Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    High speed rail, wind and solar pipe dreams, environmentalism from hell, highest taxes in the nation, California is just a high speed train wreck today.

  2. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, over 2 years ago

    Keep an eye on California, they are leading the nation in corruption (with the exception of DC) and what not to do. They are also stealing money from the taxpayers on a national level to the tune of 3 billion dollars with their phony “high speed rail.” Trust the Obamanation to waste money on something so corrupt and stupid.

  3. Tim Culberson

    Tim Culberson said, over 2 years ago

    We shall see how the future plays out. CA can only raise taxes and chase people away. Soon it will be left with no industry. Look at Illinois, Detroit, your own cities. Bankrupt and all for a socialist dream.
    If a man wants to eat, a man should work.

  4. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    TTM, California is rated by Forbes as being the worst state for business ranking 50th. In the last 10 years over 28,000 companies have either left or gone out of business. The entirety of aerospace manufacturing has left the state now where once California was the world leader in that market.
    Companies are fleeing the state left and right. Between all the problems caused entirely by government there those companies find no reason to stay.

  5. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 2 years ago

    California has shot itself in the foot, thanks to public proposition voting. Long ago, the citizens decided that personal property taxes could never be raised. (Tell me with a straight face that that is a liberal concept.) It’s still that way. Property values have skyrocketed; the tax base that protects those properties have not. Such is the consequence of the idea that all taxes are bad.

    Texas has been stealing everyone’s business. Low taxes, low regulations, no health care. A robber baron’s dream. Sooner or later, though, the uppity people who move to Texas will want good schools, clean water, and a modicum of health care. When that happens, we’ll see how wonderful Texas looks.

  6. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    @I Play One On TV

    Not true Play One. Property taxes are only fixed for an owner of a property for the time they own it. Upon sale or inheretance the taxes rise to the new assessed or sale price value of the property. It also doesn’t protect commercial or industrial properties.
    .
    The concept that Prop 10 made was that someone who had bought and paid for a home in say 1960 worth $20,000 which now had a potential sale value of $1,000,000 should have to only pay on the $20,000 value so long as they didn’t make major improvements, additions, etc., to that property. That is and was fair.
    To assess on the potential selling price in a fast rising market is just wrong.

  7. hphundt

    hphundt GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Enoki

    Just a couple corrections. It’s Prop 13 not Prop 10 and the basis is allowed to rise 2% per year. Knowing what your property tax will be allows the owner better financial planning. I’m biased in favor of Prop 13 because it allowed my mother to remain in her home until it was time for a nursing facility. Then with some help from us kids the rental income kept her off welfare.

  8. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 2 years ago

    @Enoki

    “……To assess on the potential selling price in a fast rising market is just wrong….”
    .
    Just about every other jurisdiction in the civilized world has decided otherwise. Freezing assessments to purchase price protects the current owner at the expense of succeeding generations by incentivising real estate inflation. A $20,000 house should not become a $1,000,000 house, and one older owner should not be paying taxes on a $20,000 house while a younger owner pays on a comparable $1,000,000 house.

  9. dzw3030

    dzw3030 said, over 2 years ago

    You can ID a smart native Californian by their address. It isn’t in California anymore.

  10. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 2 years ago

    @Enoki

    I apologize for my misunderstanding. Thank you for setting me straight, as well as hphundt and Gypsy8.

  11. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    @hphundt

    Thanks hp, that’s what I get for not fact checking rather than just doing an off the cuff post. At least I had the majority of important details correct.

  12. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 2 years ago

    @Enoki

    And to think that all of us ordinary folk that live here generally love the place! And all of you ultra conservatives (and believe me California has more than its share) are absolutely free to leave, and live anywhere else you want to (Somalia perhaps?). Don’t let the door hit you in your rear end on the way out!!

  13. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 2 years ago

    California is not only the 12th largest economy in the world, it is also the only state in the US with a GDP economy over $2 trillion ($2.2trillion, to be more exact). Even the agricultural products of California are worth more than the agricultural products of the next three states, combined!!


    California is just about the only state in the US that could actually make a go of leaving the union and still survive (heck, knowing some of the types of people here, we might even be much better off!). But the US Economy (even in better times) certainly would tank almost overnight at that kind of over all GDP loss!! Further, least 50% of all of the goods entering the US from Asia come through either the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, or San Fransisco. So, as our own country we could then charge enough of a tariff on such goods going on to the other states to even lower our own taxes by a very large amount. I am certain that you people would not mind paying that much more for such goods for our benefit, now would you?


    However, be at rest, even though Californians pay $1.00 to the federal treasury and only get back some $0.78 in benefits, there are enough of us in this state that still love the good old USA to block such a move forever even though (we like Texas), also have our own ultra conservative nutcases that want us to succeed from the union!!


    I do not disrespect any of the other states in the US. They all have their own problems and advantages, just as California does. So, I really do grow tired of all of the unmentionable creeps here that disrespect my own state. Perhaps, you would like to live in some ultra conservative place like Somalia? After all, we are supposed to be the United States, not each other hating other states, in the disunited states!!

  14. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 2 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    I just thought I would drop this one on you people also, just for the fun of it. Out at Mojave in the Northern Antelope Valley between Lancaster California and Bakersfield California the aerospace industry is coming back to its original roots in California. Interesting enough, it is not backed by large governmental funding, but mostly be funding from the millionaires and billionaires like Paul Allen and Elon Musk that made their great wealth in the dot.com computer revolution. And while I have always been and probably always will be a great supporter of NASA< I find this private funding all to the good also (and at least some in high positions at NASA are not unaware of all of this going on). These incredibly entrepreneurial people out at Mojave ar building and testing the first of machines that will allow far more human being true access to space. And those people, companies and states (yes, other states such as New Mexico and Texas are also sharing in much of this effort) are going to eventually be the Saudi Arabia’s of the world. And it is happening right here in California, just as much of the aerospace industry and its triumphs also happened here! Not bad for a bunch of tree hugging liberals!! Here is just one of many links to such efforts:



    http://www.space.com/18573-mojave-bakes-aerospace-genius-video.html





    Not bad for a bunch of tree hugging liberals!!

  15. Redkaycei Repoc

    Redkaycei Repoc said, over 2 years ago

    @exoticdoc2

    " Trust the Obamanation to waste money on something so corrupt and stupid."
    Yeah lets do something smart like the Republicans do… lets build a bridge to nowhere!

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