Daily Archives: July 2, 2011

Should Southern California Secede from California?

From CBS Los Angeles

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone is proposing that Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono counties break off from California and form their own state, South California. The new state would “focus on securing borders, balancing budgets, improving schools and creating a vibrant economy,” Stone claims.

Stone also proposes the new state to “have no term limits, only a part-time legislature and limits on property taxes.”

Governor Brown is much less than enthusiastic.

Seeing the call for securing the borders, my question is whether or not the large illegal alien population in those counties would permit such a thing.

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Pete the Banker: If Possible Oregon 48th Out of 50 State Economies

…And you thought it wasn’t possible to get worse. 
Oregon falls four places from the 23rd in 2010 to the 27th in 2011in a CNBC poll. (I guess better than falling from 23rd to 32nd in State Per Capita Personal Income over the preceding decade).  Washington not to be outdone by her southerly neighbor fell five places from 15th to 20th.

 
I definitely like the increase Oregon’s “Business Friendliness” ranking which increased from 28th to 23rd??? Washington is friendlier too, just ask Boeing??? 
 
The Oregon economy isn’t feeling much love (48th!!)  Washington’s economy ranking (32nd) fell only 14 places barely staying in the top two thirds of states, not falling 15 places like Oregon which is third from last. The good news; well Oregon is still ranked above S Carolina and Harry Reid’s Nevada???

Congratulations, Democrats, your worker’s paradise utopia is getting even closer!

Oregon 
Category Score 2011 Rank 2010 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 238 9 19
Workforce 147 33 33
Quality of Life 210 20 22
Infrastructure & Transportation 202 16 15
Economy 56 48 33
Education 89 37 38
Technology & Innovation 142 20 20
Business Friendliness 104 23 28   ???
Access to Capital 64 19 14
Cost of Living 13 38 37
OVERALL 1265 27


Washington
Category
Score 2011 Rank 2010 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 98 43 33
Workforce 165 26 30
Quality of Life 234 13 8
Infrastructure & Transportation 195 18 35
Economy 114 32 18
Education 131 14 22
Technology & Innovation 190 5 5
Business Friendliness 82 31 34 ???
Access to Capital 86 8 5
Cost of Living 14 37 35
OVERALL 1309 20 15
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Another Oregon Company Expands—-In Nevada

Undaunted by a recession depression, high prices of gas and groceries (thanks environmentalists anti-humans!) and among the states with the most upside down mortgage rates, Oregon Democrats have stepped up efforts to deprive citizens of the ability to fend for themselves by shooing more of their jobs out of the state.
http://www.nnbw.com/ArticleRead.aspx?storyID=17595

Should Southern California Secede from California?

From CBS Los Angeles

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone is proposing that Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono counties break off from California and form their own state, South California. The new state would “focus on securing borders, balancing budgets, improving schools and creating a vibrant economy,” Stone claims.

Stone also proposes the new state to “have no term limits, only a part-time legislature and limits on property taxes.”

Governor Brown is much less than enthusiastic.

Seeing the call for securing the borders, my question is whether or not the large illegal alien population in those counties would permit such a thing.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Pete the Banker: If Possible Oregon 48th Out of 50 State Economies

…And you thought it wasn’t possible to get worse. 
Oregon falls four places from the 23rd in 2010 to the 27th in 2011in a CNBC poll. (I guess better than falling from 23rd to 32nd in State Per Capita Personal Income over the preceding decade).  Washington not to be outdone by her southerly neighbor fell five places from 15th to 20th.

 
I definitely like the increase Oregon’s “Business Friendliness” ranking which increased from 28th to 23rd??? Washington is friendlier too, just ask Boeing??? 
 
The Oregon economy isn’t feeling much love (48th!!)  Washington’s economy ranking (32nd) fell only 14 places barely staying in the top two thirds of states, not falling 15 places like Oregon which is third from last. The good news; well Oregon is still ranked above S Carolina and Harry Reid’s Nevada???

