Carl’s Jr: I’ll have a double cheese berger — and a ticket out of state.
Carl’s Jr., the iconic California “healthier” fast-food chain, announced earlier this month that it is quitting the Golden State for greener pastures in Tennessee.
Investors Business Dailyreports: “CKE Restaurants (Carl Karcher Enterprises), the corporate parent of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. restaurants, announced that they are relocating to Nashville, Tennessee.”
It adds, however, that “company executives say this with a wink. Tax savings are a big factor, as is the stifling regulatory environment on the left coast, where businesses are treated like villains and rich people as cash dispensers for big government programs.”
Tennessee is one of several states aggressively recruiting California companies with generous incentives including free or heavily subsidized real estate, expedited project approvals, and low or no state income tax. If California continues its current course — and there is no indication of any course correction — moreCalifornia companies will be temptedto relocate to friendlier climes.
In spite of making noise in Sacramento about addressing California’s notoriously unfriendly business climate — with the creation of yet another bureaucracy known as “GoBiz” ostensibly designed to spur economic growth — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed hundreds of new regulations every year, suffocating business owners with more paperwork, requirements and restrictions that suck up their time, and tax their resources.
One of the most disturbing sections inSpectrum’s 2016 reporton why businesses leave California is titled: “Why California’s Business Environment is Likely to Worsen.” Most of the author’s more fearful predictions have already come true, making his summation sound prophetic:
“California is considering imposing a broad set of taxes on businesses in 2016 and 2017 — a ‘tsunami’ of levies that may trigger the harshest levies on private-sector finances ever organized by the state. The proposals, if enacted, will worsen California’s business environment, so much so that a result may be an increasing number of businesses leaving California for greener domestic or international pastures.”
The only real question remaining is: which California company will be next to leave.
Firenze Sage: Free health care for all is next after 15 dollars an hour. Then watch em go bye bye.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexicans who help build U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned border wall would be acting immorally and should be deemed traitors, the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said on Sunday, turning up the heat on a simmering dispute over the project.
In a provocative editorial, the country’s biggest Archdiocese sought to increase pressure on the government to take a tougher line on companies aiming to profit from the wall, which has strained relations between Trump and the Mexican government.
“Any company intending to invest in the wall of the fanatic Trump would be immoral, but above all, its shareholders and owners should be considered traitors to the homeland,” said the editorial in Desde la fe, the Archdiocese’s weekly publication.
On Tuesday, Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo warned firms it would not be in their “interests” to participate in the wall. But the editorial accused the government of responding “tepidly” to those eyeing the project for business.
A spokesman for the Archdiocese, which centers on Mexico City and is presided over by the country’s foremost Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, said the editorial represented the views of the diocese.
internet info links concerning Cardinal Noberto Rivera:
Mexico- Complicit Cardinal named to new Vatican council, SNAP responds
For immediate release: March 10, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)
Mexico City’s corrupt Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera is one of 15 individuals named to Pope Francis’ new “Council for the Economy.” We are disappointed in this choice.
“For decades now, pedophile priests and complicit bishops have been – and still are – the biggest crisis the church has faced in modern times. And in this on-going scandal, Rivera Carrera’s record – in Mexico – is terrible.
“As long as the Vatican continues to promote bishops who covered up clergy child sexual abuse, Catholics can expect more kids to be hurt and more sex crimes to be committed. “In 2013, we named Rivera Carrera as one of the dirty dozen for a papal choice. Our view of him has not changed.
“In 2007, Rivera Carrera worked to prevent a prolific predator priest from facing justice. He was accused of concealing the dreadful child sex crimes of Fr. Nicholas Aguilar Rivera. The Cardinal did virtually nothing while Fr. Aguilar Rivera traveled between his native Mexico and the Los Angeles archdiocese, molesting kids in both places. Aguilar Rivera’s current whereabouts are unknown and is on Mexico’s most wanted criminal list.
Rivera Carrera also made the ridiculous claim that there are no “documented” cases of abuse against minors in Mexico.
“It is disturbing that a cardinal who has been charged with covering up the crimes of a child molester, who is completely out of touch with the realities of child sex crimes, and who has not stepped up to the plate to help victims and protect kids is on a another Vatican council.
