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Exit - Stage Left: California's Proposed Departure Tax

Liberals in California act upon all of their urges in all situations

by: douglas v. gibbs | published: 08 31, 2008

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Ronald Reagan knew that government was (and still is) the problem, not the solution, to the problem. He once said, "Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And, if it stops moving, subsidize it."

In California the economic and social environment has become so hostile to many, that a mass exodus has begun. People are leaving California in droves, as the illegal aliens gladly move in to set up their squatter villages.

The left has taken control of California, and the state has become a battleground in America's war over values. Californians have been pushed with their kindness, their willingness, their openness, their leniency toward aberrant behavior, government control, and out of control taxation. When is enough enough?

The Liberals in California act upon all of their urges in all situations, letting it all hang out, following their guiding principle: If it feels good, do it. Anyone who disagrees is labeled a bigot, and then is run out of town, or at least pressured to do so if they don't wish to participate in the antics of Hollywood and San Francisco, California's own Sodom and Gomorrah.

Those that have self-respect and want better for their families, neighbors, and the sake of the country, are leaving. Those of the Right have values that keep them from taking a drink, lighting up a joint, or hopping in the sack with anyone that wants them to. Conservatives, more often than not, are the kind of people that drop to their knees and pray for strength, rather than give in to the worldly debauchery.

And as these people of values do what they can to escape California, as well as owners of successful businesses who have found it more and more difficult to conduct business in California because of all of the regulations and fees and taxes, the Liberal Left is doing what it can to take what it can from them as they leave.

A ballot proposal is underway in California that would amend the State Constitution with a Wealth Tax. Specifically, this is an additional tax to be levied against high valued property, and high income (between 36.5% - 54.3% one-time tax) should a resident die, or decide to leave the State of California.

The writer of the proposal is a CPA and liberal activist by the name of Paul McCauley. In addition to taxing folks for trying to get out of California (or simply dying, for that matter), the proposal imposes an additional 17.5% tax on total incomes of taxpayers with income exceeding $150,000 (which, considering the cost of living here in California, that is not really that high of an income) if single, or $250,000 if married; imposes an additional 35% tax if income exceeds $350,000 for a single person or $500,000 for a married couple, and requires the State to acquire shares of specified corporations to influence environmental policies and practices.

No wonder right-minded people are trying to get out of this idiotic State.

Why would anyone want to live in California with the rules we have, especially if this proposal were to pass?

The Liberal Democrats are basically saying that the American dream is a bad thing, and they will make it impossible to achieve such. And, if by some remote chance you do reach that dream, and become highly successful and prosperous, the government is going to step in and make sure you pay for it heavily so that you will never really truly get there.

This proposal is California's way of saying, "Hey, welcome to success, cough it up before you enjoy it, please. How dare you succeed!"

Give me a break. A 55% wealth tax? Hollywood folks won't mind that too much because they have so much frickin' money they use it as kindling in the fireplace. As for the rest of us, under this rule, that is a lot of money to have to cough up - and if your business is barely operating in the black because of all of the regulations and fees already imposed, the soup line is right around the corner.

An exit/death tax? Are you kidding me? Since we want to get the heck out of Dodge, they are going to try to fence us in with this? And then if you couple this with the Federal Estate tax, in the end, no one can financially afford to die. So much for me being able to leave anything to my kids. Also, if Business "A" moves from San Francisco to New York the CEO has to cough up at least a 36.8 additional percent of both income and the unrealized appreciation he may have in asset that are valued in excess of $5 million. Remember, he is already paying 90% plus (With a producer's existing Federal Income taxes, existing State Income taxes, payroll taxes and the many other taxes imposed, high producers will be lucky to net much of anything on their earnings. A self-employed individual could have a marginal tax rate in excess of 90%. Could you live on 10% of what you make?). This part of the ballot proposal was added to prevent a mass exodus that is already happening. A lot of money is leaving California because of the unfriendly environment to business and success, and they are simply trying to stop the bleeding.

And keep in mind that the businesses being targeted by this, those horribly successful corporations that are somehow ruining America in eyes of the idiot Left, are the individuals that are producing growth and jobs. These targeted businesses that are now finding it hard to do business in California are the major driving forces behind the State economy. A tax like this removes all of the incentive to do any of these things, and is simply another reason to get out of California. In the end, these entities with either move to another state, or they will stop producing.

