Rupert Murdoch wonders how California can be broke

Rupert Murdoch’s latest question to his Twitter followers isn’t quite as controversial as some of his more recent queries, but it has drawn some attention. We’ll give the award for short-but-sweet to this fellow:

There are plenty of good answers, though.

Quite a few blame the rich for keeping California in debt. If only they paid their fair share…

Hey, it was just an innocent question.

  • Mike Rogers

    Ahhh. Leftist civility as usual.
    Also, as always, The Rupert’s rhetorical questions throw the left for a loop.
    It’s quite clear that what he means is “with so much wealth how can you STILL spend more than you take in?”
    As for the lefties who think the rich get a free ride, California disproportionately taxes the high earners two ways: progressive tax rates keep on getting worse, and tax on investments is Doyle the income ax rate.
    That is why I won’t live in California, and many high earners are leaving. Enjoy the long slide into the Pacific, fools.

  • TugboatPhil

    The central valley? You mean the Breadbasket of America that has been turned into a dust filled, ghost towns all to appease a fish?

    And Silicon Valley and Hollywood, those bastions of liberal do-goodists that continue to pump cash into Democrat campaigns so that the state’s debt can outpace the high speed train to nowhere?

    Yeah, how did California go broke?

  • medicinewomantwo

    Let them be. they have worked hard for failure. Allow them to enjoy their darkness.

  • Bizness22

    I don’t get the lack of outrage over Hollywood. Those people make ridiculous amounts of money and live and are treated like royalty. All for playing pretend. Of course I’m not advocating redistributing ANYONE’S wealth regardless of their profession, but wouldn’t it make more sense to envy an actor than a guy that runs a business? Of course, I suppose when the actor is saying all the cool things and hanging with the hip crowd (not to mention getting people to believe they are the people they portray in movies) and the guy running the business just wants to stay in business and make money, the wealth of the stars and starlets escapes any scrutiny and they are beyond reproach.

    As a California resident I’ve taken the “let it burn” mentality. It has to get worse before it gets any better, unfortunately.

    • carla5731

      Actors, athletes and musicians are allowed to make as much money as they can without comment from the left. There have been lots of articles written about the shady accounting practices studios use to keep profits from being taxed but the government doesn’t seem to have any interest in holding their feet to the fire because they cough up big bucks during election season.

      Here’s one example of how much money there is sloshing around in Hollywood. Check out the offices of the Endeavor Talent Agency. Those are some pricey digs and all they do is push paper:

      • robcrawford2

        They’re allowed because they toe the line.

        • PistolsForPandas

          And because their wealth hermetically isolates them from the consequences of the policies they advocate.

      • GaryTheBrave

        Think of the thousands of employees all of these entertainers employ . . .NOT!

  • Joseph Phillips

    They’re the case study for the Obama economic recovery plan.

  • JimmyNeutron

    To paraphrase The Godfather, with respect to Californians: “They’re animals anyway, so let them lose their souls”.

  • ★♥ Harriet Baldwin

    Someone should take Rupert’s Tweeter away. He is clueless. Respondents are cluelesser. Call Brian Sussman or Inga Barks, Rupe.

    • Teresa Davis McCormick

      i don’t think he was asking because he didn’t know.

  • nc

    By the time you can “see” it, it will be so catastrophic it will be beyond salvation. And if you non-Californians think it will be confined within our borders, well, I have a Golden Gate Bridge to sell you.

    • Vennoye

      Thus, petitions to secede……… you think all the other states are as dumb?

    • PistolsForPandas

      When the Collapse happens, I have a feeling that you will be able to sell the Golden Gate Bridge…

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  • Randal Redder

    I love the “they rich took all the money” responses, as if the money wasn’t theirs to begin with. Remember kids, taxing = getting money back that the government somehow allowed you to keep.

    • TugboatPhil

      Also, “Loopholes” = Things and activities that the gubmint hasn’t figured out how to tax or willfully doesn’t tax to get campaign donations.

  • epobirs

    Hollywood accounting methodology is a thing that can make the most hardened IRS auditor weep in admiration.

    I heard of one example where a multi-million $$$ facility was charged in its entirety to at least five different movie productions. Meaning at least four movie budgets had a multi-million $$$ chunk that went into somebody’s pocket with no benefit to the production. I can only wonder how many noses it went up in its final form.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Back in the late 80’s a famed novelist whose name escapes me sued a large studio that made one of his novels into a blockbuster. They never paid him.

      At trial it was revealed that the novelist signed a contract to be paid on the “net” profits rather than the “gross.” The studio proved that since all the actors and other creative people signed contracts based on gross they got paid first. By the time the net was calculated the studio proved they lost money.

      • PistolsForPandas

        By the time the net was calculated the studio proved they lost money.

        They used the same excuse to not pay David Prowse (the guy who played Darth Vader) for his work on the first Star Wars trilogy.

        Yeah, he’s pissed.

  • Seewetoldu

    Yes, as long as you just drive through and don’t stop and actually talk with the former owners of their closed businesses and all the unemployed people. California is an illusion. From what I’ve seen the people that keep getting reelected and the problems get pushed aside. The least business friendly state ,and the state with the highest unemployment. Don’t believe the unemployment numbers you read they are probably close to double that number. So if you just go into Disneyland all day …California appears to be its the Happiest Place On Earth……NOT!

  • Shawn Smith

    Because liberalism is a social disease, and just like older “social diseases”, it can leave its victims (individually and collectively) mentally retarded and sterile.

  • marcellucci

    Dear Mr. Murdoch,

    Did you say the same thing when you drove past the Enron Building in 2001?
    Did you also say “That Jon Corzine fella sure is a financial genius….”

    C’mon….you’re smarter than that…..

    • PistolsForPandas

      “That Jon Cozine fella sure is a financial genius….”

      Don’t forget Paul Krugman!

  • Dexter Macleod

    “@rupertmurdoch: Driving thru California Central Valley – add Silicon Valley and Hollywood How can such a place be broke?” The reason is that California is a DONOR state. We get 79 cents back of each Dollar sent to the Federal Govt. We are subsidizing, MOSTLY, the RED states. That’s how THEY are balancing their budgets. See the most recent Donor State Map.

    • TexSizzle

      No. You’re broke because you spend much more money than you take in. Texas gets back much less than we send to the federal government, and we’re in the black. That’s just another excuse from those who do not want to be financially responsible.


    Fox News is right, big gov’t should stay out of
    our personal business. That’s Rupert Murdoch’s job