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Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 825 -- What's The Matter With California?

A Tale Of Two Economies-

For years now, in books and documentaries and conferences and papers and op-eds and speeches, liberals have been asking, "What's the Matter with Kansas?"

The left-wing thesis being that conservative Republican Kansans, who place social issues and values above all else in their political calculations, are voting against their own economic self-interest.

As if.

Democrats typically draw their support from the very top and very bottom income levels. From elites (and wannabe elites) who think they know what's best for everyone else, and those near the bottom who fall for what the elites are peddling.

Kansans, in just about every sense of the word, are middle Americans. Geographically. Economically. They absolutely should be Republicans. To answer the question, there is nothing the matter with Kansas.

But let's pretend the liberal Kansas thesis holds up.

Let's pretend that America really is neatly bifurcated into wealthy and not wealthy. Under that scenario, Kansans would be "not wealthy." Californians would be "wealthy."

Californians therefore vote against their alleged economic self-interest for the same (albeit converse) reasons as Kansans.

What's the matter with California?

Wealthy and successful Californians who vote for Democrats because they are culturally liberal on gay marriage, abortion, or other social issues are voting against their economic self-interests.

See how that works?

Mark J. Perry looks at what Californians are doing to themselves:

In the latest issue of Chief Executive magazine, results were published for the “Best and Worst States for Business 2010,” based on a January survey of 651 CEOs from around the country. The business leaders rated the business climates of all 50 states and the District of Columbia on: a) taxation and regulation, b) quality of workforce, and c) living environment. For the second year in a row, Texas ranked No. 1 in the country, while California ranked dead last at No. 51 for the second straight year. California was the only state in the nation to get a letter grade of “F” from the CEOs for the category “Taxation and Regulation.”

Indeed, in recent years, California Democrats' leftward lurch has driven the leftward lurch of the national party, and it has helped drive resource-rich California into bankruptcy. Democrats have become a lot more liberal than Republicans have become conservative:


What is the matter with California?

Democrat-driven ideological polarization:

...in the 1976 presidential election, the difference between Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford was less than 10 percentage points in 45 of counties with two-thirds of the state’s voters and more than 20 points in only two counties with less than 10 percent of the state’s voters. In contrast, in the 2008 presidential election, the difference between Barack Obama and John McCain was less than 10 percentage points in only 12 counties with less than a quarter of the state’s voters and more than 20 points in 25 counties with more than half of the state’s voters.

I think it's abundantly clear that far-left Democrats, as they become even more liberal, are what's the matter with California.


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