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Crazifornia: Tales from the Tarnished State - How California is Destroying Itself and Why it Matters to America Paperback – September 12, 2012
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Why did I have a problem with this fascinating book? Because, when I started I did not know how deep the Crazifornia rot ran in the state, nor was I aware quite how infectious the insanity is when it comes to the rest of America. To keep up with the deluge of evidence proving that California is indeed crazy, I repeatedly stopped reading so that I could scratch out little notes to myself: "California's all-powerful bureaucrats are an army of Leftist Rube Goldberg's with guns." "This is a perfect example of voter credulity and bureaucratic overreach." "California takes a legislatively created energy crisis and makes it worse with more legislation." The scariest note I wrote was also the shortest: "As California goes, so goes the nation."
Because California had long been blessed with enormous natural resources and a vital, growing population, it had the wealth to keep the impractical Progressive dream going for decades. It could abs0rb the enormous financial and human losses from almost heroic bureaucratic ineptitude (Chapter 5); laws and regulations that suck the life out of both new and established businesses (Chapter 6); ridiculous educational experiments and an all-powerful teachers union that has little interest in student well-being and education (Chapter 7); environmentalism run amok (Chapter 8); and public sector unions and pensions that have managed to go wherever one ends up when "amok" is a distant memory (Chapter 9).Read more ›
The Sacramento Delta, however, nearly instantly became an inland saltwater sea. Most of urban and agricultural California had lost its access to fresh water supplies overnight. California's civilization hadn't collapsed after all; it dissolved.
Democracy didn't collapse, either. That is because democracy had already been replaced long before "the Little Big One" had destroyed much of the state's water and transport infrastructure. Instead unelected regional government committees that had merged cities and suburbs for tax sharing had supplanted it.
In the ruins, however, they found a small paperback book: "Crazifornia! Tales from the Tarnished State: How California is Destroying Itself and Why It Matters to America." The author was Laer Pearce, a former war diplomat in the civil wars in California. The book had predicted the disaster that had just happened.
The above science fiction scenario is where author Laer Pearce takes you at the end of his prophetic book of tales of how California destroyed itself. Now that I have ruined the ending of the book for you, however, I am not going to describe Pearce's many tragi-comic stories that lead up to his catastrophic ending.
Like all classic literature, the book tells tales rather than boring with sophisticated public policy analysis, the dryness of a history book, or the escapism of a novel. Pearce's stories are real life. Why write a novel when real life is more unbelievable than a novel? Pearce was involved as a participant in most of the tales he tells.Read more ›
Just to verify his thesis, here's more evidence of the "California problem." MUCH more.
Breaking Bad: California vs. the Other States
by Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters
Version 1.824 Revised: 16 September, 2012
Updated version online at: [...]
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Here's a depressing but documented comparison of California taxes and economic climate with the rest of the states. The news is breaking bad, and getting worse (twice a month, I update crucial data on this fact sheet):
California has the 2nd worst state income tax in the nation. 9.3% tax bracket starts at $48,029 for people filing as individuals. 10.3% tax starts at $1,000,000. Governor Brown has put on the ballot a prop to change the "millionaires' tax" to 13.3%, starting at $500,000 - including capital gains. If approved, CA will be by far #1 in income tax rates. We will be 21% higher than the 2nd highest state (Hawaii), 34% higher than the 3rd highest state (Oregon), and a heck of a lot higher than all the rest - including 7 states with zero state income tax. [...] Tables #11 & 13
CA has the highest state sales tax rate in the nation. 7.25% (does not include local sales taxes).
CA corporate income tax rate (8.84%) is the highest west of the Mississippi (our economic competitors) except for Alaska.
[...] Table #14 - we are 8th highest nationwide.
CA has the highest gas tax (tied with NY) in the nation at 67.7 cents/gallon (June, 2012).Read more ›
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A delightful recounting of the inconsistent and illogical politics of California and the environmental crazyness of the last 45 years. Read morePublished 11 months ago by William Morris
As a native Californian, who now lives in Indiana for the past 22 years, I read this book because I am planning to move back to California in the next year to be closer to family. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kindle Customer
I recommend this book to everyone I meet. As a Cal State employee I see the ineptitude of this state everyday. This guy has it spot on. A must read.Published on January 16, 2014 by Ram Fan
The satire throughout the writing underscores and exposes the
political climate of California. State and local politicians are
more concerned with taxing the wealthy to... Read more
"Crazifornia" is a very good explication of how to take a beautiful and productive place, full of happy and productive people and wonderful weather and turn it into a totally... Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by J. Evans
California is in a mess and this book spells it out in a serious but funny way. Every Californian should read.Published on February 22, 2013 by Alan K. Weeks
The book was full of interesting anecdotes but no real solutions. The author is a good writer and the stories were great. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Jordan Cunningham
I highly recommend this book to anyone who doesn't live in CA but sometimes wish they did. Perish the thought! Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by Robert E. Manly
The author has done a great deal of work documenting and analyzing just how one of the key states of our country created a financial mess that will impact all of us. Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by James D. Wadley