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California report card

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Kevin Drum has an interesting post on how California measures up these days, and it’s worth looking at if that sort of thing interests you. (I am reminded of a friend whose recommendations often ran, “It’s the sort of thing you’d like if you like that sort of thing.) But since California does represent a certain cross-section of America, and since I lived there for more than 30 years, it seems of interest to me.

Written by LeisureGuy

19 June 2019 at 12:25 pm

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  1. Thank you very much for the link to that article, it was quite interesting to read. Some things in it were right on the money, but there is much that does not jibe with what I have seen. From the article:

    “How about roads? Hanson says they’re in “near ruins.” I live in California too and I can tell you that this is Trumpian-level nonsense.”

    Then Kevin Drum must live in Beverly Hills, because I can tell you for a fact that many California roads are in terrible condition. It is not just in one area, but a widespread problem. Potholes are everywhere, including some hazardous ones on freeways that have gone unfixed for years. Some stretches of supposedly paved road seem more like gravel than paved. Perhaps if California used the gas tax, now 38.9 cents per gallon, for its intended purpose of maintaining roads, this problem would be eliminated.

    Mr. Drum goes on to say “We have plenty of problems, but most of them, like homelessness and expensive housing, stem from the fact that California is doing so well.” Because homelessness is a sure sign of prosperity and minimized income inequality? What kind of progressive attitude is that? He seems to gloss over all the people living in RVs because they can’t afford housing. There are plenty of them in Silicon Valley, and they are far from being all immigrants. Kevin Drum must live a long way from Northern California.

    Leisureguy, you lived in California for a long time. What is your take on conditions here? What do you think would be a workable solution to the housing crisis and other issues facing the state?


    19 June 2019 at 5:58 pm

  2. Kevin Drum lives in Orange County, that I know. I lived in Monterey and Santa Cruz area and roads seemed good.

    The homelessness problem in California cities (including Santa Cruz, but also LA, San Francisco, and other places) seems pretty severe to me, and income inequality is quite a serious problem, though not just in California.

    I like the initiative taken by some cities to build tiny houses for the homeless. That will help a lot, for a person to have a base of operations. However, the state (any state) must also been more resources to bear on public mental health measures, including some institutionalization for those who are a danger to self or others, and I don’t mean just a 5150 (72-hour hold). I mean resident treatment.

    I think we recognize, even without the graphs, that some states are much worse off than California, even those like Kansas that embraced conservative “solutions” like cutting taxes drastically (thus defunding state services). The tax cut was in theory going to supercharge the economy. Instead, it drove Kansas close to bankruptcy. The Federal government recently cut taxes enormously, to supercharge the economy….


    19 June 2019 at 6:38 pm

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