Californians live in a bubble. They still have an opinion of themselves as being a leader in all areas. This self-conscience, high opinion has been instilled in them through the continued barrage of California vacation videos they have seen since they were children, the sports teams, the movie stars. "Californians are different. Californians are the trend setters. As goes California so goes the rest of the United States." This is the stuff they believe - at least until the TV goes off, the red carpet is rolled up and you actually walk outside.
I'm wondering if those who live in California have even taken a look around them in the past generation. Millions of illegal aliens have swarmed across the border adding to the sucking of their state and local taxes. At the legislative level, far lefties have been in charge for a long time and continue to put anti-business regulations in place. The radical and ignorant environmentalists and other "Greenies" have fought tooth and nail to drive their state back into indigenous cultural living arrangements. They rail against progress of technology - just read their Facebook posts.
On top of all of the above - the illegal aliens and the liberal overspending and environmental "feel good" bullshit - comes the people themselves. They continue to make ballot proposals that are idiotic. Rather than having spending come from debate in their legislature (not that they would vote against it mind you), people just propose a ballot measure to spend $50 million on a park or $60 million on a bike trail or to save some fish or bird. The voter goes to the polls - and without critically thinking (since their teachers unions have removed that from the classroom and focused on "feelings" and "emotion") - they say to themselves "aww, that would be nice for the little kids to play and ride their bike on and the birds will sing!". They vote yes not only for the park, but also for their own poverty. The nice thing about ballot measures - the spending cannot be cut by the governor.
All of this has come to pass, while all the time many out there have been warning them. I won't say "I told you so" though, because I am sitting back and enjoying watching a bunch of ignoramuses suffer. I simply cannot feel sorry for them. Sure, there are some conservatives out there, but that is their choice. They choose to live there, nobody is forcing them to. "But I have family here" or "I like the climate here". Well, then don't complain that you live in a liberal craphole that is in decay with blaring mariachi music coming in through your windows, gangs roaming your neighborhood and trash in the streets. That is a choice you have made to live with. You have chosen to support that system and live with it. So, no complaining out of you!
The main problem bogging down the state is illegal aliens. Many don't want to point their finger at the real problem because they are afraid they'll be called a racist or be looked at as some mean person. When it comes to poverty and people stealing your money, the finger must be pointed at the real source. "Illegal aliens add more poverty than even wasteful spending?" you may ask. Of course. When you are feeding, clothing, sheltering, providing medical care, "educating" and taking care of millions of poor people and their children from cradle to grave you are going to spend a ton more than just providing a little spending on those already here that are sucking off of the system.
The stats below prove out that illegal aliens are the cause - even though the article tries to ignore the true main cause of the poverty.
The Golden State has reached a poverty rate that is now twice as bad as West Virginia’s and substantially worse than the rates of poverty in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas...
Here is the part that proves it out. Note where all the states are facing this increased poverty. Nearly half of the illegal aliens in the country have come within the past 10-12 years (since 9/11/01). You can't import that much poverty in such a short period and not have it drag your state down and increase poverty. All of the states below have been struggling with a large influx of illegal aliens.
The new ranking leaves California at the bottom, along with and close to the 23.2 percent poverty rate in the District of Columbia.
The next worst-off state is Arizona, which has a poverty rate of 19.8 percent, followed by Florida at 19.5 percent, Nevada at 19.4 percent, Georgia at 19 percent, and Texas at 16.5 percent.
And where do they say the poverty level has decreased? Well, in all those states away from the border, of course.
The least poor states tend to be the unglamorous, undiverse and sprawling communities close to Canada.
Iowa, Vermont, Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming have poverty rates just below 10 percent. Iowa’s rate is the lowest in the nation, at 8.4 percent, roughly one-third California’s poverty rate.
The Daily Caller, as you may know, is libertarian in nature with a conservative slant. Being libertarian they are generally pro-open borders and pro-illegal alien. But even they can't ignore the impact that illegal aliens have had on the poverty rate and the destruction of the budgets of these states.
I'll leave you with this quote from the article on California.
... outside the wealthy zones, there are high rates of poverty in the Central Valley — where the agricultural sector still relies on low-wage, immigrant stoop labor, rather than crop-picking machines — and throughout the chain-link conurbations that stretch from trailer parks in San Jose to barrios in San Diego.
Barrios in San Diego...