When Elon Musk said Saturday he was finally fed up with California’s endless bureaucracy, power grabbing, and arbitrary rules on business reopening, Democrat California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego told him this:

“F— Elon Musk,” was Gonzalez’s mature and articulate response on Twitter.

Musk had earlier in the day tweeted this over an Alameda county rule that prohibited him from reopening his Tesla factory, even though Governor Gavin Newsom had already said factories could reopen.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw had this to say:

“Texas gets better every day,” U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-TX, getting in on the act, wrote on Twitter, “Good conservative principles make good governance, and attract the best and the brightest. The future is happening in Texas.” Now that’s proper marketing.

In these economic times, with unemployment at depression levels and possibly getting worse, you’d think California would want to keep the jobs it has. But you would forget, the more people who are out of work are the more people who could be relying on government for the sustenance of their daily lives.

That gives state governments tremendous power over them and can addict those people to government largesse in lieu of going to work. No? One only has to look at the “The Great Society” and its multigenerational effects on inner city families to prove that point without a credible doubt. It’s a fact of political life: Democrats want more people in poverty and reliant on government programs so those people will for vote Democrats, who will continue those programs. In business it is called “vertical integration.”

Dan Crenshaw and Texas aren’t the only people who want the jobs California rejects.

Also on Saturday, Musk said on Twitter that he would move Tesla’s HQ and “future programs” to Texas and Nevada – saying that the company’s current factory in Fremont, CA, would remain open “dependent on how Tesla is treated in the future.”

Tesla and Musk have filed a lawsuit against a CA county alleging, “Alameda County’s power grab not only defies the governor’s orders, but offends the federal and California constitution. The unelected & ignorant ‘Interim Health Officer’ of Alameda is acting contrary to the Governor, the President, our Constitutional freedoms & just plain common sense.”

He then tweeted, in another shot in a Saturday Twitter storm, “Tesla knows far more about what needs to be done to be safe than an (unelected) interim junior official in Alameda County.”

Alameda County spokeswoman Neetu Balram responded that the county has been working with Tesla in “a collaborative, good faith effort to develop and implement a safety plan that allows for reopening while protecting the health and well-being of the thousands of employees who travel to and from work at Tesla’s factory…The team at Tesla has been responsive to our guidance and recommendations, and we look forward to coming to an agreement on an appropriate safety plan very soon.” Apparently not, Miss Balram.

This seems like government spin to keep a horse in a barn, a horse that has already bolted for greener pastures. As this economic crisis continues, firms like Tesla and entrepreneurs like Musk will make common sense and fact-based decisions on how to best serve their businesses and employees. As such, California and states like it will lose jobs. Perhaps, given the points made above, that’s just what they want.

This piece was written by David Kamioner on May 10, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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