Why work extra hours to make a measly 10% of your earnings when you could spend it with your friends and family elsewhere?

The goal of this proposition is to gain revenue from the rich, give it to the poor, and keep anyone from leaving the State of California. Idiotic taxes like this ballot proposal actually do the opposite of what they desire. Instead of gaining revenue, they scare away more of the businesses that keeps this economy moving, which in the end takes away more jobs, and leaves more people in the poor-house. The left doesn't seem to understand that a profit driven economy needs profit to survive. The American Dream is all about that profit. Removing any and all rewards for producing and making more money will only do one thing - turn the high producers into takers, and make more people poor.

Democrats believe there is a class war going on, and wishes to eliminate the classes so that we can all be the same. At the rate they are going, they will be a rousing success soon, because the class war will soon come to an end because there won't be any rich left. In the end, there will no longer be any disparity between the classes because we will all be poor - except for those elitist politicians who will rule from the top with the absolute power of regulations, fees, and taxation.

 
 
 

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    Ian S

    Robin D said: My husband and I left California in August 2013. I lived in my family home for 40 years and even the nice weather of San Diego couldn't keep me there. The regulations, the laws, the taxes....were OUT OF CONTROL. Nothing was the same. The left-over hippies of the 60s that are the politicians of today have ruined the good state of California. One particular tax, which I call the Fire Extortion Tax, placed a tax on folks with homes within a designated fire area. We didn't even get to vote on it. Really? I thought I'd live in my home forever, retire and die there. Nope. There were no kids or grandkids holding us back, the demographics were changing, we couldn't afford to retire there, so the decision was pretty easy to pack it up and get the heck out while we could. So we sold the house, all our toys, kept what was necessary, bought a trailer to move our stuff, fixed the trucks for the journey, paid for the move, paid off ALL debt, came to Texas and paid CASH for a modest home of equal size and land. Yes, we have different weather. But the cost of living is lower, the people nicer with better values and we could not be happier! California has gone to hell-in-a-hand basket. (7/11/2014)

    I went on a family trip to California in September 2012. Even though I only come to California once a year or so, I immediately noticed the decline the state has going for it.

    The thing I tend to notice with every 'new' trip down to California is the increasing number of illegals in the state. The liquor stores, the grocery stores, the malls, in that one week trip I found a ton of illegals shopping. Several businesses that I recall being popular in the '90s were struggling. Sacramento, the center of liberal politics in the state.

    California was good, so my parents say back in the 1950s and 1960s. No longer. It's gone from majority white to majority hispanic. What a shame.


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    Robin D

    My husband and I left California in August 2013. I lived in my family home for 40 years and even the nice weather of San Diego couldn't keep me there. The regulations, the laws, the taxes....were OUT OF CONTROL. Nothing was the same. The left-over hippies of the 60s that are the politicians of today have ruined the good state of California.

    One particular tax, which I call the Fire Extortion Tax, placed a tax on folks with homes within a designated fire area. We didn't even get to vote on it. Really?

    I thought I'd live in my home forever, retire and die there. Nope. There were no kids or grandkids holding us back, the demographics were changing, we couldn't afford to retire there, so the decision was pretty easy to pack it up and get the heck out while we could.

    So we sold the house, all our toys, kept what was necessary, bought a trailer to move our stuff, fixed the trucks for the journey, paid for the move, paid off ALL debt, came to Texas and paid CASH for a modest home of equal size and land. Yes, we have different weather. But the cost of living is lower, the people nicer with better values and we could not be happier!

    California has gone to hell-in-a-hand basket. (7/11/2014)


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    Mike

    fine to exit this shit state; but be very watchful of yourself not to relocate your California mentality and attitude with you to your new residence; slow down and pay attention to the locals when you get there; and try to have your lic plates changed before you arrive; when you leave California, don't take it with you. This is my motto and pledge when I go.


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    Micah K

    Rebecca Z said: Hell No... You don't want these people... they will vote your state into bankrupt. You can't change stinkin thinkin..

    It's not the people living in California, it's the corrupt politicians who have taken over this state. If the people are leaving the state that would mean that they don't want anything to do with it's politicians.


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    Mariah B.

    No!! No Mas!! I Will Not Comply!! I Will Not Take This!! 2014 is right around the corner. This time, Cali better fear, because I am coming!! I will take on this mess of a state. 2014. My year.


