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Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:59 am, Tue Dec 4, 2012.

The two cartoons on your Opinion Page on Nov. 27 were perfect! One cartoon with Jerry Brown dressed up as Moses leading Californians to the promised land saying, "Come on guys, we're just going to raise taxes," and going the other way a crowd representing business saying, "Texas is this way." The other cartoon had six sayings from the Founding Fathers to the present — the first five of self-sacrifice and love of country, and the last (representing this generation) repeating just one word three times: "Gimme, gimme, gimme."

Concerning the first cartoon, I just heard this morning that Chevron is transferring approximately 200 highly paid employees to Houston, Texas. And this week, the company is having meetings with its other employees informing them who will be laid off and who will be allowed to transfer to Houston. Chevron intends to pull its operations at the refinery in Richmond completely out of California and move to Texas. So Texas thanks all you takers who have no problem forcing others to pay for your lifestyles for giving Texas an even bigger economic boom.

Lawrence Livermore is also laying off 50 people by Christmas, with about 500 more following by March. This is what you get for voting in a party with people who couldn't run a lemonade stand, and putting them in charge of a state with the eighth-largest economy in the world.

The second cartoon — the one with JFK — affected me personally for I was a Democrat at the time when he said, "And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country." Everything I believed and held dear then, I still believe. It was the Democratic Party that left me and became something that makes Karl Marx look conservative.

Marcus Tullius Cicero left us a warning, saying, "Beware of the mendicant, the dependent. They destroy empires. They will eventually destroy Rome, as they destroyed other nations." Dependence on government brings compliance, and compliance brings slavery to the state. History repeats itself.

Ron Portal


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  • Ted Lauchland posted at 1:02 pm on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 261

    The saying used to be "Go West Young Man "

    Now in California it is go anywhere but here. South if you are illegal , North ( Oregon - no sales taxes ? ) if you want to buy something , West ( Hawaii ) if you want to vacation but you will have to swim back and East if you want a job.

    Is that sarcastic or what ?

    I find being stuck in Lodi as not such a bad thing at this point. It is one of the few places that can and does actually do something towards the positive to exist. Stop being a bedroom community for the Bay Area. Maybe the tax base will benefit from it without having to make up for other's shortcomings. Free enterprise at it's best expanding on the ideas of current successful staples in the region. Perhaps then and only then will the self support systems stabilize and we will all be healthy again. You still have to compete in the marketplace however.

    Following money patterns simply does not start with "give someone money".

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 9:59 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2672

    Two figures will tell you everything you need to know about the jobs being created in Texas.

    1) Texas has the third-highest proportion of hourly jobs paying at or below minimum wage.

    2) Despite its low level of unemployment, Texas has the 11th-highest poverty rate among states.

    Slick Rick Perry may hand out tax breaks like they were candy but, unless your idea of living involves working 25 hours a day at 5 minimum wage jobs just to make ends meet, I wouldn't pack your bags just yet.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:12 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405


    Hours after the legislators met with Mr. Perry, another business, Fujitsu Frontech, announced that it is abandoning California. "It's the 70th business to leave this year," says California business relocation expert Joe Vranich. "That's an average of 4.7 per week, up from 3.9 a week last year." The Lone Star State was the top destination, with 14 of the 70 moving there.

    Andy Puzder, the CEO of Hardee's Restaurants, was one of many witnesses to bemoan California's hostile regulatory climate. He said it takes six months to two years to secure permits to build a new Carl's Jr. restaurant in the Golden State, versus the six weeks it takes in Texas. California is also one of only three states that demands overtime pay after an eight-hour day, rather than after a 40-hour week. Such rules wreak havoc on flexible work schedules based on actual need. If there's a line out the door at a Carl's Jr. while employees are seen resting, it's because they aren't allowed to help: Break time is mandatory.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:10 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Sorry Ron...too much reality and truth all in one letter. I'm afraid your letter will not be well received and perceived as just another conservative propagada letter...

    Thought I would add to Ron's point...

    California Dreamin'—of Jobs in Texas
    Hounded by taxes and regulations, employers in the once-Golden State are moving East.

    By John Fund ...Austin, Texas

    It wasn't your usual legislative hearing. A group of largely Republican California lawmakers and Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom traveled here last week to hear from businesses that have left their state to set up shop in Texas.

    "We came to learn why they would pick up their roots and move in order to grow their businesses," says GOP Assemblyman Dan Logue, who organized the trip. "Why does Chief Executive magazine rate California the worst state for job and business growth and Texas the best state?"

    The contrast is undeniable. Texas has added 165,000 jobs during the last three years while California has lost 1.2 million. California's jobless rate is 12% compared to 8% in Texas.

    "I don't see this as a partisan issue," Mr. Newsom told reporters before the group met with Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry. The former San Francisco mayor has many philosophical disagreements with Mr. Perry, but he admitted he was "sick and tired" of hearing about the governor's success luring businesses to Texas.



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