Category: Economy

The Californication of Texas

God’s blessings y’all, and what a fantastic Veterans Day yesterday! Well, except for the snowflakes at the University of Virginia who disrespected and dishonored our fallen heroes by canceling the 21-gun salute to honor them. Ya just gotta ask, when will adults step up and tell these whiny little kids to grow up? What an utter embarrassment! Then again, Virginia is now run by the progressive socialist left.

Speaking of a state that is an embarrassment, run by the leftist incompetence.

Some would say it is a broken record, but if we do not continue to hammer the point, it will be forgotten. To what am I referring? Well, the June 2019 article in The Economist called “Texafornia,” where the premise was that the future of these United States of America will come down to either the path of California or the way of Texas.

Those of us who reside in the Lone Star State see exactly what is happening. Texas is a victim of its own success in that so many businesses, corporations and people are fleeing failed economic states like the not-so-Golden State, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey. As we profiled a conservative California couple last week, some are moving for all the proper reasons, economic growth, opportunity, prosperity. That couple who moved to McKinney Texas had enough of the progressive socialist, central economic policies of the left coast, and fled. As a matter of fact, states like California and the others are bleeding population, and there were even rumors about California implementing an Exit Tax!

There is an age-old adage that says, when you find yourself in a deep hole, stop digging. That maxim has been lost on the delusional stuck on stupid legislators in California.

As reported by the Sacramento Bee:

“Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday announced he’s backing a campaign to raise taxes on business properties in California, joining powerful unions in supporting a proposal that would raise money for schools and local governments. The proposed ballot measure would change the state’s 1978 law known as Proposition 13, which limited property taxes by basing them on value at purchase, as opposed to current assessed value.

The so-called split roll proposal Garcetti is backing would undo that protection for business properties worth more than $3 million and instead tax them on current value. Garcetti says the proposal has appropriate exemptions to protect homeowners and small businesses from tax hikes. The Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates it would generate $7.5 billion to $12 billion each year.

 “I am proud to strongly support the Schools & Communities First campaign, which prioritizes our kids and communities over corporate tax loopholes,” he said in a written statement released by the campaign. “It’s time we had the resources needed to invest in thriving schools, safe neighborhoods and vital local services that benefit all Californians.”

Business groups have come out swinging against the proposal, which they argue doesn’t protect small businesses and will force them to raise costs. “The split roll property tax measure will be a sledgehammer to brick and mortar retail and will harm working families across California as it will drive up costs for the goods and services we buy every day,” California Retailers Association President Rachel Michelin said in a written statement last month. “This measure will make our state even more unaffordable and hurt all Californians.”

The typical progressive socialist response to any problem — of their own making — is to raise taxes. Now, we have shared with y’all the fact that California has the nation’s highest state income taxes at 13 percent. California also has the highest state poverty level at 20 percent, and I do not think that poverty number includes the homeless and illegal immigrants. So, with all the problems facing Los Angeles, what is the solution? Raise taxes on businesses, especially small businesses? This is no different from the insidious proposal from the Seattle City Council of a Head Tax. Yes, an additional tax on each employee in corporations that are worth a certain amount, I believe over $10M in revenues. That was such a “brilliant” idea that even Jeff Bezos of Amazon put the kibosh on that idea.

Let this be a warning to those of us in Texas, where we have no state income tax . . . yet we had to vote on a constitutional amendment to solidify that. Reason being, far too many leftist legislators infecting Texas. In Texas, we do have property taxes, and you can bet that if the progressive socialist left makes any gains in the Texas State House, “Katie Bar the Door,” this foolishness will come our way.

Just think about it, maybe Garcetti and his ilk in Los Angeles should stop giving taxpayer free benefits to illegal immigrants? I mean who can take this statement seriously,

“I am proud to strongly support the Schools & Communities First campaign, which prioritizes our kids and communities over corporate tax loopholes,” he said in a written statement released by the campaign. “It’s time we had the resources needed to invest in thriving schools, safe neighborhoods and vital local services that benefit all Californians.”