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    Tracy J

    Dave d said: Texas has more illegal aliens, more percentage of poor people than any other state, and amongst the lowest wages in America.

    Why is California begging Texas and other Republican states to bail them out of their financial mess? Learn to live within your means!


  • Reply to this comment

    Bill Middle Ground

    Sensationalism is so entertaining (see fox news and MSNBC ratings). Thanks for the laugh. I will check in often to keep my thumb on the pulse of misinformed extremists.


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    JustsayNOtolibs!

    Rebecca Z said: Hell No... You don't want these people... they will vote your state into bankrupt. You can't change stinkin thinkin..

    It's an EASY solution! Just find out what side of the voting polls they reside on and THAT will determine who is allowed IN and WHO'S NOT. I've NEVER voted for ANY democrat, no matter WHO was running. That's ONLY because I believe that the Republicans have MORE MORALS than ANY democrat (that I've ever known). Everytime news breaks that some politician has been caught CHEATING on his (or her) spouse, 9 times out of 10, it's a DEMOCRAP! Not sayin' that it doesn't happen with any Republicans, but at least the ODDS are LOWER that the Repubs are MORE MORAL and GOD FEARING.


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    SuckitGovernment!

    donewithCA said: Oh well, my family got out a few years back before the recession hit. Overall it was a good move, less crime, less traffic, less taxes.Much lower housing costs etc. California is not a good place anymore for middle class families like ours to raise kids. Sorry, but its not. Yes we did get 3 midsize snow falls 4-6 inches this winter, but no big deal like the other whinner who moved back to California posted and cried about having a snow shovel. Get over it. I would sure take the mild snow falls compared to fighting traffic and watching a trailer off a semi rolling upside down toward you on the freeway. Or the mexican illigal who forgets to tie the 2x4's on his flat bed and I am driving behind dodging the flying 2x4's..the young preppy drivers who dodge a small bag of grass and both spin out on the freeway in front of you and the illigal family who stops dead on the freeway and everyone is going 70+ on the freeway and the pile up kills...the list goes on. Give me snow..

    The illegal Mexicans don't forget to tie down their 2x4's, they just DON'T CARE until something happens! THEN, they'll stop, get out, utter a few Spanish words and RUN, because they know that when the cops get there to take a report, they'll discover that the damaged windshields were from an illegal WITH NO INSURANCE and will MAYBE be deported? This place is SICK! I NEVER thought that my home state would become such a DUMP, as I was growing up. It's ridiculous when our government turns against the people and starts RIPPING US OFF, just to line their pockets. To ALLOW illegal immigrants to just mosey on in, DESTROY the place with their GARBAGE and then tax EVERYONE ELSE to pay for things to be CLEANED UP! I think that it would be AWESOME if the GOOD LEGAL CITIZENS ROSE UP and marched to the state capitol and DRAGGED THE LEGISLATORS OUT BY THEIR HAIR (or toupe's), and REINSTATED A NEW GOD FEARING LEGISLATION that would turn California into a ROCK SOLID PATRIOTIC STATE! Chase ALL of the liberals down to mexico where they LIKE to live off of the government! I know that it's ONLY a dream, but SOMETIMES "dreams can come TRUE!" :-)
    I think it's appalling that the government has turned on it's OWN people. They write a law about going through the proper channels to become a U.S. Citizen and then, ALLOW them to just sneak on over and live off of OUR DIME! I WONDER what they would do if we were being flooded with CONSERVATIVE types of people from another country? Would they cry "FOUL!"? This government is DISGUSTING and God is going to give them EXACTLY what they deserve for their corruption and lies! They are NOT "FOR THE PEOPLE", they are "FROM THE PEOPLE." They get RICH off of OUR TAX DOLLARS! B.S!
    I think that if Mexicans wanna move up here so badly, then WHY don't WE just take MEXICO OVER, make it a STATE of the U.S. and CHANGE THEIR GOVERNMENT INTO OURS? Then, change their WAGES into HIGHER paying, so that they wouldn't have ANY reason to COME UP HERE! I've ALWAYS wanted to own a hotel on the beach on the strip in Cancun! :-D


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    Ayn

    ...then Atlas shrugged.


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    lyla

    Johnny Q said: I guess this means the whole country will end up being californicated.

    no thank you. I'm allergic to B.T.K. killers.


