Callous California

'Now — and here is the nub of my piece — whatever you do when this happens, do not allow anyone to bail us out. Not one penny. Not the federal government, the Heart Fund, the Community Chest, the World Bank, UNICEF, or even George Soros. Do not take up a collection in your places of worship or set up a food bank. And above all, do not make California into some giant state version of General Motors. It didn’t work for the auto company and it will not work for us.

The only solution is for California to suffer — and to suffer badly. The citizens of this state need a serious beat down. This was the place where Jane Fonda popularized “No gain without pain.” Well, time for the pain. Remember the “Summer of Love”? Time for the “Summer of Tough Love.” And the Winter, Fall and Spring as well.

Otherwise there is no chance we will wake up. And if we don’t wake up even then, feel free to call in the Air Force and drop some bunker busters on the San Andreas Fault. Set us adrift.

And don’t worry, as we sail off into the Pacific, we’ll be just fine. Even if our kids don’t get any toys, we’ll still have our Big Macs. And if we get really depressed, we can always cut the safety net under the Golden Gate Bridge — it’s so overpriced anyway — and take the plunge.

- Roger L Simon, 'Is California Hopeless?'


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