California’s got the beaches… but that’s about it. The days of ‘California Girls’ by the Beach Boys is long gone. Want attractive women? Go to Texas instead. Let’s take a walk through the modern day reality of The California Socialist Republic and discover 50 reasons why California sucks!
If it isn’t enough to be surrounded by illegals, hostile politicians, and communists, you also have to deal with all of these! (Side-note: I discovered these and fact-checked while adding/removing some, not the original list author)
50 Reasons Why California Sucks
1. One survey of business executives has ranked California as the worst state in America to do business for 8 years in a row.
2. In 2011, the state of California ranked 50th out of all 50 states in new business creation.
3. According to a recent study, California is the worst-governed state in the entire country.
4. Thanks to Proposition 30, California now boasts the highest state income tax rate in the nation.
5. Even though California just raised taxes dramatically on the wealthy, state revenues are falling like a rock. State revenue for November 2012 was 10.8 percent below projections.
6. California has the highest sales tax rate in the United States.
7. California has the 8th highest corporate income tax rate in the country.
8. California has the highest “minimum corporate tax” in the country. Each corporation must pay at least $800 to the state even if a corporation does not make a single dollar of profit.
9. California is tied with New York for the highest gasoline tax rate in the country.
10. California is the only state in America that taxes carbon emissions.
11. The state of California issues some of the most expensive traffic tickets in the nation. This is another form of taxation.
12. As of October, only Nevada and Rhode Island had higher unemployment rates than California.
13. The unemployment rate in California is more than 20 percent higher than the overall unemployment rate for the rest of the nation.
14. The state of California requires licenses for 177 different occupations (the most in the nation). The national average is only 92.
15. California teachers are the highest paid in the nation, but California students rank 48th in math and 49th in reading.
16. California accounts for 12 percent of the U.S. population, but a whopping 33 percent of Americans that receive TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) live there.
17. Only the state of Illinois has a lower bond rating than the state of California does.
18. Including unfunded pension liabilities, the state of California has more than twice as much debt as any other state does.
19. Average pay for California state workers has risen by more than 100 percent since 2005. That is good news for those state employees, but it is bad news for the taxpayers that have to pay their salaries.
20. California has the worst healthcare system in the country. This happens because of illegals using the healthcare and not paying for insurance or services, hospitals closing down, and increased costs on providers.
21. Since 2007, the number of children living in poverty in the state of California has increased by 30 percent.
22. Sadly, an astounding 60 percent of all students attending California public schools now qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches.
23. The American Tort Reform Association has ranked the state of California as the worst “judicial hellhole” in America.
24. Businesses all over the state of California are being absolutely suffocated to death by ridiculous regulations.
25. According to the Milken Institute, operating costs for California businesses are 23 percent higher than the national average.
26. According to CNN, the state of California had the worst “small business failure rate” in America in 2010. It was 69 percent higher than the national average.
27. The number of people unemployed in the state of California is roughly equivalent to the populations of Nevada, New Hampshire and Vermont combined.
28. Residential customers in California pay about 29 percent more for electricity than the national average.
29. So many poor people and illegal aliens have taken advantage of the “free” healthcare at emergency rooms that many of them have been forced to shut down in California. As a result, the state of California now ranks dead last out of all 50 states in the number of emergency rooms per million people.
30. Political correctness is totally out of control in California.
31. One California town is actually considering making it illegal to smoke in your own backyard.
32. The traffic around the big cities is horrific.
33. Los Angeles.
34. San Francisco.
36. Frivolous spending and over-spending on government services.
37. Political correctness.
38. The rampant gang activity in the state gets even worse with each passing year.
40. Just recently, the city attorney of San Bernardino, California told citizens to “lock their doors and load their guns” because there is not enough money to pay for adequate police protection any longer.
41. California is incredibly lawsuit happy, coming in as one of the Top 5 “Lawsuit Climate” states.
42. Oakland is also considered one of the most violent cities in the US
43. In Stockton, the police budget cuts got so bad that the police union put up a billboard at one point with the following message: “Welcome to the 2nd most dangerous city in California. Stop laying off cops.”
44. California doesn’t respect the rights of parents. (Sound like socialist utopia yet?)
45. The absolutely insane California state legislature. Oh, and Jerry Brown
46. Wildfires, mudslides, and impending giant earthquake.
47. Traffic is horrendous. Compounded by the fact that many people don’t carry insurance.
48. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 100,000 more people moved out of the state of California in 2011 than moved into it. Overall, the state of California has experienced a net loss of about four million residents to other states over the past 20 years.
49. Illegals control the state. Hundreds of billions of dollars go to illegal immigrant aid-related expenses (such as housing, education, healthcare, etc).
50. California statistically has some of the worst public schools in the nation. In the 70s, California was number one in per-pupil spending on education, but now the state has fallen to the 48th place.
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