California lawmaker threatening Microsoft over … loss of Sacramento Kings?

posted at 4:01 pm on January 26, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Last weekend, Phil Mickelson threatened to move out of California over the onerous tax hikes imposed by Jerry Brown and the Democratic supermajority in Sacramento.  Mickelson later apologized for his outburst, although I’m not sure why; he has just as much right to complain as anyone else.  CNN Money later attempted to correct Mickelson, saying that his total tax rate was somewhere around 53%, not 62%, but I’m not sure that was much comfort, nor an effective rebuttal to Mickelson’s point.

As it turns out, Mickelson’s not the only sports entity looking at a Golden Gate exit.  Forbes noted that one big beneficiary of Brown’s tax hike on high-end earners could be Seattle, which has been without a basketball team since 2008.  Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer heads up a group bidding to purchase the Kings, who play in California’s capital Sacramento, and taxes are certainly part of that puzzle:

On Monday morning, the Seattle Times reported that a Seattle group helmed by hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer agreed to purchase the Sacramento Kings. Pending approval from the NBA Board of Governors, the team would move to Seattle and play its first season as the SuperSonics this fall.

There are many reasons for teams to relocate, and the built-in Seattle fan base is certainly a plus for this NBA team. However, it is crucial to remember that sports franchises are multi-million dollar businesses. Those who occupy the front office spend a lot of time scrutinizing the finances. From this perspective, a move from California to Washington State is a no-brainer. The marginal personal-income tax rate for wealthy Californians – a category under which professional ballplayers almost certainly fall – is a whopping 13.3 percent. Washington, on the other hand, levies no personal income tax on any of its residents. Whether a member of the SuperSonics organization is shooting free-throws or taking tickets, he gets to keep more of his earned income.

Furthermore, Seattle has already been a big recipient of California’s tax policies:

Professional sports teams aren’t the only organizations ditching California for Washington’s friendlier tax climate. According to migration data from the Internal Revenue Service, over the 15-year period from 1995 to 2010, King County (where Seattle is located) has gained $32 million in adjusted gross income from Sacramento County. Other California counties have added significant amounts to King County’s coffers, too. During those same 15 years, Orange County lost $98 million in net AGI to King County. Los Angeles saw a huge hit, with King County gaining $313 million of Los Angelenos’ net AGI.

Clearly, investors like Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer understand that personal income is one of our most precious and most highly mobile assets. For the Kings, the move to Seattle is one for the win column. For Sacramento, it’s yet another loss, provoked by a growth-stifling tax climate. Seattleites are no doubt looking forward to cheering for the SuperSonics this fall.

How has California reacted to this example of free-market economics?  Have they decided to lower taxes and broaden the tax base to make the business environment more inviting?  Perhaps reduced the red tape that turns every expansion into a years-long project, which only takes weeks in other states? Not exactly.  No, they’ve decided to go the “nice business ya have there — wouldn’t want anything to happen to it” route:

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is not backing down from a request for information about Microsoft’s dealings with California, a gesture that many interpreted as a warning to prospective Sacramento Kings buyer and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

After reports emerged that Ballmer was one of the investors seeking to purchase the Kings and relocate them to Seattle, Steinberg sent a letter to the Department of General Services asking for data about California’s contracts with Microsoft and the monetary value of the state’s past purchases from the technology giant.

Steinberg faced criticism from those who said he was unfairly bullying Ballmer and endangering a lucrative partnership. But Steinberg defended his move on Thursday as a service to constituents and said he would press on.

“There’s something that doesn’t feel right about making money working directly with the state of California – in fact, having some of their largest contracts with the state of California – and at the same time using at least some of those gains or profits to try to move a major asset out of the state of California in its capital city,” Steinberg said after emerging from a closed-door meeting about the Kings with Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson and other lawmakers on Thursday.

It takes quite a bit to generate sympathy for Microsoft, but this qualifies.  Using the power of the state to interfere with a private sale — and one based in large part on the ridiculous policies championed by politicians like Steinberg himself — makes it clear that California isn’t in the governing business any longer.  They’re running a protection racket.

Small wonder Mickelson wants out of California.  I’m not sure why anyone else would want to stay, frankly.


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“Our plan won’t work if people are aren’t required to participate”

California taxes, ObamaCare, etc…..

