Escaping Socialism: Refugees Flee the Golden State Amidst Devastating Taxation

It is fabled that an Oregon governor, Tom McCall, once put a sign on the Oregon-California border that read, “Welcome to Oregon. Enjoy your visit, but please don’t live here.” The story seems to be largely Oregonian lore, but McCall did, in fact, say on CBS News in 1971, “Come visit us again and again. This is a state of excitement. But for heaven’s sake, don’t come here to live.” And ever since then, Oregonians have kept that mindset with our neighbors to the South- we are happy to see them, but we don’t want Oregon to be the new California.

Now, bear in mind, I write this as a California-born writer. Long ago, my family fled California not unlike any other economic refugees fleeing defunct socialist states that could promise no hope for prosperity. It was the ‘90’s, and California, the home of Silicon Valley, was doing well with the dot com bubble that would burst years later.

We fled California not because it was in the economic ruins it is today, but because my parents realized the flawed economic model of a highly-regulatory government that increasingly taxed and regulated industry and business to fund an ever-broadening welfare state and expanding government bureaucracy. Now, it seems that the idea of fleeing the sinking ship of California is catching on.

According to Breitbart,

“[California Governor Jerry Brown] said more people nationally will have to “share” more of the wealth they “extracted” to fund “collective” government.

But a Manhattan Institute study released in September found excessive regulations and high taxes forced business and California residents to flee the state en masse since 1990 to more economically friendly states like Texas.

The study found that 225,000 California residents are leaving the state per year, and most of the ‘destination states favored by Californians have lower taxes.’

Last Tuesday, Californians approved Proposition 30, which was Brown’s plan to raise rates on incomes above $250,000, with those making over $1 million having to pay a top marginal state income tax rate of 13.3%, which is the highest such rate of any state. Voters also approved of a statewide sales-tax increase.

Democrats also now have a supermajority in the state legislature, which means they can pass more tax increases.”

It really is not surprising. People go to the path of least resistance, and when you live in a state whose economic model is based around viewing the producers as a piggy bank to turn to whenever there is a budgetary problem, eventually the producers will swallow the short-term costs of moving to another state in order to remain economically viable in the long-run.

When states turn up the heat on companies and try to squeeze them for their hard-earned profits, it is only a matter of time before people pack up and leave. California’s system does not work. Period. And the mass migration shows that I am not alone in my observation.

Keep this in mind: California has 840 miles of coastline. It also has the second-largest city in America.  For industry, it has fishing and has some of the most beautiful forests and scenery as well as a massive tourist industry. It has the film industry and the television industry. It even has the adult entertainment industry. It has a robust wine industry and it has Silicon Valley and the associated tech industry. Of course, it has a massive agriculture industry as well.

California’s economic model is so flawed that even with the aforementioned opportunities for revenue, it is still $16 billion in debt. There is something wrong with this picture. Take a good look, America. This is where we are heading if we don’t make a right turn.

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10 Responses to Escaping Socialism: Refugees Flee the Golden State Amidst Devastating Taxation

  1. Lillian Lucash says:

    WELL THAT EXPLAIN’S THE HOLLYWOOD MIND SET. ALL THE BHO LOVER’S. THEY LIVE IN A SOCIALIST STATE AND THEY WANT THE REST OF US TO LIVE LIKE THEM! NO THANK YOU I’M AN AMERICAN!

  2. John F says:

    I fear the tax future on our family run walnut and almond farm, I have friends leaving state as we speak. I have a friend who has worked for a company for 15 years, now that company is closing up here and moving everything to its Houston office. California thinks it will dig its way out of debt with things like long gun registration.

  3. Sean says:

    And don’t come to Texas, either. Can’t tell you how many slimey socialists I’ve met who show up in Texas, that don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground. They think that concealed handgun people settle the most common arguments with their guns. Lots of people here do business off the books, because, well, it’s their business. The socialist immigrants who arrive are shocked, shocked I tell you, to find out there is a lot of business being done that way, and people KEEP their own money! And there’s no state income tax. And no tax on food. But the little buggers keep on coming, and worming their way into the education system. Down in Houston, they’ve got a program that tells school kids that the War for Texas Independance was all about the Mexicans, and how they were oppressed by whites. Stay in your cesspool, or come here and find bloody constraint.

    • BWP says:

      You and your fellow Texans are going to need to stay vigilent. So many Californian socialists moved to Colorado that a once solid red state is now an Obamabot cesspool of welfare moochers, political slimeballs, and educrats stealing our dollars as fast as they can….

  4. BWP says:

    “This is where we are heading if we don’t make a right turn.”

    I’ll have to gently disagree with this ending, sir….We need to make a U-turn and get back to a Federal budget less than 10% of GDP and state budgets of less than 8% GDP for that state. Then we can start to pay off the Trillions of debt the socialists and Democrats and Republicans have created.

