Blue State UTOPIA: California is Poorest State in America
The Left sells their moronic policies as panacea. Just follow socialism to Utopian bliss. Then brutal death.
Leftist policies do not work. They never have and never will. Yet states like California pride themselves on the continued practice of socialism. And that’s why California leads America in poverty.
The irony of a place that calls itself, The Golden State has no more gold.
According to new statistics released last month by the United States Census Bureau the blue dominate state has more people suffering from poverty than another state in the nation.
In its report, the Census Bureau used cost of living to determine poverty level. The report utilized a standard called the “supplemental poverty measure,” or SPM, which incorporates various factors including expenditures on food, clothing, shelter and utilities, as well as geographic variations, in housing costs.
A little more than 20 percent of Californians — about 8 million people — live in poverty, according to the state’s SPM rate. By comparison, in Mississippi, the state with the highest poverty rate by the official poverty measure, only about 16 percent live in poverty, according to the state’s SPM.
Considering how California throws money away at every problem, who’s shocked.
California state and local governments spent about $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare,” according to the Census Bureau. That’s almost $1 trillion, and to what end.
Hosting 12% of the American population California boasts about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients. Vagrants know California to be the state where you can get easy money. California fights against welfare-to-work, so the lazy flock to the state in droves. It doesn’t hurt that most areas of California are inhabitable in the worst of conditions.
While California rewards the apathetic, many states have gone back to implementing work requirements for welfare. Georgia is one such state.
According to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, there have been an additional 21 counties who restored the work requirements. These counties experienced a 62 percent drop in SNAP participants.
This kind of approach was also successful back in the 80’s and 90’s when states implemented welfare reform. The results were welfare rolls plummeted and people went back to work. But of course Leftists in California have rejected these positive results and continue with a no strings attached welfare approach.
In fact, California recipients of state aid receive a disproportionately large share of it in no-strings-attached cash disbursements. It’s as though welfare reform passed California by, leaving a dependency trap in place. Immigrants are falling into it: 55% of immigrant families in the state get some kind of means-tested benefits, compared with just 30% of natives.
Work ethic lifts people out of poverty. However, Democrats ignore this simple fact.
Over Regulated Housing
In addition to out of control welfare handouts, finding an affordable home in California is nearly impossible. After New Jersey and Maryland, California is the third least-free state when it comes to housing regulation.
This is due to development fees, global warming carbon dioxide concerns, restrictive zoning, and other barriers which act to create a massive barrier to owning a house in California. This pushes the cost of a home beyond reach for the middle class, while making rent virtually impossible for the poor.
Extensive environmental regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions make energy more expensive, also hurting the poor. By some estimates, California energy costs are as much as 50% higher than the national average.
Jonathan A. Lesser of Continental Economics, author of a 2015 Manhattan Institute study, “Less Carbon, Higher Prices,” found that “in 2012, nearly 1 million California households faced … energy expenditures exceeding 10% of household income. In certain California counties, the rate of energy poverty was as high as 15% of all households.”
In other words making the population more poor to be more “eco-friendly” is good by progressive standards!
The Official Sanctuary State
Further, if you really wanted to destroy California, you need change nothing. Take for example Jerry Brown’s new law that provides sanctuary for non-citizens. In effect, illegals have more rights than taxpaying American citizens in California.
The Golden State is home to an estimated 2.3 million illegal immigrants.
“These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear everyday,” Brown said on the day he signed the bill.
And we are seeing the effects of these dangerous polices first hand. Take a look at this recording from a driver observing what a “sanctuary” looks like in California:
Additionally, California spends $23 billion on illegal immigration as opposed to the rest of the United States combined at $89 billion.
If this is what California calls “progressivism” it’s no wonder why some counties in California are trying to declare independence from the rest of the state.
With the reading of their own version of a Declaration of Independence, founders of the state of New California took the first steps to what they hope will eventually lead to statehood. CBS Sacramento reports they don’t want to leave the United States, just California.
“Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California,” said founder Robert Paul Preston.
But unlike other separation movements in the past, the state of New California wants to do things by the book, citing Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution and working with the state legislature to get it done, similar to the way West Virginia was formed.
Don’t expect California to see the light. The state is too far gone. And they have fixed the system so thoughtful leaders will never win.
I hope President Trump doesn’t offer them a bailout without a deal to change the leadership. Know that California is broke and not admitting it.