Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!"

    Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!" GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    More brain farts from Benson.

    Here is the real story.

    Here is a relevant quote:


    The trouble is that taxes, regulations and business climate appear to have had nothing to do with Toyota’s move. It came down to a simple matter of geography and a plan for corporate consolidation, Toyota’s North American chief told The Times. And in the big picture, California’s and Texas’ economies are growing at a similar pace, with corporate relocations — in either direction — representing only a tiny slice of job growth in both states.

    “It may seem like a juicy story to have this confrontation between California and Texas, but that was not the case,” said Jim Lentz, Toyota’s North American chief executive.


    Toyota left California to move its company’s brainpower, now divided among offices in three states, into one headquarters close to the company’s manufacturing base, primarily in the South.


    “It doesn’t make sense to have oversight of manufacturing 2,000 miles away from where the cars were made,” Lentz said. “Geography is the reason not to have our headquarters in California.”

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 2 years ago

    ^^^^. You do realize that California is Toyota’s biggest market BY FAR and those were comments made by the CEO of said company pulling out 4000 jobs from Southern California, right?
    Of course he’s not going to rip Ca, but I’m gonna take a wild guess that “The highest taxes in the country” might’ve been mentioned in the board meetings before moving out of Cali.
    Another factor I’m sure was mentioned was that Ca is the King of Workers Comp and Employee lawsuits since it’s run by Democrats.
    Or do you want to think Texas is better geographically for a Japanese biz than California.

  3. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 2 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    California has a $2,145 trillion dollar GSP for 2014 which is number 1 for the USA by almost $1 trillion dollars. Texas is indeed number 2 with a GSP of $1.507 trillion, and New York is number 3 with a GSP of $1.297 trillion, all also for fiscal 2014 per this site:

    http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/state_spend_gdp_population



    Also according to this site the growth rate of California’s GSP is some 2.3% as opposed to a growth rate for Texas of 2.8%, which would certainly seem to give the advantage to Texas (the over all growth rate for the US itself is some 2.0 %). But, just how long do you think it would take at an advantage of 0.5 % to make up a lead of almost $1 trillion?


    Heck, the value of the agribusiness of California alone is almost as much as the values of the next 3 states combined!


    Then there is the continuing increase in the high tech business of silicon valley. For instance, Sony is building an entire new campus there which will be hiring some 6,000 local people in high paying and benefits jobs. Why would they be doing this in such a high business tax state? Because those California tax dollars go to pay for the finest higher education systems in the world. Which in turn gives California an insurmountable edge in highly educated workers, which is the life blood of the high tech industry.


    And out at the Mojave space industry center near Edwards AFB private space interests are busily creating a private space industry that will make that area the Saudi Arabia of high tech of the future.


    Sorry people, but California is doing just fine, thank you!!


    But we Californians are perfectly happy to see any of the states of the US do well, and that includes Texas. What we get somewhat tired of though is the continuing dis-respect shown by the ultra conservatives on this site for one of the states that is paying the burden of keeping some of our more conservative states in business. Californians pay $1.00 in federal taxes for every $0.78 in benefits we get from the federal government. Texas is just about even with $1.00 for $1.00, and such states as Mississippi are heavy takers with paying $1.00 and getting over $2.00 in benefits. So, just perhaps the red conservative taker states just might not want to see California’s economy go down, as it would decrease their federal governmental benefits!!

  4. DGF999

    DGF999 said, almost 2 years ago

    @Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!"

    The LATimes… Yet another left wing media source trying to fool the gullible… Lisa is right here…

  5. viewer1

    viewer1 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    My fear is that the folks coming over from California will vote the same way in Texas as they did in Cali. We need look no further than Colorado to see what could happen next…

  6. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @viewer1

    The Californian’s being relocated are concerned about being anywhere near a factory that explodes due to corporate malfeasance and an utter lack of oversight from the state.

  7. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, almost 2 years ago

    That is the problem. People run away from high (and ever increasing) taxes and then vote for the things that run up taxes in their new location. The next step, of course, is to complain about high taxes.

    Liberals do not understand that once we send our money to a government it is no longer real money. It is government money and therefore a never ending asset. If you run low, just go get some more or, in the case of the Feds, just borrow more.

  8. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, almost 2 years ago

    @Jase99: you are right. (Sarcasm). These companies are in the business of blowing up their own factories so that they have higher cost and lower productivity.

  9. Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!"

    Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!" GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Tax Man

    Forgotten the West, Texas factory that exploded have you? Or the leak in West Virginia?

    Many disasters happen in businesses that have previously been cited. Businesses do (all too often) pretend all is cool when it is not. It’s not every business, but without regulations, it would be nearly every business. That’s just human nature.

  10. Northern Redman

    Northern Redman said, almost 2 years ago

    @Jase99

    Then they should refuse to move and stay in California. I’m sure there are other qualified people who are currently unemployed, or underemployed, who would be willing to take the positions.

  11. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, almost 2 years ago

    @Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!"

    No wonder you are a beggar. Anyone who buys into that incompetent Brown’s storyline could easily end up one. Texas and other states have been stealing businesses from CA for quite some time. While companies may be politic about the reasons for leaving, there is no denying that CA has been listed as the worst business climate in the US. I now live in WA and even my accountant here made the comment that if any of his clients are thinking of opening a business in CA he does his best to ward them off. The CA gummint is absolutely wacko when it comes to onerous regulations on business from environmental craziness, to their nutty handicapped bill that has allowed abusive types to steal money from small businesses for trivial nothings, to over taxation. CA is a prime example of what happens when libs have too much power for too long…the economy ends up flushed down the sewer.

  12. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Tax Man, Northern Redman, Overtaxed

    I was referring to the West Fertilizer Company explosion that killed 15 people and injured over 150. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board investigated and found that company management failed to take basic safety precautions in storing potentially explosive materials and there was a lack of regulatory oversight. Let’s not forget about the oil refinery explosion and subsequent incidences in Texas City, where company officials had a track record of safety violations.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Fertilizer_Company_explosion

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_City_Refinery_explosion

  13. denis1112

    denis1112 said, almost 2 years ago

    @Jase99

    The explosion at West happened because the firemen put water on the fire after they were told not to because it would cause an explosion.
    Funny how the left always misses little things like that because they could not blame a big corporation if they did.
    This is like a lot of things the LWNJ news nerds don’t report because it doesn’t further their propaganda line.When the LWNJ’s hear it from another source then it must be made up because it wasn’t on CBS or Osama Bin Ladens and Barrack Obamas favorite network NBC.

  14. Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!"

    Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!" GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @denis1112

    Funny how a set of clear guidelines might have prevented the explosion. But hey, that would be “rules and regulations” — never popular in yahoo land.

  15. Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!"

    Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!" GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @exoticdoc2

    Yeah, and Boeing moved it’s headquarters from Washington to Chicago. Quick, you better light out for Texas!

    Oh and Boeing is moving some business back to California — because of the talent here. Funny how the real world works…

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