california imploding
james marple

San Diego, CA

#1 Dec 22, 2012
California's residents who elect politicians that promise to steal from the "rich" (everyone who pays income tax) are pushing these "rich" folks out of the state. This will progressively increase the burden of income and sales taxes for those who remain.

The chart of this self-destruction has been curving upward steeply in recent years and will certainly take a steep jump with the newest tax increase.(It was sold as a temporary tax but sensible people just laugh at this promise.)

The tax deficit this year will be near $30 billon, adding another $2,500 of debt per household to pay off. With the top earners leaving, the middle earners will have to be taxed even more for essential services. Yet the Governor has approved another $100 billion debt for a fast train and is trying hard to get approval of a $25 billion debt for entirely unnecessary tunnels and levees raising in the Sacramento Delta.

It seems reasonable to ask whether the Governor is breaking California's bank to create a legacy for himself or to drive conservatives out so that he may enjoy unrestricted power, as Fidel Castro did so successfully.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#2 Jan 5, 2013

This morning a Professional Engineer pointed to the constant expansion of Metropolitan Water District (MWD) facilties as an "invisible deadly parasite bleeding Californians of their wealth by fooling them into believing that water importation is necessary", an "economic death spiral".

One of his items of evidence was the colorful packets and posters MWD sponsors for schools all the way up through college. He says these are so cleverly deceptive that few teachers are able to recognize how water management information is distored, selectively omitted and misrepresented to brainwash kids from kindergarten on so that they vote for politicians who do not manage water wisely.

One of his proofs of how well this jas worked is the fact that TV and newspaper stories typically begin with a false premises such as "our region has an arid landscape that cannot survive without water from the Sacramento Delta" or "water importation is essential to the economy of Southern California".

Nowhere do we see this captive news media report the simple truth that our South Coast receives 16 times as much rainfall as its households use.

With 8 trillion gallons of rainfall yearly our 'typical' homes use just 500 billion. Yet MWD imports 800 billion. What's wrong with this picture?
james marple

San Diego, CA

#3 Mar 25, 2013
A PhD economist commented to our group; "ecomomic Implosion, collapsing inward, is caused by a few individuals who rob us through government." His cure for this was to illuminate the raid and raiders so that public outrage would make voters choose politicians wise enough to find capable, impartial experts outside theirstaffs to illustrate all planning options for a change.

We looked long and hard and found the following:
- US Geologic Survey experts said we get ten times as much rain as we use and 2/3 is "catchable" to store in aquifers that can hold a 45-year supply.
- US Dept of Agriculture techs showed the cost of catching as much rain as we use would be $100 to $400 per million gallons.($35 to $133 per acre-ft.)
- US EPA experts said this would end floods and polluted stormwaterrunoff.
- Univ CA economists saw major tax and utility bill cuts as a result of this.

We just got $3.5 billion in new debt for a desalinator to produce 18 billion gallons of clean water yearly. Yet 50 billion gallons is dumped to the ocean each year instead of being cleaned (cost ~$170 million) for industrial and irrigation uses. Someone is going to pick our kid's pockets real bad.

And; That ocean dumping ruined our sport/commercial fishing industries, made our beaches undesirable to tourists and is now killing off seals.
How many more wake-up calls do we need to find smart/honest politicians?
james marple

San Diego, CA

#4 Apr 14, 2013

Join Date: Oct 2012
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Re: California Gone Wild!

Why is California's economy collapsing? Here's the proof:

STATE--credit rating--debt % of income--debt per capita -debt/% of CA GDP
Texas...Aaa/AA+/AAA----- 1.5%--------- 588----------1.25%
California...A1/A-/A-------6.0 %---------2,559----------5.07% -

One reason we in San Diego will soon be suffering much more than now is the coming payments for a huge debt being created by unnecessary seawater desalination. The LA Times told us the Carlsbad desalination project will cost $3.5 billion, that's $4,100 from each water customer of the County.

A Professional Engineer estimated it would cost $220 million to match its 17 billion gallon output by storing part of our rainfall, just $260 per customer.

The true cost of Poseidon's desalinator was buried by repetitive news stories saying it would cost less than a billion dollars and most of that would be paid by the next generation. So voters did not become enraged enough to dump the politicians who approved it.(Cunning planners created myths to soften the blow of extorting $3,500,000,000 from our economy, a sum that would pay for a lot of schoolbooks, pothole repairs, homeless shelters, police cars pensions.) A legitimate proposal would have given costs for each alternative, but either County officials withheld this or journalists ignored it.

We should have seen estimates of the cost for 17 billion gallons from;
a) the huge unused aquifer under Lake Henshaw.
b) the much larger desalination plant in Yuma that sits idle
c) the hundreds of billions of gallons rivers carry to the ocean yearly
d) runoff from our streets
These options could have been presented by any normally capable reporter whose editor wanted them to be seen.

Of course 102,000 homeowners receiving this salt-free desalinated water will be pleased to avoid the $34,000 they should have to pay for it to protect their lush landscapes, horse pastures and golf courses from salty Colorado River water. But these folks have more political power than the million homeowners who will bear 90% of the cost and receive no significant benefit.

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