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  posted on 7/13/2017 at 09:07 PM
Victor Davis Hanson: Will California Ever Thrive Again?
http://www.investors.com/politics/columnists/victor-davis-hanson-will-calif ornia-ever-thrive-again/

There was more of the same old, same old California news recently. Some 62% of state roads have been rated poor or mediocre. There were more predictions of huge cost overruns and yearly losses on high-speed rail -- before the first mile of track has been laid. One-third of Bay Area residents were polled as hoping to leave the area soon.

Such pessimism is daily fare, and for good reason.

The basket of California state taxes -- sales, income and gasoline -- rates among the highest in the U.S. Yet California roads and K-12 education rank near the bottom.

After years of drought, California has not built a single new reservoir. Instead, scarce fresh aqueduct water is still being diverted to sea. Thousands of rural central California homes, in Dust Bowl fashion, have been abandoned due to a sinking aquifer and dry wells.

One in three American welfare recipients resides in California. Almost a quarter of the state population lives below or near the poverty line. Yet the state's gas and electricity prices are among the nation's highest.

One in four state residents was not born in the U.S. Current state-funded pension programs are not sustainable.

California depends on a tiny elite class for about half of its income tax revenue. Yet many of these wealthy taxpayers are fleeing the 40-million-person state, angry over paying 12% of their income for lousy public services.

Public health costs have soared as one-third of California residents admitted to state hospitals for any causes suffer from diabetes, a sometimes-lethal disease often predicated on poor diet, lack of exercise and excessive weight.

Nearly half of all traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area are classified as hit-and-run collisions.

Grass-roots voter pushbacks are seen as pointless. Progressive state and federal courts have overturned a multitude of reform measures of the last 20 years that had passed with ample majorities.

In impoverished central California towns such as Mendota, where thousands of acres were idled due to water cutoffs, once-busy farmworkers live in shacks. But even in opulent San Francisco, the sidewalks full of homeless people do not look much different.

What caused the California paradise to squander its rich natural inheritance?

Excessive state regulations and expanding government, massive illegal immigration from impoverished nations, and the rise of unimaginable wealth in the tech industry and coastal retirement communities created two antithetical Californias.

One is an elite, out-of-touch caste along the fashionable Pacific Ocean corridor that runs the state and has the money to escape the real-life consequences of its own unworkable agendas.

The other is a huge underclass in central, rural and foothill California that cannot flee to the coast and suffers the bulk of the fallout from Byzantine state regulations, poor schools and the failure to assimilate recent immigrants from some of the poorest areas in the world.

The result is Connecticut and Alabama combined in one state. A house in Menlo Park may sell for more than $1,000 a square foot. In Madera three hours away, the cost is about one-tenth of that.

In response, state government practices escapism, haggling over transgendered restroom issues and the aquatic environment of a 3-inch baitfish rather than dealing with a sinking state.

What could save California?

Blue-ribbon committees for years have offered bipartisan plans to simplify and reduce the state tax code, prune burdensome regulations, reform schools, encourage assimilation and unity of culture, and offer incentives to build reasonably priced housing.

Instead, hypocrisy abounds in the two Californias.

If Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg wants to continue lecturing Californians about their xenophobia, he at least should stop turning his estates into sanctuaries with walls and security patrols. And if faculty economists at the University of California at Berkeley keep hectoring the state about fixing income inequality, they might first acknowledge that the state pays them more than $300,000 per year putting them among the top 2% of the university's salaried employees.

Immigrants to a diverse state where there is no ethnic majority should welcome assimilation into a culture and a political matrix that is usually the direct opposite of what they fled from.

More unity and integration would help. So why not encourage liberal Google to move some of its operations inland to needy Fresno, or lobby the wealthy Silicon Valley to encourage affordable housing in the near-wide-open spaces along the nearby I-280 corridor north to San Francisco?

Finally, state bureaucrats should remember that even cool Californians cannot drink Facebook, eat Google, drive on Oracle or live in Apple. The distant people who make and grow things still matter.

Elites need to go back and restudy the state's can-do confidence of the 1950s and 1960s to rediscover good state government -- at least if everyday Californians are ever again to have affordable gas, electricity and homes, safe roads and competitive schools.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2017 at 09:26 PM
What is your point? You posted an article without comment. Do you need it to be explained to you?
 

