SEARCH BLOG: CALIFORNIA
Yesterday, Dr. Don Boudreaux posted in Cafe Hayek his take on the environmental movement that says "no" and "no."
When the personal material cost, at the time of individual action, of expressing one's fantasies is near-zero, very little exists to check the expression of those fantasies.Yesterday, I posted about California's attempt to force automobile makers to produce vehicles that average 43 mpg in 8 years, when the most popular very small vehicles don't achieve that now (the Prius had efficiency claims that were grossly overstated and recently knocked down by the EPA).
This is from the same state that restricts electric power plant development, thereby creating an obstacle to the spread of "plug and play" cars.
When the state's material cost, at the time of legislative action, of expressing its fantasies is near-zero, very little exists to check the expression of those fantasies.California is quick to create obstacles for industries not located within its boundaries. Perhaps it is time for a Federal "social tax" on California's use of illegal immigrants in its industries... how about $1 per pound tax on California's agricultural products? We can get the stuff cheaper from Brazil anyway so it will only impact California growers. And any tax collected can be applied to offsetting the Federal cost associated with illegal immigration which is centered in California.
When the nation's material cost, at the time of legislative action, of expressing its fantasies is near-zero, very little exists to check the expression of those fantasies.