The Real Story of the California Recall

When you lose thousands of businesses, hundreds of thousands of jobs, your voters have gone.  When you allow dead people and folks in other Stats to get live ballots, you lose elections.  When the California Republican Party had just on job to do, get out the voters, and instead of the six million that voted for Trump less than a year ago, you only get a little more than three million people to the polls—you lose elections.

“Writing last week in The Wall Street Journal, James Freeman noted:

Californians suffer one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, and the state holds the country’s largest unsheltered homeless population. Those who figure that Sacramento cannot get any more hostile to job creation should remember that the Tax Foundation ranks the Golden State as home to only the second-worst tax climate in the country … Newsom[’s] victory gives California the chance to seize New Jersey’s crown.

A Hoover Institution/Stanford University report found that people are leaving the state at an even faster pace than in recent years. Most critically, it said, California has lost 74 business headquarters in only the first six months of this year. This compares to 62 companies that had relocated in all of 2020.”

The people did the right thing by getting the petitions signed to provide a Recall.  It was the professional class that failed the people and the State.  So far none have apologized.

The Real Story of the California Recall

Cal Thomas. Daily Signal,  9/21/21 

Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist, author, and broadcaster. He has authored several books, including “America’s Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires and Superpowers and the Future of the United States.” Readers can email him at [email protected]

Forget what you hear most pundits saying about last week’s recall election that failed to unseat California Gov. Gavin Newsom.


The real story is the slow—but gaining-in-speed—exodus from California to states with lower or no state taxes. This mass exit likely reduced the number of people who might have voted to oust Newsom. Then there’s the rising cost of just about everything, including gasoline. At nearly $6 a gallon at some stations in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Los Angeles, California has the highest average price for gas in the nation.

There are also other forces at work.

Writing last week in The Wall Street Journal, James Freeman noted:

Californians suffer one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, and the state holds the country’s largest unsheltered homeless population. Those who figure that Sacramento cannot get any more hostile to job creation should remember that the Tax Foundation ranks the Golden State as home to only the second-worst tax climate in the country … Newsom[’s] victory gives California the chance to seize New Jersey’s crown.

A Hoover Institution/Stanford University report found that people are leaving the state at an even faster pace than in recent years. Most critically, it said, California has lost 74 business headquarters in only the first six months of this year. This compares to 62 companies that had relocated in all of 2020.

Where are they going? Mostly to Texas, where there is no state tax, gas prices are much lower, and you can buy a house (depending on where you choose to live) at prices far below many areas of California.

In case you think this can be blamed on the pandemic, researchers used data starting in 2018 to show the three-year exodus. The San Francisco Bay Area accounted for five of the 10 state counties that had the most company departures. A total of 47 companies left.

According to Hoover, during the boom years of 2018 and 2019, “765 commercial facilities left California. This exodus doesn’t count Charles Schwab’s announcement to leave San Francisco this year. Nor does it include the 13,000 estimated businesses to have left between 2009 and 2016.”

The economic and other benefits to Texas and company employees who relocated are huge. According to Hoover, 114 of the known 265 California companies relocated their headquarters in the past three years.

The predictable reasons are high taxes, the high cost of living, energy prices, and regulations. California has become a one-party state as too many people continue to place their faith in government to do things government was never expected to do. Gone are appeals to self-reliance, replaced by an overreliance on government as nanny state.

One hopes those leaving California are not liberals who are taking their politics and endorsement of failed programs to Texas and other states with more favorable business environments.

Unfortunately, no one can move to escape the long arm of Washington, which, under the Biden administration, appears to want to raise taxes to new levels and spend us into oblivion. California is a good example of where the damage to businesses and individuals leads.

It’s amazing that California has gone from the fiscally conservative policies of Ronald Reagan to the Democratic disaster that is Gavin Newsom in only 50 years.

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. I don’t know if it’s just migratory patterns due to economics, OR some of those moving going to TX to flip their state intentionally, as democrats know once FL and TX swing blue, it’s over for republicans winning any presidency in the future. Good luck TX and FL courting all of those corporations. Was a foolish thing to do, because when they come, so do their loser employees who voted democrat and ruined the states they left.
    One would think that losing so many people, supply and demand, the costs of a few things would come down in CA.