Variation of a theme.

BobMbx on January 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM

This kind of thing just boggles the mind. Are there really that many democrats who don’t understand basic math? Who don’t get that people are going to try and keep as much of their hard earned money as possible? That taxing the crap out of people and threatening them won’t work? Do they really have that much trouble seeing the big picture?

hopeful on January 26, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Ed, I’d like to phrase the issues you’ve raised by using the form of an SAT question, if I may.

Most TV/movie studios are in Los Angeles. Mr. Tyler Perry decides that rather than building his studios there, he will develop them in Atlanta. If the state income tax rate on rich people in the entertainment industry in California is 13.3% while the maximum state income tax rate on anybody in Georgia is 6%, and if real estate is far cheaper in Buckhead than in Malibu, calculate how long before others similarly situated to Mr. Perry say “To hell with L.A.–we’re going to do what Tyler did and start making our product in Atlanta”?

radjah shelduck on January 26, 2013 at 4:16 PM

o/t, but

Pressing Question Of The Day; Do Juice Boxes Make You Gay?

And, if you don’t drink juice from boxes, don’t you get too smug. According to our favourite conspiracy theorist, the government is also turning people gay through the use of MSG in Kettle Chips and fluoride in spring water.

M2RB: Crazy Like Alex Jones

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I still chuckle at the thought of Sacramento having a pro sports team. What the hell, why not Fresno or Bakersfield?

Mark1971 on January 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

It’s the… umm, Sacramento way.

BigGator5 on January 26, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Why didn’t Phil Mickelson double down? Because like everybody else today, he’s a pathetic pussy.

rrpjr on January 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Ed, we need a gay juice box thread. Phun, phun, phun on Saturday afternoon!

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM

What’s the State going to do? Replace Microsoft Office with Open Office? Replace Windows on their servers and desktops with Linux?

I live in a Linux shop and love it — it’s far more reliable than Windows when used as a server — but its desktop has a lot of growing up to do before it can match the capabilities of either the Windows or Macintosh platforms.

And Microsoft itself pays taxes on every sale in California — if Sen. Steinberg’s deep seated wish to have California divorce Microsoft were to come true, the State would get a lot less revenue unless they decided to tax the use of Linux. California students, were the Gates Foundation to treat California the same as California wants to treat Microsoft, would suffer greatly — as would the various state higher education bodies for which said students pay their tuition and fees.

Like nearly everything else which produces revenue, California gains far more from Microsoft than Microsoft gains from California.

unclesmrgol on January 26, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Who does that California politician think he is, using his position to bully businesses – a Chicago councilman?

Drained Brain on January 26, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I grew up in California. The politicians there act like they created the coastlines and mild climate. They treat businesses as if they’re looters and they have smug self-delusion that companies that have been treated with hostility will simply bend over and accept it because “where else are you going to go?”. I remember some years back, a neighboring state (I think it was Nevada, but it may have been Arizona) had a campaign encouraging businesses to move to friendlier climes. Mark Ridley Thomas, one of the LA-area’s many career elected bureaucrats laughed off the campaign because these places couldn’t compete with California’s weather and natural beauty…as if the products these companies warehoused gave a rat’s ass if they were stored in a facility near the ocean.

fitzfong on January 26, 2013 at 4:25 PM

radjah shelduck on January 26, 2013 at 4:16 PM

And, once they’ve all moved there, Atlanta raises its tax rate. At least, that’s the way it usually works with taxes, pay rates, etc.

OldEnglish on January 26, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

If chemicals can produce gay frogs, why not gay humans? Doesn’t drinking soy milk turn kids gay?

Rusty Allen on January 26, 2013 at 4:26 PM

This kind of thing just boggles the mind. Are there really that many democrats who don’t understand basic math? Who don’t get that people are going to try and keep as much of their hard earned money as possible? That taxing the crap out of people and threatening them won’t work? Do they really have that much trouble seeing the big picture?

hopeful on January 26, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Many Democrats do not understand basic math. See “Paul Krugman”. And we also have a few of them posting here at Hot Gas. See folks like “bayam” and “sesquipedalian”.

And no, they never see the big picture, because (A) all they are interested in is Instant Gratification and (B) they simply don’t want to see that big pisture (see “A”).