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  posted on 7/13/2017 at 09:34 PM
I thought that number seemed disproportionately high. Then I thought, my God, in a popular vote election, 30% of the Californian vote can be swayed by keeping entitlements extremely attractive to poverty dwellers.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2017 at 09:36 PM


add in the illegals and it could be closer to 40% of the vote.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2017 at 10:43 PM
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I thought that number seemed disproportionately high. Then I thought, my God, in a popular vote election, 30% of the Californian vote can be swayed by keeping entitlements extremely attractive to poverty dwellers.


That article is a year old and cites no sources for its findings. It reads more like an opinion piece rather than actual reporting. I do not know if his claims are true or false, but it proved little. Most heavily populated states are in similar positions. The cost of repairing infrastructure has ballooned beyond the financial capabilities of most states and the Feds offer little help.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2017 at 09:15 AM
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I thought that number seemed disproportionately high. Then I thought, my God, in a popular vote election, 30% of the Californian vote can be swayed by keeping entitlements extremely attractive to poverty dwellers.
You talk out of your A$$ about things you know nothing about.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2017 at 09:49 AM
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I thought that number seemed disproportionately high. Then I thought, my God, in a popular vote election, 30% of the Californian vote can be swayed by keeping entitlements extremely attractive to poverty dwellers.


Have you done any research for relative comparisons to other states to put your posting of an opinion piece into perspective?

 

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  posted on 7/14/2017 at 10:19 AM
I am a native of CA and I don't know one person on government entitlements....I do know a republican that lives in Nevada that is on disability who buys guns...votes for Trump but hasn't realized he's actually a socialist....He had a double hip replacement....yet there are no jobs he can do so he's on permanent disability...who's payin for that??....all of us

I wonder how many Trump supporters are on Government assistance or disability and think its just great and don't even consider it and entitlement at all. Don't, for one minute, think of it as a social program...I know the guy in NV doesn't think of it that way....he also has a disabled child that of course gets government assistance....

All the people who want the government to bring back their coal jobs are socialist...they're asking the government to provide for them...instead of reeducating themselves to move to another career.

CA is the 6th largest economy in the world....the Silicon Valley provides the rest of the world with most of the technological advances we all use without thought. Housing prices are very high....why??? because people want to live here....why are housing prices low in most red states???? probably not the best place to live is what comes to mind...

I know from experience that if you want to succeed at something find someone who does it right and follow their path...maybe some of the poor states need to look at what a successful state does and maybe replicate....just a thought

 

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  posted on 7/14/2017 at 12:34 PM
Not buying those numbers, and California's economy is booming. If you don't believe me you can look at housing prices that keep going up. People don't pay a million dollars for a small to modest home if they aren't doing ok for themselves.

Not sure where California sits on a welfare recipients per capita basis with other states, but they are not in the top 7. Here is a list of the top 7, which you might notice is dominated by red states.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2015/01/17/cheat-sheet -states-with-most-food-stamps/21877399/

 

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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 06:00 PM
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What is your point? You posted an article without comment. Do you need it to be explained to you?


There is a question in what Goob posted. "What could save California?"

Those who believe and are working for Cal-Exit, like Brexit, making California an independent territory/state. That might work.

 

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What is your point? You posted an article without comment. Do you need it to be explained to you?


There is a question in what Goob posted. "What could save California?"

Those who believe and are working for Cal-Exit, like Brexit, making California an independent territory/state. That might work.


Not a bad idea. Have cars stopped at the California border and ask for passports.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 11:47 PM
Just found this:
San Diego Union-Tribune
July 28, 2012

34% of welfare recipients live in California but only---

12% of the of the U.S. population lives here.

Still trying to find the % of the state population on welfare. several websites keep using the 1 in 3 number, but are referring to the ratio of nation wide numbers.

So basically, it's one in three of welfare recipients in the U.S. live in California.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2017 at 12:07 AM
I currently live in Orange County. Everything in the original post is true. I would never even think about coming here to live if I was you
 

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  posted on 7/18/2017 at 12:54 AM
Yeah, the Great Plains will be the DMZ.

 

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