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Why California’s population is packing their bags for Texas

While Texas is not the only state opening their arms to California refugees, the taker mentality of California and similar states is cause families to leave everything behind in frustration.

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One example of the taker mentality: California

The false foundational premises of TakerNation’s ideological belief system are numerous. However, there’s one that unfailingly, as in every single time, gets ’em in the end. It says they’ll always have ProducerNation to plunder. This is why Takers often appear slightly  irritated. On one hand they despise Producers for being individuals, taking responsibility for themselves, earning their own way, and not having a feeling of entitlement. On the other hand, they realize their ideology dies on the vine without wealth. They can’t create wealth themselves, but they need it. See, without the ability to plunder the wealth of ProducerNation, TakerNation dies of malnourishment. The most recent and glaring example of this is now happening in real time in California, my native state.

There’s another false premise which has always lead them to trust in Producers generating wealth without end. They think you and I don’t alter our behavior due to agendas they’ve passed into law. For example, they believe the 30-something couple with two kids and one on the way, who both work, will ignore their ever shrinking take-home pay. Yet, Californians are leaving in droves for states who view bona fide Producers not as sheep to fleece, but as families who wanna be left alone to live their lives the way they see fit. Many fleeing the so-called Golden State are taking jobs with ’em. This baffles Takers no end. “After all we’ve done to make everything in life completely fair, they leave?!”

California’s ProducerNation is relocating

As I write this in my home office, I can see out my front picture window. It’s 80° with blue skies and a superb ocean breeze. Kids are picnicking with their moms a couple blocks away at the park. I can drive to a gorgeous beach in under 25 minutes. It rains just 8-12 inches yearly. Yet with all that and much, much more, people are making the choice to leave. They’re turning their lives upside down in the process, and they know this before they go. They leave family. They leave friends, some lifelong. They leave everything.

Why? Cuz they’re sick and tired and beyond angry at TakerNation leaders legally confiscating their hard earned money. They’re tired of being fleeced by TakerNation employees who think they should be paid high wages for showing up and not screwin’ things up most days. They’re sick and tired of courts allowing — no, wrong word — helping the tenants in their residential rental properties get away with non-payment of rent. They’re sick and tired of having worked their butts off so the entitled can whine incessantly about them not doing their fair share. They’re sick and tired of their kids being indoctrinated in California’s public schools.

Essentially, they’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. They’re good folk. They mind their own business. They teach their children OldSchool American core values — the ones by which they’ve always lived.

Then it happens. Let’s talk about the Porters.

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The Porters’ favorite cousin, Sharon, comes to visit from a place like Texas. One night over a couple beers, they tire of hearing her rhapsodize about how good they have it, living in SoCal and all. They begin to rant. The cousin is caught off guard by the reality she begins to hear. “You paid over $5,000 in state income taxes?!” “Your house payment is how much?!!” “Excuse me, but for this?” And so on, and so forth, into the night. Fast forward to the following morning.

There’s been a good night’s sleep, kinda sorta, and fresh coffee. They’re enjoying the cool early summer morning weather, as they resume last night’s conversation.

That’s when the bovine refuse hits the spinning metal blades, big time. Our hard working, law abiding SoCal 30-somethings discover that cousin Sharon lives in a 4,000 square foot home she bought earlier this year in a great San Antonio neighborhood, for around $290,000. In SoCal’s neck of the woods, that much gets you a small, not so well located, old home. How old? At least 30.  Sharon’s monthly payment? Just under $1,900 a month including taxes and insurance. Since the Porter’s make over $90,000 between them, they could swing that without much trouble.

See where this is headed?

The Porter’s will be completely relocated into either San Antonio, or maybe Austin, in time to have an eight foot tree in their new family room by Christmas. California will only be fodder for stories they tell at family gatherings. California, the state blueprint for TakerNation, will have lost another household, the children they’ll have, and 30-50 years of their productive lives. Instead, they’ll be contributing to the vibrant ProducerNation that is Texas.

Multiply this by the thousands who’ve already left California, plus the, who knows how many families who’ll surely do so in the future, and you can see how the TakerNation script plays out. California is losing its best and brightest. Meanwhile those who come here illegally or from other states lookin’ for California’s famous (infamous?) welfare gig, are multiplying like freakin’ rabbits in spring time. Take a moment and play ‘Final Jeopardy’ with me.

