Eber: Leaving California

Are you leaving California due to the high crime rate?  The lack of water and energy?  High taxes or bad government education?  Worried about not having a car due to the huge expense of an electric vehicle or the lack of energy to charge your expensive toy?

Do you long for the day folks asked for your name, not your pro-noun?  Have you accepted that California is owned by the rich, the special interests and the Fascists?

“Typical is the family of my daughter’s best friend and her family who packed their life and moved close to Texas after Lexi graduated from high school.  Despite both of her parents having decent jobs, they could not afford to purchase a house in the Bay Area.

This soon changed in Texas when they bought a 2500 square foot home for less than half of what it might cost in California.  If Lexi’s family would have stayed, it is doubtful they could even have purchased sardine like dwelling in a Priority Development Area (PDA) Sacramento believes people prefer to single family homes.

Prospering with a upper middle class standard of living, my daughter’s friends have never regretted bolting California.  They are pretty much apolitical believing their standard of living and lifestyle is more important than living under expensive Progressive social values.

If you like Havana or Moscow, you will love California.  Congresswoman Karen Bass is running for Mayor of Los Angles—her idols are Fidel Castro of Cuba and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela—who turned that country into a socialist slum.  And Bass is a moderate Democrat!

Leaving California by Richard Eber

Richard Eber, Exclusive to the California Political News and Views,  9/22/22

It’s no secret families of all economic classes from the poor to the super rich are leaving California in droves.  From illegal aliens to billionaire Elon Musk folks of all backgrounds are quickly putting the former “Golden State” in their rear view mirrors

Libertarian types like me would like to attribute the migration of about half a million people each year to Texas to be politically motivated.  In reality this is not the case.  Spurred by the socialistic government headed by Governor Gavin Newsom, high taxes, housing costs, energy costs, crime, and poor schools, are more important than politics.

Migrating businesses are following as well.  Texas has been the main beneficiary of what amounts to a wealth transfer of billions of GNP each year welcoming 500,000 new residents.  It is no coincidence Austin is quickly gaining the reputation of becoming the Silicon Valley of the South.

Typical is the family of my daughter’s best friend and her family who packed their life and moved close to Texas after Lexi graduated from high school.  Despite both of her parents having decent jobs, they could not afford to purchase a house in the Bay Area.

This soon changed in Texas when they bought a 2500 square foot home for less than half of what it might cost in California.  If Lexi’s family would have stayed, it is doubtful they could even have purchased sardine like dwelling in a Priority Development Area (PDA) Sacramento believes people prefer to single family homes.

Prospering with a upper middle class standard of living, my daughter’s friends have never regretted bolting California.  They are pretty much apolitical believing their standard of living and lifestyle is more important than living under expensive Progressive social values.

The truth of the matter is Bill Clinton’s campaign advisor James Carville’s remark in the 1992 Presidential election “It’s the economy stupid” is in the forefront of the exodus of folks departing for greener pastures.   While this phenomena has been partially balanced by immigrants settling in California from South of the border, there is major disparity in tax revenue being taken in.

Last week it was it was reported government revenues declined 11% in the last quarter.  While Sacramento might sugar coat these statistics blaming Covid-19 for the drop, many economists believe this will be a preview of coming attractions as the land of Hollywood is fast losing its luster.

Apparently Gavin Newsom with his fixation with promoting the use of electric vehicles doesn’t care if it costs up to $35.00 dollar more to fill up ones tank compared with several other states. This is but a tip of the iceberg families pay to live in a so called sunny paradise.

If those departing California were really interested in staying rather than being fitted for PF Fliers, they would try to change the Progressive agenda which dominates politics in all but a few rural communities. What then prevents voters from supporting more rational policies that would lower their cost of living?

There is no clear answer for middle of the road and conservative individuals who might want to change the current system.  There doesn’t seem to be a clear path for those who wish to slowdown going all in on climate change, Sanctuary Cities, defunding the police, reducing the influence of public employee labor unions and paying for costly social programs.

Apparently this growing group of disenfranchised citizens doesn’t feel the Republican Party of California has the ability to elect candidates to carry out their wishes.

