Some on this thread have some pretty strong opinions about which Party is to blame for California's fiscal woe's. Id like to add some perspective to the right v. left mentality that has become so pervasive in political discourse.
Ive lived most of my life in the Northeast and can say with certainty that designations such as right wing extremist, hippie, progressive, tea partier, liberal or whatever title one may assign to another are more a product of where you are from than loyalty to any political Party. Ideas and titles are interchangeable.
Some in the Northeast especially people from New Hampshire think of Massachusetts as a Liberal stronghold for the typical reasons of high public sector wages, generous benefits, and the high taxes needed to support such things. Whether this is accurate or not is irrelevant, that is the perception. The typical Bostonian thinks of New Hampshire as dangerously Libertarian, views Vermonter's as Hippie's, doesnt realize any humans even live north of Bangor and affords all of these groups only enough respect to keep winter skiing trips free from incident. Most "real" Mainers would be more than happy to turn everything south of Bangor over to the flat landers so long as they could build a fence to stop any further migration from "the south." Now, on any given day just about anywhere in NE one could use any of these places and statements interchangeably and elicit cheers and nods of agreement.
The interesting bit is that all these opinions exist in what have become reliably Blue States where there is a great deal of agreement on the proper Role of Gov't. Each State is limited in its goals to one degree or another by their respective economies, populations, tax structures etc. but those goals are roughly the same. Eastern States are also much smaller geographically than Western States making it much easier for people to reconcile their principles with the Gov't bodies they participate in by simply moving to another State.
More importantly though, and this is where I think a State like New Hampshire differs from a State like California, Easterners don't make a strong distinction between Gov't action and Gov't intrusion. Certainly in Vermont and New Hampshire this is true, though for different reasons, but even in a more Left leaning State like Massachusetts it is believed by many that Gov't by its nature is intrusive and should be limited to the extent that is practical.
I read the article at this link http://www.economist.com/node/13649050 and found it amusing that the author referred to Berkeley as home of the looney left and Orange County as home of the rabid right. To many people outside California any of your Reps that get any TV time seem completely disconnected from reality, regardless of Party affiliation. Given their fondness for ballot initiatives the people of the State share in the blame for its condition. If California, with all of its advantages cant get its act together maybe it deserves to fail.