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View Poll Results: What will happen at the end of the California Budget Crisis?
The Federal Government will bail out California 5 31.25%
Taxes will be raised to incredible levels 5 31.25%
Budget cuts will be so severe that riots will occur 3 18.75%
The economy will improve and things will go back to normal 3 18.75%
Voters: 16. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-28-2009, 04:24 PM
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Now the media and politicians are having a good time with proposals, attacks, scare tactics and posturing about the terrible situation in California State Government. But eventually something real has to be done. What do you think the final solution is going to be when the dust settles?
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Old 05-28-2009, 04:54 PM
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With tax and spend liberalism there is only one possible correct answer.
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Old 05-28-2009, 05:05 PM
Location: RSM
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Final solution may be a total upheaval of the govt. I imagine a constitutional convention may come sooner or later to reform the proposition system. It's too easy for the populace to pass spending as it is now.
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Old 05-28-2009, 05:45 PM
Location: The High Seas
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More businesses leave the state to more tax-friendly states, taxes increase further (or Sacramento finds way of adding new taxes that they call by another name), more lost jobs, angrier people who can't sell their houses and move on to economically greener pastures elsewhere. A riot here and there.....
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:15 PM
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Generally, what typically happens is that in times of high unemployment (and its accompanying ripple effects), you will see increasing tensions between native Californians and illegals. However, it isn't really certain how that plays out. You aren't going to see nightriders rousting immigrants like what happened in California with the Japanese in the early 20th century and demographic realities will keep politicians from really addressing the immigration question as it needs to be. A lot of people will leave the state to where the jobs market looks good and so will immigrants. This will shrink the tax base, which may further encourage the idea of legalizing pot. California congresspeople may also become more militant about receiving back from DC what we put into the treasury and so that will promote conflict with states such as Mississippi, Alaska and Louisiana, among others, who are basically America's welfare queens. That might be worth loading up on some popcorn for.

However, if California has another boom somewhere (say, Tesla is a smashing success, for example) then it is entirely foreseeable we could end up paying our debt off in the next ten years. Of course, that will make illegal immigration worse since more people will be encouraged to come here.

However, without definitive across the board systemic reform, that will be a pyrrhic victory.

Or California could go into depression and become Brazil (the wealthy living in fortified gated communities, everyone else in massive slums). I hope not. I love that state.
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