“If the Pilgrims had landed in California instead of back East, nobody would have bothered to discover the rest of the country.”
— Ronald Reagan
“Move to Texas.”
— Pete Wilson, when asked his advice for a young Republican who wanted to go into California politics
One snowy day when I was a kid in upstate New York, I came across a shoebox in the back of a closet that contained a perfectly preserved specimen of the California dream: a century-old sheaf of letters that a cousin had sent back to his parents after moving to Los Angeles. The cousin had described endless sunshine, …
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