September 12, 1995 |
One of the more perplexing aspects of California is its sense of impermanence, the fear inside the state that its economy will dry up and blow away. Then there is the smug belief--indeed, the green-eyed hope--in the rest of the country that prosperous California will go into long-term decline. The truth is very different. California's economy is not only big--it's the seventh- or eighth-largest in the world, with almost $900 billion a year in total output. It is a driving force of the whole U.S.