From time to time, I think it is necessary to call out citizens of one state or another for their unstinting support of the underpaid and underappreciated state employees who labor day in and day out for their benefit.  Today, a big THANK YOU goes out to the citizens of California.

California is the nation’s most populous state, and is home to some of its biggest cities, and more than a few of its best professional football teams.  California has the best wineries, and has surpassed Wisconsin in dairy production. But heavy is the head that wears the crown, California is always looking over its shoulder. And that is why running the state of California requires the best and the brightest public employees. And what way to attract the best, brightest and most productive workers than promise them six figure pensions? Believe me, it is a bargain.

Even the small towns, like Vernon, population 112, present special challenges for the city officials there. The tax cut ingrates must think you can attract top-shelf meat packing plants and warehouses on a shoestring budget. Yet even with the expanded tax base provided by all the industry attracted to Vernon by the city management, they prudently avoided spending on simple amenities, like parks for the kids. I suppose the tax cut ingrates would oppose that anyway.

So a big thank you, citizens of California! Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler!