the innovative and brilliant but overly modest Mr. Meenal Vamburkar.)

Democrats run the government poorly.

(This is in high relief where Libya or Oil are concerned. President Jimmy Carter and his determination “to free the nation from dependency on foreign oil by encouraging alternate energy sources and deregulating domestic oil pricing.” Also, “Carter was also deeply troubled by public scandals involving his family, including a mysterious $250,000 payment by the government of Libya to Carter’s brother Billy.” From Miller Center, Univ. Of Virginia American President A Reference Resource

IlikedAUH2O on November 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Although California could sorely use the revenue and jobs that tapping into those resources more would create, they’re obstinately committed to developing an economy more focused on renewables.

No worries! We’re going to hell on a high-speed Bullet Train! 51% have found out they can screw the other 49%. It remains to be seen how long the donor group will:

A) continue to stand for it
B) move out of state

GarandFan on November 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

IlikedAUH2O on November 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Yep. I’d take that first one to several levels:
1) Republicans run campaigns poorly
2) Republicans monitor voting to catch voter fraud and cheating very poorly
3) Republicans have very little spine nor intelligence and allow redistricting to put them at a disadvantage. (For example, here in AZ, with a Republican Governor and Legislature, our illustrious leaders still allowed the so-called “independent” redistricting commission to redistrict to democrat advantage. They gave the mapping process of Arizona’s congressional and legislative districts to Strategic Telemetry, a campaign consulting firm for left-wing candidates including Obama’s 2008 election campaign. KOS actually stated, “It was a hard-fought battle, but Democrats ended up lucky in Congressional redistricting”. Lucky my @$$. The rolled the Stupid Party controlled state.

AZfederalist on November 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM

B) move out of state

GarandFan on November 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

(After timidly raising my hand.) Move where?

We only have one real party and the other thing is a punching bag held together by talk radio and the NRA.

To experience the truly comedic aspects of the last election, check Pat Caddell speaking on Restoration Weekend on Front Page Mag. LOSING NINE OF TWELVE VULNERABLE SENATE SEATS IS NOT THE WORK OF A REAL PARTY!

Speaking of which, Pat was losing it again.

Call an out of work editor to clarify some of his stuff.

Call a religious nut, also.

IlikedAUH2O on November 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

When 100 percent of a city’s precincts vote for Obysmal, the writing is on the wall. NYC is reporting an incredible number of such voting, in addition to Cleveland and Philadelphia. Do I detect a pattern?

Out-of-control “democracy” is nothing but mob rule anyway.

onlineanalyst on November 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

There will only be one party when there is one body left standing.

Limerick on November 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

It’s time to made Amendment X a priority, phony cries of “racism” be d*mned!

onlineanalyst on November 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

It is just like Oblahblah getting away with blaming Bush for the failed economy over the past four to six years when we know what the true cause was, Democrat Social Engineering meddling of the Free Market.
Seven Percent Solution on November 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Explicitly endorsed and promoted by the Republican party from 1999 through 2007. They had enough control to have made changes for the better in that time. Instead, they doubled down on progressive policies during that period. Hence the 2006 drubbing in the midterms, the housing bubble explosion, Obama 2008. We gave them a chance in 2010, only to be rebuffed by them rubber stamping all spending the progressives wanted to spend, including money to implement Obamacare.

astonerii on November 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

we’re going to be able to compare apples to apples

This has already been the case for years; just compare California and Illinois to Texas. The difference in the states could not be starker.

Theophile on November 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

And Texas is being inundated with Californians.

That’s all I’d better say on the subject.

tru2tx on November 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

We need a party that puts country ahead of corporations and unions.

Dack Thrombosis on November 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I’ve been writing about federalism and how reestablishing it can restore our liberties and stop the federal government dead in its tracks for over a year. Seems the reelection of Obama has more and more folks finally awakening to the power of federalism.

Click my name for all my writings on federalism.

Charlemagne on November 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

The man who is the focus of the cover pix is who should also be our Pres. elect.

If he wants to be anytime in the future he has to get a job on TV or better is one in the movies.

Speakup on November 24, 2012 at 5:38 PM

tru2tx on November 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Now is the time for Red state governors and legislatures to start implementing policies that are hostile to Liberals and their agenda. If you can’t work now to protect TX’s business friendly environment you can expect the influx of CA voters to eventually wreck it as they impose their eco-Marxist, environmentalist whacko policies on TX and drive it into the ground.

