Welcome to the Hotel California, Where You Can Check Out, but You Can Never Leave


    by Robert Spencer, PJ Media:

    It really is a lovely place, California, but it’s so disastrously misgoverned now that the Left has gained total control over the state that it’s no surprise that people want to flee it as quickly as they can. Now, however, it turns out that the Eagles’ Don Henley and Glenn Frey saw something coming that the rest of the world missed: in their notorious 1977 song “Hotel California,” they say: “You can check out any time you like / But you can never leave.”

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    That wasn’t just some nightmare scenario of the coked-out beautiful people in Malibu; it was a foretaste of a new proposal from California’s Marxist party, a.k.a. the Democrats. You can hate California’s nanny-state socialism, high taxes, rampant homelessness, and ever-rising crime, but if you’ve ever lived there, you could be subsidizing it all for the rest of your life. Yes, even if you escape.

    Fox News reported Monday that “California lawmakers are pushing legislation that would impose a new tax on the state’s wealthiest residents — even if they’ve already moved to another part of the country.” So you see, if you are unfortunate enough to be living in San Francisco and don’t want to be made to finance the city’s insane new scheme to give five million dollars in “reparations” to its black residents, it may already be too late to dodge that particular socialist bullet. You can check out and go to Idaho, or Arizona, or even sunny, free, DeSantis-ruled but incomparably more humid Florida, but the California taxman will hunt you down and knock on your door anyway. You can check out, my friend, but no, you can never leave.

    Assemblyman Alex Lee, whom Fox News identifies as a “progressive Democrat,” as if we might have mistaken him for an America-First patriot, “last week introduced a bill in the California State Legislature that would impose an extra annual 1.5% tax on those with a ‘worldwide net worth’ above $1 billion, starting as early as January 2024.” See, ex-Californians? You have nothing, nothing whatsoever, to worry about. If you’re not a billionaire, you don’t have the slightest reason to worry about rogue agents from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration breaking down your front door at 4 a.m. and frog-marching you to the nearest ATM so you can do your bit to fund their latest mad scheme to confiscate even more of the dwindling number of remaining Californians’ hard-earned dough. You’re free and clear, no? No.

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