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California To Run Out Of Cash In One Month, Controller Warns

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If anyone is tired of the daily European soap opera with surrealistic tragicomic overtones, they can simply shift their gaze to the 8th largest economy in the world: the insolvent state of California, whose controller just told legislators has just over a month worth of cash left. From the Sacramento Bee: "California will run out of cash by early March if the state does not take swift action to find $3.3 billion through payment delays and borrowing, according to a letter state Controller John Chiang sent to state lawmakers today. The announcement is surprising since lawmakers previously believed the state had enough cash to last through the fiscal year that ends in June." ....uh, oops? But sure, fix the problem of excess debt by more "borrowing" why not. As for the math: "But Chiang said additional cash management solutions are needed because state tax revenues are $2.6 billion less than what Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers assumed in their optimistic budget last year. Meanwhile, Chiang said, the state is spending $2.6 billion more than state leaders planned on." Quick, someone come up with a plan that involves subsidies and tariffs on China, or something else that deflects from what the source of the problem really is. Because the last thing that anyone in America would want to bring up is this thing called "responsibility" for their actions, or, as in now becoming the default case, the lack thereof. And why do that, when time spent so much more productively scapegoating this, and blaming that for one's own massive errors of judgment.

From the Bee:

The Assembly budget committee is considering a bill today that would enable $865 million of borrowing from existing state accounts, Senate Bill 95. Chiang, after consultation with the Department of Finance and state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, is also seeking about $2.4 billion in delayed payments to universities, counties and Medi-Cal, as well as additional borrowing from outside investors.


Absent these actions, the state would fall below its prudent $2.5 billion cash cushion on Feb. 29, Chiang estimated. On March 8, the state would actually end up $730 million in the red. The state would be below the safe cash cushion for several weeks ending April 13, save for several days at the end of March.


With such actions, Chiang believes the state would not have to use IOUs or delay tax refunds, maneuvers that have been relied upon in previous years. But Chiang also said that "more cash solutions may be required if our revenues continue to erode or if disbursements significantly exceed estimates."

So 3 years after Lehman filed for bankruptcy, everyone in the world continues to be terminally insolvent, but because everyone is in the same boat, everyone pretends not to notice and the best thing is just to blame Meredith Whitney for telling it like it is, if not getting the timing quite right? But at least the Fed isn't about to print up a tsunami of dollar-equivalent ones and zeros.


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Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:16 | 2113871 HelluvaEngineer
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* bullish *

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:17 | 2113882 nope-1004
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Again?  Didn't they run out of cash 8 times before?



Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:20 | 2113899 tekhneek
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It's almost like this is going to keep happening over and over and over again.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:47 | 2114074 trav7777
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we simply NEED more Mexicans in california as the budget arc with cradle-to-grave socialism works best the more diversity we have.  It's always the answer.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:50 | 2114098 Clueless Economist
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But Chiang said additional cash management solutions are needed because state tax revenues are $2.6 billion less than what Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers assumed in their optimistic budget last year. Meanwhile, Chiang said, the state is spending $2.6 billion more than state leaders planned on."

As an accredited Keynesian Economist, I applaud this type of planning.  The solution is quite simple, doing some quick calculations California should borrow an additional 5.2 BILLION $

The solution to the debt crisis is more debt.

--Nobel Winner P. Krugman

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:08 | 2114186 VanillAnalyst
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I don't see what the problem is here. Can't Ben just send them a check?

Side question, do pension fund liabilities typically have inflation guards in them? No? Ha ha!

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:15 | 2114222 tekhneek
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Or they could just borrow it from MF Global... oh wait...

Too soon?

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:23 | 2114242 Manthong
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Well, if Mexifornia just drives some more businesses out of the state with additional onerous regulations and laws, maybe they can make up the difference in decreased requirements for state and local services.

Oh, and if they tighten up their firearms control a bit more, they can save from the reduced need for law enforcement. 

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:58 | 2114385 Max Hunter
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I've already seen this movie.. Everything will be just fine.. Until it isn't.. :)

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:06 | 2114425 economics1996
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Let California for its own country.  Adios.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:25 | 2114505 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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If that happened there would be an instant Civil War between NorCal and SoCal.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 19:13 | 2114598 TruthInSunshine
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California is the harbinger of things to come for the rest of the nation, whether what fashions will be trendy, foods will be trendy, and even what financial conditions will be washing over the rest of the nation, like a slow moving weather front, usually with a lag time of 6 months to 18 months, at most.

California will now pay its workers and contractors with worthless IOUs, and they'll probably dish out state income tax refunds with worthless IOUs, also, just like before, while demanding Uncle Ben Bernanke's toilet paper for payment from the debt serfs.

California also has the world's 8th largest economy, about the size of Italy's - but much of its valuation is derived from real estate and REs associated services, so there's PLENTY of fake numbers there with further room to fall - again, much in common with Italy there too, financially speaking.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 20:22 | 2114855 Xkwisetly Paneful
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Their credit rating like Illinois is on par with corp junk.

Why they refuse to open casinos and instead let all of that money flee to Nevada is mind boggling.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 21:29 | 2115066 Michael
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I'm just glad California has the Democrat Governor Jerry Brown to solve all their problems for them.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 06:43 | 2115775 StychoKiller
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You most definitely get the Govt you deserve, especially if You're California!

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 02:05 | 2115623 Hans Gruber 1962
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Just moved my company to Nevada at the end of last year.......gee, I hope I wasn't the straw that broke the ...................RIP CA!!!

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:21 | 2114243 VanillAnalyst
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Too late.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:47 | 2114344 Thomas
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California State Motto: At least we're not Illinois.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:11 | 2114446 Manthong
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Must have lifted that from Illinois: At least we're not California.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:59 | 2114585 beachdude
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Original California State Motto: At least we're not Mexico. Oh... wait... uh...

Have lived at the SoCal beaches my entire life. There were bumper stickers in the '80 that were wildly popular that read:


I'm thinking about producing some and re-introducing them. Think I'll be called a racist?

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 19:15 | 2114660 Cpl Hicks
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Forget about the stickers- with a name like 'beachdude' you've got to be a recist.

How can you be so insensitive?

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 20:49 | 2114935 stocktivity
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probably....and your tires will be slashed.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 22:09 | 2115198 He_Who Carried ...
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...and the women taken....  Gov. Arnie was right. He saw it comin'...

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 02:27 | 2115641 Mr.Bigfoot
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I was born and raised in CA.  Made the smartest move of my life by moving to Texas.  As they say around here..., "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!"

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 06:44 | 2115776 StychoKiller
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Dang!  When Sasquatch deserts ya, you're close to rock-bottom! :>D

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 19:27 | 2118235 beachdude
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The bumper stickers were a commentary on overcrowding. L.A. population exploded in the '80's and there was a strong reaction from those who had been here in the '60's and '70's.

This time it would be a commentary against the "Reconquista". Look it up. I'll live alongside anyone, but remember...

This is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, not Meh-hico. Close the borders and form a line for immigration.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 19:46 | 2114760 Red Raspberry
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Chicago says...


With the G8 and NATO conferences this summer, and the increase in fines, speed cameras and dog registrations we will cover Illinois.....

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:49 | 2114353 Thomas
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BTW-Big state; lots of electoral votes no problem.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:13 | 2114468 Manthong
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Same with Illinois..  and if the U.I.C. (Usurper-In-Chief) can spring billions for cronies and their bogus green companies, he can spot CA and IL enough to keep them good untill the election.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 22:08 | 2115192 swamp
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UIC = He, can't do a damn thing. It's OUR money. OUR money. 

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 10:36 | 2116126 Kobe Beef
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Technically it's the Fed's money. It's just our FUTURE being tossed down the drain.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 10:40 | 2116136 Kobe Beef
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Dont forget the Cash for Bastards & Anchors for Aliens federal transfers to CA & IL. That's a lot of spending.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:57 | 2114384 Whiner
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Corzine ( just bundled $550M for Obummer ) and The Squid are to ba called in for solution with currency swaps involving Caleefornya IOUs and Greek drachmas. No need to borrow more, Gov Moonbeam.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 06:56 | 2115784 Caggge
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Better yet, Cali could hired MF globals accountants. They can make all the debt vaporize.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 06:56 | 2115786 Caggge
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Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:08 | 2114189 Comay Mierda
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only one way to a budget surplus in CA - legalize weed, tax the shit out of it

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:37 | 2114309 Matt
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only one way to a budget surplus in CA - spend less than you collect in taxes.

