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Enough Excuses Jerry, 'You Are FIRED!'

California has been the leader in style, thought processes and business for years. Suddenly we are in the waste basket of failure. What happened?

My first real job was at a local supermarket in Stockton.  The manager was a guy who moved very fast, spoke faster and ran a tight ship.  On my first day the manager gave me some pretty good advice. 

He said, “I’m not interested in your excuses, I’m interested in you doing the job you were hired to do. If you do it well, you will be paid. If you do it poorly, I will personally fire you.”  

I was 15 years old and had a clear understanding of what was expected.

This thought came to me the other day while listening to Governor Jerry Brown talk about how the recent tax increase had solved our problems in California. He did not mention the money owed by the State. He did not talk about the unfunded retirement funds. The Governor did not mention the number of businesses leaving California. The Governor did not talk about the high-speed rail project, the Cap & Trade Bill or the overbearing regulations which discourage business in the once Golden State.

What the Governor did was offer an excuse for having pushed to raise taxes, make California less competitive with other states and offer us a declining future for our state.

Governor Brown has offered excuses, but he has not done the job. It is time we start talking about firing the governor and refusing to pay him for a lousy job.

Why have we allowed ourselves to become heavily taxed and held hostage within a state run by Progressives and Public Sector Unions for Progressives and Public Sector Unions? If their ideas had worked, we would be wrong to question what is happening. But with high unemployment, high taxes, and high regulation there can be no doubt; despite the Progressives high-minded ideals, they are a proven failure at leadership.

California has been a leader in the U.S. for my entire lifetime. We led in culture, we led in business and we led in lifestyles. This state is full of people who left Ohio, Kansas and elsewhere. We have a huge population of immigrants. These people journeyed to California to earn their fortune. It’s not just Hollywood, it’s not just the Silicon Valley and it’s not just the Rose Bowl. 

This is the home of the people who have shaped American thought in the last 50 years. We have the sunshine, the mountains and the ocean which we can enjoy almost every day of the year. Despite this, we no longer lead the nation in opportunity.

Far more important than any item listed above, California has vast resources. We have the countries best farm land in the San Joaquin Valley. Yet, the courts have cut the water supply to a great deal of that farmland, and it is going to seed.

We have the best timber supply in the Sierra Mountains.  Yet, the environmentalists slow the income from this vital resource.

We have more untapped oil than almost anywhere in the world. We were once the largest oil producing state, we are now fourth. 

We have better, and more diverse, hardworking people than any other state. With all of this, why are we the laughing stock of the U.S.?

Our state is broke. This latest budget is a sham. Our schools are lousy. Our business climate is rated among the worst in the country. We ignore possible income from our natural resources. How has this happened?

The Progressives in this state have done a better job of selling their second-rate, low-growth, high-debt nanny state ideas than have the Republicans with their idea of creating an environment of individual growth.  The Progressives have led us to the largest divide between the wealthy and the poor in our history. 

This morning I listened to Dave Heineman, the Governor of Nebraska, talk about his plan to remove its state income tax. Governor Heineman said Nebraska wants businesses to relocate to his state.  He was also talking about not taxing the Corporations in the state. He made the point that competition for business, if successful, could raise the state’s economic future.

Nebraska may be a great place, but let’s get real. California has more resources, a better climate and a lifestyle other states can only dream about. While all this is true, true, businesses are leaving the state for places like Texas where there are no personal income taxes. Nebraska is moving toward a successful model while California resides in the waste basket of wishful thinking.

Yes, it is time to fire Jerry Brown. 

It is also time to fire those who have been in our State Legislature and led this decline. It is time to move away from the ideas that trap people into a lifetime of government dependence. 

It is time to get rid of Public Sector Union Power and elect practical demonstrated leaders who, despite their political affiliations, can produce real results that will save our State.  

We’ve had more than 40 years of listening to the elite tell us how we should live our lives. We have abandoned common sense for unproven ideas presented by dreamers without any real world experience.  It has been quite an experience, but it’s time to return the State to adults with proven formulas for individual growth.

It was all a myth, there is no free lunch.