I repeat, Red states must be hostile territory to Liberals. Heck, put it on a bumper sticker so there’s no mistaking that Liberals aren’t welcome.

Charlemagne on November 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho, RIP

I had been tough about illegals. This was distorted into a hatred of Latinos.

A friend sent a Latino athlete to speak to me.

Neither of us is moving quickly. However, having him about (as in nearby) dramatically changes my idea of top news stories.

Read the coverage on this tragic shooting. So sad.

From him I learned that:

“That community sees itself as soaked in blood, drugs and wedged between a nanny state and a police state!”

After a period of silence born of respect, trot out the conservative tools which can keep Hector and his other sons safer. This must be genuine. It could be a real effort and appreciated.

Race role reversal, anyone?

I have been doing so badly with investments, a black friend offered me free professional services. Now he earlier took me to dinner and I thought he was talking about that. I didn’t understand since it was so incredible — I’m not broke.

IlikedAUH2O on November 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM

This is mimicked at the state level. No one’s rep should be Less Powerful than any other rep based on the years they are there. Let them prove themselves by actions, and MERIT trust and responsibility.

Fleuries on November 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I was looking up the 2014 Senate seats that are up for grabs and found lots of good information on wiki (yeah, really, wiki). One of the links I clicked on was a chart of each Chamber and the list of members by Seniority. The old fossil that represents Detroit has been in there since 1955!!!!

It is really interesting to see the House data. You can see when they had election waves and sweeps by year. It was also interesting to see that at least half of the House is fairly “fresh”, meaning they have been in office 10 years or less. That surprised me. Check it out on Wiki and take a look at the long term House and Senate members on the list.

I made an Excel spreadsheet of the 2014 Senate races and I believe we can actually make another attempt at running Reid out of the Majority Leader office.

Think about it. The 2014 midterms are 11 months after Obamacare takes affect. That is enough time for people to actually experience the horror we warned them about. I had my annual checkup on Wednesday and my doctor thinks people will be taking it to the streets by 2015 after just 1 year of Obamacare.

karenhasfreedom on November 24, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I worry that if our southern border isn’t secured, we’re going to eventually lose Texas and Arizona. If we lose Texas, it’s all over from an Electoral College standpoint. The GOP will never win another national election.

It is treasonous the way this administration is importing illegals, to come into the U.S. and partake in our expanding – and eventually collapsing – welfare state.

TarheelBen on November 24, 2012 at 6:07 PM

With the singular exception of abortion…and this is in question today…we have had single party rule in the United States for several decades.

Most Americans could not tell you any significant difference between the two current major political parties with the exception of one wantign to give you more stuff and the other wanting to take more stuff.

We do not need a two party system.

We need a three, four or five party system in place. Might make things a lot more interesting, might stop the ossification of governance, might even resolve most of our political issues by making only the truly important issues come to the fore and the rest merely dissipate in the ether, solved by locals on local time with local money and not a hint of the federal or state government even being around.

But, until the two parties let go of their strangle hold of access to ballots in all fifty states and DC, and allow non-Democrat and non-Republican candidates access those ballots, we are stuck with the single party system that has evolved.

And, by the way…that Tea Party thing? it is not a “party” never has been incorporated as such in any state in the Union…and its followers certainly did not turn out in droves this last time out.

We can do better.

Third parties? Fourth parties? Fifth parties? Why not?

Let’s put an end to this stupidity fostered by the DNC and RNC.

Neither one have done any of us much good lately.

coldwarrior on November 24, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Most Americans don’t know who the VP is…not that they are missing much.

The politicians are all charlatans.

Put them all on Obam’care’, pronto, and their families too.

There s/b no law by which they don’t have to live, the Gd’d bastid. To Hades with all.

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2012 at 6:27 PM

From him I learned that:

“That community sees itself as soaked in blood, drugs and wedged between a nanny state and a police state!”

After a period of silence born of respect, trot out the conservative tools which can keep Hector and his other sons safer. This must be genuine. It could be a real effort and appreciated.

IlikedAUH2O on November 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Just popped into this thread. I don’t really understand what you’re getting at, but it’s the responsibility of the community to change the communities environment and values.

This:

“That community sees itself as soaked in blood, drugs and wedged between a nanny state and a police state!”