  5. James says:

    My democrat friends assure me that we are wealthier because of taxation.

    They cite how poor the country was before 1913 when the income tax amendment was implemented.

    I keep thinking it wasn’t energy resources found, it wasn’t technology? Maybe we simply withstood the drag of taxation.

    Amazing how the mind works.

  6. Jim S says:

    When you see TV ads here in the midwest trying to persuade us to “get out there” to California, you know they must be doomed.

  7. xsnake says:

    People fled “Taxachusetts”…..went to perennially conservative New Hampshire and Maine…..unfortunately they turned Maine fully leftist and New Hampshire is on the brink. Leftists are a disease…..and I don’t see saving the rest of us anytime soon.

  8. Dave Francis says:

    MULTIPLE LIES COMING FROM THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY ASSEMBLY IN THE SANCTUARY STATE.

    Stephen Frank Stated on 11/14/2012 on California deficits as follows at http://capoliticalnews.com/

    In the past two months, the cash deficit of the State has gone from $22.3 billion to $24.7 billion—just for the first four months of the year.
    Plus the State OWES $12.5 billion to K-12 education

    It owes $15 billion stolen from Trust Funds to cover cash deficit

    It owes $10 billion BORROWED to cover the rest of the cash deficit. The State owes the Feds $10 billion for the loan to the unemployment insurance fund—so California can continue to send out unemployment checks.

    That is a total of $71.5 billion—and there is more. Yet, the State claims “California faces a $1.9 billion deficit through June 2014, significantly smaller than in recent years after voters passed two tax initiatives last week, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office said last Wednesday”
    They claim we will have this small deficit, instead of $71 billion because of the $9 billion Prop. 30 is going to bring in, in new revenues! Any wonder our kids are illiterate—this is the math taught in our schools. Government lies—and tries to make you feel good about being insolvent.
    Seems like marijuana must be legal in government offices, he has studied.

    HOW MANY LEGISLATORS ARE BRAZENLY LYING ABOUT THE TRUE DEFICIT IN THE 50 STATES?

    California has the highest population of illegal aliens who have settled there. Thousands of children of illegal alien parents gaining automatic citizenship and the cost is thrown at the taxpayers. Health care and other free handouts that are the right of citizens is being disbursed to anybody who sneaks across the border or steps off a plane. None of the 50 states is exempt from this silent attack on our country or the pilfering of their general treasuries. Now the Democrats have their majority public entitlements will be pouring out across the state to all the “Freeloader voters” the spongers and the people who have no intention of finding a job. A large proportion who pay no taxes at all, the parasitic people who are a great windfall for the Democrats and Liberals, who believe we owe them a living?

    Obviously there is an exception to this rule, whereas there are special needs people, the sick and handicapped in some form or other. There are the homeless veterans and plenty other others, but we have become an public assistance nation, but some of the 49 percent that Mitt Romney talked about have scrounged their way through life and allowed the taxpayers to carry them. A great number have figured a way to deceive the welfare system, which is a stain on the real workers. Because the system could easily be thwarted, with stolen ID, the elderly and the sick lose their major assistance to the scroungers. When we cannot truly look after our troops returning from the warzones and still have millions of homeless without hope, then why are we either bringing in millions of legal immigrants, other than highly skilled workers that are always welcome?

    Why is not illegal entry a Felony? CAN ANYBODY ANSWER THAT QUESTION?

    IS CALIFORNIA TAXPAYERS COMMITTED TO SUBSIDIZE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FOREVER?

    BEFORE ANY PASSAGE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM FINDS ITS WAY THROUGH THE CONGRESS, TWO BILLS ARE A NECESSITY TO EVENTUALLY STOP THE INGRESS OF ANY MORE FLOWS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. 1. THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT CONTAINING MANDATORY E-VERIFY AND HALT ILLEGAL ALIENS TAKING JOBS AND HOLDING EMPLOYERS ACCOUNTABLE. 2. A SIMPLE AMENDMENT TO END THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP BILL TO STEM THE INFLOW OF SMUGGLED BABIES EITHER UNBORN OR AS AN INFANT, INTO THE UNITED STATES TO GAIN INTENTIONAL RIGHTS TO BE A CITIZEN AND A MASSIVE FINANCIAL BURDENING THE U.S. TAXPAYER. 3. THE REINTRODUCTION OF FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH 2006 SECURE FENCE ACT IN ITS ENTIRETY. THIS IS A DOUBLE PARALLEL FENCE STRETCHING ALONG THE BORDER OF THE U.S STATES AND ITS SOUTHERN NEIGHBOR. AMERICA MUST REDUCE SANCTUARY CITIES, CHAIN MIGRATION AND THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION. 4. A GOVERNMENT ISSUED PICTURE ID CARD, WHICH CONTAINS INFORMATION TO USE IN PROVING WHO YOU ARE?

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