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* * * Jon Coupal is the president of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Assemblyman Vince Fong represents the 34th Assembly District in the California Assembly. The Julian News 11 California Commentary Did California Save Ted Cruz? by Jon Coupal November 21, 2018 ® 2018 King Features Syndicate, Inc. ® 2018 King Features Syndicate, Inc. • It was British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic and political activist -- and, not insignificantly, Nobel laureate -- Bertrand Russell who made the following sage observation: “The fundamental cause of trouble in this world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.” • In an odd coincidence, President Abraham Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy, and President John F. Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln. Kennedy the secretary told Lincoln the president that he shouldn’t go to Ford’s Theatre the night he was shot; Lincoln the secretary tried to convince Kennedy the president not to go on a trip to Dallas, where he was shot. • If you’re like the average man, your beard grows about half an inch every month. • Those who study such things claim that an average bank robber in the United States nets about $4,000 for every job. No info at hand on how the researches acquired their data. • You might think that hot dogs are a relatively recent food offering, but you’d be wrong. The first sausages were created more than 3,500 years ago when ancient Babylonians began stuffing spiced meat into the intestines of animals. • The fastest of all non- domesticated canines, the African wild dog can sprint faster than 40 mph. • Many people make provisions in their wills for their pets; it’s the compassionate thing to do. Singer Dusty Springfield went a bit further than most, though; she specified that her cat was to be fed only imported baby food. * * * Thought for the Day: “Every man possesses three characters: that which he exhibits, that which he really has, and that which he believes he has.” -- Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr Chuck DeVore is just one of thousands of former Californians who have moved to Texas. But DeVore is unique. Not only did he serve in the California Assembly, but he remains heavily engaged in policy issues as Vice President of National Initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a free market think tank based in Austin. DeVore is a frequent guest on national television shows to speak on economic issues, including how progressive policies suppress economic growth. Moreover, he has firsthand experience with the movement of people and money between the two economic titans, California and Texas. The migration of businesses from California to Texas is well- documented. Big names, like Charles Schwab, Campbell’s Soup, Burger King, Waste Management and other billion- dollar businesses severed their California connections for Lone Star liberty. In fact, it was entertaining to watch the sparring between then-Texas Governor Rick Perry — who frequented California to poach businesses from California — and the Golden State’s own Jerry Brown who tried to portray Texas as hick-country governed by a buffoon. More than just businesses, it is people who have left California in numbers significantly larger than those coming in from other states. From 2007 to 2016, California has experienced net domestic out-migration of a million citizens, and the number- one destination? You guessed it. Texas. Of course, that doesn’t mean that California has lost population, in fact it has gained. But those gains have come from immigration – both documented and otherwise — and new births. When Californians started moving to Texas in big numbers, the concern of many Texans — especially conservatives who have dominated Texas politics for decades — was that those crazy, lefty Californians would bring their progressive politics with them. But it appears that Californians are making Texas, well, more like Texas. Thanks to the aforementioned Chuck DeVore, he made us aware of a very interesting exit poll taken in Texas on Election Day. Turns out that ex-pats living in — and voting in — Texas supported Senator Ted Cruz in his high-profile reelection bid by a 15 percent margin, with an older poll of Californians in Texas suggesting that by more than 2 to 1, they’re conservative vs. liberal. His opponent, Beto O’Rourke, darling of progressive Democrats, was a charismatic candidate backed by a $70 million campaign budget. And while it is unlikely that Cruz’s margin of victory was decided by just ex-Californians, the same would not be true if the race were as close as the hotly contested – and still undecided – races in Arizona and Florida. We’ve seen the impact of ex- Californians on other states’ politics before. Nevada barely went for George W. Bush in the nasty election contest against Al Gore in the 2000 presidential race. But for former aerospace workers who left California and tend to vote for conservatives, it is entirely possible that Gore would have become president. The upshot is that California is exporting conservatives. We’re sure that California progressives are happy about this but it is bad news for California’s ever- shrinking number of fiscal conservatives. This month’s election has saddled California with billions in higher taxes and bond debt on top of our highest in the nation income taxes and sales taxes. Moreover, the dominant Democrats — who have secured a supermajority in both houses, are seriously talking about a hundred-billion- dollar single-payer health plan for the state. As California turns a deeper shade of blue, look for more conservative voters moving out to more receptive states and taking their sane voting habits with them. * * * The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. — Richard Bach * * * * * * In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future. — Alex Haley * * * I am proud to have been born in Iowa. Through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy, it was a place of adventure and daily discoveries - the wonder of the growing crops, the excitements of the harvest, the journeys to the woods for nuts and hunting, the joys of snowy winters, the comfort of the family fireside, of good food and tender care. — Herbert Hoover * * *