There, FTFY.

EDIT: WTF, strike-through shows on edit but not when posted?!

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:46 | 2114341 Financial_Guard...
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Same thing happens to me.

I like the strike-through, wish I could use it.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:56 | 2114379 PrintPressPimpin
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Oakland decided to take that plan and run with it... It was great revenues and business streamed into Oakland.. Oakland was called oaksterdam for a reason!! my gf got a card and its almost comical going to the dispensaries. Theres no reason too..  You can save almost 50% by using the web..  Unfortunately it looks like obongo and co are taking in interest in harassing our 215 patients.  As a result the state and municipalities are probagbly looking at some decreased revenues from prop 215 mj compared to last year..  Part of the beauty of the 215 legislation is it allows awesome sites like budtrader and craigslist to be able to post p2p adds offering medical mj.   So far it seems legit selling clones, bud, hash etc on what is essentially the black market as long as you have a card... if you live in ca you should check it out shits so cash.. unlike the IOUs the state is going to be handing out to its workers..

Tue, 04/24/2012 - 06:59 | 2369275 casamader
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 No amount of reshuffling the cards or rearranging the deck chairs will refloat this barge.  All Ponzis have a shelf life.  Ca is at it's end.  Hey, maybe it's time to raise taxes.  casas prefabricadas

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 19:19 | 2114673 Cpl Hicks
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Think about it.

If you tax the shit out of weed you're still going to have the smugglers and the illegal growers.

I know I won't shut down my distribution network.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 20:38 | 2114903 FrankDrakman
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If you tax the shit out of weed you're still going to have the smugglers and the illegal growers.

Oh, please. You could use the same argument for booze, but where are all the illegal distillers? Oh, right..

The gov't just sets the initial price low relative to today's market to eliminate the windfall profits, meanwhile jacking up sentences and fines for black market sales. Once the dealers have virtually disappeared, gov't slowly ratchets up the price.

We saw the same thing here in Canada for a while with smokes. The gov't taxed them so much, black market smokes started appearing (supplied by Indians - er, aboriginal Canadians - who aren't subject to our federal duties), sold out of the backs of vans or under the counter. A few well publicized $10,000 fines later, the black market smokes virtually vanished. When your profit is only $5 on 200 smokes, why bother taking the chance?

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:24 | 2114262 NumberNone
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Wed, 02/01/2012 - 06:40 | 2115773 StychoKiller
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Pretty sure that Illinois will be happy to lend them some scratch...:>D

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:32 | 2114299 Matt
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Or Hong Kong / Taiwan Chinese: just adapt the municipal plan to State level, buy $100,000 in State bonds, get a green card.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 21:20 | 2115042 Van Halen
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What California needs is a (now estimated to be $100 billion) high-speed choo-choo!

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:37 | 2114010 Poetic injustice
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Hey, if you get paid every time you ask for more money, who would refuse to do it again and again?
I mean, it's not like there would be austerity measures and restructuring required.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:28 | 2114282 I Got Worms
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The smuggest, most pretentious motherfucker I know lives in San Francisco - I would love to hear reports of him having to take a crap in a 5 gallon bucket and lug it around the Presidio when his municipal water gets shut off.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:52 | 2114361 sgorem
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i first thought you were talking about Nancy "the pig" Piglosi", no? fuck californicate!

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:53 | 2114112 Uncle Remus
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It's almost like this is going to keep happening over and over and over again.

When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide
Where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride
Till I get to the bottom and I see you again.


Look out helter skelter
She's coming down fast.
Yes she is.
Yes she is

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 19:21 | 2114680 Cpl Hicks
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The one-time theme song of Charlie and the Family.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 06:48 | 2115780 StychoKiller
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Manson is probably ROTFLHAO!

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:09 | 2114192 BLOTTO
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Thats because history is merely repeating itself.

Nothing New, Under the Sun...