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    convertedhillbilly

    Stan J said: My wife and did that, done that. We left California in disgust because it was going down. After trying elsewhere we returned and it had very little to do with the weather. While it is not what it was, it is still better than elsewhere. Not owning a snow shovel is a bonus.

    Whatever, i will gladly take the 3 bouts of moderate snow this winter then try to navigate on your crazy crowded freeways. From flying trailers to flying 2x4 to illigals running across..forget it I will take a little snow and no house payment with a 11 acre yard to bout. Left California in 2005 and will never live there again.


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    donewithCA

    Teal B said: Y'all ought to move to Kansas. It is a right-wing, supply- side Paradise, and we could use your revenue.

    Oh well, my family got out a few years back before the recession hit. Overall it was a good move, less crime, less traffic, less taxes.Much lower housing costs etc. California is not a good place anymore for middle class families like ours to raise kids. Sorry, but its not. Yes we did get 3 midsize snow falls 4-6 inches this winter, but no big deal like the other whinner who moved back to California posted and cried about having a snow shovel. Get over it. I would sure take the mild snow falls compared to fighting traffic and watching a trailer off a semi rolling upside down toward you on the freeway. Or the mexican illigal who forgets to tie the 2x4's on his flat bed and I am driving behind dodging the flying 2x4's..the young preppy drivers who dodge a small bag of grass and both spin out on the freeway in front of you and the illigal family who stops dead on the freeway and everyone is going 70+ on the freeway and the pile up kills...the list goes on. Give me snow..


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    Rebecca Z

    Please Dear God,

    Keep those Californian's in their Own Piece of Hell. One of those crazy people told me that the best thing that could happen to the state of Florida is for us to get a state income tax... I asked why? He said we would have better schools and better roads.. I told him to pack it up and go home to his bankrupt state. Get the H out of Fl before we became the prgressive screwed up state the he lovess so much
    Are you kidding me? Better Schools?


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    Rebecca Z

    Teal B said: Y'all ought to move to Kansas. It is a right-wing, supply- side Paradise, and we could use your revenue.

    Hell No... You don't want these people... they will vote your state into bankrupt. You can't change stinkin thinkin..


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    Cam Man

    Most people I know that came to California many years ago, came here for the opportunity that it offered at that time. I work in the media in L.A. which is why I moved to L.A. in the first place. However, I would not consider myself to be a Liberal or a Hollyweird freak just by working in the media. But anybody can clearly see the evidence of what the political agenda has done to this state. I talk to more and more people in my industry everyday that are fed up with this horse hockey state. We came here to build a life. A mere four or five years ago, this control syndrome did not seem to exist the way it has escalated. A lot of media and motion picture people are feeling the same and it's only a matter of time before our industry will be dry as dust. Most have already moved production to Canada or elsewhere. California state and Federal politics travel in complete lock step with one another, and I can guarantee that if it continues, this once great state, will crumble into the ground. Consider getting out now, before it's too late.
    I am certainly considering a big 'adios' to California.


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    Scott B

    Dont let the doorknob hit you in the ass on the way out. If you don't lie it leave, I personally will fight this tax just so you can!


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    Stan J

    My wife and did that, done that. We left California in disgust because it was going down. After trying elsewhere we returned and it had very little to do with the weather. While it is not what it was, it is still better than elsewhere. Not owning a snow shovel is a bonus.


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    Teal B

    Y'all ought to move to Kansas. It is a right-wing, supply- side Paradise, and we could use your revenue.


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    Johnny Q

    I guess this means the whole country will end up being californicated.


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    Rhonda S

    Look at the United Nations Agenda 21 Map! The agenda is for California as well as many other states to be uninhabited. UN Agenda 21 is becoming successful. Wake Up America! UN Agenda 21 is Real! It is Not a conspiracy theory. Also look at the Governors that have banned Agenda 21 from their states!


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    Taxifornia

    Dave d said: Texas has more illegal aliens, more percentage of poor people than any other state, and amongst the lowest wages in America.

    Texas also has the 5th lowest cost of living (out of 50 states), which simply means as you reduce the size of government, everyone's cost of living goes down. California? 6th highest and and 5 of the 6 highest cost of living states are Democratic controlled.


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    Dave d

    Texas has more illegal aliens, more percentage of poor people than any other state, and amongst the lowest wages in America.


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    Paul S

    I'm not sure what you mean by a ballot propoal being "underway", but if they are gathering signatures then the proposal is registered with the Secratary of State and is assigned a number. What is the number? I'd like to read the actual words.