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CDC January 22, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Have a nice very hot or cold day there in the state of Nevada. Las Vegas is to dam hot and dusty and Reno is WAY to cold in the winter/spring. You will lose any tax saving$ trying to keep your home cool when it is 120 degrees outside in Vegas. No thank you. Why don't you follow that whiner Phil Michelson up to socialist Canada? He is doing a Gerard Depardieu. Maybe you can help old Phil by buying his RSF home - http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5111-El-Mirlo-Rancho-Santa-Fe-CA-92067/16731221_zpid/
JustUs January 22, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Your eyes are brown, aren't they Purv?
JustUs January 22, 2013 at 05:12 PM
CDC, I don't blame Phil one bit. He's getting out while he still can. A man has to do what's in his best interests and the best interests of his family. I think Phil is an honorable man. I have no information to indicate otherwise. He's been married to the same woman forever. And I am happy that he's been successful. He's earned it. And he should be able to take his money to wherever he would find the most happiness for himself and his family. Boy, if that's really his home that's one nice pad. You know that a home is elite when it has more bathrooms than bedrooms. But from the zoom photo I didn't notice any putting green on the compound. But maybe it was hidden. Or, heck, maybe it was underground! heh. I wish Phil and his family much joy and a wonderful life wherever they end up. To me he will always be an American boy. And if he expatriates - I respect his decision and hold no grudges. I completely understand. You go, Phil!
JustUs January 22, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Hang with me, Purv. You might learn something. Let's see if some of it sticks between your ears. :^)
Dan Avery January 22, 2013 at 06:33 PM
"I used an example of what would happen to a driver caught in a DUI checkpoint dragnet if he had an illegal currency printing press and counterfit bills on his front seat as the officer looked into the vehicle. I made the point that he would be asked to step out of the car while a further investigation occurred. You (or someone else) opposed the reality of my comment. Which, again, only reinforces my contention of how some people cling to false beliefs no matter how ridiculous they might be." Huh? The last sentence doesn't even follow logically. Someone opposed the reality of the comment because the hypothetical was moronic. What false belief is anyone clinging to? That things should make sense logically? I would see this kind of nonsense from students once in a while and I could always work the conversation around to them saying "pretty cool example huh? See I write better stoned..." You should read closely Webb to see exactly who is agreeing with you. :)
Dan Avery January 22, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Right on!
Dan Avery January 22, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Purvis Granger, Like many fools, JustUs thinks that if he uses an "alias" he is safe on the internet. He has no idea just how easy it is to peek behind "the curtain" of any site like this that has a database. He has no idea how easy it is to put a small piece of code on a site like that that will be downloaded to his computer and sit there watching everything he does. He doesn't know about "black sites" where one can buy anything including his mother's maiden name. And that is how we know he never worked anywhere with three initials, let alone was trusted with any secrets. If he had, he'd know and would be ranting his anti-government non-logic that put him squarely on the NSA's radar. And now they are watching him because he just stupid enough to lead them to all his "friends."
Dan Avery January 22, 2013 at 06:51 PM
JustUs, "By commenting on the internet my opinions are public. So what? I am proud of my opinions. I wear them like a badge of honor. I would tell them to your face while looking you in the eye if you would like." Yeah you're so proud of your opinions that you don't use your real name so that you can actually wear them like a badge. You really don't understand how transparent you are do you? I've never been pulled over at a DUI checkpoint. I just get waved through. So if you're getting pulled over all the time, there might be another reason, Desi...
Yeparoo January 22, 2013 at 07:18 PM
CDC - Stop being ButtHurt. Phil will not need to sell his Rancho Santa Fe home. He will keep it and enjoy it, as long as he lives in it less than 50% of the time. I'm pretty sure he already spends less than 50% at the home anyways because he tours with the PGA. He'll have to move his family to one of his other homes, perhaps in Florida. Just lower the flag in RSF, and raise it in Palm Beach. No hard feelings, right? You'll just have to pay more because Phil will be paying zero CA income taxes. But you are a true patriot. All Phil is saying is that when taxes reduced his net by 20%-25%, it got his attention. You see, decisions are made in the margin. Always has, always will. Why would a person NOT consider purchasing a home on a golf course in a nice gated community in Nevada when the cost of doing so would be about equal to the cost of paying CA income taxes? Are you slow? "Have a nice very hot or cold day there in the state of Nevada." LOL. What's the difference between a condo on a golf course in Palm Springs and one in NV? The Condo in NV is actually a SFR at a fraction of the cost with the added bonus on zero CA state income tax. Tada!!
