Morning Briefs

California Is The New Michigan

Michigan has been an economic basket case for decades; even during the booming Bush years the Wolverine State, under the hammerlock of unions and corrupt Democrats, was mired in a state of permanent recession. California was under a similar hammerlock, but because of its climate and the presence of so many trust fund millionaires and others who got rich for no readily apparent reason, it was able to hold out a little longer before the rot set in.

But now, the rot has set in. Michigan was once disgraced by the fact that, in order to get some revenue, the state imported garbage from Ontario Canada and charged the Canadians to dump in its landfills. Well, guess what…

In Central California’s San Benito County, whose 14.8% unemployment rate is one of the highest in the state, officials recently opted to allow more garbage from outside the county to enter a public landfill. Importing trash isn’t the sexiest of economic development strategies, but the projected half-million dollars a year of extra revenue will help keep libraries open,

Another case in point, Turlock CA once lifted its nose in the air, like Obama after getting a whiff of past-its-prime Wegyu — at the thought, the very thought, of having its civic culture sullied by the presence of a Wal-Mart. Now, because all of those “Mom and Pop” businesses they sought to protect are being crushed out of existence — not by a big box retailer, but by a bloated government bureaucracy — they are thinking maybe having a business in town that actually makes money might not be a bad thing after all.

One pundit has likened the state of California’s politics and culture to the dysfunctional society portrayed in the movie Idiocracy. Partly because of the infantile nature of California politics. (“Whore!”) But also because of sh-t like this:

Which is why we end up with absurd scenes such as the one at Rawsome Foods, a health food store in Venice. As reported in July by the Los Angeles Times (and referred to this month by comedian Stephen Colbert), “With no warning one weekday morning, investigators entered an organic grocery with a search warrant and ordered the hemp-clad workers to put down their buckets of mashed coconut cream and to step away from the nuts.” The four officers drew their guns and then found what they were looking for in the fridge: “unmarked jugs of raw milk.”

Any society where armed officers raid a store because the government doesn’t allow the sale of unprocessed milk is not really a free society. And when candidates would rather talk about nannies and who’s a whore than basic freedom issues, then that society is on the verge of becoming an idiocracy. Or maybe it has already become one and we’re just too stupid to have noticed.

It isn’t just California, though. Because of Obamunism and its obsessive hostility toward any business and any market that isn’t absolutely under it’s control, the California scenario is playing out across all fifty states. We’re All Michigan Now… Except for Texas.

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