California matters, and not just because it’s our biggest state. What happens there is, at some point, almost certain to happen where you live. Find a national trend that didn’t begin in California. There may be some, but there aren’t many. If you want to know the future, or if you want to prevent it, look west.
Slept her way to the top, senator for California via identity politics, and possibly a future president.
With that in mind, here’s the bottom line: California is falling apart. Over the course of the last several decades, California has gone from one of the richest places in the world to the poorest state in our country. More than a third of its population hovers around the poverty line. Even before COVID, more than four million Californians were collecting food stamps. More than 150,000 people in California are homeless. They’re living on the streets, in parks, under overpasses, in tents on the sidewalk.
This is a human tragedy caused by the selfishness and the stupidity of bad leaders and their bad policies. If these leaders were judged by their performance, no big-city politician in the state of California would have a job. They know that, so they’re working hard to make certain that they’re not judged by rational standards. Instead, they inflame racial wounds to try to keep the population distracted and divided, to keep the attention away from them and their failures. …
California, is an actual place inhabited by 40 million people. It’s our most beautiful and most economically important state. The electrical grid is failing. The power flickers on and off like a Third World country. The state’s forests are so mismanaged they keep catching fire and burning uncontrollably. That’s not climate change, that’s bad management. Women can’t jog in public parks for fear of being attacked by the mentally ill homeless. For the privilege of all of this, California residents pay the highest, the most burdensome taxes in the country.
No one in power is paying any attention because they’re debating the color of the new senator. So what’s happening? You know the answer: People who can leave are doing so. …
California’s largest export used to be advanced aerospace products. That and Hollywood movies were the economy of Southern California. Now, the state’s main export is population. More than 40% of Bay Area residents tell pollsters they want to leave, and that’s one of the happiest places in the state. It’s no wonder the average rent price on a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco fell 20% in the last year. Why is that? Because no one wants to live there.
The most recent estimates show that California lost more than 135,000 people in the last year. Among those people, by the way, is Kamala Harris. She’s in Washington now, and she’s bringing California-style governance to the rest of us.