Working in California's Capitol, one hears a great deal of overblown political rhetoric about what makes the state good ...
-- The California Dream
-- A can-do spirit
... and what allegedly makes it bad ..
-- Too many taxes.
-- Too much regulation.
-- Illegal immigration.
It turns out that when you ask ordinary Californians what makes their state good or bad, however, the responses don't match the rhetoric.
In its recent online survey of more than 1,000 representative state residents, the reform group California Forward asked respondents to type into a box whatever came into their heads on those questions. It then ran the data through a word-counter and produced a chart with all the words that had the most mentions. The more mentions, the bigger the word.
The word Californians most used to say what is good about their state: WEATHER.
And the top word among the bad: TRAFFIC.
A couple possible conclusions: The state economy is not going to fall completely apart as long as the sun keeps shining here and the snow keeps falling almost everywhere else. And, it's not going to take off until somebody figures out how to eliminate freeway gridlock.