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Bill Maher is getting back on all those that have been stumping on California’s past misfortune. In fact, a few months Texas governor Rick Perry went to California in an attempt to entice business to his “low tax” balanced budget state.

Maher notes that California has been a basket case, $27 billion in the red under Republican leadership. As Jerry Brown, a government loving Democrat came into power he did the fiscally responsible thing. He cut spending and raised taxes. Now California has a big budget surplus.

This is not surprising; Republicans have always loved cutting taxes on both the backs of the working middle class and at the expense of exploding budget deficits to appease their plutocratic masters. It was the modus operandi of papa Bush and son as well as the GOP Messiah Ronald Reagan.

The excerpts from Bill Maher’s new rule follow. He also wrote an amusing blog post on the same subject.

Bill Maher On Bending The Country Into California’s Image

While Right Wingers are taking over places like North Carolina, and Texas and even Wisconsin, California is creating the kind of modern, liberal nation the country as a whole can only dream about. …

It wasn't that long ago that pundits were calling California a failed state and saying it was ungovernable. But in 2010, when other states were busy electing whatever Tea Partier claimed to hate government the most, we elected a guy who actually liked it, Jerry Brown.

Without a Republican governor and without a legislature being cock-blocked by Republicans, a $27 billion deficit was turned into a surplus. How? Well it's amazing really. We did something economists call cutting spending AND raising taxes. … here in California, we're not just gluten-free and soy-free and peanut-free, we're Tea Party free! …

Texas could do it too. But they love freedom too much, like when that unregulated fertilizer plant blew up. … California isn't perfect, but it is in our nature from being on the new coast to be up for trying new things. For example now that it is clear Obamacare is going to be a success here, the movement to just go all the way to single payer is gathering steam. … In lots of areas, California has decided not to wait around for the caboose part of America. … It's so ironic -- the two things conservatives love the most, the free market and states rights -- are the two things that are going to bend this country into California's image.

It seems California and states that follow their Progressive tenets will have the last laugh. As states like Texas wallow with uninsured citizens from the lack of participation in the Medicaid expansion of Obamacare and from a poorly educated population caused by inordinately low taxes on corporations, they will make themselves the caboose of the country.

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  •  Fiscally I agree with Jerry. But what he is trying (4+ / 0-)
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    Bisbonian, kaliope, Ckntfld, Puddytat

    to do with the repeat of the '82 Peripheral Canal is outrageous. Dan Bacher had another good diary tonight on it.

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 09:28:31 PM PDT

  •  I miss the Texas that I visited..... (2+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat, vigilant meerkat

    ....when my grandmother lived there. Democrats, smart, warm, funny people. Now it's a carpetbaggers paradise (no one from my grandmother's generation EVER would have voted for Ted Cruz in a million years).

    It's a libertarian dream, like Somalia but with just a tad more guns, an appalling lack of water and less piracy on the high seas.

    If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

    by Bensdad on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 12:11:02 AM PDT

  •  One can only hope (4+ / 0-)

    California here we come.

  •  That final new rule had RW heads exploding (2+ / 0-)
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    mconvente, this just in

    The proud exclamation of working liberal policies are always shocking to the teahadists who expect liberals to be weak and apologetic.

    It was a thing of beauty.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 12:51:48 AM PDT

  •  Improved, but underlying problems remain untouched (0+ / 0-)

    The tax hikes and budget cuts have helped in the short run.  But, one of the big problems with California's finances is it relies so heavily on income taxes on the wealthy for an unusually large percentage of the state's revenues.  Now, I'm not saying taxing the rich is bad -- that's a choice each state has to make.  But, income taxes on wealthier citizens are more volatile than other revenue sources.  Recently, the stock market has been strong and the real estate market has improved a great deal since the bad days of 5 years ago.  This has lead to a surge of revenue, which has been bolstered even more by rate increases.  But, it is very dangerous to plan on this level of revenue being an every year sort of thing.  

    The other problem is that tax increases and a heavy regulatory burden are driving business and many wealthy citizens out of Cali to places like Utah & Texas.  Again, you can approve or disapprove -- but as a recent transplant to Texas, that business is relocating down here like crazy isn't in doubt.

    But, rarely will someone take off as soon as a tax hike occurs, it is more of a trickle effect.  So long term if the taxes make Cali less competitive with, say Texas for example, and people/business leave it will have a slow, but building negative impact on the state's financial situaation.

    Throw in the state's massively underfunded pension obligations and it is likely things are going to get hairy again.

    •  I agree.. (2+ / 0-)
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      Taxing the rich is boring. It is much more fun to tax everyone else, like Texas.

      Now the really good news about Texas? We have no issues with underfunded pension obligations. We have no pension obligations, funded or underfunded.

      In Texas, you also get the bonus of enjoying a fertilizer plant right next to your child's elementary school.

