Senator Kamala Harris in California: $3,000 per year per person

Senator Kamala Harris from California: $3,000 per year per person, by Andrew Sheeler.

American families making less than $100,000 a year could be eligible for a monthly tax credit of up to $500, or $6,000 a year, under new legislation announced Thursday by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California.

Individuals making less than $50,000 would be eligible for up to $250 a month, $3,000 a year. …

However, the bill faces long odds of passing any time soon. … In part, that’s because it’s unlikely that Democrats will win enough seats to gain a majority in the U.S. Senate in 2018. …

“It appeals to the Democratic base, it appeals to low-income voters, it’s a very clever tactic to turn the tax issue against the Republicans,” [Jack Pitney, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College] said.

The professor said introducing the bill is yet another sign that Harris is strongly weighing a presidential bid.

Harris is a leading Democrat candidate for US President in 2020. This may become a campaign issue, and become law as early as 2021.

California leads the US, which leads the world in trends. This is a new low. It’s almost buying votes, in an electorate where more than half of voters already receive more from the government in welfare than they pay in taxes. As for taxpayers, this is going to be a big extra burden — fire up the printing presses?

The ancient Greeks had a lot of experience with democracies in their city states. They noted that a democracy tends to last about as long as it takes the populace to work out how to vote themselves the content of the treasury. Then chaos and dysfunction descends, and a strong man takes over.

Hardly surprising California should be the place this is coming from. California has a huge population of recent and illegal immigrants, and the Democrats there now have a lock on government. This is one of the possible futures for the whole US and the West.

History doesn’t repeat exactly, but it rhymes. Change the nature of the population, and the nature of government changes with it.