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  • #46
    Originally posted by slick_miester View Post

    No. California is an economic powerhouse due to her proximity to trans-Pacific and intercontinental lines of communications. Take the same policies and move them to Nebraska and Nebraska would flop. On the other hand, take Nebraska's policies to California and nothing would change there economically. California is blessed not by her politics, but by her geography.
    But not any red states along the gulf? Don't they deal in international trade?

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    • #47
      Originally posted by inevtiab1e View Post

      But not any red states along the gulf? Don't they deal in international trade?
      From what I hear, Texas is doing pretty well for herself of late.
      I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

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      • #48
        Originally posted by slick_miester View Post

        From what I hear, Texas is doing pretty well for herself of late.
        And Florida as well!
        Trying hard to be the Man, that my Dog believes I am!

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        • #49
          Originally posted by SRV Ron View Post
          tolerate the drug use
          That's called freedom. It's the one thing California has gotten right.
          "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
          - Benjamin Franklin

          The new right wing: hate Muslims, preaches tolerance for Nazis.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by slick_miester View Post

            No. California is an economic powerhouse due to her proximity to trans-Pacific and intercontinental lines of communications. Take the same policies and move them to Nebraska and Nebraska would flop. On the other hand, take Nebraska's policies to California and nothing would change there economically. California is blessed not by her politics, but by her geography.
            In part this is true. In part, California is really whacking the economy there. The agricultural sector is getting slammed over water policy in particular. When things like the Delta Smelt take precedence over farmers, the farmers are doomed. That agriculture will have to move somewhere besides California.
            The manufacturing sector has pretty much left the state. Between environmental and safety regulations they got slammed. The military has also largely consolidated bases and closed lots simply because of the state regulation of all sorts of crap, not to mention the inability of military personnel to live in the state due to cost of living.

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            • #51
              Originally posted by slick_miester View Post

              From what I hear, Texas is doing pretty well for herself of late.
              But not as well as CA? Texas isn't an economic powerhouse like CA is.

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              • #52
                Originally posted by inevtiab1e View Post
                But not as well as CA? Texas isn't an economic powerhouse like CA is.
                California's per capita Gross Domestic Product: $58,619
                Texas' per capita Gross Domestic Product: $53,795

                That's an 8% difference.

                Now for some real heavyweights:

                New York State's per capita Gross Domestic Product: $64,579

                Financial services never go out of style.

                District of Columbia's per capita Gross Domestic Product: $160,472

                It wouldn't be accurate to consider DC an "economic powerhouse," though: their business is politics, which is, in reality, nothing but legalized extortion. The concentration of money in DC is due to the presence of professional lobbyists, whose influence has grown to enormous proportions since the turn of the century. This is borne out by their political largess. The imbalance is staggering: DC outpaces the second most prosperous state -- Massachusetts -- by $94,927, or 69%. In other words, compared to agriculture, mining, manufacturing, information technology, entertainment, health care, education, and financial services, politics is far and away the most profitable line of business. As citizens of an ostensibly free republic, we should be alarmed.

                As for California's "powerhouse" status, she only ranks twelfth, behind states like Delaware and New Jersey. Really, there's not all that much to brag about there.
                I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

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