See Joel Kotkin’s wonderful analysis of what is needed to make California’s economy go boom. Koptkin contends that reviving jobs in California the top priority. In contrast of concentrating on dead-ends like high-speed rail, and “green jobs” based on “jaw-droopingly famous” assumptions (Mother Jones), California can jump start its economy by focusing on creating jobs in real industries instead of delusions. His critique of the coastal limousine liberals whose progressive agenda derails true minority representation is sadly dead on.
Instead of delusion, California needs policies that can boost economic growth in precisely those areas – construction, agriculture, manufacturing and energy – with the best prospects for creating good, high-paying jobs for both blue- and white-collar Californians. Yet, right now the Legislature and, even more so, the empowered state apparat, seem determined to do everything they can to strangle an incipient recovery in these industries…
Sparking the revival of these basic industries and higher-wage employment would enhance California’s budget situation over time far more than increasing taxes on the remaining residue of entrepreneurs and professionals. Energy work, in particular, pays high wages, often more than for many tech jobs, and both manufacturing and construction generally provide higher incomes than the low-wage service work that has become the only option for millions of Californians.
This back-to-basics approach could restore California’s aspirational promise, and not only for a favored few in a handful of favored places, but for the majority of our people, from the mountains to the sea.