California continues to be a leader in poverty, host to massive numbers of poor illegal immigrants and champion of the welfare state. It’s not likely to change any time soon.
More people have registered to vote in California since the last major election in 2012, but the number of Republicans in the Democratic Socialist state continues to drop, Reuters reported.
Democrats hold all statewide elective offices and large majorities in both houses of the legislature in the most populous state in the union if you can even call it a union.
The leftists can pass virtually anything they want, including crafting ballot initiatives or passing laws to raise taxes. There is no opposition and it’s a breeding ground for corruption. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
It’s far more multicultural than united in accordance with liberal values.
There are only 4.8 million Republicans in the state in January of this year, down from 5.2 million in January 2012.
Republicans accounted for 27.62 percent of registered voters in California, down from 30.36 percent in 2012.
About 4.1 million are registered as Independents.
The number of Democrats is roughly 7.4 million and they are about 44 percent of the population.
There is a constant influx of foreigners from the southern border in particular and they are being registered to vote at a rate too fast to be assimilated and they are being seduced by Democrats and their empty promises.
Liberals/Socialists have rallied them to protest and make demands they have neither earned nor are are entitled to. They use them to promote unions and further their causes.
California was once a Republican state. Republicans won in every presidential election in the 1950’s through the 1980’s except for the Goldwater loss.
Californians live in a state where leftist Governor Moonbeam is running the show and they think he is a moderate.
A few areas, mostly in the Bay Area’s technology industry, are doing well, but the job-growth rate is mediocre, the unemployment rate is 10th highest, and underemployment rate is third highest. California is Number 1 in poverty with nearly a quarter of Californians impoverished.
In 1994, California tried to eliminate incentives for illegal immigration. They passed Proposition 187 to keep people from receiving social services or public education until they were verified as U.S. citizens. Law enforcement agencies were to report illegals to state and federal authorities.
It passed 59% to 41%. In 1999, the courts invalidated it thanks to the decidedly anti-American ACLU and other leftist organizations.
The mostly poor and uneducated immigrants came in from Socialist countries. When the leftists promised them benefits, Republicans couldn’t keep up. Many of the people coming in illegally are economic immigrants, some are tied to cartels, and while they share many conservative values with Republicans, it will be many decades, if ever, before they will see the advantage of the limited government this country thrived on.
Just as Proposition 187 fell and took the GOP with it, the leftists know that the same will happen throughout the country.
In 2012, The Wall Street Journal calls California’s dive into a welfare fiefdom nothing less than a Greek Tragedy:
California’s rising standards of living and outstanding public schools and universities once attracted millions seeking upward economic mobility. But then something went radically wrong as California legislatures and governors built a welfare state on high tax rates, liberal entitlement benefits, and excessive regulation. The results, though predictable, are nonetheless striking. From the mid-1980s to 2005, California’s population grew by 10 million, while Medicaid recipients soared by seven million; tax filers paying income taxes rose by just 150,000; and the prison population swelled by 115,000.
The high cost of housing has driven many middle class families into poverty.
The 2013 data shows California has the worst housing cost adjusted poverty rate among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. But it gets worse. California’s poverty rate is now more than 50 percent higher than Mississippi, which long has set the standard for extreme poverty in the United States.
California, once the land of plenty, is the land of poverty.
Liberalizing land use regulations will never happen under Democrats and metropolitan areas will continue to be unaffordable. This leads to slower economic growth and greater poverty with more middle-income households falling into poverty.
The Democrats who rail against poverty and income inequality are causing it.
There are challenging problems they can’t control but could improve. The water crisis would be less severe if they didn’t allow most of their rain water to flow into the sea.
Conditions in some areas of the state “are like a third-world country” due to the multi-year megadrought. There is no backup plan.
The state is victim to wildfires, mudslides, high taxes, crime, gang violence, traffic, wildly extreme political correctness, and a nightmarish business environment.
When California experiences a resurgence, Democrats demand an increase in spending for social programs for the poor which only serves to increase the number of poor.
The pressure is on to increase anti-poverty welfare programs and even the GOP doesn’t resist as long as taxes are raised to pay for them.
Californians, including the economic immigrants, would prefer a good job and affordable housing to a bigger government-assistance check but Democrats have no idea how to make that happen.
Victor Davis Hanson warned of the coming apocalypse and chronicled California’s putrefaction into a welfare state.
What happened in California is spreading throughout the nation. Liberals will say it’s because the GOP was booted out due to their unwelcoming nature but the GOP can’t welcome a welfare state and still remain the GOP. A welfare state is inconsistent with the values of our nation and what once made us great but Barack Obama and his Socialist ilk are telling us what our values now.