Really? Whenever the left wants to pick hardworking taxpayers’ pockets, they say it all goes to schools. And yet the schools under the administration of the progressive socialist left continue to fail . . . look at any major urban center in America, most of which are under Democrat (socialist) control.

Y’all hear that? Yep, that is the sound of more U-Haul vans, trailers, and trucks loading up and heading out of California. But, to those fleeing this failed state, please, remember why you left where you were . . . and why you came to a place of economic empowerment and promise.

As we head into 2020, there has never been a more clear delineation of the choice that we have in America. And the lunacy of California is being echoed in the economic plans of the Democrat [Socialist] presidential candidates…wealth tax? Yes, to the left, the tax code is nothing more than a weapon of mass destruction, and a means to institute their ideological agenda.

I humbly ask y’all to engage your kids when they come home for Thanksgiving. We need to flush out their brains that have been poisoned by the mind-numbing leftist rhetoric of college and university professors. Give your kids this quote, and discuss it with them over the holiday season, “Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

Raising property taxes in order to “invest” in local government? Boy, that is dumb. That is California, and we do not want our Texas to be Californicated!

Fleeing Failed Blue States

Just this past Monday, I wrote a missive for CNS News entitled “We’re Outta Here” addressing the flight of people from failing Democrat (socialist) run states. Yes, many — including President Trump himself — are heading to the more fertile lands of economic growth, opportunity, and prosperity.

I often have conversations with our website administrator, Marie, who resides in the midnight blue of the San Francisco Bay Area of California. I keep telling her, the time is soon coming for her to say, “We’re Outta Here.” I think she is finally getting close to making that heroic decision.

Well, I wanted to take the time and highlight two awesome former Californians, now Texans, who made that courageous decision. Let’s be honest: there are some really stuck on stupid chuckleheads who are leaving these failed states, still embrace a failed progressive socialist philosophy of governance that forced their relocation. But, I have met many a good person who has uttered those famous words, “I wasn’t born here in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could.”

As reported by the LA Times:

“The Volkswagen SUV whizzed past the Texas state line, a U-Haul trailer in tow, as it made its way toward Amarillo. 

“Yay!” Judy Stark cried out to her husband, Richard, as they officially left California. The pair bobbed their heads to ’50s music playing on the radio.

Like many other Republican and conservative voters in California, the retired couple have decided to leave the state. A major reason, Stark and her spouse say, is their disenchantment with deep-blue California’s liberal political culture. Despite spending most of their lives in the Golden State, they were fed up with high taxes, lukewarm support for local law enforcement, and policies they believe have thrown open the doors to illegal immigration.

Just over half of California’s registered voters have considered leaving the state, according to a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times. Republicans and conservative voters were nearly three times as likely as their Democratic or liberal counterparts to seriously have considered moving — 40% compared with 14%, the poll found. Conservatives mentioned taxes and California’s political culture as a reason for leaving more frequently than they cited the state’s soaring housing costs.

Stark and her husband decided it was time to put their Modesto home up for sale about six months ago. After doing some research online, she came across the website Conservative Move, which, as its name suggests, helps conservatives in California relocate from liberal states to redder ones, such as Texas and Idaho.

Pulled over at a Pilot truck stop just outside Amarillo, Stark said she was excited to be hours from their final destination, Collin County, near Dallas. The pair purchased a newly constructed three-bedroom home in McKinney for about $300,000. In much of California, Stark said, a similar home would run about twice as much. “We’re moving to redder pastures,” Stark, 71, said by phone. “We’re getting with people who believe in the same political agenda that we do: America first, Americans first, law and order.”

Welcome Judy and Richard Stark to the Lone Star State where individual freedom and liberty thrive . . . or so it will remain if conservatives have their way. Sadly, there are those who are doing just as Judy and Richard have done, but fail to comprehend the error of their ways. Again, let me state the obvious: it is astonishingly delusional to flee from one place because of its horrific policies, then seek to establish those same failures in the successful state into which one moves. I think Einstein’s definition of insanity is very fitting.

