Sept. 12, 2014, "Nevada Governor signs $1.3 billion tax break package for electric car maker Tesla," Reuters, Sandra Chereb
Sept. 11, 2014, "Why Borders Matter," Breitbart, Calif. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
"Borders matter. That became crystal clear this past week, when Tesla
picked a location just over the border in Nevada, instead of locating
its new battery factory in its largest market, California. The
regulatory and tax burden is significantly lower just over that
Where California is punitive, Nevada is welcoming.
Borders matter. Just ask anyone who lives in a city, a town, a country dominated by ISIS. Once the Islamic Jihadists take over, they
have a simple plan: convert or die. It’s that simple. If you live in an
area inside of their control, you are not free to practice or not
practice your religion. Sharia law becomes the law of the land. That is
exactly what our Founders wanted to prevent: state-sponsored religion
dictating every aspect of your life.
Borders matter,. If they didn’t, then Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi wouldn’t
be locked up in a Mexican jail for making a wrong turn, which put him
in violation of Mexico’s intolerant gun laws.
In spite of the fact that
the Mexican government has no respect for our border and our laws, they
take theirs very seriously.
Just look at the way they enforce their
southern border, and how vigorously they protect their right to vote. Voter ID laws in Mexico are some of the toughest on the planet. Funny, no one calls them racist for wanting to safeguard against fraud in
The only place borders don’t seem to matter is here, in California.
If our government took our borders seriously, we wouldn’t allow the
Mexican military to repeatedly cross over without penalty. After all,
they are usually armed with fully automatic so-called "assault weapons,”
which are illegal under California’s “assault-weapon” ban. If our
government respected our own Southern border the way the Mexicans
respect their Southern border, everyone who crosses illegally would be
arrested, fined, and deported. Mexico does not offer to pay for K-12
education or healthcare for illegal aliens, nor does it give its
citizens' university seats to students in their country illegally, nor
does it pass laws to carve out exemptions for them from virtually every
law that applies to Mexican citizens.
There are consequences for governments who ignore their borders. For
California, the consequences make headlines on the nightly news, as one
after another major company leaves California for a friendlier business
It has become the stuff of late-night jokes. While we import millions
of poor people needing government assistance, we export jobs and
opportunity to places like Mexico and China. If you are a Californian
and you want more control over your business, your capital and your
pursuit of happiness, the fastest way to achieve that is to move out of
California. It doesn’t matter which way you go--east to Arizona or
Nevada (or Texas), south to Mexico, north to Oregon, or west to China.
This entire trend can be reversed. We need to make California so
business-friendly and competitive that you’d be a fool to take your
company to Texas.
That’s not as hard as it sounds. It starts by repealing unnecessary
restrictions on business growth, and changing the regulatory climate
that has forced those with capital to invest and create jobs elsewhere.
The next step is simple to identify, but much harder to execute: We
must stop spending more than we take in every year. That means no more
overly-generous pay, pension and medical benefits for any government
employees--unionized or not, management or entry-level. No more
taxpayer-funded entitlements for the elitists who own football and
basketball teams. No longer can we be the ATM for able-bodied welfare
recipients who have turned needs-based aid into a lifestyle, nor for the
millions of illegals who choose to make California their home.
If we stopped all this largesse—what really amounts to legalized
bribery exchanging cash for votes, or votes for cash depending on which
side of the scheme you are on—our government could do the things it
should do with the revenues that come in.
Instead of borrowing money from our grandchildren to build a train to
nowhere, and leveraging our children’s future earnings with a 40-year
bond simply to complete a few of the dams we need, we would be able to
finance it out of existing revenues, and have plenty of money to spare
for investing and maintaining the infrastructure of a healthy state.
That’s what other states do, and that’s why so many of our best and
brightest citizens and companies have fled California to live out the
American Dream in a friendlier place where the government is not the
greatest threat to your success.
That’s why borders matter."