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Inside the Beltway: The 9 percent
Does Jerry Brown have Rick Perry envy? The California governor likely pines to have the Texas governor’s knack for attracting business investors to his state, bolstering the “Texas Miracle economy” using the time-honored fiscally conservative tradition of less regulations and fewer taxes. Plus Lone Star enthusiasm.
“Texas is still wide open for business!! Come on down,” Mr. Perry proclaimed in a recent tweet to a Colorado gun manufacturer disenchanted with the state’s stricter gun laws.
Mr. Brown, meanwhile, is in China with a 75-member delegation for two weeks, seeking similar success. Yes, the governor signed a nonbinding trade agreement with Chinese officials Friday, opened a California trade office in Shanghai, then took a river cruise with the local Communist Party secretary which included “a discussion of acupuncture and harmony,” according to the local press.
But it’s going to take more than that. An alarming number of Californians are leaving the Golden State, which has the highest taxes, unemployment, energy costs and poverty rates in the nation, according to Forbes magazine. It was deemed the “worst state to do business in” by Chief Executive magazine for the past eight years.
“California has managed to do this during its rebound, its good years, according to Jerry Brown who, if not Governor Moonbeam in his second coming as the state’s leader, is clearly not in touch with life on Planet California,” observes Forbes analyst David Davenport, who notes that a recent Mercatus Institute study finds that when residents flee California, they’re bound for “red states” where fiscal conservatism flourishes.
“Earth to Jerry Brown: California, you have a problem,” Mr. Davenport adds.
POLL DU JOUR
• 60 percent of likely U.S. voters say abortion will be a factor in determining their future votes.
• 53 percent say they are pro-choice; 69 percent of Democrats agree.
• 40 percent of voters overall say they are pro-life; 62 percent of Republicans agree.
• 51 percent of voters overall say abortion is “morally wrong most of the time.”
• 45 percent say there should be a mandatory waiting period before a women can have an abortion; 76 percent of all pro-life voters agree.
• 42 percent overall disagree with a waiting period; 66 percent of all pro-choice voters agree with that.
• 39 percent overall say it’s “too easy” to get an abortion; 79 percent of all pro-life voters agree.
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