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:54 | 2114368 greensnacks
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Just wait until the federal government actually cuts their spending and delivers less tax revenue to California. Then it will happen all over again ... a few more times.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:41 | 2114549 Muddy1
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As for the math: "But Chiang said additional cash management solutions are needed because state tax revenues are $2.6 billion less than what Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers assumed in their optimistic budget last year. Meanwhile, Chiang said, the state is spending $2.6 billion more than state leaders planned on."  As Californicate goes so goes the US.

Today the word from the CBO is that FY2012 and FY2013 US GDP will be lower than expected, and much lower than the 5% Obummer predicted in his deficit reduction efforts/economic growth forecasts for future FY's.  FY2013 GDP is expected to be 1%, due to implementation of Obamacare.  We are screwed.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 01:16 | 2115565 derek_vineyard
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The RAN's needed as a bridge will probably yield approx 1% .......... reflecting the huge appetite for fixed income from a quality (lol) source

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 15:20 | 2117322 robertsgt40
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Memo to Chaing: No amount of reshuffling the cards or rearranging the deck chairs will refloat this barge.  All Ponzis have a shelf life.  Ca is at it's end.  Hey, maybe it's time to raise taxes.  Can't wait to see how you protect Fort Hollywood 

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:21 | 2113905 CvlDobd
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I was wondering why PCK was at 52 week highs today. Because it's opposite day, duh!

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:03 | 2114170 The trend is yo...
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Pimco's so smart they have none of the crappy issues, they figured out a way to hedge against everything

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:52 | 2114108 LookingWithAmazement
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Indeed. Panic for nothing. As ever.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:26 | 2114269 EvlTheCat
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Watch out everyone there is a speed bump here...

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:59 | 2114396 kito
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@looking...clearly you are not familiar with that whole exponential growth thingee, where it looks like nothing is happening, until it actually happens. many extinct civilizations have followed your logic....... you should check out chris martensons fenway park will really like the part where fenway park is 93 percent empty after 45 minutes of doubling drops of water from an eyedropper every minute, yet at the 49th minute, the ENTIRE PARK IS FILLED WITH WATER. keep sitting there Lookingwithamazement, keep sitting there...........

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:32 | 2114527 Garth
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That's the "physics" scenaro with no other people in the park.  With real people in the park you have to consider what they will do and plan to leave before it's too late to get out due to others trying to get out block the paths to the exits.

That's when (or before) the first puddle shows up in the field.

Consider that at 49 minutes - 1 minute the park is already half full, -2 minutes 1/4 full, -3 minutes 1/8 full...

Where are we in this -- should you be out already?

Where's the exit?


Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:12 | 2114444 CrashisOptimistic
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The big problem occurred about a month ago.  The state's autotrigger cuts activated when revenue came in low.  They were required to chop $1 billion from MediCal, by law (it was in the budget agreement of July).

The state did the chop as required by law.  MediCal patients sued to prevent the chop.

AND THEY WON.  About 700 million dollars.

The court forced California to spend that money.  The ruling was that the chop would decrease MediCal care levels below Federal requirements.

That money doesn't exist.  The state is appealing the ruling, but that was the opening shot of the war between judges and mathematics, and that ruling is presently in force.

THAT is why they are coming up short today.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:18 | 2114482 JLee2027
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And here we have the end of socialism.  Courts have no business deciding budget matters like this, and should not be involved. They will ALWAYS side with the "injured" party and not the taxpayer.  

I would called the Judge and told him to send me 700 million or drop dead.  His order is unforceable.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 19:20 | 2114675 CrashisOptimistic
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Nope.  The judge can command that Federal guidelines be complied with.

The correct response is not to defy a judge's order.

It is to defund any court efforts that hear suits against the state of Calif.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 19:57 | 2114792 Janice
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Well, it looks like stacking the courts with liberal judges will come back to bite you in the butt. Looks like Arthur left just in time.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:27 | 2114511 J 457
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End the PROP 13 nightmare and CA. would bridge the budget gap.  Can't have granny living in her $2mm San Jose mansion paying a thousand a year in taxes while everyone else pays 1-1.5%.  Brown was supposed to fix this and the unions, but just like Obama, hasn't touched the politically charged issues. 