Dan Avery January 22, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Yeparoo, You are right of course and it's sad that people put money before all else, even the common good. But then I guess Jesus was correct: you can only serve one Master, either God or mammon. I've always been curious, Yeparoo, so I'll ask you since you seem honest and outspoken. What made you serve mammon?
JustUs January 22, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Dan, if you have a pension from your university career why not give half of it back to the state so that they can give more illegals from free health care? Have a heart, big guy. We know that you are a big fan of God and deplore mammon. Step up to the plate and give until it hurts, old boy! :^)
Yeparoo January 22, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Dan Avery - Neither Jerry Brown nor Barrack Obama = Jesus. Please try again. I pay all my taxes owned and unfortunately have over paid many, many times. I thank the FTB auditing department for enlightening me to the many LEGAL options available to me that I have not taken advantage of. Paying taxes I am not legally obligated to pay is not considered following Jesus. It's called something else. Apple Corp pays ZERO CA income tax (like we're suppose to believe they are in Reno when we know they are in Cupertino) and Google pays 1.84% US income taxes. Why don't you stop using their products and stop your codependency of these Mammon servers? How about a better idea, stop ignoring the laws of behavioral economics?
tiny January 22, 2013 at 08:13 PM
I've heard Hawaii is similar to Nevada. It seems to be a growing trend for retired California public employees to move to these other states for all or a percent of the time. Someone going to Hawaii for this purpuse even said there is talk from Cali gov't of imposing fines for people doing this, so they are making the move in June.
JustUs January 22, 2013 at 08:20 PM
All we will have left in CA are government workers, illegal aliens and newspaper reporters.
tiny January 22, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Maybe if a fee or tax like this was implemented it could be called the Golden Curtain State Exit Tax.
Yeparoo January 22, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Tiger Woods to respond to Phil Mickelson's tax rant ... "I moved out of here back in '96 for that reason. I enjoy Florida but it was also..." Well, Dan Avery, it seems Tiger Woods has not been obedient to Jesus (aka The State) at least since 1996. Is anyone talking about Tiger Woods or the Williams sisters living in FL? Why leave CA? Is the weather not good enough here? Gee, I wonder if Al Gore is a resident of Santa Barbara or Tennessee? Hummm, the God Father of saving the earth. I wonder.
JustUs January 22, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Yes, Tiny. There should be checkpoints at all CA exit points manned by the State Franchise Tax Board agents with full powers to interrogate and search - just like with the DUI checkpoints. You might be innocently going into Nevada to just buy a pack of cigarettes or play a quarter slot machine or to visit a brothel. But if we can catch just one scofflaw trying to evade taxes and turn California into an insolvent 3rd world banana republic it would be worth it. If we can do it for drunks...why not for tax evaders???
JustUs January 22, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Tigers are a protected species. They can do no wrong. Phils are not protected. Open season on Phils.
Dan Avery January 22, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Yeparoo, Clearly I hit a nerve and clearly I misjudged you. That wasn't an honest response. For the record I am not a fan of Brown, didn't vote for him, and nor am I a fan of Obama's. In fact I think Obama is a Constitutional nightmare and wrote an article on why the left should not vote for Obama. What you gave me was a trite right-wing answer I bet you have on speed dial. I asked my question because you said "Why would a person NOT consider purchasing a home on a golf course in a nice gated community in Nevada when the cost of doing so would be about equal to the cost of paying CA income taxes? Are you slow?" The only logical conclusion one can make from that statement is that you indeed worship mammon and that you place more of an importance on it, especially if it's yours, than you do on your fellow man. So why not answer my question? Why run from it? But you didn't and you do so I'll know better next time. And I'll continue to seek my answer elsewhere.
Dan Avery January 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM
It was an honest question Yeparoo and it's funny you're having such a strong reaction to it. I was genuinely curious. And no I didn't name Tiger Woods, actually I didn't name this Phil person either. I just simply asked a question. And I'm not a follower of Jesus or religious. Although I do believe everyone serves one of two masters in the end, regardless of his or her own beliefs. Jesus, or whoever actually wrote what we think came out of the mouth of Jesus, just put the idea concisely. So I always use his version. "Jesus" by the way, isn't "The State." "Jesus" or whomever drew a clear distinction between God and The State with that bit about rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar's. Which may or may not mean, depending on what actually happens when we die, the anti-tax crowd who don't want to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's are going to have some 'splainin' to do upstairs.
