"If you like foreign oil, you're going to love foreign food." Shawn Coburn, Farmer in California's San Joaquin Valley.
California is on the verge of a political crisis, and at the risk of sounding shrill, maybe even revolution. The state simply cannot continue to fund its liabilities with the tax proceeds of its economy, irrespective of how many emergency sessions the legislature is called into. Central planning didn't work in the former Soviet Union, and it won't work in the People's Republic of Berkley, either. MASSIVE cuts in services are in the cards for California. Add to this the unintended consequence of an unevenly distributed population on our political framework - resulting in California (population nearly 40 MILLION) receiving the same representation in the U.S. Senate as Wyoming (population nearly 500 THOUSAND). Does anybody think that this will remain acceptable with Californians when the population reaches 50, 60, or 100 MILLION? Or even that it is acceptable now? I love and value the freedoms and protections granted me by our Constitution, but I cannot envision that our founder's contemplated this issue.
California supplies the vast majority of the rest of the country's vegetables (not speaking of Corn & Wheat). Unfortunately, California has a water crisis that would be nearly impossible to solve even if level headed, rational folks were setting policy, but this is the Left Coast. Level headed pragmatists are in short supply.