Considering the two trends — Takers movin’ in while Producers racin’ for the exits — what would your prediction be for California’s economy in the next few years?

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Remember the false premise. Takers believe in their heart of hearts that Producers and the wealth they create will forever be available to pillage. Takers, like goldfish, are repeatedly surprised when they find out Producers will take their wealth creation where they’re treated well, not like involuntary daily blood donors. Goldfish? You know. We put ’em in a bowl of water with a small plastic castle in the middle. Every three seconds they swim around and the castle comes into view. “Oh, wow! A castle!!”

Every time a Taker in California hears of someone they know having moved outa state, they’re shocked. They’ll say something like, “Boy, didn’t see that comin’.”

That’s their version of “Hey, look! It’s a castle!”

Written By

Jeff Brown specializes in real estate investment for retirement, has practiced real estate for over 40 years and is a veteran of over 200 tax deferred exchanges, many multi-state. Brown is a second generation broker and works daily with the third generation. With CCIM training and decades of hands on experience, Brown's expertise is highly sought after, some of which he shares on his real estate investing blog.



  1. Roland Estrada

    July 5, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    One way to take care of a BIG chunk of California’s debt, is to figure out a way to take us into some form of bankruptcy. Bankruptcy would allow us in theory to trash all the public sector union contracts. Hopefully, then we could move every single public sector worker over to Social Security, even cops and firefighters.
    Yes I know I’m speaking sacrilege here. But who in the private sector gets to retire at 55 years of age with a pension worth 90% of their salary? I’ll tell you who, NOBODY.  Public sector unions are KILLING us, period!! 
    If you want a job in the public sector, great. Take the job because you want it, not because you get a cushy pension and benefits. If you don’t want the job then get out. I’m sure someone will take the job just to earn the money. 

  2. MacSac

    July 6, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Seems like though it’s native-born Californians that are moving out. Lots of Indian computer engineers are certainly moving in. With typical starting salary of 100K+, they bid up the home prices. UCLA really is University of Californians Lost AmongAsians.
    Maybe when enough people move out, not the 90k household income gardeners and the nannies though, just the people whose skillsets are a mismatch to the good paying jobs, the rest of California can just be open space for the start-up coders to decompress.
    Well, Texas, apparently, isn’t too friendly to folks of other shades.

  3. whybother

    September 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    MacSac, have you even been to Texas?  I will tell you this about Dallas, Texas, there are a lot of IT people and coders in Dallas because a lot of companies are moving to Texas.  Also,  I have brown skin but I was never asked if I was my child’s nanny in Texas while I was asked on multiple occasions if I was my child’s nanny in Silicon Valley.   I miss the extra $200/paycheck I used to receive when I worked in Texas where there is no income tax.  The weather may not be that great but $200 x 26 pays for a nice vacation or two.  I grew up in California and came back to California kicking and screaming.  AFter being back for a couple of years my husband has taken his rose colored glasses of and decided that we need to get the heck out of California.  After all the taxes (propert tax over $6000 and income tax) my child school says the average parent donates and average of $1600 per student!  Can you say WTF!  Where does all that money go.  Oh yeah that is right this is the taker state.  Well take from me no more free-loaders ‘cuz I am out of here to lower taxes and better educational system.

  4. TheSophist

    July 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Really great points, Jeff, but…

    It’d be one thing if most of those moving to Texas from California, Massachusetts, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and other TakerStates would adopt the mindset and philosophy of Texans. Sadly, far too many of them keep the same old Social Justice Warrior mentality while enjoying the benefits of Old School American Values.

    Look at Austin as the shining example of people trying their damnedest to transform it into a mini California or mini Illinois. Houston and Dallas creep ever so slowly towards the Statist model.

    Where will they flee next, once they’ve done to Texas what they’ve already done to Colorado and Oregon and Washington?

    At some point, Texans are not going to be so welcoming to economic refugees who do not embrace the ProducerNation values….

    • Tom

      July 6, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      It is why I call them locusts. They have come close to stripping the taker states, now they attack the producer states. North Carolina is full of them…

  5. Darth Phoenix

    November 6, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Austin is tired of Californians toxify our city and politics for the last decade or more.

    It used to be Hippies,Cowboys and gays living in peace. Not it’s whiny SJW’s from Cali to no end.

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