In contrast we have my friend Marcy Berry who recently departed San Francisco to live near her daughter’s family who relocated to North Carolina. As a Libertarian, she has been delighted with the political environment there. After a few months, here is her report from the land of Tar Heels and Blue Devils:

Hello from a transplanted Californian in North Carolina.  Why are y’all still in California?  Family ties, great job?  Legitimate reasons.  Barring that, anyone who stays must love California’s all-enveloping progressive reign.  Just sayin’.  And here are some more unsolicited opinions:

California’s all-enveloping progressive reign is the state’s most salient characteristic, and is what makes California so politically different from North Carolina, a swing state.  Folks in a swing state just behave differently than those in a dominant regime.

North Carolina has a Democrat governor, and a majority-Republican but not veto-proof state legislature.  Governor Roy Cooper navigates a peaceful balance, without the histrionics that Governor Gavin Newsom can perpetrate in his all-Democrat dominion.

Voter profile in North Carolina is currently 34.6% Democrat, 30.3% Republican, 1% Libertarian, and a whopping 34.5% unaffiliated.  The unaffiliated contingent could account for the majority-Democrat voters and majority-Republican legislature.  Let’s see what happens in the 2022 midterm elections, with unaffiliated voters residing mostly in the most populous counties. 

By contrast North Carolina, not having (yet?) a dominant political party, is awash in both right and left-leaning voices.  The local newspaper in my county leans left, my neighbors lean right, I am told that transplants arriving daily from California due to North Carolina’s rapidly expanding technology sector lean semi-left (they are aware of the mess they left behind but are not sure how else to think). 

Unlike Republicans in California, Republicans in North Carolina are vocal and determined.  Current and aspiring political candidates know they matter.  They know they have a shot at making the state legislature veto proof and of turning the U.S. Senate majority-Republican. 

Marcy Berry (Alive and well in North Carolina)

Is there still hope to bring the two party system back to California?  Will the domination of the three quarters Democratic legislature and all State office holders continue indefinitely?  The answer to this question is unequiveably “yes”.  My only regret is wondering if such a change might occur in my lifetime.

I would suppose GOP State Chairwomen Jessica Patterson and her inept followers will eventually  be replaced (if there I still a Republican Party) In a similar vein it is likely if Gavin Newsom and his successors continue to run the State into ground with their Marxist-Lite policies, needed changes will  eventually occur.

There are so many “could have should of” scenarios to contend with in predicting California’s future. All we can do is hope.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. Hopefully we can do a bit more than “hope.” The Democrat Party is well funded and able to hire social media armies (assisted by the platforms canceling conservative voices), and street armies to picket, or ballot harvest.

    Many states have “precinct committees” who are responsible for getting out the vote and personal connections on their neighborhoods- this is why their Republican Party is robust and successful. When CA central counties try to deny access, other states do the opposite and form representation in each precinct in their county.

    That is not “hope”— that is organization. One more thing, we have counties In our nation suing Dominion and aggressively removing procedures ripe for cheating. We can’t
    “Hope” that CA will conduct efficient elections- where is the accountability? The auditing? I would suggest looking at those Dominion litigations and using their success to do County Grand Jury complaints.

  2. What is there to criticize in this article?

    I am seriously considering leaving. The only thing that is holding me back is age. I know where to go and people to contact here. Going to another state when I have about 10 more years is problematic.

    Politically and economically there is nothing here anymore. Huell would not like the former Golden State.

  3. The Bay Area still has the best weather in the US and is likely a big reason why people stay and put up with the politics. The Midwest has bugs aplenty, extremes of temperatures and no mountains or seas. Florida and Texas have intolerable humidity and heat. If you love the outdoors, you love the Bay Area.
    And there are a lot fewer earthquakes than tornadoes and hurricanes.

  4. Dr. Trent Saxton says

    The Ego Effect suggests that you’re prone to making the same mistakes (staying in California) over and over again when you protect your beliefs instead of learning from your mistakes and changing your beliefs in response to conflicting evidence. You can always go back to visit, it’s far cheaper…

    • Richard Wahl says

      We did business in Texas 14 years and Ridiculousfornia 15 years. Net income was double in Texas. Stay and starve. Stay and have no retirement.

  5. Son of Billy Jack says

    Stay and have no retirement is exactly right. If she needed to do so, my wife is fine with sleeping under a freeway bridge in order to stay near her family.Our kids already know better, but the realty is if they are too dumb to leave, then that is there own problem.

    I am saving myself even if no one comes along. Wherever I move to, I can go to the pound and get a dog. Elon and I could take our dogs bird hunting and see how they do.

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