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 19:47 | 2114766 Arcturus
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I guess you bought at the top!


Not every granny is living in an overpriced McMansions in fact I would say most are not. But, that sure does help with your lame argument about prop 13. 

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 21:01 | 2114980 Rearranging Dec...
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Not just Granny. Remember there is a parent child reassesment exclusion alah Prop 58 of primary residence plus a million of assessed value by gift or bequest. So Granny's spoiled kids can just move in and pay the same lowball taxes growing glacially capped by Prop 13. 


And the plus a million means that if Granny had the foresight to own any apartment buildings or income producing property then kiddies get that without triggering a reassesment so long as the net value is under a million.


Prop 13 was well intentioned to help keep grannie from being reassesed ( taxed) out of her home. But what it and its progeny have turned into is a total distortion of the market.  Add in a step up in basis and a $5 million applicable exclusion amount (from estate / gift taxes)[ $10 million per couple] and well it pays to be a California native with parents or grandparents who have been there forever and happen to own real estate. Totally farked up.


Someday soon maybe California will do something sensible like bifurcate primary residence from income producing property with regards to Prop 13 and Prop 58.


The most absurd result of Prop 13 is Disneyland v. Universal Studios. I think Disneyland per acre is assessed at 20X the value per square foot as Universal Studios because of change of control/ ownership rules.  How'd you like to compete in the same industry with a radically different carryign cost structure?


Tue, 01/31/2012 - 23:20 | 2115388 J 457
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Actually, I once sold at the top.  But that has nothing to do with Prop 13.  If you owned property and paid property taxes you would understand.  Why should one person in house A that bought 20 years ago and uses the same services as everyone else pay less than someone that bought five years ago and uses the same services.  There is no reason for the disparity.    Talk to your dad, he can fill you in.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 22:19 | 2115225 swamp
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Yeah, that's the answer, hate on grandma, not the spendaholic law makers who booted up YOUR taxes for their pensions.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 20:35 | 2114896 Chuck Walla
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They know the scam. Obama wants to be re-elected. He won't get Cali if it spins down the crapper. ergo, somehow, someway, everybody must bail out Cali. Its like Germany being forced to bail out Greece because there is a super-meister over the whole thing with a media ready to perform fellatio at his whim.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 21:11 | 2115011 TeMpTeK
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Meredith Whitney call.... was  a lil premature

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:38 | 2113997 ACP
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I wonder if the local restaurants will start accepting IOUs.

Or maybe the retired state workers can kick in some of their $200k pensions to help out. BWAHAHAAA, that was a joke. The part where they would help out.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:43 | 2114051 MayerRothschild
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Technically if they are accepting paper money, they are already accepting IOUs

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:59 | 2114150 tekhneek
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Ohhh Rothschild spreadin' the wisdom FTMFW

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:15 | 2114221 Zero Govt
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it's amazing isn't it... the most inept and incompetent career in global history, the political class, and we vote them in as our 'leaders'

God built humans with a marble short

absolutely bloody mindless we continue this rotting sham called Govt

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 22:21 | 2115231 swamp
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No, I never voted a one of them as my "leader" and I don't subscribe to the propaganda lingo. They are servants, but brainwashed you call them leaders.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 18:09 | 2117927 prole
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Have you lost contact with reality?

Or perhaps your job is killing people at our master's whim, so you doing a little self-justification?

I'm just asking because I don't see how you could make such an absurd comment perhaps I missed the sarcasm I'm not so sharp.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:35 | 2113999 pkea
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Does anyone perceive that the top is in a week or so in and after that it's a free fall starting in march?


the muni market burst could be that long neglected last straw/ black swan. Just because everyone think that they will get the money they won't... of course, it will be not the only problem in the world, just the impulse. Iran, Russia, China, israel, the EU, the US, Japan. Who doesn't have a BIG  problem now....

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:41 | 2114034 HelluvaEngineer
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Yeah, always another 30 days away...

