I used to think that we were too far removed from SF and SoCal to be threatened by their nonsense. Oregonians were simply smarter and well-grounded - immune to the flights of fancy that were making paradise an expensive social experiment. Our dampness was always a roadblock to immigration. Damn Goretex. Oregon has been Californicated, susceptible to all the progressive, regressive, dissterous ideas that are ruining paradise.
Hopefully, California will burn itself up and show everyone what terrible mistakes are being made before we lose it all - down south and here too.
Orange County Register, June 11, 2017
Opinion - By Joel Kotkin
California's descent to socialism
California is widely celebrated as the fount of technical, cultural and political innovation. Now we seem primed to outdo even ourselves, creating a new kind of socialism that, in the end, more resembles feudalism than social democracy.
In the end, we are witnessing the continuation of an evolving class war, pitting the oligarchs and their political allies against the state’s diminished middle and working classes. It might work politically, as the California electorate itself becomes more dependent on government largesse, but it’s hard to see how the state makes ends meet in the longer run without confiscating the billions now held by the ruling tech oligarchs.