For a quick explanation of why California is in the mess it’s in, just follow a link on Instapundit to see the extent to which Democratic interest groups have been using hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to lobby the state government. The top two “special interest groups . . . trying to influence California public officials and voters” are the California Teachers Association and the California State Council of Service Employees.
Together, these groups spent nearly $320 million dollars, all of it skimmed off the salaries of people drawing income from Golden State taxpayers, more than three times as much as the next biggest spender, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
No wonder California is in the hole it’s in; we’ve got special interest groups using taxpayer money to lobby for greater state expenditures. And to raise that revenue, they’re taxing those who actually produce the wealth, causing many to produce less of said wealth or leaving the state for jurisdictions, like say, Texas, where they’re not penalized for productivity.