As publication of Crazifornia nears, I’m practicing the age-old tradition of soliciting author blubs. You know, the sensational “you gotta read this” quotes authors use on the cover and first pages of a book to entice readers to buy.
‘Crazifornia’ made me laugh, it made me cry. No, really — one rarely reads such a funny account of such a sad subject. California, my beloved home, has gone from the destination spot in the nation to a pathetic basket case run into the ground by lunatics. Pearce pins the blame where it belongs. You won’t find any solutions in this book, but solutions are pointless because the crazies who still run the state, and the crazies who vote those people, would never accept any solutions. This is a great book to read, tearfully, as you pack the house in Orange County and wait for the moving van to take you to Nevada.
Few people have written more – and more eloquently – than Greenhut on what ails California, so I cherish this blurb. I especially like the last sentence.
Long-time Greenhut colleague John Seiler, who edits and writes for the wonderful CalWatchDog website, edited Crazifornia, for which I’m immensely grateful. After spending a week catching errors major and minor in the manuscript, he had this to say:
Want to know what’s happening in America’s nuttiest state? Read Crazifornia. It’s the most incisive, and funniest, dissection of what happened to the formerly Golden State. It’s all there: punishing taxes, environmental extremism, cultural rot, Gov. Moonbeam and the Schwarzenegger meltdown. And even if you don’t live there, given California’s immense influence, what Laer Pearce details is coming soon to your state.
Finally, Sally Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute and author of The Pipes Plan: The Top Ten Ways to Dismantle and Replace Obamacare, provided this:
Before we can hope to return California to good governance and fiscal health, we need to understand just how dysfunctional the state has become and who is responsible for its deterioration. Crazifornia tells us that story, relaying an entertaining history of progressive ideology, failed liberal experiments and regulatory excesses. Pearce’s exposition helps us understand why California is teetering on the precipice. And more important, it helps us see a path forward.
Soon there will be a book to put these on. I just need to write the conclusion, collect the blurbs, and off it goes to the publisher.