    • Good points, Me Says

      • Richard Cathcart says

        “Me says” overlooked a simple economic fact of life: just maybe, ya think, those corporations that leave might NOT take their employees with them? After all, there is a larger and better qualified reserve of employable folks in TX and FL, people who have gone there too from other states. CA is a dustbin of spoiled and poorly educated (by public schools) container of castoff-able cretins.

    • Locusts. The operative model is locusts.
      Eat a field bare, get hungry, find a greener field.
      I fear for Texas. Austin is already doomed.

  2. Richard Cathcart says

    A significant point: California’s UGLIFICATION under the dictatorship of the Green-wing of the Democratic Party. Whether walking or riding (whatever the vehicle) there are on YouTube videos of California’s ever-more hideous coastal cities as well as the despoiled countryside, made so by people and the major drought affecting the entire State. The EXODUS from California will increase enormously when, perhaps as soon as next year, there is simply NO H2O in reservoirs for the pipe systems to convey. Coastal cities might “solve” their shortage—well, no, make that dearth–of freshwater by super-expensive portable potable water factories. Bet some will be manufactured by China and imported to a State now utterly dependent on our Silicon Valley Billionaires’ whims and profit-seeking. Look forward to slavery to high imported food prices and the near-absence of water to quench your thirst.

  3. Robin Itzler says

    Recently, I have said goodbye to two couples that moved to Arizona and another couple heading to Texas. Next week, I will have lunch with a couple who moved to Idaho a few years ago and will be visiting California. All conservative Republicans.

    EVERY California Republican knows politically like-minded people who have left California, and many are planning to “look around” about moving when they are able to. Some are waiting for the kids to finish school or their own retirement. “Right” now, my husband and I plan to stay and do what we can to upright the ship. But it gets more challenging every day as there are fewer Republicans to work with.

    When OCGOP gave me a list of Republicans in my tract to reach out to re “Yes on Recall,” I was astounded to see how few there were. Granted, some have re-registered as Independents and NPP.

    There is a wide gap between some (not all) of the people who run state and local Republican organizations and the “America First” MAGA base who does most of the heavy lifting during campaigns. They both proudly call themselves Republicans but have different definitions of what it means to be a Republican.

    • I’m an example. We have our last kid in high school but we’ve bought a house in TX “just in case”. Due to the CA GOP being dominated by Never Trumpers, my wife and I have both re-registered as INDependent.

      We don’t donate to GOP candidates anymore, only to
      1) lawfare groups like Judicial Watch, Center for American Liberty, Pacific Legal Foundation, Election Integrity Project,
      2) challengers to egregious RINOs like Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney

      There’s no money left in the budget to give to the GOP or even individual candidates who are running against actual Dems.

  4. Cali Patriot says

    Too many CA voters did not vote. No excuse.

  5. Latest BLS figures show that CA has the 2nd highest unemployment rate in the nation. I would expect us to remain in the bottom ten states for years to come.

    Consider unemployment. The WORST 8 states and DC are all run by Dems. 9 of the 10 BEST states all run by GOP.

    Dem states pay far more than GOP states for people not to work. Sadly, their “keep people dependent” policies ARE working.

    https://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm

  6. CA is now a PERMANENT blue state — for reasons few will understand
    Posted by Richard Rider at 7:46 am on Sep 16, 2021

    Gavin Newsom’s lopsided victory was NOT the result of voter fraud. There was no NEED for voter fraud, though some doubtless occurred.

    Instead, the Democrats have stumbled across the LEGAL way to keep California voting Democrat — forever. It’s really simple:

    1. Mail everyone a ballot. Previously one had to REQUEST a mail ballot. Automatic ballot mailings will become permanent in CA. A bill to send ALL registered CA voters a mail ballot EVERY election has already been passed by the CA state rubber stamp legislature. It is currently on Newsom’s desk.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/every-california-voter-would-get-a-mail-ballot-if-newsom-signs-this-bill/ar-AAO4xj0

    2. The return postage on the ballot was paid by the taxpayers. Previously the voter had to put the stamp on the envelope — something that the young and low interest voters usually wouldn’t do.

