Demographics: Just as baby boomers are reaching retirement or fleeing the state, a dearth of children threatens to turn the Golden State into the golden years state with potentially dire economic consequences.California was once a leader where the "next big thing" would happen and then migrate to the rest of the country. With an economy among the world´s largest if it were a separate country, it in a sense still is, having already gone over its own fiscal cliff, beset by low growth, high taxes and regulations, an exodus of business and population
Comments: Go West, young man, but no further than Texas.
School enrollment is down, yet the voters just passed a huge tax hike (they don´t think it´s huge, so they´ll have a nice surprise) with Prop 30 to send even more funds to the schools.
Class sizes continue to be large. My son´s 2nd grade class has 25 kids in it. We´re lucky, we´re in an excellent school district, I´m sure it´s worse in places like LA and Oakland.
They are hiring administrators at a record clip and sticking illegals into the system to bump up the numbers. It´s a huge scam. Yet California is home to rabid, religious Democrats and they will never, ever question what these "leaders" tell them. Never. The state is a never ending train wreck and I really don´t see how it´s ever going to be fixed.
CA has sent the children out of state for College and to establish roots as expats. Now the parents will leap frog , too. I just hope they leave their ultra lib agenda behind. New Hampshire is ruined by MA dims and VT got trashed by NYC. The lib plague is far flung.
Pretty clever of Brown putting a tax increase on a ballot measure.Obviously,there´s more than enough non taxpaying,benefit grabbers in the state to win on this.
The left also wants to project that Brown´s tax increases solved all their fiscal problems and that should be a trendsetter across the country.
Since we stole Cal. from the Mexicans,the least we can do is give them a place to live.Who cares if their high school drop out rate is around 50%?Of course if you´re lucky enough to cash in ona dream act you can cruise your way through college for 8-10 years.
We didn´t steal California from the Mexicans. But unfortunately, the Mexicans (not American citizens of Mexican descent, but the illegals) are stealing all the taxpayer money and jobs. They get government checks (easier than citizens do and more money too!) AND work multiple jobs. Sometimes they work under the table but a lot don´t have to. They are still allowed to work if they can get a certain card (and they don´t even have to be here legally). There are also a lot of employers now who only hire hispanics--no whites allowed. They are companies owned by other hispanics that only give jobs to their own.
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25 is the standard for my college class. When I went to school, we had two grades per classroom and large classes. I was taught by nuns who kept order and made sure we learned. I remember them with great fondness.
The comparison in the article is to the kids of 1970. Those were the baby boomers, a demographic anomaly that impacted all 50 states.
Today, those baby boomers are retiring, so the percentage of seniors is going up. Mathematically then, there have to be proportionally fewer children as compared to seniors. If this is a California ´dilemma´, then the same has to be true in the other 49 states as well.
Political Correctness: Its force structure decimated by sequestration and budget cuts, the Marine Corps considers exchanging its proud and honored look for hats similar to the gendarmes who direct traffic in Paris. If sequestration´s annual spending cuts continue past this year, the Marine Corps will lose 8,000 in troop strength, Commandant Gen. James F. Amos told the Defense Writers Group in June. But those who remain will at least be fashion-conscious if a proposal for changes in their dress headgear goes forward. Men and women in the Marines
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Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
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