Listen up, California. The other 48 states—your cousin New York excluded—are sick of your bratty arrogance. You're the Lindsay Lohan of states: a prima donna who once showed some talent but is now too wasted to do anything with it.That was Ms Allysia Finley, writing in The Wall Street Journal. Reading it was like having someone trash talk about an old girlfriend, one for whom you still had a warm spot, even if the relationship was long over.
Worse, it is soooo true. And, I don't think Governor Elect Jerry Brown is going to be able to pull off a miracle, unless it is on my dime and your dime. Is California one of those institutions that is too big to (let) fail?
Part of the problem in California is that they lost the vision that built great freeways and great water projects and wonderful educational institutions. Another part of the problem is that they stopped taxing themselves but kept on spending—and that spending included huge balloon payments that are now coming due.♥
A hat tip to Law Professor Ann Althouse for this.
Regards — Cliff
♠ "Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come." (Rev 19:10)
♥ If you are a Mass resident, don't get smug, because we are doing the same thing. I am looking forward to seeing how Beacon Hill will handle this in the upcoming session of the General Court.