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California Democrats stampede businesses to other states

Funny thing, they probably have no clue why anyone would want to leave

For years California conservatives have been warning the state’s Democrats and liberal Republicans that the damage they were doing to business would soon cause a mass exodus elsewhere.

Now even CNN notices the rumbling hooves headed to other states;

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Buffeted by high taxes, strict regulations and uncertain state budgets, a growing number of California companies are seeking friendlier business environments outside of the Golden State.

Naturally, Governors like Rick Perry of Texas aren’t waiting around for these businesses to make up their minds; he’s been actively courting businesses to jump ship, causing cities like Vernon, California no small amount of angst and anger in radio ads aiming to tell Texas “Don’t Mess with Our Jobs”, as if having a better climate for people to do business was something Texas should be blamed for, rather than emulated.

And California’s Democrat legislators lash out at Texas, instead of considering making their state friendlier to business;

Officials in California reacted sharply to Texas’ effort. A spokesman for state Treasurer Bill Lockyer called Texas’ job hunting effort in California “bogus.” According to the L. A. Times, the official said: “Texas has had about as much success capturing California jobs as Elmer Fudd did when he hunted Bugs Bunny. And the governor won’t have any better luck preying on Vernon.”

See, California businesses are “prey” to the apparently evil Texas. How dare Texas create a climate friendly to business, while California under Democrat rule does exactly the opposite? The gall!

California goes way beyond merely being a “Liberal” state, it’s ruled by hard-core ideological leftists who care not a whit whether people actually work for a living unless somehow the fruits of the people’s labor somehow enrich Democrats. As in; belong to a union who “pays to play”, or who needs you?

Well, the people of California elected these Democrats, and now get to reap what they’ve sown. Californians rejected a proposition that would temporarily roll back the job killing “California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006“; they’ve voted in an endless string of propositions that lock in mandatory non-discretional spending on a multitude of projects and causes; and at the same time, they’ve rejected every permanent tax increase that’s come down the line.

Californians want it all and don’t want to have to pay more for it.

It’s not like they didn’t have any warning the stampede of fleeing businesses was coming. Joseph Vranich, the Business Relocation Coach, has been warning California for years this was coming. In fact, he was quoted in the CNN article linked above from this post, where he says no one even knows for sure exactly how many jobs have fled the state [my emphasis];

Our losses are occurring at an accelerated rate. Also, no one knows the real level of activity because smaller companies are not required to file layoff notices with the state. A conservative estimate is that only 1 out of 5 company departures becomes public knowledge, which means California may suffer more than 1,000 disinvestment events this year. The capital directed to out-of-state or out-of-country, while difficult to calculate, is nonetheless in the billions of dollars.The top five destinations are (1) Texas, (2) Arizona, (3) Colorado, (4) Nevada and Utah tied; and (5) Virginia and North Carolina tied.Based on the legislature’s recent rejection of business-friendly legislation and Sacramento’s implementation of additional regulations, signs are that California’s hostility towards business will only worsen.

Now the rub for the rest of the country; President Obama, along with his ideological cronies, are trying to do the same thing nationally.

Where will businesses flee if he’s successful? And, if Obama and the Democrats are successful, where will our jobs be?


I’m too damn old to learn Chinese.

Crossposted to A TowDog

Erick Brockway
Work seven days a week at two jobs, a newly RETIRED EO1 (E6) in the Navy Reserves (Seabees), blog when I can from cellphone and computer. @erickbrockway #catcot #tcot

Currently living in Camarillo, CA, about 45 miles North of LA. I have a wife (20+ years) son, and two daughters.
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Work seven days a week at two jobs, a newly RETIRED EO1 (E6) in the Navy Reserves (Seabees), blog when I can from cellphone and computer. @erickbrockway #catcot #tcot Currently living in Camarillo, CA, about 45 miles North of LA. I have a wife (20+ years) son, and two daughters.
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I hear you on the ‘learning Chinese’ thing. I even refused to learn spanish, even though I hear it spoken almost as much as enlish.

And have you heard? Cisco, Silicon Valleys’ darling, is going to cut 10,000 jobs. Not all in California, but we can’t afford to lose even one job.


Callifornia is blessed with such beautiful natural scenery and such an amazing economic potential (it even has producing oil fields), it is truly bizarre to see this happening. The business relocation started about 20 years ago. What they are reporting is just headquarters moves, not divisions or affiliates, so the loss is actually much worse. Southern Utah – St George and Austin, Texas are the preferred destinations of Californian refugees because the scenery and ambiance remind them so much of California. Otherwise, Nevada and Arizona and of course Texas have been beneficiaries. One would think the Libs would be embarrassed… Read more »

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We have a similar problem in Illinois. Caterpillar and other major employers are moving production facilities to more business friendly states. The Democrats here can’t understand WHY Cat is moving, they blame greed, disloyalty and a host of other things for the problem. It never occurs to them that the unfriendly business climate, high taxes and irresponsible state management is to blame. One local idiot’s (a local lawyer) solution is to burn Texas flags. It’s not clear how burning flags because the company moved jobs elsewhere is going to help. He hasn’t answered any of my queries about if he… Read more »