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:49 | 2114086 Cdad
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It's a darn good thing the US equity market has absolutely zero forward looking vision.  I think it trades exactly 30 seconds in front of its last step.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:15 | 2114472 CrashisOptimistic
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It trades based on headline reading algorithms.  There is nothing in the algorithm telling the computer that California is relevant to the HFT battle with the other guy's computer.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:56 | 2114141 Eireann go Brach
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Sell all the illegal US trained mexican workers back to Mexico to raise money!

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:27 | 2114274 Matt
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$2.6 Billion revenue shortfall, so we need to borrow $3.3 Billion .... hmm.

$700 million kickback?

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 03:57 | 2115706 Oppressed In Ca...
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Burn Baby, burn....this is what Socialism produces.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:32 | 2113873 Manthong
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Heck, anybody can run short of cash from time to time..

At least they have been fiscally responsible up to this point.

And a month is FOREVER in the mind of a comptroller.


Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:16 | 2113878 tekhneek
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Just raise your debt ceiling, California. All is well.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:27 | 2113946 monopoly
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Good idea. Too bad only countries can do that. States must balance their budget each year. And that is a joke.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:32 | 2113969 alien-IQ
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Time for a Barbra Streisand benefit concert. Perhaps with a Bette Midler/Barry Manilow reunion as an opening act.

That'll fix it.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:55 | 2114129 Uncle Remus
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Herb brownies...

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:30 | 2114292 Manthong
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More casinos..  new lottery games..  hiring incentives for the porn industry.. legalize brothels.. state stores for weed and crack.

It's California for God's sake.. what ways to generate new revenue could be more obvious?

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 20:30 | 2114881 UP Forester
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Do they still allow their EBT/SNAP cards to withdraw cash at casino ATMs?

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:29 | 2114287 I Got Worms
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Take it easy on Barry Manilow - he recently went all in for Dr. Paul.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:54 | 2114367 alien-IQ
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Well, I gotta like that about him.

But let's be honest...his music is a GITMO-like experience.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 20:32 | 2114890 UP Forester
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"It's the hottest spot South of Havana

"Heeere, at the Gitmo-, Gitmo-Cabaaaanaaa.

"Torture and Splashin'

"Is always the Passion

"At the Gitmo-, Gitmo-Cabaaaaanaaaa,


"Rush fell in Love....."

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 18:12 | 2117948 prole
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If there are any drones up could they just shoot me now?

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:17 | 2113879 GeneMarchbanks
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'But at least the Fed isn't about to print up tsunami of dollar-equivalent ones and zeros.'

Wheeeeew! I was totally worried there for a sec.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:18 | 2113883 monopoly
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Why do I feel like I am on a planet where there is no accountability, no responsibility and no adults. This is all surreal. But I am not surprised. Wail till Tyler checks out Nevada. We are beyond hope, and we have Harry. Ugh!

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:20 | 2113900 HelluvaEngineer
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I am Governor Jerry Brown
My aura smiles
And never frowns
Soon I will be president...

Carter Power will soon go away
I will be Fuhrer one day
I will command all of you
Your kids will meditate in school
Your kids will meditate in school!

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:29 | 2113955 LouisDega
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Ill take Going to California by Led Zeppelin

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:41 | 2114043 weimdog
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Your kids will worship gays in school

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 23:49 | 2115459 Sheriff Douchen...
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That's no joke. Whilst the financial picture continues to deteriorate..Jerry is getting the kids educated on gayness. I guess it's all ok from an MSM perspective then.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:07 | 2114185 Denver768
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Enjoying the Dead Kennedy's homage.   I'll be singing that to myself for the rest of the day now.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:34 | 2113992 lasvegaspersona
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"Home means Nevada" everyone sing along, it is our state song, kind on in a sad minor key, Harry does a nice cowboy poet version...ask him

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 20:39 | 2114906 Chuck Walla
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Yeah, Nevada takes a Harry one regular.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:36 | 2113888 pkea
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Could be Meridith right at last? There are some signs that the time has FINALLY come.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:54 | 2114124 WonderDawg
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She's been right all along. Her only mistake as being early on the timeline. Made her look foolish last year, but those of us who actually look at reality knew all along it was only a matter of time.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:58 | 2114149 john39
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correct... very hard to have anticipated the cabal's ability to manipulate and forstall the inevitable...

