There was more of the same old, same old California news recently. Some 62% of state roads have been rated poor or mediocre. There were more predictions of huge cost overruns and yearly losses on high-speed rail -- before the first mile of track has been laid. One-third of Bay Area residents were polled as hoping to leave the area soon. Such pessimism is daily fare, and for good reason. The basket of California state taxes -- sales, income and gasoline -- rates among the highest in the U.S. Yet California roads and K-12 education rank near the bottom. After years of drought,
California is very much akin to an alcoholic who won´t admit that they have a problem.
Can they get better? Sure, but not until they have crashed and hit rock bottom and admit to themselves that their way of doing things was completely wrong. THEN they can get and accept help to begin to heal and thrive again.
It should also be noted that the same elites from Kalifornia that have ruined the state are fueling the hatred in the Country and insisting that the Country follow the same path to ruin that they have taken for their state.
It is insane after having demonstrated the complete failure of their ideas to INSIST that they be used nationwide and also insist that these same corrosive and destructive policies are the only wholesome choice we can make. Experience and knowledge prove that Kalifornia is wrong yet they persist. They are addicts of Socialism and they can´t get the monkey off their backs.
FTA "One in three American welfare recipients resides in California."
Let that stat sink in. Cali has 1/3 of the country´s total welfare recipients - in just one state. Do you think it might be connected to another stat in the article? "One in four state residents was not born in the U.S."
And yet the Sacrmento Bee EDITORIAL BOARD writes "We hate President Donald Trump’s idea of building a big, hideous wall at the Mexican border. It won’t stop illegal immigration and would waste billions of dollars. Trump has used the concept as a demagogic tool to gin up his base, and has unnecessarily antagonized Mexico, one of this country’s closest friends."
My guess is the answer to Victor Davis Hanson´s question is NO!
All of their problems can be traced back to the Socialist leaders of both parties. I can remember years ago when California started the Open Classroom policy which was a disaster. The problem was that the rest of the country followed suit and by the time CA had figured out it wasn´t working and was trying something else, it became a failure in all the states. Why the Dept. of Education thinks CA knows how to do anything well is beyond me.
"One-third of Bay Area residents were polled as hoping to leave the area soon." So, the radical Leftists ruin their state by electing a one party system of radical Leftists and then because it has become so bad, they want to leave and spread their cancer to other states in the union.
A good barometer of the attitude and intelligence of the state of Kalifornia is to see who they pick to represent them. Based on this,they will continue to sink into chaos. The only hope is to let them wander into complete bankruptcy or please leave the union and start your own country. Kalimehico.
They haven´t even built one mile of high speed rail??? Baawahahaha...wait until they try to build tunnels through the San Andreas Fault lines.... Kalifornia redefines ´stupidity´....they had Gov. Moonbeam, kicked him out, and then re-elected him....
I really don´t have a good word for the type of situation California is in. As a kid in my early teens, I lived in Sacramento. It was fantastic. We had the best schools, our lives were pretty much free. We would walk just one block from my house to go shoot frogs with our 22´s and we were 14 years old! I was in the California Cadet Corps, and a champion shooter on my high school rifle team. We kept our 22 cal precision target rifles in a closet in our class room! We had 60 "Men" on our team and on our precision marching team. On "Uniform Day" we wore our uniforms and were highly respected parts of our student body.
Now it´s all Kaleefourneeyah- The people´s Republik. All just gone- not much left of it. And the horror is, the "What Ever They Ares" won´t stop ruining it.
#16, you can trace the problem back to our ancestors failure to eradicate the various flavors of communists that showed up in this country. Allowing them to remain and live in a country is as insane as allowing mooslimes to remain and live in your country.
Alta California was doing well when it was a part of New Spain; however, a revolting Mexico took it over and decided that the help given to the area by the Church was not as amenable to control as government control. The attachment of the area to the United States has been as controlling as Mexico, and as we all know, government "help" means only government control.
Venezuela ought to be discussed at every campaign rally or political speech, because that is the future of any communist/socialist state.
Venezuela can´t look over the horizon at 49 other States thinking, "Hey. If things get too bad, those guys will bail us out."
California thinks they can and even have a right to get financial help from the rest of us.
The really big and in many ways tragic problem is this very welfare-state mentality: some needed help, got it, felt (and were made) more and more comfortable not doing anything to improve their lives. Whatever ingenuity they´d had is now gone. or, many arrived there (much like what´s going on in Denver, etc) expecting to immediately go on public services. Maybe they´d been on it elsewhere and that´s all they know. They think it´s their job to go down to the welfare office even if they´ve just arrived in our Country.
Either way, what socialists do is destroy the human spirit, dignity and will to overcome.
After welfare reform of the 90s (passed by the Congress and finally signed into Law by Clinton), the work requirement actually began to force people out of lethargy AND hopelessness and into productivity. Mayny began to experience a sense of dignity.
Communism/socialism is cruel and inhumane.
Some time ago it occurred to me that the once Golden State could only be seen as the Fool´s Gold State.
Maybe Clooney from his walled LA fortress can come up with some ideas? /s
California is big corrupt controlling government in all its glory. Some people get rich, everyone else pays to make it possible. Money for roads and education? Are you kidding?!? It´s more important to use tax dollars to buy votes and buy elections. The era of buying a drunk a bottle of wine for his vote is over. Today, they want six digit salaries.
The IRS has finally agreed to a process for deciding on the last remaining nonprofit application that was snared in the Obama administration’s tea party targeting, more than four years after the illegal singling-out of conservative groups for special scrutiny was first revealed. In court filings this week, the IRS acceded to rules governing how the tax agency will decide whether to grant nonprofit status to the Texas Patriots Tea Party, which has been awaiting a decision for years. The agreement doesn’t mean the group will be approved, but it sets up a process for making a decision. “This does provide a path
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I love reading about regional cultural variances. Typically these types of reports include the use of y’all vs. you all, or soda vs. pop. Dating app Hater matches date-seekers using a combination of location, age, and mutual hates. Hater asks users to rate their level of “like” on various subjects. They’ve compiled user data to produce a map of the U.S. illustrating the most hated (of the topics available) issue or thing in each state. The New York Times, bloggers, cheap coffee, sand, and being the designated driver top the most-hated things in a handful of states. (Snip for graphics)
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New research shows that ancient humans had sex with non human species. According to a study conducted by Omer Gokcumen, an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Buffalo, ancient humans had intercourse with a "ghost species" of "proto human". Gokcumen explains that humans are only one member of a broader species named "hominins". The research found that humans had sex with other members of the hominins group.
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