One example-had the Democrats in 1998 pulled a Nixon, and convinced Bill Clinton to resign the Presidency like the Repub leaders did to Nixon in 1974, the incumbent Algore would have easily been re-elected in his own right in 2000. And there is a very real possibility that the Democrats could have controlled the White House uninterrupted from 1993 until 2016 or even beyond.

But because all they wanted to do was save Clenis, they ended up lost in the wilderness for the 8 years of Chimpy Bush.

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is not backing down from a request for information about Microsoft’s dealings with California, a gesture that many interpreted as a warning to prospective Sacramento Kings buyer and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Don’t worry, I’m sure once everyone leaves you won’t have that much business with Microsoft anymore.

James on January 26, 2013 at 4:28 PM

California lawmaker threatening Microsoft over … loss of Sacramento Kings?

…the Gestapo is alive!…they just call it a Party of another name now!

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 4:29 PM

I’m not sure why anyone else would want to stay, frankly.

Ah, the weather??

The Mexicans??

redguy on January 26, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Microsoft should retaliate by threatening to not release tomorrow’s patch. :)

OldEnglish on January 26, 2013 at 4:40 PM

If chemicals can produce gay frogs, why not gay humans? Doesn’t drinking soy milk turn kids gay?

Rusty Allen on January 26, 2013 at 4:26 PM

lol

On a serious note, we really have to start loudly shunning and ridiculing the asshattery of people like Alex Jones. We know that life isn’t fair in this country with the MSM. Truthers like Michael Moore and Van Jones get to sit next to Jimmy Carter at the DNC or work in the White House. With the possible exception – and I say “possible” because of race – of Cynthia McKinney, who has the MSM ever called “batshyt crazy” on the Left? Hank Johnson can claim that Guam will tip over and capsize and it’s “crickets.” On the other hand, Ben Shapiro’s decimation of Piers Morgan, essentially, goes unnoticed while every gun owner in America is turned into Alex Nutter Jones.

This “juice boxes make you gay” thingie is on the heels of the birth of the Newtown Truther Movement started by AJ and his friends. Saul Alinksy’s Rule #5 for radicals is “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” It’s way past time we start opening fire on idiots. Even though Jones hated/s Bush and believes that W & OBL conspired on 9/11, we are the ones who get tarnished by and stuck with him.

As a libertarian, I waited and worked for years to see Ron Paul retire. I might agree with him on 85% of the issues, but the remaining 15% was just one crazy bridge too far and he hurt libertarianism. Alex Jones is Ron Paul times 1,000,000.

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Good for Ballner and Seattle! Until someone with common sense gains a high profile office in California (like Kevin James as LA Mayor) the dem supermajority and Brown will have no roadblocks, or even criticism, to their hugely destructive practices.

LASue on January 26, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Steinberg sent a letter to the Department of General Services asking for data about California’s contracts with Microsoft and the monetary value of the state’s past purchases from the technology giant.

This is one time where Microsoft’s near monopoly actually makes me smile. What is California going to do, switch to Apple or Linux? That kind of wholesale switch would crater more than their budget. This is one time where the evil capitalist Balmer can just smile and do whatever he wants to do.

Note: I am not an MSoft fan and my home computer runs Linux, but I still enjoy the picture this story paints.

AZfederalist on January 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

unclesmrgol on January 26, 2013 at 4:23 PM

nailed it.

Though reading further in the links you learn that they don’t have the power to intervene on existing contracts, the cost of migrating what could arguably be one of the largest MS installations anywhere to anything else would do three things:

1) Triple in one year the IS/IT/SA staff requirement
2) Reduce workers skills 50% during retraining
3) Bring the system to its knees

The end result would be to serve the state significantly less helpfully in order to preserve an NBA franchise no one really cares about.

ericdijon on January 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

If chemicals can produce gay frogs, why not gay humans? Doesn’t drinking soy milk turn kids gay?