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    Lyndanphil

    Yeah, and the redistribution isn't to the poor, it's to themselves. Their own dam velvet lined pockets. This proposal for a die or move tax is something only California would think of...............or D.C. UnAgenda21 is charging foreward and changing the world, especially America. If only Agenda21 were in the media well before the election, I don't believe Obama would have stood a chance (even though fraudulent) and maybe then, things could have started looking up with more employment, less regulations, less prejudice, the coming together of politcians, downsizing of Government, etc., etc. Wow, I must be dreaming! I'm afraid the overhaul of this, once, beautiful country, is here to stay and "they" will continue in their crazed minds, to yank us from our roots, into a whirlwind of oppression. paul McCauley is comletely out of his mind an dneeds to be locked up with all the other Liberalists who agree with such nonsense.


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    minn e sota

    mudkitty said: Alert - DG is an alarmist having a hissy fit. The Russians are coming and the sky is falling. BTW - there's no such thing as a death tax.

    mudkitty, its called the estate tax.
    in which the government, in all their glory taxes (for a third time) the income that a person or couple has made.
    when they pass away and give it to their children.


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    Skeptica l.

    Ned S said: Forget the plight of the poor CEO moving from California to NY. Chances are he votes Democrat anyway. Conservatives are mostly middle class. It's time for them to forget about the "rich" who support this idiocy. On the national level, Wall Street donated through the nose to put obama in the White House, now let them bleed through the nose to pay his taxes. Silicon Valley did the same thing, so.let them bleed too. I don't give a damn what happens to them.

    Unforntunately Ned, they wont,"bleed throuh the nose". It will be our collective noses that will be bleeding, as extra costs WILL be transfered to the consumng slobs. Truth be known, the know-it-alls dont really care where the money comes from, just as long as it flows to THEM to redistribute!
    What a power trip!


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    Eric P

    You can check out any time you like but you can never leave. Welcome to the hotel....California...


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    ray h

    mudkitty said: And does this sound familiar? Palin's unwed teen daughter got herself knocked up.

    Why can't the world move forward and stay out of the Palin family?
    People in California deserve everything bad that happens to the nasty
    state. Give it back to the Mexicans.


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    Ned S

    Forget the plight of the poor CEO moving from California to NY. Chances are he votes Democrat anyway. Conservatives are mostly middle class. It's time for them to forget about the "rich" who support this idiocy. On the national level, Wall Street donated through the nose to put obama in the White House, now let them bleed through the nose to pay his taxes. Silicon Valley did the same thing, so.let them bleed too. I don't give a damn what happens to them.


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    Slow Cook

    There is a special recipe in the Amazon where the natives cook the frogs alive, the trick is to slowly increase the temperature of the water so the frogs don't jump out of the hot water, they get used to the increasing temperature and are cooked alive, think about that analogy California, fish also think the bait is a free meal before they end up in the frying pan.....have fun.


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    Old Timer

    Like Locusts , that destroy everything before taking off to the next field, socialists , comunists and other leftists progressists, they also jump from one country to another after the previous one is totally depleted.
    That remind me Nazi Germany (Nazionale Sozialismus) when the Gestapo took all the properties of the germans trying to leave the country.... in the name of the party (what part of SOZIALISMUS you do not understand ?) you can't go wrong about that....


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    Johnny Cuban

    This remind me of another place .....Ohhhh yes ! ...Cuba after Castro took over the Island and closed the doors ......just to keep everibody in "paradise" ....very similar to North Korea, you can't leave "paradise" .....can you ? only if you pay.....LOL.


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    Ted E.

    You to love those CA's.


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    Greg S.

    Read


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    Todd S.

    Here's your dream!!!


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    sundansr

    Governor Brown, will be called the Governor of the Unions, welfare and illegals. That's something to be proud of.


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    mudkitty

    And does this sound familiar? Palin's unwed teen daughter got herself knocked up.


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    mudkitty

    Alert - DG is an alarmist having a hissy fit. The Russians are coming and the sky is falling.

    BTW - there's no such thing as a death tax.


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    Rick Sky

    The more people try to leave California, the tighter their grip becomes - which makes even more people slip through their fingers in an attempt to escape. At this rate, all that will be left is the freaks of San Francisco, the elitist freaks of Hollyweird, and a whole bunch of illegal aliens.


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