by John Rubino, Dollar Collapse:
California and Texas were, until very recently, the two best US states. The former is the richest and highest-profile, and home to Silicon Valley and Hollywood, while the latter is both huge and the place to which millions of Californians want to move.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that as these two go, so goes the country. Which is why the past few years have been such a blow to America’s “leader of the free world” self-image.
First, California fell into a fiery abyss where its ludicrous car-centric, stupidity-tolerant culture was exposed as an epic mistake. See Welcome To The Third World, Part 30: California Burning In The Dark. Also this and this.