Purvis Granger January 22, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Justus- My eyes are blue. And all of my points are valid. You seem to not understand most of them. And you seem to be incapable of structuring a logical argument. But, ooooooh, you've been give top secret clearance by an agency with THREE LETTERS (probably completely untrue, but given the tired nature of your vocabulary if it were, the letters would be OSS and not CIA).
Purvis Granger January 22, 2013 at 11:05 PM
justUs- When is computer time over in your facility?
tiny January 22, 2013 at 11:23 PM
For persons Kalifornia is paying a pension to couldn't they just check the tax records. Property tax, state income tax, etc. Then a law could be passed to slap a forward looking progressive tax on pension payments for those not residing here, up to 95% for the most robust pensions.
Yeparoo January 23, 2013 at 01:07 AM
Dan, in case I have not made my self clear, I have and always will render unto Caesar what is Caesar's (and sometimes more than I needed to). Some how you have missed the idea that taxes should be paid to the full extent they are required by law, and not a penny more. I don't get your point that paying more taxes than are owed makes Jesus happy. I have a good advertisement for you. "We'll help you make Jesus happy upstairs by letting you pay more taxes than you owe!" - H&R Bloch You know, somehow I don't think their phones would be ringing off the hook with your idea. PS Dan - An honest question is not necessarily a relevant question. And it you are going to require answers to honest questions, at least make sure you have an honest premise or explain your premise (I not a follower of Jesus, the Caesar thing, the rendering thing, depending on when we die, spainin upstairs - WTH???)
Dan Avery January 23, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Yeparoo, I never accused you of not paying taxes. And I never even implied that people should pay more taxes than they owe or that doing so would make Jesus "happy." I have no idea why you think I did. I asked you that question because you have spent the majority of your time on this thread talking about legal ways to avoid paying CA taxes and the states you mentioned have no income tax. Call me foolish, but to me that says you'd like not to pay state taxes and you have no problem with the top 1% do what you advise. I didn't miss anything in other words. I clearly understand that you think it would be great to live in Nevada 51% of the time and not pay CA taxes where you live 49% of the time. So once again I've asked a relevant and honest question to which you answered by mischaracterizing what I've said to an absurd level in order to look smarter than I or something. Reading isn't rocket science Yeparoo. I read your posts clearly and understood them. After all they were written on the fifth grade reading level so I bet even JustUs got the gist of your comments. Curiously you totally didn't get mine. Odd that. Intentional on your part. Yeparoo it was.
Dan Avery January 23, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Yeparoo, In fact let me break it all the way down for you. "Why would a person NOT consider purchasing a home on a golf course in a nice gated community in Nevada when the cost of doing so would be about equal to the cost of paying CA income taxes?" Your meaning here is crystal clear. Someone would be stupid not to do this. So let's look at what they are doing. They are using services like Police and Fire 100% whether they are in the state or not because their property still is. But they aren't paying for them. They are also using roads at least 49% of the time without paying for them. Then there are schools, libraries, the CA National Guard, hospitals, and so on. All of which they don't pay for. Gee, Yeparoo, that is exactly what I've seen you vilify the poor for. Only difference is people in poverty don't have money, but the people you champion have lots of it and they are so greedy they don't want one cent to go to society. Class piece of human flesh to hold up for us to admire there Yeparoo. "Are you slow?" Means only the dimwitted wouldn't see the advantages to living in Nevada 51% of the time. It also means anyone would be stupid not to. Which means, you not only think they should, you are championing this idea. My question to you, Yeparoo, all along was "Are you slow?" Are you so dimwitted and bereft of morals you don't see the problem with your statements? Clearly so!
Dan Avery January 23, 2013 at 01:49 AM
People like Yeparoo make my flesh positively crawl.
JustUs January 23, 2013 at 08:21 PM
People like Dan Avery make my skin crawl off my bones and run for cover.
Purvis Granger January 24, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Is it nap time yet at you facility, JustUs?
Ronc4109 January 26, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Your right SK, mainly fools and takers who do not understand what they are voting for. If they educated themselves on what their vote really means, no fair minded, intelligent person would make the decisions they do.

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