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California Finally Finishes in the Top Ten

California Finally Finishes in the Top Ten

By with Michael R. Shannon Saturday, 03 February 2018 10:44 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Regular readers know I’ve been trying to warn — in vain I might add — the mini-potentates in Sacramento that their anti-business, high-tax policies are driving California into the ditch. To buttress my case I often list California’s rankings in various surveys of business friendliness, tax burden, and retirement possibilities. None of the rankings are good and some are downright shocking.

Consequently, it’s only fair that now I report on a ranking of the 50 states where California finally manages to claw its way into the top ten. The list comes from a website called the Thrillist and the criteria for judging is idiosyncratic to say the least.

This may be why a California, a state run by idiots, did so well.

The two authors incorporated an almost existential rating system, in their words, “Is the loose-meat sandwich greater than the Juicy Lucy? Is Tonya Harding worse than Skip Bayless? Where does one locate Delaware on a map?”

The loser, and a state that’s finished much higher in other surveys on which I’ve reported, was Florida. Without going into much detail, or in fact any detail, Florida was ranked 50th with the summary, “Florida’s awfulness resume is so staggeringly impressive that it couldn’t go any other way. You were born for this. Embrace it.”

Arizona, another typically high-ranking state was 47th. The description: “AZ is also home to golf pros playing the Web.com Tour, and college students whose parents don’t seem to mind paying down the credit card balance on tribal tattoos.”

Just escaping the bottom ten, at 40th, was Nebraska, summed up with: “[Nebraska] where your grandpa gets his mail-order steaks, and where the good citizens see a football coach and say 'now THAT guy should be in Congress.'”

Then there were a bunch of other places whose residents are on their own if they want to find out how Thrillist slammed their state, because I want to get to California.

We came in at number 9. This represents a vast improvement. Sort of. Even the authors say, “You probably thought you’d be higher, didn’t you California?...You figured because you have world-famous celebrities like Ethan Embry, Tyler Posey, and Jake Busey that we would just succumb to the tidal wave of collective talent and throw you in the top spot?”

In a word, no. Surprisingly enough, the authors took points away because of problems that I have long bemoaned. I had no idea we had so much in common. Their telling justification for giving California a relative downgrade was, “Your expansive land mass coupled with your anger-inducing 2:30pm traffic jams, weird subcultures of people vain on the outside (Hollywood) and on the inside (Silicon Valley), and potentially apocalyptic future have to be factored in.”

So, giant traffic jams, giant egos, and giant earthquakes all cost the state points. Which is what I’ve been saying, more or less, all along.

And the winner? This was truly surprising. Thrillist chose Michigan, in spite of Detroit. I guess what put the state over the top was, “Did you know most residents are more than happy to apologize for Kid Rock?”

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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