Again, 46% of people in San Francisco want to leave San Francisco.
And yet the population keeps climbing and 46% of people aren't leaving. I'm not saying that life is hunky-dory. I miss my quirky, artsy city that one could get around relatively easily. I miss having a real gay community before it got shoved out by the tech boom. I miss being able to pop up to the mountains without getting in a traffic jam on the weekends. But these problems are fixable.
And aren't there other problems? CA has a ton of success that conservatives often don't give it credit for, but it is an extremely expensive state to live in (in many places where jobs are anyway), and taxes, while a necessary evil, seem to be pretty damn high
It's expensive because you get what you pay for. I can go to the mountains or go kayaking in the ocean. I have access to a broad range of cultural activities, from the symphony to major DJs and artists coming through to a multitude of ethnic enclaves with their own cultural (and culinary) contributions. Not only that, but no ice scrapers for me, either. My commute to work is gorgeous. People travel from all over the world just to visit my city. So yeah, it's going to cost money. For what I make, I could live like in a mansion in, say, Reno, but every time I went outside... I'd be in Reno.
Another cousin...originally graduated from Stanford, got her MD in Michigan,
That is a very strangely familiar set of credentials.
Yeah, maybe. I think, honestly, either side could moderate and win pretty easily.
Although I'm biased, I try to be as even-handed about these things as possible. One side is trying to maintain a Constitutional republic with norms and laws, with basic civil rights like the right to a trial by jury, separation of powers, equal protection under the law, and the right to vote.
One side has consorted with foreign powers to subvert the democratic process, has done its utmost to stop people from voting and to minimize the impact of those votes when they fail, has completely abdicated oversight and the system of checks and balances, and has, while in control of all three estates of government, managed to bring about multiple Constitutional crises in two short years. Oh, and they've run up the debt in a truly unprecedented manner.
One side is moderate. And that's why they won on Tuesday.
The initial design of the US Federal Government was meant to respect majority rule while protecting minority interests. However, the current status quo is that the interests of one
minority are not only protected but permitted to rule over majority interests. All other minorities, joining into a majority, are completely subjugated. That's why that minority still runs most of the Federal Government. But that is not sustainable. Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. This is a perilous time in our nation's history, and I fear that we may rapidly be approaching the shelf life of this nation as one united country.