As I travel the state of Texas, I often tell folks that when they see that new U-Haul pull up into the neighborhood, you must engage. Show that nice Texas friendly smile and perhaps bring a nice pecan pie. Welcome the new neighbors, strike up a nice conversation, and then ask those two very important questions…why did you move to Texas? Why did you leave the place where you were living?

Judy and Richard knew the answer to that question, and good thing they escaped before Nancy Pelosi’s little deranged nephew, Governor Gavin Newsom, institutes an “exit tax.” Oh, don’t you go laughing at the ol’ Colonel now, because they have indeed been discussing just that . . . taxing people for leaving California. Remember we brought you the story of the leftist folly called a “Head Tax.”

Yes, regardless of what some people think, over the past ten years there has been a population explosion in Texas. And that explosion has brought about a demographic shift, not to mention the influx of illegal immigrants into Texas. Yes, there have been those like Judy and Richard, but there are also those who are coming to Texas and seeking to fundamentally transform this State. And what is very telling is that many are coming and concentrating on the major population centers and the surrounding suburbs, like McKinney, Texas. Collin County, once a venerable GOP stronghold, is now fighting to “stay red” as many new businesses, corporations, and people move into North Texas, and also into Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. The state of Texas can boast having three cities in the top ten in these United States of America for population size. Those cities are not run by those who favor Texas’ conservative ideals, policies, principles, and values. Quite to the contrary.

What the leftists do when they invade — yes, like locusts — they seek two elected offices, City Council and School Board. And, in Texas, we see that trend and its ramifications. Yes, there is a growing issue with young people in Texas embracing the imbecilic antics of someone like a Bob Frank O’Rourke, good riddance. That is happening because these leftists are taking over the schools and converting them into indoctrination centers, like my experience at Garland High School recently. These same major cities also have major colleges and universities co-located, and guess what type of governing philosophy is being advanced? Yes, all one has to do is drop by the University of Texas, and come to understand why Austin is being kept weird.

I want to go out on a limb and say something that is not all that far-fetched. What if all of this flight by progressive socialists from failing blue states to successful red states is all by design? Part of a grand national strategy, just as Eric Holder and Barack Obama are targeting the Texas State House to flip in order to gain control of the impending redistricting? A couple of weeks ago I wrote a piece about the GOP needing real long-range strategists, not just these daily data dinks and consultants who have not a clue. We need some serious Sun Tzu kinda thinkers who can interpret the Alinsky-ites and decipher their next move.

That’s how we are going to “Keep Texas Red” and in doing so, we keep our Constitutional Republic!

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Fiscally Speaking, Where Does YOUR State Rank?

I always like to correct people when they say “the United States of America.” The correct lexicon is “these United States of America.” Here in our America, we have the system of federalism, which our 9th and 10th amendments of our Constitution firmly establish. Those powers not enumerated to the federal government reside with our states, and, of course, We the People. We all know that our Constitution is constructed to be a limiting document on the power and reach of the federal government. Ya know, here in America, we do not trust a centralized government.

But, with that being said, we face a true philosophical and ideological challenge, because there is a delusional drive towards more centralized government control in America. I think the best way to determine if progressive socialism or constitutional conservatism is the best way forward for America is to look at our states. After all, our states are the incubators of our democracy, the foundation of our Constitutional Republic.

With that being said, I went back to the last report by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, released a year ago, in October of 2018.

As reported by the Mercatus Center:

“For the fifth and final year, a new study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University ranks the 50 states according to their financial condition. Each edition has provided a snapshot of each state’s fiscal health by providing information from audited state financial reports in an easily accessible format.

In “Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition, 2018 Edition,” Eileen Norcross and Olivia Gonzalez calculate this year’s rankings from each state’s fiscal year 2016 reports and then apply trend analysis to reports for each year from 2006 until 2016. 

