November 18, 2009

AS LONG AS EVERYONE'S FORGOTTEN PETE WILSON:

California -- The Next Great Hope for Conservatives? (Christian Whiton + Greg Jenkins Greg Jenkins, 11/17/09, , FOXNews.com)

It is easy to forget that California was once the leading edge of conservative progress. Taxes, hippies and a burgeoning welfare state in the 1960s and 70s gave rise to voters striking back through two terms of Ronald Reagan as governor and small-government laws like 1978’s Proposition 13, which curbed property taxes, and 1979’s Gann Limit, which capped the growth in state spending. The decade that followed was as prosperous for California as it was for the rest of America: aerospace, farming, technology and energy industries thrived, and the state’s population grew 26 percent to 30 million residents.

Today, California has fallen so far so fast that the ground could be ripe for a conservative resurgence—another generational pullback from the brink. Things are not just bad in the Golden State; they are appalling. And the state’s political class shows little sign of reticence or reserve even as the state has lurched further into the red.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2009 7:11 PM
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