Rusty Allen on January 26, 2013 at 4:26 PM

lol

On a serious note, we really have to start loudly shunning and ridiculing the a$$hattery of people like Alex Jones. We know that life isn’t fair in this country with the MSM. Truthers like Michael Moore and Van Jones get to sit next to Jimmy Carter at the DNC or work in the White House. With the possible exception – and I say “possible” because of race – of Cynthia McKinney, who has the MSM ever called “batshyt crazy” on the Left? Hank Johnson can claim that Guam will tip over and capsize and it’s “crickets.” On the other hand, Ben Shapiro’s decimation of Piers Morgan, essentially, goes unnoticed while every gun owner in America is turned into Alex Nutter Jones.

This “juice boxes make you gay” thingie is on the heels of the birth of the Newtown Truther Movement started by AJ and his friends. Saul Alinksy’s Rule #5 for radicals is “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” It’s way past time we start opening fire on idiots. Even though Jones hated/s Bush and believes that W & OBL conspired to commit 9/11, we are the ones who get tarnished by and stuck with him.

As a libertarian, I waited and worked for years to see Ron Paul retire. I might agree with him on 85% of the issues, but the remaining 15% was just one crazy bridge too far and he hurt libertarianism. Alex Jones is Ron Paul times 1,000,000.

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM

This kind of thing just boggles the mind. Are there really that many democrats who don’t understand basic math? Who don’t get that people are going to try and keep as much of their hard earned money as possible? That taxing the crap out of people and threatening them won’t work? Do they really have that much trouble seeing the big picture?

hopeful on January 26, 2013 at 4:13 PM

The Dems have painted themselves into a corner by demonizing the rich. They need to continue this charade so they can stir up their base for votes. If they stop, their base might start noticing had bad things are going for themselves.

banzaibob on January 26, 2013 at 4:47 PM

It takes quite a bit to generate sympathy for Microsoft, but this qualifies. Using the power of the state to interfere with a private sale — and one based in large part on the ridiculous policies championed by politicians like Steinberg himself — makes it clear that California isn’t in the governing business any longer. They’re running a protection racket.

Socialism is easy until you run out of other people’s money. California is facing a decreasing tax base. And yet all those state employees want their cut from generations of rewarding the unproductive and punishing the rich.

I was told once that I simply didn’t appreciate California but once I moved away I would understand the folly in my thinking. It’s been close to three decades since I was told that and I still don’t miss living in California despite a second go at it. The second time BTW was when the state with a bigger economy than whole nations was experiencing power outages just like the third-world dictator state it is. The only difference being that California hides behind the United States.

Happy Nomad on January 26, 2013 at 4:47 PM

The end result would be to serve the state significantly less helpfully …

ericdijon on January 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Hmmm, let’s think about this. In California, that could have some real positive effects.

AZfederalist on January 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Socialism is easy until you run out of other people’s money.

Happy Nomad on January 26, 2013 at 4:47 PM

AND, OTHER PEOPLE, which is one of the main reasons that the Social Democracy model in Europe is failing. There are simply too few working and too many lounging. Of course, this problem isn’t a chink in the armour of Progressive theory for its disciples whether they reside in My Progressive Little Ponyland, EU or CA.

As Jerry Brown once said:

“The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program and we need to cut welfare. Just the opposite! We need more welfare and fewer jobs.”

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

AZfederalist on January 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM

As being from Texas, in the Dallas area… no argument with that result here. The Okies are returning in droves.

ericdijon on January 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

“Why didn’t Phil Mickelson double down? Because like everybody else today, he’s a pathetic pussy.”

I’m guessing the PGA got to Mickelson. Maybe after Steinberg gave them a call, too?

These people need to be stopped. By any means necessary.

PD Quig on January 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

As a libertarian, I waited and worked for years to see Ron Paul retire. I might agree with him on 85% of the issues, but the remaining 15% was just one crazy bridge too far and he hurt libertarianism. Alex Jones is Ron Paul times 1,000,000.

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Well, now we’ve got someone with the same last name who I think looks pretty damn sound with the issues on which his dad had a bit of nuttery. Jones will always be a kook and fine ridicule bait.

a capella on January 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Reminds me about the story of how the Baltimore Colts fled to Indianapolis after the city of Baltimore threatened to confiscate the team with eminent domain.

