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George F. Will: Golden State blues: The battle over the budget in California

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    May 23, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    I can't believe a state with so much natural beauty, so much to offer in ways of tourism and things to do can be this bad off. What happened to the CA of Ronald Reagan?

  • Earl Sandy, UT
    May 23, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    My comparison of Greece to California had nothing to do with the size of the economies, but with the effect. Greece is dragging the EU down like California is pulling down the US.

  • red state pride Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 22, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    I agree with Earl except for your first statement. California is to the US as Germany is to the EU. The GDP of Greece is probably on par with the GDP of Detroit. I think California is the world's third largest economy so if it goes off the fiscal cliff then it's dragging the rest of us with it unfortunately. I certainly don't favor any Federal bailout of the formerly Golden State.

  • Earl Sandy, UT
    May 22, 2011 12:05 p.m.

    California is to the U.S. as Greece is to the EU. Politicians regularly employ plans and projections based on overly optimistic economic conditions to sell their ideas. The more liberal the legislature, the more rosy the projections are. California is unquestionably one of the most liberal states overall in the nation, so they're predictably in the deepest trouble when the economy goes sour. Either the U.S. bails them out with funny-money or cuts them loose as an independent country of their own. Would that be secession in reverse?