Sinking Ship? It has grown from the worlds 7th largest economy 14 years ago to the 5th today. do more than a 'casual appraisal' and you'll find that much of the negative narrative is just that... The state has its challenges, but this thread is a HUMONGOUS so what? The OP couldn't take 5 minutes to googe a replacement that it no more expensive and just as effective AT the same stores. You know why we don't make vacuum tubes in the US anymore? I've used tools like Roundup most of my life, should I keep going? These are rhetorical questions... if California had not set standards for cars (like seatbelts) would we have them today? When California came out against second hand smoke and took smoking out of restaurants and bars, good thing or bad thing? MOST people were outraged when they first did, today, the group that thinks smoking is a great idea in bars and restaurant is a small one of people still addicted to tobacco. In 10 years, some of the substances we use that are bad for us will be reformulated or moved on from. It will be with us kicking and screaming, but, we'll be better off.