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California tried. And then it failed. Uniquely charged by its constitution to guarantee the happiness of its residents, the state empowered its people to demand by referendum whatever they wanted to spend money on, from better schools to bigger prisons and to refuse by referendum to pay the bills. A legislature paralyzed by the absence of a workable middle and a requirement for a 2/3 vote to impose taxes combined finally to dig the state into a possibly inescapable hole. Having now earned the lowest bond rating of any of the 50 states, the rates it pays to borrow keep getting higher. Yet borrowing seems to be all California can do to get through from day to day. That is what is known as The Road to Bankruptcy. 'Happiness' thus engineered is doomed to collapse. The question is whether California is a special case with a uniquely dysfunctional political culture or a bellwether of failure soon to come to other high-spending states near you.

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Andreas Kluth

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Andreas Kluth
  • Writer, The Economist
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
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Bobby Shriver

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Bobby Shriver
  • Member, Santa Monica City Council
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Sharon Waxman

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Sharon Waxman
  • Editor-in-Chief, Founder, and CEO of TheWrap.com
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Gray Davis

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Gray Davis
  • 37th Governor of California
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Getting the Golden State’s economy on track.

Thursday, November 29, 2012
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Massive public debt risks swallowing up the economy, public-sector union pensions need to be reformed, and the Department of Justice should be focusing on other things than raiding medical marijuana dispensaries.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
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In these difficult times, our focus should not be on how counties can get more money from the taxpayers, but instead on how government at all levels can creatively find savings that allow us to better serve one another.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Davis talks about the state's budget challenges and the performance of Governor Jerry Brown.

Friday, January 14, 2011
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Van Jones

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Van Jones
  • Former Special Advisor, White House Council for Environmental Quality
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker, January 12, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

Washington Post, Staff Writer, Washington Post August 10, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

Charles Krauthammer, Chicago Tribune, September 14, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009
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Lawrence O'Donnell

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Lawrence O'Donnell
  • Senior Political Analyst, MSNBC
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California is a Failed State

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William Voegeli
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Monday, August 17, 2009
Marc Cooper
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Joel Kotkin
Monday, June 1, 2009
Caille Millner

California is Thriving

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Michael Grunwald
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Rebecca Solnit

Climate Change/Green Jobs

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F. Noel Perry
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David R. Baker
Monday, November 30, 2009
Shane Goldmacher
Thursday, December 31, 1970
John M. Broder
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Ronald Brownstein

Budget

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Henry S. Rowen
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Ron Elving
Sunday, June 21, 2009
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Joe Mathews
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
David Cho

Bailout

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Budget Cuts

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Thursday, December 17, 2009
Dan Barry
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Steve Lopez
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Dean Calbreath
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Howard Mintz
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Shane Goldmacher and Patrick McGreevy
Friday, September 25, 2009
Jennifer Steinhauer

California Budget Project

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Public Policy Institute of California

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Thursday, December 1, 2016
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Possible Solutions

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Jim Wunderman
Sunday, January 3, 2010
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Sunday, October 11, 2009
Pete Golis
Thursday, August 26, 2010
California Forward
Monday, July 27, 2009
Chris Elmendorf and Ehtan J. Leib

Briefs: PPIC & PEW

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Public Policy Institute of California
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Public Policy Institute of California
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Public Policy Institute of California
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Public Policy Institute of California
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Public Policy Institute of California
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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Water

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Thursday, November 5, 2009
Mike Taugher
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Jennifer Steinhauer

Miscellaneous

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David Ignatius
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Jennifer Steinhauer
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Phil Willon and David Zahniser
Friday, May 29, 2009
Peter Robinson
Friday, December 11, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, September 1, 2016
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Sunday, July 19, 2009
Perry Wong and Kevin Klowden
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Andrew Ward

Other Troubled States

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Monday, July 13, 2009
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