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:34 | 2114304 Jena
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Today, about 5,800 Riverside County, California SEIU members (social workers, accountants and nurses) are conducting a one day strike to protest salary and benefit reductions that would help close an estimated $80 billion gap in the operating budget and an unfunded pension liability of $540 million.  The workers are being asked to contribute 3% of their pension costs this year, an additional 3% next year and a further 2% in the year after that for a total of 8%.  An average union member makes $43,000. 

Riverside County's jobless rate is currently 12.5 %, down from 12.8% compared to the statewide rate of 11.1%. 

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:30 | 2114521 LasVegasDave
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collective bargaining should be outlawed.

You can fire the CEO but you cant get rid of union workers.

why pay a union worker $40 per hour when you can hire three able, willing and competent workers for the same price.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:50 | 2114572 Jena
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I think at some point the 'tax the rich' mantra will come to include the public worker sector.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 19:04 | 2114616 blunderdog
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collective bargaining should be outlawed.

Hell yeah, even for the shareholders.  Owners of a company have no business determining how the business is run.


Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:19 | 2113891 LongSoupLine
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Quick, reopen Sutter's Mill!!  Find that gold...(or report to the "media" of a gold find and leverage some "futures").

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:30 | 2113959 NumberNone
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Just confiscate Facebook shares as they go public, much quicker than all that messy mine stuff. 

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:21 | 2113907 sabra1
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so, you're telling me that cali-fornians don't have bank accounts that can be pillfered?

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:41 | 2114033 Poetic injustice
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I remember seeing link couple of months ago.
Instead of cleaning accounts, they go for "forgotten" bank vaults, cleaning everything of value out.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:25 | 2113911 Evil Bugeyes
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No problem! According to RetroTrader, the muni market is red hot now.

There will be plenty of money for that $100 billion high-speed rail from SF to LA.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:29 | 2114288 Matt
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I understand cost overruns, and all low-ball bids always go over budget, but from $9 Billion to $100 Billion? That's a tad bit out of control.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 20:42 | 2114916 Chuck Walla
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I understand cost overruns, and all low-ball bids always go over budget, but from $9 Billion to $100 Billion? That's a tad bit out of control.


Not if your friends and contributors are doing the billing!

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:22 | 2113913 sheeple2012
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better use whatever cash they have left to stock up on pepper spray

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:22 | 2113914 SgtSchultz
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Why not just charge an exit fee for all those taxpayers fleeing the state to get one last massive cash infusion.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:58 | 2114146 nope-1004
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Then no one would leave.  lol.


Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:28 | 2113918 bob_dabolina
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One of the most liberal states in ze union. 

You guys catching the trend with liberals and socialism? Keep voting those fuckers in CA

Someone pull a daily of VCTIX or CMF

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:32 | 2113972 Debeachesand Je...
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Isn't that the truth,just about every Liberal State has run out of smoke and mirrors and it's time to pay the "fiddler".

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:44 | 2114060 Citxmech
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Because all those "conservative" states are such a bastions of financial fortitude?

Give me a break.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:49 | 2114091 Poetic injustice
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Citxmech, you meant:

Give me a tax break.
/snicker snicker

I do agree that dividing states this way makes not much sense. It's matter of funds, national resources and other things.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:02 | 2114167 Joseph Jones
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Disclosure: at the national level I'd prefer both parties be banned for at least 50 years. 

Conversely, at the state level, maybe not.  Utah, largely Rep., has $.5 B surplus.

I detest the pro-war LDS stance that permeats most of Utah.  But Utahans and LDS do better with money than California lunatics/thieves.  Far better.

Incidentally (hint, hint, Romney) LDS theology is that the USA must protect physical Israel against any threat, same as evangelistic churchianity (AKA Zionist Christianity) in general.   

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 21:05 | 2114995 Calmyourself
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Stop it your confusing them next you will mention ND, Wisconsin, Utah etc.. 

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:09 | 2114436 Whiner
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Do the Red state v. Blue state analysis and get back to us.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 20:49 | 2114925 Chuck Walla
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"Because all those "conservative" states are such a bastions of financial fortitude?

Give me a break."



