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California: A glimpse of our future?

Post by Cheryl Tucker on April 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm with 4 Comments »
April 16, 2010 3:54 pm

I recently took a spring break trip to Southern California and came away with two main impressions.

First, is everyone in California getting some kind of plastic surgery? If not, I don’t know how the huge numbers of surgeons are making money.

Ads for plastic surgery procedures are everywhere – on billboards, buses and benches. The local papers are full of them. (Hmmm….that could be a new source of revenue for The News Tribune, if only Northwesterners were as vain as Californians apparently are.)

Second, the tough primary offense law against cell phone use while driving appears to be working. I hardly saw anyone using a hand-held phone behind the wheel (unlike here, where every other driver seems to feel the need to be on the phone).

The down side, however, is that a lot of people walk around in California wearing their Bluetooth and other hands-free phone devices. I guess we have that to look forward to when Washington’s primary offense law kicks in June 10. Police won’t need to have another reason then to pull over drivers who are calling or texting in order to give them a $124 ticket.

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  1. geeterpontiac says:

    Yeah, bankruptcy for sure if we don’t get some of these Dems replaced by conservative Repubs

  2. As always, it starts as a secondary offense, then the sheep get used to it, then it morphs into a primary offense. Seatbelts, cell phones, love this nanny state

  3. geeterpontiac,

    Yeah, it worked out really well for CA to kick out Gov. Davis and install Gov. Schwarzenegger.

  4. geeterpontiac says:

    NEAL SR, if you’ve followed what has happened in California you would recognize that Schwarzenegger had/has little to do with their problems. After taking over, he did try a number of times to curtail the spending in the state, but was essentially over-ruled time and time again by the legislature. Plus, he is in no way shape or form a conservative. He is a typical moderate Republican.

    As a consequence, the legislature continued to raise taxes. More and more businesses and people that work and want to prosper left the state. That’s reality. They were already doing that under Davis, so what is the difference?

    You know, we tend to look at a governor or a president as being able to do as they wish. The real world doesn’t work that way. Sometimes they can, sometimes they can’t. The Terminator had to work with a liberal dem legislature and just because he’s a Republican doesn’t mean a whole lot.
    But, regardless of who is in charge, the state is about to collapse economically. I guess my questions to you would be, what do you think caused the problem? What do they need to do to recover? And, given the fact that liberals control the state, is it possible? And the final question is, why should our expectations be any different for Washington State since we are following the same model? Tell me why we are different.

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