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The Reverse-Joads of California
Wall Street Journal, by Allysia Finley

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Posted By:afortiori, 3/4/2013 10:03:33 AM

During the Great Depression, some 1.3 million Americans—epitomized by the Joad family in John Steinbeck´s "The Grapes of Wrath"—flocked to California from the heartland. To keep out the so-called Okies, the state enacted a law barring indigent migrants (the law was later declared unconstitutional). Los Angeles even set up a border patrol on the city limits. Soon the state may need to build a fence to keep latter-day Joads from leaving. Over the past two decades, a net 3.4 million people have moved out of California for other states.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 3/4/2013 11:28:08 AM     (No. 9207500)

As I recall from my reading on the Dust Bowl era and the migration to California, that "border patrol" from Los Angeles traveled all the way out to the eastern border of the state.

It would be wonderful if these "migrants", who turned a Republican state to Democrat, were the ones leaving.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: norcalvet, 3/4/2013 11:36:10 AM     (No. 9207529)

We can only hope.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: FLCracker, 3/4/2013 11:39:06 AM     (No. 9207546)

As near as I can tell, the "inventors, the dreamers, the entrepreneurs, the venture capitalists" of California think there are too many people cluttering up the view, so they´re probably happy that the great unwashed are moving elsewhere.

So far, there has been an unending stream of great unwashed replacing those that left. That stream seems to be drying up (for CA, at least.)

Do these people not realize they sit on the very tippy-top of a very high infrastructure that is maintained by those people who are leaving?

It is going to get really expensive to pay the pool boy or find a night clerk for Von´s. Perhaps something similar to the feudal system of serfs can be instituted.

Los Angeles should not have a problem. There IS an un-ending supply of wannabe actors willing to work for slave wages or prostitute themselves to become a STAR!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: KanCreeper, 3/4/2013 11:48:55 AM     (No. 9207574)

The only bad aspect to this mass internal migration from The Upper East Coast and the Left Coast is that it is spreading the Liberal Infection to otherwise Conservative areas. Texas is already feeling the tinge of Liberalism, exported from California.

Maybe if someone moves from a Liberal Infected State, they should have their ability to vole locally revoked for two or three years.That would cut back on the spread of the infection(?)

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Reply 5 - Posted by: sehall, 3/4/2013 12:34:13 PM     (No. 9207721)

For my state, Colorado, its "californication" is almost complete.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: curious1, 3/4/2013 1:34:16 PM     (No. 9207818)

#4, Every libtard deserves to have their franchise and that of the next 10 generations of descendants revoked for what they have done to this republic. And they should be barred from holding public office or working for the government for that length of time, too.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: zeldafitzg, 3/4/2013 2:21:23 PM     (No. 9207917)

We do not want them in Texas.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 3/4/2013 4:29:45 PM     (No. 9208169)

#7 - My wife and I are looking to transition from SoCal to eastern Texas upon retirement in about five years. Please make an exception for us - we´ll be bringing our horses, guns, and conservative values.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Smaj, 3/4/2013 4:50:41 PM     (No. 9208207)

The "reverse Joads" have destroyed large parts of Oregon, Washington, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado and will help turn Texas purple (if not blue) soon. Worse than locusts.

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