California

Got Dem Blues?

Featured image Remember that blue wave tsunami coming to wipe out Republicans in the mid-term elections? Well, it seems to have hit a sandbar far from shore. First, the “generic ballot” of which party voters prefer for Congress has suddenly swung in favor of Republicans, following months of a slowly but steadily narrowing lead for Democrats. The newest poll, from Reuters (generally thought to be without any possible Republican bias—see chart below), »

California: Who’s Leaving? Who’s Coming?

Featured image The latest news out of California is that the state has actually achieved a budget surplus that is billions larger than expected—$3.8 billion more than forecast back in January. Good times for the spend-happy state legislature, and the next Democratic governor who will love to be able to pass out goodies upon taking office next January. As the Sacramento Bee comments: “It’s an irresistible pot of money for lawmakers who »

California’s Suicide Attempt, Part 6: Let’s Make Housing More Expensive!

Featured image Not sure whether this item deserves to be filed under “California’s Suicide” or our “Green Weenie” category.  Apparently California’s governing class thinks the cost of housing isn’t high enough, because the state government has just mandated that all new housing starting in 2020 must come with rooftop solar power. You have to be rolfing roofies to think mandated rooftop solar makes any sense. MIT’s Technology Review notes: “The new rule »

The Streets of San Francisco

Featured image Wonderful evening last night in Denver at the annual Founders’ Dinner for the Independence Institute, the conservative think tank of Colorado. It was great to see some Power Line readers and old friends from my time as an inmate at Boulder. The Institute’s president, the colorful John Caldara (other adjectives in addition to “colorful” come to mind when you think of John) invited me to participate in the program to »

The Cost of “The Resistance”: For CA, It’s $12 Billion

Featured image If you’re an old-timer like me, cast your mind back to the tax reform of 1986, which was passed on a bipartisan basis, because Democrats understood the logic of tax simplification and cutting rates down to a lower level with a broader base. There’s one detail everyone has forgotten that is relevant today: President Reagan’s initial tax reform proposal included elimination the state and local income tax deduction. Pro-tax reform »

California’s Suicide Attempt, Part 5: Gov. Girly-Man Goes Flabby

Featured image In today’s installment of California Crazy, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (better known as “Governor Girly-Man“) has announced that he, too, intends to sue major major oil companies for “knowingly killing people all over the world.” Let’s see: this would be the same Schwarzenegger who agitated to have a mass-market consumer version of the Humvee after Gulf War 1?  The same Schwarzenegger who used to fly back and forth from his »

California’s Suicide, the Cartoon Version

Featured image Steve has been writing about California’s suicide attempt, most recently here and here. There can’t have been many places in world history blessed with as many natural advantages as California, but that state’s far-left governing class is rapidly destroying its seemingly invincible heritage. Michael Ramirez tells the story in graphic form (click to enlarge). It is hard to foresee a happy ending for California: »

California’s Suicide Attempt, Pt. 4: High Speed to Nowhere

Featured image Really, the situation in California requires very little commentary or analysis. Just reporting the news does all the work for you. • OC Homeless Camp Cleanup: 400+ Tons Of Debris, Nearly 14,000 Needles, 5,300 Pounds Of Human Waste ANAHEIM (CBSLA/AP) — The Orange County Public Works department says 404 tons of debris has been removed from a former homeless encampment where more than 700 people lived until they were recently moved »

California’s Suicide Attempt, Part 3: The Wages of Gentry Liberalism

Featured image The great thing about being a liberal is that it is an endlessly adaptable creed. Back in the 1960s and 1970s when white people moved to the suburbs and urban cores deterioration, it was called “white flight,” and the left decried it as racist, etc. But now that affluent whites have moved back into the urban cores, it is called “gentrification,” and it is terrible because it ruins old neighborhoods »

California Suicide Watch, Part 3: Bring Back the Lunacy Commission?

Featured image With even the Los Angeles Times asking in an editorial, “How Can a Place with 58,000 Homeless People Continue to Function?“, perhaps it is worth looking back a hundred years or so to this section of California’s 1916 state budget, which proposed establishing a “Lunacy Commission” and a “Deportation Bureau” to send “insane” people back to their home states. The first line of the second paragraph below, in case you »

Harshing the Immigration Narrative

Featured image The conventional wisdom about the near-collapse of the Republican Party in California is that Proposition 187 in 1994 doomed the party with Latino voters. Prop. 187 sought to bar illegal immigrants from eligibility for state social services; it passed by a comfortable margin and was struck down in federal court. I’ve long harbored doubts about this theme, in part because of how it is used as a cudgel against Republicans »

California Suicide Watch, Part 2

Featured image Last we checked in on California circling the drain (which I’m rechristening here as our “California Suicide Watch”), we passed along the story of Sharky Laguana (yes, that’s his real name) and his frustration with the San Francisco police who were unwilling to lend him any assistance to recover a van stolen from his rental fleet. I don’t know whether our mention helped or not (Sharky’s tweetstorm went viral), but »

Is California Starting to Circle the Drain?

Featured image I recently became a crime victim for one of the few times in my life. My car was burgled while I was up in the Bay Area on my weekly sojourn to the Peoples Republic of Berkeley. I say “burgled” rather than “broken into,” because there was no smashed window, or picked lock, nor did I leave the car unlocked. Rather, I was the victim of a clever gang of »

How Crazy? California Crazy

Featured image Last week some readers thought I had taken leave of my senses when I wrote that—relatively speaking (the key qualifier)—Jerry Brown is about the only adult in the room among California Democrats (though this may apply to California Republicans, too, as I’ll demonstrate shortly). I wrote: “If you doubt me, just wait till we have a governor named ‘Gavin’ next year (which California richly deserves), and you’ll see what I »

Hope for California! Gun Yoga??

Featured image Gun yoga—gun yoga!!—has come to . . . Santa Monica!?! I think each and every one of these ladies has earned a turn as our empowered feminist of the week in our Saturday picture gallery. Okay, so too bad this is a put on, but with the humor deficit in California, it could work! »

Don’t Drink Coffee with a Straw in California

Featured image Add to the long list of things wrong with California the increasingly obvious signs that California’s political class is certifiably insane. Right now California officials are pondering whether to ban soda straws and classify coffee as a carcinogen: In California, Where Cancer Warnings Abound, Coffee Is Next in Line LOS ANGELES—A California court case could turn every cup of coffee here into a jolt of reality on the risks of »

The Devil is in the Diablo

Featured image Canyon, that is. Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission ratified the plan to shut down California’s last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, even though, as one of the last nuclear power plants built, it could easily be re-licensed for another 20 years. As reported here previously, right now Diablo Canyon produces twice a much electricity as all of California’s solar panels, and PG & E is closing Diablo Canyon »