California raised taxes – its economy is booming.
In other words it’s the opposite of Trump’s American ideal.
California is now the capital of liberal America.
Along with its neighbors Oregon and Washington it will be a nation within the nation starting in January when the federal government goes dark.
In sharp contrast to much of the rest of the nation Californians preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a 2-to-1 margin.
They also voted to extend a state tax surcharge on the wealthy and adopt local housing and transportation measures along with a slew of local tax increases and bond proposals.
In other words California is the opposite of Trumpland.
The differences go even deeper.
For years conservatives have been saying that a healthy economy depends on low taxes – few regulations and low wages.
Are conservatives right?
At the one end of the scale are Kansas and Texas – with among the nation’s lowest taxes – least regulations and lowest wages.
At the other end is California with among the nation’s highest taxes – especially on the wealthy – toughest regulations particularly when it comes to the environment – most ambitious healthcare system that insures more than 12 million poor Californians in partnership with Medicaid and high wages.
So according to conservative doctrine Kansas and Texas ought to be booming and California ought to be in the pits.
Actually it’s just the opposite.
For several years Kansas’s rate of economic growth has been the worst in the nation.
Last year its economy actually shrank.