From Via Media: ‘California Pension Costs May Double Overnight’

Full post here.

Mead is still advocating for a return to a liberalism that, basically, would keep us soluble.  California public salaries and benefits are eating the budget.:

‘For years, states and cities had been hiding the true cost of their generous pension programs. Now that they’ve been stripped of their accounting gimmicks, the true cost of these unviable programs is becoming clear.

This is not what a comeback looks like.’

We’re still looking at a pension crisis in various municipalities across the country.

Hardly the time to be building new high-speed rail projects, eh, California?

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I’m still putting up this quote by Victor Davis Hanson, as it makes so much sense, and thus, will probably not happen:

‘Soon, even the Stanford professor and the La Jolla administrator may learn that illegal immigration, cumbersome regulations, and the terrible elementary schools affect them as well.

The four-part solution for California is clear:  don’t raise the state’s crushing taxes any higher; reform public-employee compensation:  make use of ample natural resources: and stop the flow of illegal aliens. Just focus on those four areas-as California did so well in the past-and in time, the state will return to its bounty of a few decades ago.  Many of us intend to stay and see that it does.’

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California’s anti-union and anti-immigration democrat-Full video and background on Mickey Kaus here.

A good post on Robinson Jeffers from Malcolm Greenhill, which highlights how the rugged and vast beauty of California makes it easier to imagine what culture is, and what it ought to be on this outpost of Western Civilization.

Conn Carroll At The Washington Examiner: ‘California In Crisis’

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-A link for Michael Lewis’ article about California politics, public pensions and Schwarzenegger’s time in office.

-A map from Immodest Proposals on how to divide California.  Topographic crime map of San Francisco. 

Related On This Site:  Victor Davis Hanson Via Youtube Via Uncommon Knowledge: ‘The New Old World Order’Victor Davis Hanson At The City Journal: ‘California, Here We Stay’

Dream big: Via Reason: ‘California’s Public Transportation Sinkhole’ A great city deserves great art extravaganzas…: L.A.’s New Public Art Piece ‘The Levitated Mass,’ Or As The American Interest Puts It: ‘A Moving Rock’

Richard Epstein At The Hoover Institution’s Defining Ideas: ‘California’s Kafkaesque Rent Control Laws’

California Dreamers From The Atlantic-A Brief Review Of Kevin Starr’s History Of California

The people who promise solutions to poverty and homlessness seem to be engaged in a utopian cost-shifting exercise which favors their interests and overlooks crime, violence and personal responsbility…hardly a way to balance the budget: Repost-Heather MacDonald At The City Journal: ‘The Sidewalks Of San Francisco’

Some concentrated wealth on top, a stalled legislature with members who know how to play the game…and a service sector beneath…that probably can’t go on forever: …From The WSJ: ‘Joel Kotkin: The Great California Exodus’

3 thoughts on “From Via Media: ‘California Pension Costs May Double Overnight’

  1. Oh sweet California…show us the way! Pennsylvania has a public and teacher pension time bomb of $47 million staring at us! We have a GOP Guv and a GOP controlled House & Senate and even thou the Guv found the ‘stones’ to make it a legislative priority this session; the unions have spent their money wisely over the past 10 years and own members on both sides of the aisle. The Legislature has again decided to “kick the can down the road” and not even get it into committee!!!
    School property taxes will increase 5% next year, 7% the following and then 10% a year thereafter. Here come the foreclosures and senior exodus out of the state…

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