California, Here I Come? No, Alas. California, There I Went.
Rising taxes, a crumbling infrastructure, a draconian regulatory regime, schools that fail to educate, and a state government that remains an arm of the unions. You can read a lot of complicated data on the current unhappy state of the Golden State--which, of course, looks all the unhappier by comparison with data on the low-tax, low-regulation Lone Star State--or you can simply look at this:
U-Haul rates for one-way 26 foot truck rentals in May:
From Sacramento to Houston: $2,370
From Houston to Sacramento: $1,007
From San Francisco to San Antonio: $2,214
From San Antonio to San Francisco: $1,069
Thanks to my friend Doug Irwin, an economist at Dartmouth, who claims (he really does) that his aim in directing me to this was not merely to depress me.