By BIANCA BARDEN
JUNE 18, 2019
California - Vibrant cities, sun-soaked palm-tree lined ‘Baywatch’ beaches, amusement parks, and natural wonders like nowhere else on earth make California an intriguing land of possibilities. to say nothing of Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Rodeo Drive all lending weight to the belief that it is a beautiful, rich and prosperous place to reside. The Official State nickname of California the Golden State. Between California's explosive growth following the discovery of gold in 1848, the fields of golden poppies that appear each spring throughout the state, the golden gate bridge, and the clear, golden coastal sunsets over the Pacific - California truly is the golden state!
Or at least it used to be.
Today, the state is a liberal’s dream. It’s multicultural. It’s largely urbanized. It is socially and environmentally progressive. People here frequently boast, without a trace of smugness, that if you want to see America in 10 years, look at California.
California has been under Democratic rule since 1988. Between 1999-2003 and from 2011 to present, California has had the socialistic trifecta with The Office of Governor, the State House and State Senate were all under democratic ruling.
In case you did not know, one of the fundamental tenets of a socialist economic model is wealth redistribution. However, unless you have not been paying attention to what has been happening in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez promised free for all, by taking from others. While now, under his successor Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela, once one of the richest countries in Latin America, has people eating from dumpsters.
California is extremely wealthy—if it were its own country, it’d have the fifth-largest economy in the world—and the center of some of the world’s most important technology, financial, and entertainment industries. But the wealth is concentrated at the top and the squeezing of the middle class out to surrounding States has left a divided state of the very rich and the relatively poor.
California, which passed 1,016 new laws in 2018, is more of a welfare state. High taxes fund services and redistribute the wealth and government intrusion into private affairs, from crackdowns on raw milk sales and soda, to banning Happy Meals with toys and outlawing cars that run on gasoline, has become commonplace. These are done to benefit “the people,” but are pretenses for increasing government muscle. It’s the socialist model, in which political society, ruled over by policymakers and bureaucrats, chases out civil society, an arrangement marked by openness, freedom, independence, and voluntary interdependence.
$450 million is allocated to solve the homelessness crisis. Where has that money gone? What has that been spent on. By all accounts, it appears the only thing it's gone to is easing the consciences of the elite.
The state has the most liberal environmental laws and regulations in the country, which hamper the development of affordable housing. A San Francisco Chronicle investigation in 2017 showed rising housing costs driving lower-income Californians out of their homes and into the streets. Homelessness has skyrocketed in both the cities and the rural areas of the state. While 12 percent of the U.S. population is in California, 25 percent of the country’s homeless live there.
From Sacramento to San Diego, you can’t help but notice the multitudes of people living on the street.
In Los Angeles homelessness has increased by 75 percent in the last six years, with 55,000 having an inferior quality of life. California has declared itself a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants.
If California’s governing system were being tried in court, prosecutors would enter into evidence the gap between the wealthy and the poor in California, with a shrinking middle class in
The regulatory machineis driving out businesses. As many as 13,000 fled from 2008 to 2016, the tech monsters of Silicon Valley will remain. But those who fled are jurors rendering their verdict on the state.
Look at the housing shortage and homelessness, the decline of manufacturing and other blue-collar jobs and the growth of a tech economy that rewards disruption over predictability and you see why some are suspicious of the California way.
Others, the wealthy and delusional, just see potential: Without the middle classes to object, progressives think the wealth can be redistributed to help those who need food, health care and housing. California can be a place where social progress is achieved and immigrants are welcomed with open arms, no questions asked. It can be the picturesque center of a movement to reverse the effects of climate change and save the entire world and we turn a blind eye to the masses living in squalor on the side of the streets.
California, just like Venezuela, is a modern example of the failure of progressive socialism. It only creates two classes of individuals: the incredibly wealthy and the incredibly poor – folks who eat from garbage cans, defecate in the streets, and cannot afford a roof over their heads.
The state is fast becoming a domain in which a few live well while the masses live in misery, one of the bitter hallmarks of socialism.
And if you think that can’t happen here in Australia, think again.