Yeah, Indiana has a surplus and Wisconsin is now LOWERING property taxes. What a bunch of fucking phonies. Meanwhile, Michigan still offers up the Liberal Progressive paradise of social justice, all the programs and high taxes as a model for America. We call it Detroit.  Its working so well, Michigan is thinking they wil have to take it over. Conyers calls it racist. Everyone else calls it Socialists vote buyers run amok.


Oh, I think Carolina has jobs.  How's Illinois doing?

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:56 | 2114376 CaptainObvious
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Yeah, I was thinking to myself as I read this article, "So, how's that socialism working out for you, California?"  Yet they keep voting in more social programs and taxing the hell out of businesses.  Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.  California leaders are certifiably insane.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:30 | 2114520 Manthong
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Erin Brokovich should investigate the water in Sacramento.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:23 | 2113919 apberusdisvet
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I wonder is they have already raided CALPERS?

So sorry, Mr/Mrs public 20-and-out servant living large on $150k, your monthly check has been reduced to that of the average SS recipient.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:35 | 2114000 Bay Area Guy
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I'm pretty sure that was tried under Ahhhhhnold and the State Supreme Court slapped him down pretty hard on it.  That was one of the many times Ahhhhhnold ended up issuing IOU's in place of tax refunds, welfare checks and the like.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:08 | 2114188 Joseph Jones
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Ditto, my recollection from past residence there at that time.  CA or Fed Supremes?  My memory is CA.

Born, raised, worked, and lived in CA for first 50+ years.  Would not live in that poop hole again for anything.  

Driving back and forth visiting CA, west bound on I-80, the moment you cross from NV to CA the pavement changes almost instantly at the state line from pretty smooth (NV) to pure, utter, 3rd world dog poop (CA).  

"Very interesting," as Sgt. Schultz was fond of saying.   

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 22:14 | 2115211 Bringin It
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that was tried under Ahhhhhnold


You will need to figure out how to get blood from a stone, because that's what it's coming to.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 22:17 | 2115217 Bringin It
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The Ponzi will claw back the public pensions through default or inflation.  The Ponzi must be served.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:51 | 2114099 Raymond K Hessel
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Check to see how much in local munis they own.  That is how confiscation works in the US.  

  • The state issues debt, takes savers' cash, and buys the debt.  
  • The cash from the debt goes to pay for social justice programs.  

This is how moderates have figured out how to transfer wealth from the productive segments of society to non-productive segments without triggering alarms about fascist takeovers.  

It's called boiling the frog.  

It would be a nice graphic to see how much govt pension funds have invested in munis and treasuries over time.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:15 | 2114223 Joseph Jones
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Several years ago NPR quoted the percentage of state revenues toward social programs, CA vs. national average.  CA, IIRC, was about 7x the national average.

I know more people suckling on federal aid (SSI, disability) than not.  Many if not all could otherwise do something with their hands...put a mop in someone's hands with a "clean floor or no food" rule...look at the clean floor. 

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:16 | 2114477 Whiner
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Been going on for a long, long time. My first secretary got busted there in 1970 for drugs, faked termination and went on unemployment letting Caleefornya pay it's own fine in installments. Worked like a charm. It takes a long time to bankrupt a state or nation relative to a biz, but when it happens, eet happen berry, berry pronto. Don't laugh. You and I will pay it back through fed income taxes.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:42 | 2114048 Poetic injustice
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I'd buy that for a dollar.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:22 | 2114248 Joseph Jones
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$1M CA residence = $1k/mo, $12k/annual property tax + Mello-Roos taxes + many other potential local add-on fees. 

SUCH A DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DA GOLDEN STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:07 | 2114427 PrintPressPimpin
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In so much of the Golden state the home owner is the golden goose.   They push hard for that dream of owning a 4000 square foot lot in the suburbs so you can pay the property tax, water power etc...anyone buying a house to live in the suburbs right now is buying into servitude. How things have changed... Think about that same little 1.5 acre lot with the well on it and beater mobile home now and ten years ago..  clearly its much more desirable today if you are trying to get out of the system

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:34 | 2113985 NotApplicable
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Gee, looks like lots of people like her. I wonder who her daddy is?

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