Highest poverty rate in the nation. #4 in homeless rate. Millions without power. Highest taxes in the nation. Filthy cities. Third-world diseases. Corrupt state-run boondoggles. These are just a few of the symptoms of a leftist-borne crisis. Leftist politicians and special interest groups are destroying California. I have traveled to many places around the world, including Bangkok, Jakarta and Sao Paulo. What you see there is fabulous wealth and very close to it abject poverty. Right now I would say California has much more in common with those cities and countries than it does its fellow American states. California is failing and it will soon be a crisis.
It is shocking that the home of Silicon Valley and much of the nation’s GDP is tops in poverty rate, but this is what happens in most leftist Utopias: you have a few haves and many have-nots.
Three key policy decisions made years ago in California has caused this. First, California has a huge entrenched government bureaucracy that has created incentives to put and keep people on assistance: that is what big-government does. Next, California has millions of undeveloped acres of land but has become beholden to rich, corrupt environmental groups and thus has some of the most restrictive land-use regulations in America. The result is very expensive real estate. Finally, these same corrupt environmentalists have successfully enacted draconian “clean” energy regulations, making the cost of energy higher in California than any place else in the country. For people on the lower end of the income spectrum housing and energy make up their biggest expenses and in California those are unaffordable. Economics 101, and California is failing. Failed leftist policies always hurt the poor the most, and California is no exception.
California is fast becoming a state of lords and serfs. Socialism, it is not for the socialist, just the “little people”.
California sounds like it is becoming, say Mexico or Indonesia, where the elite “haves” are insulated from the public at large and where protected class status allows you to do whatever you want. Case in point – the illegal alien can dump toxic waste or burn garbage with impunity, while the law-abiding citizen is regulated, fined and hassled to the point of leaving the state. Or the homeless in San Francisco can defecate on public streets while children are fined for having “unlicensed” lemonade stands.
Meanwhile, Chicago is sadly devolving into something akin to Venezuela, with a high body count and black thugs torturing a helpless white man.
This is the consequence of rampant leftism, political correctness, no respect for law and order, and complete cultural breakdown.