At some point you will have to admit that California liberal policies are not going the way people had hoped.
I'm always amazed at how the CA bashers never point to any conservative state as a shining example of how conservative policies are working. It's always easy to point the finger at CA or NY and use them as an example of how liberal policies never work, but they cannot point to any uber conservative (with similar characteristics) as the poster child of conservative policies.
In today's world, K-12 is the foundation for everything. On the Wiki page for rankings on educational attainment, MT ranks first (with 93% of folks having a high school degree), but drops to 21st place in terms of people that have a bachelor's degree. The first pure conservative state to show up on the list is WY at #4 in high school graduates, but drops to 41st for bachelor's degree. Meanwhile, uber progressive VT ranks 7th in high school graduates but 8th in bachelor graduates. Out of the states, CA ranks last (at a respectable 82.5%) in high school graduates, but jumps to 15th for bachelor graduates. In front of CA is TX with 82.8% high school graduates (#50, since DC is counted as a state) but only goes as high as #30 in college graduates.
Looking at the top 10 for the high schools, the biggest state there in MN; all others are small states, which makes it easy to manage K-12. The bottom 10, you have 2 big states (CA, TX), but beside NM and NV, the rest are (you guessed it) southern states.
Looking at bachelor degree graduates, the top 10 are all liberal states (the first conservative state to show up is UT at #16); the bottom 10, excluding PR (ranked at #44) and NV, are all conservative states and save for WY and IN, are all in the south.
Graduate degree graduates paint a similar picture, with the top 10 being liberal (in this case KS is the first conservative state to show up at #20); the bottom 10, save for NV and IA (to an extent) are all conservative, and five of them are in the south (AR, MS, WV, LA, OK).
So once again, please post evidence that a conservative state is flourishing with policies that are the complete opposite of California's.