September 2, 2015

WHY WALMART IS REDUCING WORKER HOURS, AFTER RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE — AND OTHER LESSONS IN REALITY from Kevin D. Williamson, including this:

“An unprecedented number of Californians left for other states during the last decade, according to new tax-return data from the Internal Revenue Service,” the Sacramento Bee reports. “About 5 million Californians left between 2004 and 2013. Roughly 3.9 million people came here from other states during that period, for a net population loss of more than 1 million people.” A quarter of that net loss was to Texas, where a state income-tax rate of 0.00 percent and low cost of housing stand in contrast with California. That’s not what was supposed to happen.

As Kevin writes, “You can loot California until the only people comfortable living there are too rich to care or too poor to care, but the people between those limits have cars, and they know where the local U-Haul office is.”

Speaking of which:

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RELATED: Since I’ve been meaning to link to this quote for a few days now, and hadn’t yet found a decent hook for it:

People come here thinking of this as the center of innovation and entrepreneurship, and they see a street scene that looks like something out of a Third World country.

— The San Francisco Chronicle on the city’s turd and stench problems

Just pop in the Blu-Ray of Vertigo if you’d like an inadvertent documentary on San Francisco urban aesthetics prior to the arrival of the late ’60s and ’70s.

And if you’d like to hear Kevin explain economics and much much more in December in Texas, just click here.

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