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January 11, 2010
What would Mama and Papa do?
I loved the Mamas and the Papas with their smooth, easy rock and soft harmonies, particularly in Monday, Monday and California Dreaming. However, it is now Monday morning for California and that 60's dream is quickly morphing into a nightmare. George Will, writing in the Washington Post, is a Paul Revere for the Left Coast, riding through the dark night of Obama's declining America shouting, "The red ink's coming! The red ink's coming!"
In his pointed assessment of why California's Screaming, Will coins a term I wish I had thought of first: unionocracy, as he points out the fallacy of municipalities caving in to public employee union pressures and approving retirement benefits for government employees for which the word generous is unbelievably inadequate. Totally unsustainable policies and agreements that permit local government employees to retire at age 50 with a lifetime benefit of monthly paychecks equal to 90% of their final compensation are bankrupting California city and county governments, with the Governator's state government not far behind.
Looks to me like a lot of Californians aren't gonna be Dancing in the Streets although they may very well be living there sooner than they think. The ones with some common sense and foresight may very well be heeding the Mamas' and Papas' exhortation to Go Where You Wanna Go, and heading out for the saner realms of business/citizen friendly places like Texas.
I gotta tell ya though, all y'all ain't welcome.