Count to 10 on January 26, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Is it just me or does CNN seem a little bit uppity telling Mr. Michelson what his tax burden is and how much money he has? Hard to believe that he wouldn’t be more intimately involved in his own finances.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Well, now we’ve got someone with the same last name who I think looks pretty damn sound with the issues on which his dad had a bit of nuttery. Jones will always be a kook and fine ridicule bait.

a capella on January 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Exactly.

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 5:03 PM

radjah shelduck on January 26, 2013 at 4:16 PM

That is why they make very few movies in California.

RickB on January 26, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Perhaps MS should offer to purchase the rest of California while they’re at it and put in a governing board to minimize costs and maximize revenue while reducing taxes.

Just publishing a plan like that and how to go about it would really sober up some lawmakers…offer it directly to the taxpayers of CA via referendum. In no time at all the politicians of CA would have to be figuring out just how to stop such a proposal… which puts them on the defensive… just where MS execs love any potential threat.

ajacksonian on January 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Ed – you should add a link to the letter. It’s astonishing. Steinberg makes it clear that private assets are viewed as state property. Pairs well with this statement from Brown concerning tax increases:

“Revenue means taxes, and certainly those who have been blessed the most, who have disproportionately extracted, by whatever skill, more and more from the national wealth, they’re going to have to share more of that,”

Kungfoochimp on January 26, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I hope Mr. Ballmer hurries up and seals the deal, reports are that Virginia Beach has already spent $700K investigating building an arena to lure this same team. I would have told the “NO!!” for a lot less than $700K.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Jerry Brown as governor is all that needs to be said. Let the filthy worthless state die by its own hand. Maybe out of the ashes something good will come.

Happy Nomad on January 26, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Steinberg is being a thug here, but let’s not forget all the favors pro sports team owners wring out of state and local governments. They’re not sympathetic figures by any stretch.

Mark1971 on January 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Pairs well with this statement from Brown concerning tax increases:

“Revenue means taxes, and certainly those who have been blessed the most, who have disproportionately extracted, by whatever skill, more and more from the national wealth, they’re going to have to share more of that,”

Kungfoochimp on January 26, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Wow, Brown’s one of those ‘wealth is a zero-sum game’ luddites. Explains a lot, actually.

James on January 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Perhaps someone should tell Steinberg that it would be wise not to bully Microsoft – especially if California’s government is run using their OS. Where else are you going to go, Steinberg? It’s not like you can stop sending all those pension checks and welfare benefits to your residents if the systems go dark.

That’s hilarious. I’m sure Steve Ballmer got a big belly laugh out of your idle, idiotic threats. I want to ask myself “Who elects these morons?”, but this is California we’re talking about.

Philly on January 26, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 4:42 PM

I agree, I just can’t stand that Alex Jones is attributed to representing conservatives in general. Most people have never heard of him. I don’t have a problem when people like Bob Beckel say that Rush is a spokesman for us; because he is. At least much more so that Bohner or any of elected officials. But when it’s crazies on the left, the media dismisses them as individuals with viewpoints. They don’t try to paint liberals as followers of the crazies. What Piers Morgan did, was say “look America, this is Alex Jones, and every supporter of the 2nd amendment is just like him in every way”.

Rusty Allen on January 26, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Using the power of the state to interfere with a private sale — and one based in large part on the ridiculous policies championed by politicians like Steinberg himself — makes it clear that California isn’t in the governing business any longer. They’re running a protection racket.

They’re fascists. They need to be destroyed or they will destroy us.

forest on January 26, 2013 at 5:17 PM

If the Kings are such an asset, why are they for sale?

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Isn’t this exactly why Labron James changed teams? It is what he said.

pat on January 26, 2013 at 5:26 PM

What Piers Morgan did, was say “look America, this is Alex Jones, and every supporter of the 2nd amendment is just like him in every way”.

Rusty Allen on January 26, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Bingo! That’s the reason that I think confronting and ridiculing the nutters amongst us is one of the most important things we can do. And, we need to push back hard.

As unfair and evil as it was, the MSM did a fabulous job of making the Tea Party synonymous with nutters. Of course, Alex Jones and his friends claimed that THEY created the Tea Party long before Rick Santelli gave his beautiful rant on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. While the overwhelming majority of the TP was/is not crazy, racist nutters and the movement did confront the few that were, it needed to be louder, forceful, and more unequivocal.