Firenze Sage: Maybe more emphasis on Mexican corruption and cartels would help Mexicans more than calling its citizens traitors.
More jobs? More optimism? The prospect of more jobs — is that causing more people to think that the USA is moving in the right direction?
Under Obama – for quite an extended period of time – roughly 70+ percent of prospective voters thought that the USA was going in the wrong direction. Those figures have changed recently, i.e., how people in general feel about the direction of the country.
Nearly a majority of voters, 49 percent, approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, according to a Morning Consult poll.
“Thirty percent of registered voters strongly support President Trump, while 19 percent somewhat approve. Another thirty percent strongly disapprove, while 11 percent somewhat disapprove. Ten percent weren’t sure or had no opinion.”
While 42 percent said the country was on the right track, another 58 percent said it was on the wrong track.
Trump’s approval rating has increased quickly: Four days after assuming office, Gallup found Trump had an approval rating of 45 percent, the lowest since the outfit began polling.
The Morning Consult questioned 1,991 registered voters from Jan. 26 to Jan. 28 with a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.
Monterey Bay Forum: Every job created matters: About 70 to 100 jobs are created with each local symphony event, so remarked the President of the Santa Cruz Symphony at an event in Watsonville, CA
Readers of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal would therefore have been surprised to discover this Notable and Quotable passage from The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are (Still) Going Broke (2003), by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi. The Journal helpfully notes that Ms. Warren is now a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, as you may have heard a time or two before.
In 2003, while a member of Harvard Law School’s faculty claiming Native American ancestry for some reason or other, Warren wrote:
Any policy that loosens the ironclad relationship between location-location-location and school-school-school would eliminate the need for parents to pay an inflated price for a home just because it happens to lie within the boundaries of a desirable school district.
A well-designed voucher program would fit the bill neatly. A taxpayer-funded voucher that paid the entire cost of educating a child (not just a partial subsidy) would open a range of opportunities to all children. . . . Fully funded vouchers would relieve parents from the terrible choice of leaving their kids in lousy schools or bankrupting themselves to escape those schools.”
Thus said Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Has Elizabeth Warren now been chased to her warren?
Jobs: Middle class flees CA because …. housing costs are excessively high. That’s a big reason.
“Not only are Californians leaving the state in large numbers, but the people heading for the exits are disproportionately middle class working families — the demographic backbone of American society,” the American Interest recently noted.
The Golden State has been haunted in recent times by sharply mixed economic indicators. “While California has added 2.1 million jobs since 2010, employment in six industries is still below 2007 levels, before the Great Recession, according to the center’s analysis. Those sectors — including construction, finance and manufacturing — generally pay more than the service-type jobs that we’re adding in droves,” the Sacramento Bee noted late last year.
Economic growth concentrated in Silicon Valley has also not done much to relieve the income or jobs picture for middle-classers.
“In a recent survey of states where ‘the middle class is dying,’ based on earning trajectories for middle-income cohorts, Business Insider ranked California first, with shrinking middle-class earnings and the third-highest proportion of wealth concentrated in the top 20 percent of residents,” Kotkin observed.
The $800 BILLION Stimulus money for ‘shovel ready’ jobs resulted in zero jobs.
Obama admitted that several years later. There were no ‘shovel ready’ jobs that came from the $800 BILLION Obama spent. What a waste.
With all the economic woes of Obama’s first years in office Obama forgot jobs and instead he focused on ObamaCare.
And what came out of ObamaCare?
Employers now hire more part time employees. People did not keep their doctors. Premiums went up drastically — not down as promised. Americans oppose ObamaCare — what Obama focused on during his first years in office.
So — by forgetting about ‘shovel ready’ jobs and wasting 800 BILLION dollars and, instead, focusing on ObamaCare which harms Americans — did Obama shoot himself in his foot? Americans went to the ballot box and overwhelmingly rejected Obama’s policies.
Genetic changes and variants linked to the development of brain and ovarian cancers have been discovered in two new studies. This significant development offers researchers the chance to understand more about how these cancers develop and how they may one day be treated, or even prevented.