Mitt Romney Trashes California, Comparing Golden State to Financially Screwed Europe
While speaking to a group of Iowans, Romney talked about how another four years with Obama would lead the United States down a path similar to Greece, et al. Here's what he said:
Entrepreneurs and business people around the world and here at home think that at some point America is going to become like Greece or like Spain or Italy, or like California -- just kidding about that one, in some ways.And here's what Gov. Jerry Brown's Office had to say back:
"Mr. Romney's weak grasp of foreign affairs was painfully evident during his recent trip to Europe, but these comments underscore the fact that he knows just as little about the Golden State as he does about the rest of the world," Gil Duran, a spokesman for Brown, told reporters.
Duran then gives Romney, who by the way owns property in San Diego, a crash course in just how great California is:
- California has a $1.9 trillion economy, the ninth largest in the world;
- It leads the nation in the number of jobs created, even if it's the leader in unemployment;
- Its bond rating outlook has improved and its borrowing costs have fallen, making it the "exact opposite" of Spain, Italy, and Greece;
- Unlike a country, which can run a deficit, California is constitutionally mandated to adopt a balanced budget each year;
- Greece's government spending makes up a much larger portion of its economy than that of California;
- Also, three words: Google, Apple, and Intel.
And don't forget, Romney, we are home to your No. 1. fan, the Queen of Porn, Jenna Jameson, who has certainly done plenty for California's economy.
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