Mark Perry has a most excellent post over at Carpe Diem. The whole thing is a must read, but the highlights:
Exhibit A: California has lost more than one million jobs in the last several years, while employment levels in Texas have remained relatively stable.
Exhibit B: In early 2006, California’s unemployment was actually slightly below Texas, but is now 4.3 percentage points higher than Texas (12.3% vs. 8%).
One-way rental rates for a 26-foot truck from U-Haul:
From Dallas to San Francisco: $734
From San Francisco to Dallas: $2,116
From Houston to Los Angeles: $706
From Los Angeles to Houston: $2,051
Exhibit D: Texas kids are one to two years of learning ahead of California kids of the same age.
Exhibit E: William Voegeli tartly says that “Rome wasn’t sacked in a day, and California didn’t become Argentina overnight.”
Net/net children, it is high time to get the hell out of California. And, now that I think of it, to get California’s mind-set OUT of Washington.
Update: become Argentina overnight! THAT, is hil-ar-i-ous.