      Take that you tree hugging Cali commies!

      I live in Texas and don't see all those great jobs coming here. What I see are customer service and restaurants jobs.

      ...the GOP seems perfectly willing to hold their breath until the whole country turns Blue.

      by tommy2tone on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 04:39:33 AM PDT

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      •  Not my experience (0+ / 0-)

        I'm an Attorney who relocated from the northeast after my company was taken over by an Indian outfit.  

        The level of growth and opportunity being generated by companies across the spectrum in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is staggering.  I've also been volunteering my time to mentor entrepreneurs who either are contemplating or starting new companies.  Two nights ago, I was talking to man who was building an air cargo company, who had dreams of flying fresh seafood into new markets.  Last night, I was sitting down with a Senior Exec with a major clothing manufacturing company in Fort Worth.  A week ago, I was at a major software company discussing their plans for growth.  

        It's not all Walmart and Whattaburger jobs here -- good jobs, with good pay are readily available in Houston & Dallas.  Can't speak for the rest of the state, but there are a lot of good things happening here.

        And compared to the cost of living in Cali or NYC, not even close so while there may be a lower median income -- you're not spending your income on a million dollar home that would cost $175k in the Dallas burbs.  

    •  LOL I guess we'll have to see (7+ / 0-)

      What we have now are two states on the seemingly opposite ends of the political spectrum.  How each does could well dictate the future course of this country.

      You engage in very nice right wing propaganda but here's the reality.

      California just passed a minimum wage hike.  That means California will have the highest minimum wage in the country and that will have an upward effect on all income in California and will raise the median household income.  Meanwhile Texas with all it's so called new jobs has one of the lowest median incomes in the country.  We're also very likely going to see just how much bullshit there is in the argument that higher minimum wages means less jobs.  

      California will very likely have a single payer, sooner or later which will lower insurance costs and improve outcomes for all residents and save money to businesses as it has done throughout the world.  Texas has some of the most expensive healthcare, is cutting people off Medicaid and has some of the worst outcomes in healthcare.  

      California has clean air, clean water, better quality of life, no fertilizer plants near schools blowing up, no greedy oil and gas men using up all the water to drill and frack while the state goes dry and suffers massive droughts.  California also has better schools and more highly educated students.  In many ways it's a liberal paradise as opposed to Texas which is the conservatives wet dream.  

      We're going to see in real time how the two policies affect two big states.  Texas is producing jobs in the energy industry but that will end with time.  As it is gas exploration and production has plateaued due to low natural gas priced.  Wind and solar are increasingly becoming a more competitive and affordable option.  Outside of energy, Texas doesn't have much other than service jobs.  Perry's attempt to draw jobs there was a failure.  High tech companies won't move to an area where they won't get highly skilled workforce and a highly skilled and intelligent workforce won't relocate to Texas unless the pay and benefits are good which they're not.  The one thing conservatives fail to recognize is that even conservatives will pay a bit more in fees and taxes if they know that they're getting quality education for their kids, if their neighborhoods are safe and the quality of life is better.  That's why even though SW CT, Westchester County NY and NYC with their high taxes STILL get wealthy people moving in all the time.

      Unless Texas elects Wendy Davis and some other Dems to the State Congress, that state will be a Somalian hell hole after the energy companies with the blessing of the GOP rape it of all its resources and move on to the next victim.  It'll be broke, with an uneducated, unhealthy mass which will be making less money and will also be broke.  Texas will continue to watch its infrastructure crumble and wither with no source of revenue to pay for upkeep and repair.  Texas has low corporate and income taxes but high property taxes and fees.  That's not a way to build revenue.  You can't extract more blood from those stones or you run the risk of cratering an already fragile housing market.  You can only sell off enough assets and find one time sources of revenue to plug your budget holes for so long before those too run out.  

      It only makes sense to ask those who can afford to pay more to do so especially if at the same time you're giving them more and better.  It makes even more so when you also raise the pay of your citizens.  A highly paid, highly educated and highly productive populace means they will have less people relying on social programs and more people contributing to the revenue stream of the state via taxes.  Revenues go up and expenses go down.  It also makes sense to cut waste while doing this to further reduce expenses.  The result as we are seeing in California is massive surpluses which the state can use to now give back to its citizenry in the form of better services, better quality of life and infrastructure.  Or it can use that revenue to entice more high tech companies to move to California with their highly paid jobs or even fully fund the pension system which as you say is underfunded.  Because an underfunded pension system in times of recession is still better than no pension system at all.

      It's just too bad we can't hit the fast forward button to see which of our visions, my progressive one or your obvious conservative one, will play out better.                  


      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

      by DisNoir36 on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 05:44:25 AM PDT

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  •  California always leads the country forward... (0+ / 0-)

    A mind like a book, has to be open to function properly.

    by falconer520 on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 12:23:07 PM PDT

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