Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

You have heard it before: "As California goes, so goes the nation." If that is the case, the national economy will be harmed for decades to come because of California's misplaced priorities today. Indeed, by emphasizing high-speed rail over water and failing to deal with its debt crisis, California poses a long-term threat to our national economy and is on an economic collision course of increased immigration and lack of water.

(Governor)Brown (has made the) decision to make high-speed rail a higher priority than water. Over the last 7,000 years, California has endured droughts that have lasted up to 20 years, according to Scott Stine, a professor of geography and environmental studies at Cal State East Bay. California is in year three of its current drought, which is projected to result in economic losses of $2.2 billion to California agriculture in 2014 alone according to a UC Davis study – not to mention the loss of over 17,000 jobs.

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Boy, this is nothing new. Water and immigration has been at the top of the list of problems for California. It's always dire until it starts raining.

#1 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-08-19 08:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

The cause for those bad statistics is bad government policy

The cause is illegal immigration. Thanks, everyone from Reagan to Arnold.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2014-08-19 08:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

Some of the problem is in California's constitution. I'm not against initiative's . But some initiative mandates have been costly.

A couple of possible fixs could be:

Make initiatives more transparent so that all measures that require funding make clear where in the budget the money will come from.

Create a so-called initiative "PayGo" system, where measures that require new programs or tax cuts are financed with revenue increases or offset with budget cuts.

www.nextca.org

California allows citizens to use the initiative process to create laws or statutes, and to amend the state constitution. Since the state adopted the system, Californians have adopted 115 initiatives, including 64 laws and 42 constitutional amendments. Initiatives need only a simple majority of the vote to pass, and they usually pass only by narrow margins.

The initiative process has been embraced by activists, interest groups, elected officials, and voters across the political spectrum. Over the years, California voters have used the initiative process to cut and increase taxes, mandate spending, reinstate the death penalty, abolish affirmative action, impose term limits, reorganize government agencies, set up a redistricting commission, legalize medical marijuana, protect the state's coastal zone, authorize embryonic stem cell research, regulate toxins, and much more. Many voter-approved initiatives have significantly affected the state budget, and many have limited the power of the legislature. Both supporters and critics understand that direct democracy in California has become no less than a fourth branch of government.

#3 | Posted by soulfly at 2014-08-19 09:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

And yet they continue to let America, Inc. bottle it and sell it all over the country.

#4 | Posted by 726 at 2014-08-19 09:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

I can't imagine what the income inequality is... it must be astronomical compared to the rest of the nation.

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-08-19 10:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yep,what a --------, fourth branch of government,well I'd call it the first

#6 | Posted by bruceaz at 2014-08-19 11:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

If only the undocumented would make it rain we could all have caviar and champaign.

They are just so lazy.

#7 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2014-08-20 08:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

There should be a bucket challange to raise awareness.

#8 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-21 01:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

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