The Cannon: 21st Century Parenting & The California Exodus
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What to Know: A family was enjoying an outing in Austin when police were called – because some observers thought the young son looked unkempt (he’s autistic, and doesn’t like having his hair combed or cut).

“Taking good care of our son is the focus of our lives,” mom May Cobb writes in the Austin American-Statesman. “My husband and I aren't perfect parents (who is?), but since Johnny was diagnosed with autism when he was 3, and, at the same time, began banging his head against any surface he could find - sometimes as often as a hundred times a day - we've spent every waking moment trying to keep him safe. His behaviors have greatly improved, thanks to intensive one-on-one therapy, but he is still nonverbal for the most part and has daily (sometimes hourly) meltdowns that require endless patience and skill to navigate.”
The TPPF Take: Parenting in public is increasingly dangerous, as the role of government expands into every corner of our lives.

“We should be reaching out in love and community to parents who may need support, rather than calling government authorities,” says TPPF’s Brandon Logan. “This is the key to rebuilding a civil society that cherishes and organically protects children.”

For more on how giving your children an old-fashioned childhood (with risks and skinned knees and exploration) isn’t child abuse, read this.
What to Know: California says that no oil or gas from off its shore will be allowed to transit through the state.

“California will block the transportation through its state of petroleum from new offshore oil rigs, officials told Reuters on Wednesday, a move meant to hobble the Trump administration’s effort to vastly expand drilling in U.S. federal waters,” Reuters reported last week. “California's plan to deny pipeline permits for transporting oil from new leases off the Pacific Coast is the most forceful step yet by coastal states trying to halt the biggest proposed expansion in decades of federal oil and gas leasing.”
The TPPF Take: Instead of benefiting from the mineral wealth off their shores, Californians continue to pay the price for bad public policy.

“Where you live determines how much you pay for your energy – gasoline, diesel fuel and electricity,” says TPPF’s Megan Ingram. “California is sitting on top of great energy resources, but because of high taxes and onerous regulations, they’re still paying the highest prices for gasoline, for example, in the continental United States.”

For more on regional differences in policies and prices, read this.
What to Know: Speaking of California, high taxes and repressive regulations – which combine to raise housing prices -- are sparking a “mass exodus” from the San Francisco area. They’re moving to places like Tennessee and Texas.

“Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s own study of the out-migration says workers are moving to Sacramento, Austin, and Portland due to a number of factors,” KPIX (CBS 5) in San Francisco reports. “But topping the list is the high cost of housing.”

The article goes on to explain, “Operators of a San Jose U-Haul business say one of their biggest problems is getting its rental moving vans back because so many are on a one-way ticket out of town.”
The TPPF Take: That exodus from California is directly due to bad public policies.

“Even as California residents flee areas like San Francisco and Silicon Valley, state lawmakers are proposing higher taxes and more onerous regulations,” says TPPF’s Chuck DeVore. “That steady out-bound flow will soon become a flood, and places like Texas will benefit.”

For more on tax hikes and out-migration, read this.
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