Californian leftists would have you believe the Golden State is
God’s our progressive, non-descript supreme being’s greatest gift to humanity. Five seconds into the conversation and they’ll be making your ears bleed with talk of their economy being number one in the US, and how all other states should follow their lead.
Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor. That’s according to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities and clothing, and which includes noncash government assistance as a form of income.
Given robust job growth and the prosperity generated by several industries, it’s worth asking why California has fallen behind, especially when the state’s per-capita GDP increased approximately twice as much as the U.S. average over the five years ending in 2016 (12.5%, compared with 6.27%).
The short answer? Decades upon decades of leftism.
Californian leftists neglect to mention their “booming economy” owes itself almost entirely to the tech industry and Hollywood. Seeing as not everyone is qualified to be a nerd or a rapist, their GDP growth means bupkus to pretty much everybody else. To normal folks, California is less of a left-wing utopia, more of an emerging socialist crap cavern.
The problem is Cali-forn-i-aye’s priorities. They could care less about fostering competitive, pro-growth economic policies which help those at the bottom rise up. Nope. They’re too busy blowing their tax dollars on sluggish, wimpy electric police cars and taxing their citizens and businesses into exile.
So the score is: super wealthy doing well, super poor getting poorer. California.
These leftists claim to care so deeply about the little guy. Yet, they’re doing a pretty craptastic job of taking care of them.