I stopped going through my inbox when I got it down to 100 unread emails. It’s now scooted its way back up to 170 unread emails. So, I’m going to continue clearing the inbox and posting those things that are not only interesting but still relevant.
Here’s a matched set for you. Back in December, Breitbart ran a post noting that California’s budget has gone right off the cliff. We’ve been hearing about “rich athlete flight,” and I know several rich non-athletes who have fled since the Prop. 30 and 32 debacle. Several California municipalities are massively in debt, politically-connected little birds have told me that the so-called “balanced budget” is funded by imaginary revenues resting on wishful thinking, and California is America’s champion welfare sucker. So can someone explain to me this Daily Kos post saying that California — under Jerry Brown, of course — leads the nation in job creation? Kos cites some pretty impressive statistics to back up his claim:
California contributed more than 15 percent of the nation’s new jobs between October 2011 and October 2012 – adding more jobs in 12 months than Texas and the rest of the other top-10 fastest-growing states combined – while home building is bouncing back and demand for houses is increasing.
The end-of-2012 results were even more impressive.
Of the 171,000 new jobs the entire U.S. added in October, 27 percent were in California. And since the beginning of the year, California has added nearly 300,000 jobs, outperforming Texas by a decent margin and outpacing New York by more than 2 to 1.
Conservatives have made hay of reports of California companies leaving the state. And it’s true! Some have—254 in 2011, to be exact. Conservative media had a field day with that little stat. On the other hand, 132,000 new businesses were created that same year—second highest per capita in the nation, tied with Texas, and behind only Arizona. And that was California’s down year.
Off the top of my head, I guess what matters isn’t just the numbers of jobs created, but the nature. If California is losing big businesses that pay solid wages, but gaining in returning fly-by-night small businesses that function at a minimum wage level, there’s a superficial net benefit, but an actual net revenue loss.
Anyway, I would appreciate your input on this one. If we’re right, it’s nice to know; if we’re wrong, it’s necessary that we know.
Speaking of California, one of the engines driving California politics is climate change. California has all sorts of regulatory and tax schemes aimed at punishing “dirty” producers and rewarding “clean” energy. Conservatives doubt whether these will achieve their stated goal (affecting the climate), but pretty darn sure that they will affect the unstated goal, which is to rid California of the ill-gotten gains of capitalism. That’s what California voters want, that’s what they’ll get. But I do wonder how voters will feel about all this when/if they start becoming aware of all the stories that indicate that anthropogenic climate change (as opposed to naturally occurring climate change) is the scam what am. When even the IPCC starts tentatively admitting that the sun could matter more than we puny humans do, you’ve got a problem. It’s also going to be worrisome for the AGW crowd when people start realizing that they’re playing games with the numbers — and that the real numbers do not show dramatic climate change. Getting rid of unnecessary pollution is a laudable goal. Creating a world without humans, or one in which humans exist at a subsistence level, is a genocidal, downright evil goal. In any event, if you’re interested in climate news, you’ve got to stay current with Watts Up With That.
It’s a post from December, but it’s never too late for a good idea (or, as I’m wont to say now, a tipping point idea). Coyote Blog suggests legislation holding unions to the same standards as insurance companies. I like it ! (H/t JKB.) After all, if the government is going to go all fascist and run ostensibly private businesses, it should certainly apply those same standards equally across the board.
While I’m on the subject of guns, Eugene Podrazik, at Elkhorn Creek Lodge, notes that the entire gun battle in America (not battles with guns but the battle over guns) is tightly linked with the Left’s elitism. Leftists speak of “the people,” but they don’t really like “the people,” nor do they consider themselves to be down in the gutter with the people they purport to represent.
Six harsh truths that will make you a better person. Or life is tough — get used to it and work with that reality.
More inbox taming to follow in subsequent posts.