    3. Ballot harvesting is legal and encouraged in the Golden State.

    The key to a functional democracy is an informed electorate. In this election, the average IQ of voters dropped 10 points or more. A more uninformed and MISinformed electorate is hard to imagine.

    Want to test my assertion out? Ask a typical Newsom voter this question:
    “Under Newsom, there was a THIRTY BILLION DOLLAR unemployment fraud that sent OUR money to California prisoners and international crime cartels — while many of our legitimate CA unemployed had big problems getting their checks. Not a single CA government bureaucrat was fired as a result. Did you even KNOW about that?”

    Thanks to our biased MSM, most will NOT be aware of this huge scandal. Try to imagine the voter awareness of this massive fraud if Donald Trump had been the Governor of CA.

    California governments are subsidizing more and more people, with the approval of voters. People love getting something for nothing. With this new “easy vote” policy, an even lower percent of the voters will understand the downside of voting for an oppressive, high tax, anti-business, nanny state.

    • California with all its subsidizing will soon become a Mexican State. If it is not the social democrat party spending 81 million dollars to defeat 15 candidates it will be Pelosi covering her nephew Newsom for the next election. Hollywood elites who get tax breaks and give social media all the liberal news. Sad time for California but if you don’t vote you get the left overs from the table. Watch the 2022 vote and number of dead people and same names in one household. Money and Power reign

  7. Roy E Atherton says

    The recent “Recall Newsom” election, that was coupled with our selection of his replacement, was yet another revelation of the constant and further descent into the oblivion of Demo-rat hell that few – if any – have refused to recognize. Blind and continuing advocacy of Gavin Newsom only indicated the further far-reaching support of progressive left-wing policies that will likely result in furthering the economic and educational degradation for those left behind to suffer the indignities of failed social practices and policies. And all the while, advocacy is an excuse by those willing to look the other way while the destructive measures supported by Sacramento continue unabated.

    After much support and consideration of Larry Elder’s candidacy for assuming the replacement of the present and dysfunctional sitting Governor, It has become absolutely obvious to even the casual observer that the differences between Elder and Newsom are both stark and as much, clear as the literal differences between black and white. Unfortunately for Elder and despite significant support from the African-American community in Los Angeles County, the largest Democratic stronghold, it became obvious that significant and particularly relevant communities of African-Americans “…looked the other way,” quietly “keeping to themselves” and seemingly comfortable to be unwilling to reach particular conclusions regarding the failed Democratic policies in a One-Party state that is now representative of California.

    The only remaining question will be how long will it be before significant African-American populations start their movement eastward and out of California. It was Frank Leslie’s magazine of the late eighteenth century that consistently emphasized the phrase of “…Go West, Young Man, Go West.” Now, are we witnesses to the revision of that phase, by emphasizing “…Go East Young Families, Go East”?

  8. And after you finish this survey can you send me $ 45.00 ?

  9. Within the next 15 minutes?

  10. My brother and his family, a highly skilled tech executive, just got out and are moving to Alabama. He changed companies because California is insane politically and he fears the housing market is going to collapse under Newsome’s mismanagement, so he wanted to get out while the house still had hefty value. He is an orthodox conservative. He made up his mind before the recall election, for he saw the writing on the wall clearly. California voters support incompetence and oppression, so as not to be lumped in with the “smelly Walmart voters.” Boy, have they got a surprise coming!

  11. Richard Rider has it right, California has the government it wanted. The high unemployment is the result of generous welfare payments resulting from the Covid lockdowns. Why work?

    Passing through Oroville the drive-through fast food places had signs on the door: “Dining Room closed, employees needed to open” Jobs are there, why work when you are paid not to work?

  12. “California is so nice”- how can anyone want to leave? It is a nice place, nice climate. The demographics have been forcefully changed. I was complaining about this to a friend of mine recently who said, “Joe, you are just not getting it. We are all foreigners now.” That made me feel better.

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