Very, very, very bad.
An article brought to my attention by a friend--who, like half a dozen Californians with whom I've spoken over the last couple of days, is looking for property in Nevada or Texas:
John Smithton, Sacramento Times
Updated 12:19 p.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Democrats after gaining a two-thirds majority in both the
California Assembly and Senate following Tuesday's election, will be
bringing several new laws forward, all without the need for Republican
The most striking of these is a bill which would restrict wealthy California
wage earners from leaving the state without facing a large penalty
assessment on their real estate and financial assets....
"It's time to start anew and to live within our means but at the same time
invest in the cornerstone of our future and of our economy. We need those
fortunate enough with higher incomes to continue paying their fair share,
and if that means making them pay dearly if they decide to leave our state
so be it," Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said in
a telephone interview....
State Democrats have also proposed forming a new branch of the state police,
to be known as the "STASI" or "State Team Action to Stem Income" which would
be staffed with volunteers from every community, monitoring residents
contemplating moving out of the state. The staffers would report on
neighbors and family members with moving plans or otherwise acting
UPDATE: Searching online, I'm unable to find the original, so I'm to suppose the article a hoax. If so, I'm relieved. On the other hand, what does it say about the present political climate here in the Golden State that neither I nor the friend who sent this to me feels--well, entirely sure?
If any among the Ricochetti can figure it out one way or the other--this thing seems to be floating around cyberspace, but, again, I'm unable to find the original--I'd be grateful.
UPDATE on my UPDATE: Fool that I am, I only just now remembered that the paper in Sacramento isn't the Times but the Bee. John Smithton? No such journalist seems to exist. This is a hoax. And, for about ten minutes, yours truly fell for it.
Lord. Rob Long will never let me live this down.
All right, all right. That's enough chortling, everybody. Go off and stuff start basting your turkeys.