The Left will ALWAYS think everyone else is a bunch of sexist, racist, bigoted, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, totalitarian theocrats. That’s a given. It is the rest of the people that we need to reach. Independents, moderates, LoInFos, etc, that are teachable and persuadable. And, we can no longer allow the Left to define us. That’s what Obama did to Romney: define him before he had a chance to define himself (I’m not a Mittbot or claiming that he would have won otherwise). We have to take the initiative and go on offence. We have to go OVER the heads of the Left and the MSM and address real people’s problems and concerns with real solutions. Take it to them, which is what Reagan did btw. The media hated him, too, but he was effective in negating it and that is what we need to do.

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Remember that Sacramento mayor Johnson is connected to Michelle Obama.

Remember when the IG was fired who was investigating Johnson? Her chief of staff was moved to Sacto pronto to keep the lid on things.

The Obamas are going to use the full weight of the government to hurt any business that leaves its model socialist state.

PattyJ on January 26, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Wow, Brown’s one of those ‘wealth is a zero-sum game’ luddites. Explains a lot, actually.

James on January 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM

My favorite video of Brown is this clip from CNN after he lost the 1992 primaries. Brown is one of the more honest progressives however misguided his policies are.

Somewhere out there is a clip of Jerry on public radio in the early to mid-90s talking about how there will never be any further major growth of the economy. He advocated for a national wage to offset the effects of globalization. A couple years later the internet boomed.

Kungfoochimp on January 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Mickelson later apologized for his outburst, although I’m not sure why; he has just as much right to complain as anyone else.

It’s all part of the MEDIA JIHAD!!!!!

The media chants and raves at those that oppose the GOD/KING in the same way that radical Muslims plug their ears and yell “alalalalalalalalalalala”.

All (Chik-Fil-A, Hobby Lobby, Mickelson, Palin, the NRA, Cruz, etc.) must be made to cower at the feet of their agenda.

PappyD61 on January 26, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Wow, Brown’s one of those ‘wealth is a zero-sum game’ luddites. Explains a lot, actually.

James on January 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM

My favorite video of Brown is this clip from CNN after he lost the 1992 primaries. Brown is one of the more honest progressives however misguided his policies are.

Somewhere out there is a clip of Jerry on public radio in the early to mid-90s talking about how there will never be any further major growth of the economy. He advocated for a national wage to offset the effects of globalization. A couple years later the internet boomed.

Kungfoochimp on January 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Imagine what Ronald Reagan must have thought of California when they turned around and elected Jerry Brown as Governor to succeed him (as Reagan had succeeded Browns’ own father Pat in 1966-67).

PappyD61 on January 26, 2013 at 5:44 PM

If the Kings are such an asset, why are they for sale?

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 5:24 PM s

Because the Maloof family which owns the team is throwingf a fit because the taxpayers won’t foot the bill for a new arena in the downtown area. Which is also why they have turned into the Fla. Marlins of the NBA.

Rio Linda Refugee on January 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Government thuggery knows no bounds.

When the whole thing collapses the government leeches will be in just as bad a position as the “I won’t work” leeches. Mostly because they are the same people.

wildcat72 on January 26, 2013 at 5:57 PM

personal income is one of our most precious and most highly mobile assets

Yeah, but the idiots in Sacramento are unaware of that.

As for Steinberg, he’s full of BS! What’s Kalifornia going to do, start writing it’s own software?

I know! Buy Apple products, then when Apple realizes how much money they’re making, they’ll move out of state as well.

GarandFan on January 26, 2013 at 6:07 PM

NO ISSUE from my perspective… Sacramento will still have a minor leage baseball team, I believe…

Or is that the Stockton Ports… like the Stockton Barkleys…

“Nick! Jarrod! Heath! There’s a fire in the barn!”
/Miss Barbara Stanwyck

Khun Joe on January 26, 2013 at 6:16 PM

I thought liberals hate Atlas Shrugged? These two-bit clowns are acting it out.

Jaibones on January 26, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Rio Linda Refugee on January 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Well it looks like plenty of horse’s patoots are willing to take it off their hands. And this is after spending $700K on a “study”. I lived in Virginia Beach my entire life, that area is not going to support a pro-team.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

I don’t know. Cities go nuts over pro sports. Las Vegas, Omaha, or at the rate things are going, North Dakota might like a team.

