I’m reading reading Reagan – What Was He Really Like by Curtis Patrick, and I’m reminded that the California that Reagan took over had a lot in common with America today. Out of control spending leading to a huge deficit. Over regulation and onerous state interference in the lives of its citizens. And it amazes at what he did as governor to turn that state around and make it a place you’d want to live.
Today California is in the same mess that Reagan found it in back in the mid-1960’s, and has a governor Brown more concerned with his grand ideas than he is with making the state a decent place to live and work. This report shows that California is, along with New York and New Jersey, one of the most “unfree” states in the country, “California ‘aggressively interferes in the personal lives of its citizens’ and ‘needs to cut government spending.’”
Unfortunately for those of us who want to see California rise again, while it has another Governor Brown there is no Governor Reagan on the horizon.