According to Investor’s Business Daily, Nestle is making a move from Glendale, California to Rosslyn, Virginia in order to get away from the liberal business laws that California has enacted.
In what is most likely an effort to fend off bad PR, an official from Glendale has called the departure “no big deal.” They are saying this is actually a great opportunity for them since the company will be moving thousands of jobs with them.
From Investor’s Business Daily:
Nestle USA is moving its headquarters from Glendale, Calif., a pocket suburb just miles from downtown Los Angeles, to Rosslyn, Va., near Washington, D.C., and taking 1,200 California jobs with it. Why? As many companies have found, California is an awful place to do business.
The $26-billion-a-year food conglomerate is discreet, of course, about its reasons, citing a desire to be closer to its core customers and other bland corporate pabulum. But the fact is, Nestle and its corporate brethren in California that actually make things are overtaxed and overregulated, and elected officials treat them not as honored members of the community but as rapacious pirates…
… A report released last year by Spectrum Location Solutions, shows that Nestle is just one of 1,680+ companies to leave the state since 2008.
While I respect the right of companies to handle PR as they see fit, I wish Nestle was more candid. If the reason they’re moving from California to Virginia is taxes/regulation, they should say so. They do themselves and everyone a favor by doing so. The only way to stop arrogant, coercive tyrants from abusing you is to stand up to them. Governments like the state of California qualify as arrogant, abusive tyrants.
The reason we have so much taxation, regulation, redistribution and ultimately confiscation of private property in this country is because we, the people, allow it to happen. Californians are the worst. Some of us produce little or nothing, and want that redistribution to happen. Many of us resent or envy wealth, assuming most people are wealthier than they really are, and walk around with perpetual chips on our psychological shoulders thinking, “I should get mine too.” How else did we get the socialist President Obama for eight years, and very nearly the just-as-socialist Hillary Clinton? Keep in mind that some form of socialist wealth redistribution—even in this era of Donald Trump—is just as popular, if not more popular, than the capitalist system under which America flourished in its early decades. Envy is alive and well, and when paired with unearned guilt (felt by productive people who earned their wealth) it’s a very potent and toxic mixture.
California is unique (other than possibly for New York) among states. There is virtually no check on the economic and social engineering leftism running that state. From the moment you’re born in California, the state, in a sense, owns you. Anything you get to keep there is only because the government deems it worthwhile – for now. Every time you turn around, the one-party California government is enacting new taxes, new regulations, new gun restrictions, new politically correct mandates on private property, new environmental restrictions, new requirements to run your life and business not as you and your customers see fit, but as the elites in Sacramento and elsewhere in the state government see fit. It’s not unlike Soviet Russia, Communist Cuba and the New America leftist Democrats are trying to transform us into as quickly (and militantly) as possible.
As Donald Trump’s election showed, America is not quite ready to become completely socialist. California represents the exception. For the most part, Californians appear to be done with capitalism, economic freedom, and individual rights. Absent some kind of a reversal, the state will, before long, turn into the socialist-Communist utopia most of our intellectuals and elites think all of America should become. The environmentalist restrictions alone will bring the state down in time, because you cannot maintain (much less build) a great civilization when the government forbids nearly every form of construction or energy-use imaginable.
I recognize there are millions of people who live in California who do not feel this way; but many more millions do. That’s why companies like Nestle are forced to leave. Such companies should openly and proudly say, “Bye-bye California. You’re a beautiful place. And maybe someday we’ll return … when and if you become more rational and friendly to the productive and wealth-creating, the best the human spirit has to offer.”
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