More people left California than any other state last year, according to an AP news article today.
People are getting fed up with the cost of living, crime, gangs, many failing schools, clogged freeways, cost of housing, high taxes, and on and on and on.
There was only a net loss of 144,000 so nobody is going to notice the ones who bailed out and moved to other states. A few days of illegal immigration will more than cover any losses. But still, this might be a peek into the future.
The Golden State with about 38 million people has the world's eighth-largest economy (fifth if you count the European Union as a whole instead of counting individual countries.) But unemployment is now 8.4%, 100,000 jobs gone last year. There were about 236,000 home foreclosures and an erosion in home values of about a trillion dollars in 2008. These are not numbers we should sneeze at.
California can't wait for January 20, when all this bad news will be magically reversed.
Me? I say give Obama the whole week that he asked for.
Day one: give the order to get out of Iraq.
Week one: give the order to close Guantanamo.
That leaves plenty of time to make California a paradise on earth. Or at least to give the order.