February 24, 2012

Californians love Obama

The majority want to see him have a second term — including 17% of Republicans!

It seems counterintuitive, I realize — after all, near 13% unemployment and gas prices that could reach $5 a gallon tends to stall an economy already on the way to utter failure — but then, I suppose even Californians are savvy enough to know that should the state need some sort of bailout from its decades of poor Democrat management and the unfunded liabilities brought about through the kind of insane entitlement promises that the Democrats (and even some Republicans) have used to buy power, they aren’t likely to get much from a conservative.

Should Texas begin pining for more Obama, I’d begin to worry. But in this case, I suspect the real reason Californians continue to claim an affinity to Obama is that he, like them, is a failure pretending to be a hip success — and that to the majority of Californians, image and perception supersede reality as a form of cultural grounding.

And of course, there’s something to be said for the comforts of willful blindness.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:31am
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  1. I suspect the real reason Californians continue to claim an affinity to Obama is that he, like them, is a failure pretending to be a hip success — and that to the majority of Californians, image and perception supersede reality as a form of cultural grounding.

    Must … not … mention … electric … pikachu …

  2. Since we find Herman Cain has more or less disappeared from general coverage in the news media, and with him his message — as intended – subsides as well, it is heartening to find that someone is still aims to get that crucial message out: Stossel on Illegal Everything

    Overbearing tyranny learns quickly that imposing impossible complexity on human beings works very efficiently to sever them from possession of their politics. Who can face the incomprehensible state alone and not be ground to powder?

    Resist.

  3. Must … not …

    Heh

    damn you Darth

    got me all wee wee’d up and I couldn’t contain myself

  4. Overbearing tyranny learns quickly that imposing impossible complexity on human beings works very efficiently to sever them from possession of their politics. Who can face the incomprehensible state alone and not be ground to powder?

    Tell that to the libertarians sdferr

    If you can get them to stop freaking out about imaginary contraception bans and personifications of evil (not Bush) long enough to listen.

  5. I’m not tuned in Ernst. What did I miss?

  6. There’s something positively Oedipal about California, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

  7. At least at one gas station in my area is over $5.00/gal here in sunny CA.

  8. Nothing. Me being snarky about folks more worried about a charicature of Santorum as the kind of busybody who wants to control what you’re doing in the privacy of your bedroom than about Obama.

    Who just so happens to be the kind of busybody who wants to control what you’re doing with your wallet, your career, your vehicle, your health, your diet, etc. etc.

    But since he’s planning on getting to your bedroom last, that somehow makes him less of a crocodile.

  9. I drove home from Chattanooga yesterday. Best price I saw for gas was before I crossed the state line to Georgia. At one place along the interstate diesel was priced $4.039 per gallon, but in other places I saw it as low as $3.699.

    Don’t know how long those lower prices lasted after I saw them. I was just glad my truck burns gasoline.

  10. Oh, and California (The Totalitarian State) can go @#$!! itself, which it would probably enjoy.

  11. California is a strange place.

    It loves jobs, but hates corporations
    It loves housing, but hates developers and landlords
    It loves kids, but condemns them to the worst schools in the nation
    It loves taxes, but hates the wealthy who pay most of them
    It makes it easier to open a pot club or methadone clinic than a Starbucks
    It capriciously negates the expressed will of the people to enforce PC dictates
    It prides itself on it’s diversity, while maintaining a Stalinst one-party regime
    It makes it easier to receive state benefits than get a homeowner remodel permit

  12. I doubt the people you’re talking about, Ernst, are actual libertarians, no matter what they call themselves.

    Either that or what I tend to think of as libertarians are just conservatives who think drugs should be legal.

  13. It loves kids, but condemns them to the worst schools in the nation.

    It’s been that way for how many generations? Might go a long way toward explaining the poll results…

  14. Feh. Everything old is new again. I was reading some stuff about John Dewey the other day and he wrote an article in 1930 about how our Universities are failing our students.

  15. I’m talking about the hands off of my wallet/nose out of my bedroom set, or if you prefer the fiscal conservative/social liberal crowd, whose positions are inconsistent, and (I think) ultimately self-refuting.

    Because the things people do in their bedrooms never stay there.

    (Speaking both broadly and colloquially)

  16. I was reading some stuff about John Dewey the other day and he wrote an article in 1930 about how our Universities are failing our students.

    Well sure. They weren’t churning out progressives!

    That problem they fixed.

  17. It’s not just Universities, Ernst. I have a bunch of old books about childrearing/child psychology from the 30s and there were folks lamenting the sass of kids today.

    Sort of like Socrates did.

  18. Hey! Leave ol’ Soc out of all this asinine modern shit: he had nuttin’ to do with it.

  19. I drove home from Chattanooga yesterday. Best price I saw for gas was before I crossed the state line to Georgia.

    Usually the best gasoline prices were found just across the state line, in Georgia, up until just a few years ago. I’d always buy gas there in that I-24 ‘Georgia Dip’ before heading home.

    Oh, and you still can’t have any of our water. )

  20. Californians are all about the justice

    The Field Poll showed the strongest backing for the tax hike on millionaires, with 63% of voters saying they were inclined to vote yes. Next came Brown’s proposal, a temporary half-cent sales tax increase combined with higher income taxes on the wealthy [ed - $250K], which drew 58% support. But voters appear to reject a broad-based income tax hike proposed by wealthy Los Angeles civil rights lawyer Molly Munger, which received only 45% support, with 48% opposed

    That last one is really broad-based, starting at $7K. So as the point at which these new taxes kick in decreases, support goes down.

    Californians support taxing other people.

  21. If they want to tax millionaires, they could start in Hollywood.

  22. Californians support taxing other people.

    I think you meant to say “Californians support shared sacrifice.”

  23. California; Leading from in-front!

    1st in Municipal bankruptcy (Vallejo) and now doubling-down(Stockton)!!
    Watch out Illinois, we’re gaining on you…..

    http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/24/4288696/city-of-stockton-will-suspend.html

  24. Usually the best gasoline prices were found just across the state line, in Georgia, up until just a few years ago. I’d always buy gas there in that I-24 ‘Georgia Dip’ before heading home.

    My wife lived and worked in Slidell, LA in the early ’90s, and when she drove to Chattanooga that ‘Georgia Dip’ was exactly where she bought gas.

    Some time in the last 15 years or so, Georgia decided its gas taxes were too low, and the prices have been inching up ever since. Just before we went to Cattanooga last weekend the best gas price I could find in our area was in south Fulton County (O_o) — prices here in Coweta County were in the $3.50 range, but a few miles up the road they were still well under $3.50

    Yesterday I filled up just before getting home for $3.559, which was still less than a lot of Coweta stations had been last week, but all the Coweta stations are in the mid-$3.60s.

  25. Heh. Blogad serendipity, just below: “Stronger Grip” just above an illustration of a tightly-gripped .45 ACP.

    Should’ve kept his finger off the trigger, though. Damned amateur.

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