IlikedAUH2O on January 26, 2013 at 6:38 PM

IlikedAUH2O on January 26, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Would love to hear what a veteran player would say about that!

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Giving Sacramento mayor (and former Phoenix Suns ball-hog) Kevin Johnson a metaphorical black eye from the deal would be sweet, sweet schadenfreude!

KS Rex on January 26, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Tina Turner just gave up her American passport and became a citizen of Switzerland.

Where is the outrage from the Left?

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Pretty sure Darrell Steinberg needs Microsoft a lot more than Microsoft needs Darrell Steinberg.

Sacramento on January 26, 2013 at 6:51 PM

This kind of thing just boggles the mind. Are there really that many democrats who don’t understand basic math? Who don’t get that people are going to try and keep as much of their hard earned money as possible? That taxing the crap out of people and threatening them won’t work? Do they really have that much trouble seeing the big picture?

hopeful on January 26, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Many Democrats do not understand basic math. See “Paul Krugman”.

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Beat me to it.

talkingpoints on January 26, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Why didn’t Phil Mickelson double down? Because like everybody else today, he’s a pathetic pussy.

rrpjr on January 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Yea, totally lost what little I had left for manboobs. Even Tiger said, heck yea, that’s why I left in the freaking 90′s. Just stick to the prescription commercials, manboobs.

msupertas on January 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Funny thing is cnn got it wrong. And even if was “just 52%” why would that number be any less shocking? The democrat politicians that didn’t see this coming are simply stupid and this is just the beginning.

Ellis on January 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM

So, I have to be the guy who points this out? The Kings move out of California has nothing to do with taxes. There is no evidence that this is the case, and that flawed idea is the premise for the entirety of this post, which is one giant non-sequitur.

DaveS on January 27, 2013 at 1:20 AM

That’s not to say that I disagree with the premise that they will drive businesses away, but you should talk about real businesses (and golfers!) who left due to taxes, not pretending that the Kings did.

DaveS on January 27, 2013 at 1:21 AM

I went and posted this on the story link

its funny in a sad sort of way …. when liberals become an infestation as they have in Cal this is the outcome …. and there are plenty of other examples….Detroit …. Flint …..Gary …. Newark …… Camden …. St Louis ….. East St Louis ……Harrisburg ….. Scranton …. but in Cal it is an especially loathsome crime….Cal was paradise ….blessed with good weather ….fertile land ….diverse economy …… jobs ….. now it seems it is slowly becoming Detroit writ large …. it makes me laugh …. its almost as though Jerry Jones handed most of the state a large glass of Kool aid ….smiled and said ….. ya’ll know whats going to happen here ….so drink …. and they did …. * SHRUG *

Aggie95 on January 27, 2013 at 5:49 AM

G>d. Hot Air. When are you going to do something about your automatic playing ads. If the cursor gets within two inches of the ads they seem to start playing. I don’t want to keep the sound muted on my computer just to help you grap a few bucks advertising.

Old Country Boy on January 27, 2013 at 9:01 AM

So Steinberg isn’t ripping off he own constituents with that kind of idiocy? He keeps up with his incompetence and Mexico will get California back a lot sooner than it expected.

stukinIL4now on January 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Unfortunately, I live in Steinberg’s district. The guy is a thug, but this idiocy is ratcheting it up a notch for even him. The problem is that the Dems have a super majority here in Kalifornia now and they feel like they can do whatever they want. This is just one part of it – it gets even worse for those of us who have to live with this crap day to day. My wife and I are plotting our escape from this hellhole and it can’t happen soon enough, as far as I am concerned.

tballard on January 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Small wonder Mickelson wants out of California. I’m not sure why anyone else would want to stay, frankly.

I was born and raised in this beautiful state and have had a truly blessed existence here.

That was then, this is now…

In the next month or so I will be visiting TX to find a place to call home. It breaks my heart to leave here, but I refuse to be the wallet allowing the idiots in power in this state to continue to tell me how to live my life.

Currently looking at the San Antonio & Austin areas (and yes I know Austin is basically the CA of TX, sounds like they could use a couple more conservatives ;-)).

ccrosby on January 27, 2013 at 3:06 PM