Could more accurately be written as:

“That community soaked itself in blood, drugs and wedged itself between a nanny state and a police state”

..tho I don’t really understand the “police state” claim.

Mimzey on November 24, 2012 at 6:53 PM

This is why I just love RINO’s. Especially ones like Chris Christie who just recently said something like you can’t be divisive when you are a leader. Well why then are there 2 different parties? Is it time to just joinm with the Democrats and all become one? RINO’s spew that kind of crap and it never get confronted. What the heck is that suppose to mean?
How freaking divisive was our Declaration if Independence? Our Bill of Rights? The Magna Carta? Were the slaves who escaped from their master’s houses being divisive? Were the abolitionists who helped them escape to freedom in the north being divisive?

You know.. Communism, fascism and cults all have one thing in common. They don’t like divisiveness.

JellyToast on November 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Look, many patient years have been invested by the progressive movement in capturing academia and entertainment (both Hollywood and the LSM). The result (unsurprisingly) is an intellectually-stunted populace (especially the young) that can be influenced (if not outright controlled) by that very academia and entertainment industry. Mix in some “entitlement” freebies and you generate enough government dependency to keep them in power for ever (or until the fall of the Republic, whichever comes first).

Yeah, there’s also stolen votes and other tricks, but basically, the thing that was stolen was the population. They’ve been building this for a hundred years. It’s not getting fixed by 2014 or even 2016.

bofh on November 24, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I saw an interesting comment on Instapundit about this, with the theory that the media can corrupt and influence national elections more easily (Pres, Senate) whereas for local elections like House seats, Gov, and state leg, people pick conservatives by a wide margin

The divide between red/blue states already happened for the last 4 years of the Recession, the data has been analyzed to death. We won.

The problem, as mentioned, it liberal idiots flocking to my state (TX) and others for our prosperity, then promptly voting for the same moronic liberal governance that ruined their previous states…

thurman on November 24, 2012 at 8:38 PM

The Red states need to build walls around their borders and not let any Blue staters move there, unless they can prove that they’ve been registered Republicans for at least 10 years. Instead of seceding from the Union, the Red states should just do everything in their power to piss off Blue staters. Exhibit A was Jan Brewer cracking down on illegal immigration. Look what happened. All these Left wing musicians cancelled their concert appearances in Arizona. We need more of this. Let the Red states be viewed as pariahs by the Blue staters. Ban Martin Luther King day and fly the Confederate flag at NFL games. The more the Blue staters stay away, the more the Red states will prosper and remain free.

ardenenoch on November 24, 2012 at 10:31 PM

.tho I don’t really understand the “police state” claim.

Mimzey on November 24, 2012 at 6:53 PM

They see the Arizona Law and, more generally, the Republican handling of them that way.

Since Mitt lost the Asians too I think it goes beyond illegals and Latino cultural features.

Imagine you and your family, your neighbors and random other Americans were in Japan. Add me and some others, whom you hardly know. Stuff happens.

The Quam (insert word of wide out in Jerry McGuire) would be nice. You want the best life, of course. But he swears it is not all bribes!

You also want (God help us!) Obama’s Fair Shot and the discretion aspects of the system. Like local police have a lot of discretion.

That is all I have. I don’t know. I am a reactionary American with an education.

See Pat Caddell at Restoration Weekend on Front Page Mag for more. If I have that right.

IlikedAUH2O on November 24, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Apples and oranges. The population of North Dakota is 680,000 people. More people are in line at Disneyland.

38 million people live in California, with 1.8 million unemployed. You’re going to give them oil and gas jobs? 1.8 million people. Of course we look at renewables. More jobs in renewables, with sustainable growth. Less smog.

I remember when the Los Angeles skyline looked like Mexico City.

While I’m at it, we’ve had a divided government here for as long as I can remember. Jerry Brown is getting his super majority next year. And they’re going to raise taxes and pull the state out of debt. We’re not afraid of raising taxes. We’re not Grover’s b****h.

California has a 2 trillion dollar GDP and leads the world in technology. We have the money.

RINOs are people too on November 25, 2012 at 12:20 AM

While I’m at it, we’ve had a divided government here for as long as I can remember. Jerry Brown is getting his super majority next year. And they’re going to raise taxes and pull the state out of debt. We’re not afraid of raising taxes. We’re not Grover’s b****h.

