What does one-party rule look like?
As bad as last Tuesday night was for the national Republican Party, it was far, far worse for the California Republican Party. Not only did Golden State Democrats maintain control of every statewide elected office; not only did Gov. Jerry Brown's $6 billion Proposition 30 tax hike pass by solid margins; but Democrats also secured supermajorities in both state legislative chambers. Now, Brown and the Democrats can raise taxes by as much as they want.
The California Republican Party is functionally dead. And how is California doing, now that liberals have successfully terminated the state's remaining conservatives?
You know where this one goes.
The state is drowning in debt. There's a $2Billion deficit next year, they state is committed to almost $400 Billion in state and local debt over the past ten years.
And what does that do to a state's economy?
Smashes it faster than you can say "Medical Device Tax":
According to a new census report released Friday, almost one-quarter, 23.5 percent, of all Californians are in poverty. One-third of all the nation's welfare recipients live in the state, despite the fact that California has only one-eighth of the country's population. That's four times as many as the next-highest welfare population, which is New York.
(Wait - didn't Paul Krugman tell us that blue-states carry the rest of us?)
Unemployment in California is 10.2% today. It's in the sixes in Minnesota.
I should start a poll for people to predict where Minnesota will be after two years of one-party rule in Minnesota.