The study measures how well states can meet short-term and long-term bills by examining their financial statements. Most states are in a stable condition, with the exception of the size of unfunded pension liabilities (a large portion of most state government obligations). Some states also have consistently low levels of cash, which indicate the potential for budget shortfalls during a recession. 

A Multidimensional Approach to Fiscal Solvency 

The study analyzes state finances according to five dimensions. These dimensions combine to produce an overall ranking of state fiscal solvency. 

  • Cash solvency. Does a state have enough cash on hand to cover its short-term bills?
  • Budget solvency. Can a state cover its fiscal year spending with revenues, or does it have a budget short-
    fall?
  • Long-run solvency. Can a state meet its long-term spending commitments? Will there be enough money to cushion it from economic shocks or other long-term fiscal risks?
  • Service-level solvency. How large a percentage of personal income are taxes, revenue, and spending? How much “fiscal slack” does a state have to increase spending if citizens demand more services?
  • Trust fund solvency. How much debt does a state have? How large are its unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities?

Top Five States

The top five most fiscally solvent states are Nebraska (#1), South Dakota (#2), Tennessee (#3), Florida (#4), and Oklahoma (#5). 

Bottom Five States 

The bottom five states in terms of fiscal solvency are Kentucky (#46), Massachusetts (#47), New Jersey (#48), Connecticut (#49), and Illinois (#50).”

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Mercatus Center map ranking states

You can see the entire country map just above. It is quite telling in that, for the most part, the states with conservative governance fair much better, and, the states ranked below average, and the bottom five, are governed by progressive socialists . . . ya know, Democrats. The exceptions being Mississippi and Kentucky.

Now, I think it a fair question to ask at the next Democrat (socialist) Party debate would be, “if the States that represent your tax, regulatory, and fiscal plans and policies rate below average, or in the bottom five, why would you want to implement those same policies for America?” Yep, just imagine the eye-rolling and deer in the headlights look that the debate moderators would receive. Priceless.

Now, there are those progressive socialist detractors who will say, “ahh, but that was from last year.” Well, I would tend to believe these trends have not changed much in just one year, from October of 2018.

Unless you have not been paying attention, California, which has the highest state income tax at 13 percent, also has the highest poverty level in the country at 20 percent. So, I do not think much has changed from last to this year in the “Golden” State.

I would offer that if the policy of higher taxes and more government programs and dependency is the formula for the left, then why are these blue states failing? The greater question is, if these failing policies being proposed by these Democrat (socialist) Party presidential candidates are sooo great, why are businesses, corporations, and people fleeing these failed states for fiscally sound red states?

And lastly, the money question is, why do progressive socialists — fleeing from failing blue states — come to fiscally sound red states, and vote to turn them into failing blue states?

Folks, that is just plain dumb, delusional, deranged, and utterly stuck on stupid. As the drill sergeants used to say, ya can’t fix stupid. After watching three Democrat (socialist) Party presidential debates, I fully and wholeheartedly concur.

Ya know, the left in America remind me of locusts, they just go from fertile ground to fertile ground and destroy the land. Ponder this, folks: there was a poll taken last fall showing that 46 percent of San Franciscans wanted to leave “The City by the bay.” Their desired destinations? You got it, Idaho — number 7 on the rankings — and Texas.

Now, I will admit, seeing Texas ranked as number 22 is a little disheartening, but the Lone Star State is still above average.

Perhaps one of the things dragging down some fiscally strong red states, like Texas, are the failures of the large cities that are run by — guess who — yep, progressive socialists.

Take, for example, the fiscal mismanagement of the first responder pension fund in Dallas. The State of Texas had to bail them out. So, even in fiscally strong red states, the cities where the invasive cancer of progressive socialism governs, it adversely affects the health of the host.

Of course, I can hear the leftists who troll this website trying to delegitimize this research, but sadly, numbers do not lie. Then again, the leftists now believe that math is racist . . . all because they are not good at it, which these rankings prove.

Hey, Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, we do not want y’all turning Texas blue . . . or in the case of this national ranking, mustard yellow and red. Uh, if y’all noticed from this map, California and New York ain’t doing so good.