Over at Pajamas Media, Victor Davis Hanson provides incomparably the best summary I've seen anywhere of the troubles we now face out here in California. A very brief excerpt:
[W]e [Californians] count on two things to save us. One, California is a beautiful natural paradise. Yesterday I drove from the high Sierra amid a blanket of alpine snow to the 70s in Palo Alto in a little over four hours, across one of the most productive and beautiful agrarian landscapes in the world. In sum, we think there will always be some of you who will fall in love with the aesthetics that we had nothing to do with, and thus might, like the proverbial fly landing on sticky paper, arrive and become enticed enough to let us tax you for a while in our P.T. Barnum-like con. Two, someone in our past did not think like us, and so we inherited an infrastructure, universities, airports, and roads that we continue to milk but not refurbish or invest in. We, the less talented and industrious, but the far more critical and sarcastic, drive along I-5, and swim in beautiful Sierra manmade lakes, with the apparent belief that we are glad some anonymous fools did.
Non-Californians, read it and gloat.
Californians? Well, Victor's news is so bad you're going to want to make sure you have something on hand to get your mind off it immediately after you read the piece. A "Beach Boys" CD, perhaps, to remind you of the good old days?