California has a 2 trillion dollar GDP and leads the world in technology. We have the money.

RINOs are people too on November 25, 2012 at 12:20 AM

We have the money ?? what money,you IDIOT ?? you are mired in DEBT, you pathetic FOOL.

You IDIOTS are the biggest known spenders in the world and divided government is the only thing that kept some sanity to your dysfunctional state.

Not afraid of raising taxes ?? What does FEAR have ANYTHING to do with it, you numskull ? Taxes are representative of the degree of coercion and control a Government has over it’s citizens. Not to mention, its priorities. There can be no government without taxes however and that this why Taxes are a NECESSARY EVIL.

Increasing taxes upon selected citizens means increased coercion on those citizens, while blowhard RINO’s like you get to cheerlead.. why should you be afraid of anything you moron ? you are not the one paying higher taxes ,are you ??

California IS ALREADY among the highest taxed states in the union and you are drowning in DEBT… that is because you SPEND, SPEND, and SPEND like an obese person who EATS and EATS AND EATS and just CANNOT STOP the addictive eating… um.. sorry spending binge.

Jerry Brown is a moron from the 70′s and that is who you stupid DUMBOCRATS have to offer in the 21st century… no new ideas , just pull out the FDR playbook of 1935 and TAX your way to increased growth !!!

You libtards have destroyed the state and now you are preening about it !

nagee76 on November 25, 2012 at 12:54 AM

RINOS, you don’t have to work on an oil rig to benefit from the money those things bring in. You lack fundamental understanding of the economics involved. The money isn’t just In paychecks to roughnecks. It’s in lease money and royalties paid to landowners and to the state government where it owns the mineral rights. It all diffuses through the economy and pays for everything from university capital funds to every job imaginable. Example: a farmer with an oil lease can now afford new construction on her property, maybe even a decorator and landscaper.She can pay for her grandkids to go to college. In my city, the shale gas boom has brought thousands of jobs for truck drivers, clerical, all service positions, construction, and manufacturing of pipe, valves, and all manner of equipment.

In Texas, oil/gas money funds everything from art museums and cancer research, to wildlife conservation projects. In kind state owned gas royalties go directly to schools. And on and on.

I’m surprised you don’t know about this. No wonder CA is in thrall to economic illiterates. No wonder Ca is exporting tax payers and businesses to Tx and other states. no offense to the many smart Californians.

juliesa on November 25, 2012 at 1:30 AM

RINOS, you are already taxing your citizens. Ore than other states do, but your services are getting worse.

TX, for example, has better schools and a huger literacy rate, but spends much less per student than CA?

You have a higher rate of poverty. 1/3 of all US people on welfare live in CA.

You aren’t getting your money’s worth from your high taxes. How smart is that?

NO BAILOUTS for CA. We need to stop rewarding irresponsibility.

juliesa on November 25, 2012 at 1:39 AM

You think you dislike it? I spend time there!

The evil of socialism in many parts of the world like the Soviet Bloc were obvious. The ab ovo introduction of an omnipotent state mentality was an illness in those areas for many decades. They could not resist much. They were near feudal societies in lacking personal freedom and the western concept of the individual and they were broken and tired from war.

California was once as vibrant and strong as the golden bodies on the beaches and before cameras or the great athletes and maritime and industrial workers welcoming goods and competition from the entire world. How could California’s nonchalant and slow application of the evil elements of state supremacy ever grow strong enough to lay low the host? It is simple.

Leprosy and socialism use cool areas away from the metabolic activity of the host and eventually thrive everywhere in a body weakened and inactive from the infection.

If capitalism were allowed to attempt a cure, a mighty leader would buy all the debt, toss out the current management, reawaken any and all forms of activity that had profit and begin the removal of the layers of regulation and entitlement. It then takes little encouraging of free men and women to operate a free market. And a free market then provides all the miracles of this world possible from our intractable earth while bending to the limitless power of the human will and imagination.

The Golden State, how I love her.

IlikedAUH2O on November 25, 2012 at 3:29 AM

Democracy is failing in California. I write this waking up in Fort Stockton, TX on my way to Austin. New j-o-b starting Monday. I am just part of a trend that will accelerate in Obama’s economy. And once Obama is gone and a president that isn’t trying to kill the economy is in office Texas, and right to work states will go crazy

Theworldisnotenough on November 25, 2012 at 8:06 AM