If California hints at America's future, we're in big trouble
The Kansas City Star
Just finished reading another gloomy piece about California, this one at Powerline. A few days ago, there was a long article about the once-Golden state in The Weekly Standard, for which I can’t find a link. It was even gloomier.
No matter. The themes are all the same: California is in the midst of slow-motion economic suicide at the hands of the Democratic Party and its union allies, who have dominated the state’s politics for decades.
I can’t help but worry that with the last election, the nation took big step toward Californifying itself, given the looming costs of Obamacare, our unrestrained entitlement state and the taxes needed to pay for it all.
Powerline’s John Hinderaker: “Today, California is the most spectacular failure of our time. Its government is broke. Productive citizens have been fleeing for some years now, selling their homes at inflated prices (until recently) and moving to Colorado, Arizona, Texas and even Minnesota … The results of California’s improvident liberalism have been tragically easy to predict: absurd public sector wage and benefit packages, a declining tax base, surging welfare enrollment, falling economic production, ever-increasing deficits.”
Under the new federal poverty measure, California leads the nation — 23.5 percent of its population is poor, or below the poverty line. Unbelievable. The state is becoming a museum of liberalism’s consequences, following the path tread by other one-party jurisdictions like Detroit, Washington, D.C., or Illinois.
This is a gloomy rumination the day before Thanksgiving, so I guess one thing we can be thankful for is that for the rest of country, the die is not yet cast. There’s still an opportunity, however diminishing, to steer a different course.