Congratulations, Democrats, your worker’s paradise utopia is getting even closer!

Oregon 
Category Score 2011 Rank 2010 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 238 9 19
Workforce 147 33 33
Quality of Life 210 20 22
Infrastructure & Transportation 202 16 15
Economy 56 48 33
Education 89 37 38
Technology & Innovation 142 20 20
Business Friendliness 104 23 28   ???
Access to Capital 64 19 14
Cost of Living 13 38 37
OVERALL 1265 27


Washington
Category
Score 2011 Rank 2010 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 98 43 33
Workforce 165 26 30
Quality of Life 234 13 8
Infrastructure & Transportation 195 18 35
Economy 114 32 18
Education 131 14 22
Technology & Innovation 190 5 5
Business Friendliness 82 31 34 ???
Access to Capital 86 8 5
Cost of Living 14 37 35
OVERALL 1309 20 15
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Another Oregon Company Expands—-In Nevada

Undaunted by a recession depression, high prices of gas and groceries (thanks environmentalists anti-humans!) and among the states with the most upside down mortgage rates, Oregon Democrats have stepped up efforts to deprive citizens of the ability to fend for themselves by shooing more of their jobs out of the state.
http://www.nnbw.com/ArticleRead.aspx?storyID=17595

Should We Outsource the Columbia River Crossing Project to China?

I can hear what you’re thinking already. Lew are going out of your mind? Have you gone completely off your rocker?

No, I haven’t nor do I actually think we should outsource anything more to China than we already do. But, I do ask the question for a reason.

China as we know is rapidly becoming the world’s preeminent manufacturer, manufacturing sections for the Bay Bridge in California and contracting infrastructure projects in some other larger American cities. We in America are bellyaching about our jobs going overseas to countries like China, but they continue to operate at a much lower expense we cannot match. We cannot even come close to matching their low costs.

Few infrastructure projects point out that fact more than does the Bay Bridge project I mentioned and our own Columbia River Crossing.

The Bay Bridge Eastern Span being replaced is some 1400 feet in length and is costing around $7.2 Billion to construct.

The CRC, including a new bridge, light rail and freeway improvements on both sides of the river is about 3 to 4 miles in length and last I heard, conservatively estimated to cost us $4.6 Billion, with cost overruns very likely.

So how is it that China recently built and just opened 26.4 mile Qingdao Haiwan Bridge between the port of Qingdao and the industrial suburb of Huangdao at a cost of $1.5 to $2 Billion?

The length of this bridge in China is slightly wider than the English Channel! A marathon could be run on it by just crossing it. You can’t even see the other end if you stood at either end of it.

It is said they built it in 4 years with 10,000 workers and was completed for less than $2 Billion!

Granted, Chinese workers are paid far, far less than American workers, especially union workers, but they are working and undermining manufacturing all over the world.

The American worker led the Industrial Revolution and built this country from sparse prairies to major cities. We established a living standard higher than the world has ever seen and the envy of many.

But it appears to be slipping away from us as we pack on bureaucratic and environmental regulations that all too often have more to do with “feel good” than actually protecting anything.

We have union bosses that convince workers they deserve more and more, miring them in a vicious circle of ever rising prices and taxes to pay for increased wages and benefits.

China currently has a 4.1% unemployment rate while in America we have a 9.1% unemployment rate.

China touts the world’s largest labor union, although controlled by their Communist Government and is currently seeing mounting labor unrest as their workers are beginning to demand more as did America’s labor unions years ago.

Still, they built the world’s longest sea bridge in just 4 years.

How many years does the CRC estimate it will take for our bridge replacement?

I don’t advocate paying our workers as little as the Chinese workers receive, as low as $200 a month, working six or seven days a week currently, but slightly increasing.

But America, we better come up with a plan to be competitive again, to stop borrowing money from China and to stop outsourcing our manufacturing to them.

If we don’t soon, we may end up being poorly paid Chinese workers ourselves in the future.

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