“That’s it. I’m outta here.” So a friend told me on Tuesday after the blowout recall loss. This dude has long been mulling over whether to leave California for tax relief and a general “Crazyfornia” atmosphere. Had the recall been closer, with Governor Gavin Newsom winning, my friend could have stayed as there was hope for improvement. But a 64 percent “no to recall” vote decided the issue.
Several other friends also said they were leaning more towards the “vacation” option.
All of these people will be following about 650,000 who are scuddling each year. Of course, people still come here: tech hotshots for Silicon Valley, wannabe movie stars for Hollywood, illegal aliens everywhere. But as everyone now knows, more people have been leaving in recent years than for the first time in history.
I provided the details in my August 25 Epoch Times article, “California Businesses Are Leaving Faster Than Ever.”
Babylon Bee just ran a spoof, “Gavin Newsom Named U-Hall Salesperson of the Year.” It quoted the firm’s fictional Western regional director, Fenik Bugstein: “We are very grateful to Gavin for our success in 2021. Now the only problem is that we are all out of trucks. And no one is ready to take U-Haul back to California. And I am going with my family too. So I guess that’s it! goodbye everybody!”
Seriously, if it’s possible, what are the issues facing Golden State now, with a recall in the past?
1. There are $1 trillion of public unfunded liabilities hanging over the state from pensions and retired medical care. It currently spends $8 billion from the state general fund just to service that debt, not to mention billions more from local and school pensions. Only the amount will increase, requiring a tax increase.
2. A school system that always comes in 48th place in national examinations. “Better than the Mississippi” is not a great selling point. The powerful California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers continue to oppose school choice, qualifying pay for the best teachers, and other reforms.
3. A record high tax burden. Income, sales and gas tax rates are among the top of any other state.
4. Crumbling infrastructure. The $5 billion annual gas tax increase from 2017 has only partially filled the potholes because there are so many of them. And the tax increase was only “needed” because of other silly spending priorities. See number 1 above. And check out the high-speed rail boondoggle, still chugging along despite Newsom’s promise to get rid of it in 2020.
5. Punitively high housing prices. What young couple can afford to buy a home when the state-wide average housing price is $800,000, even more so in coastal areas? Efforts to reform the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other barriers to building more are never going to go away.
6. Environmental unreality drives up the price of everything. As I detailed in “California Wildfires by Greenhouse Gases Dwarf China” from August 12th, the problem is not in the CA, but in the PRC. Yet our residents are punished for something not our fault. Newsom banned the sale of gas-powered cars until 2035, just 14 years from now. He could not completely ban old, gas-powered cars. So California will be like increasingly communist Cuba, where cars like the ’57 Chevys just get older, more simply compromised every year.
7. Not only the teachers unions, but other unions will continue to grow stronger by eating up more of the state’s economy. These include the AFCME, SEIU, the Correctional Peace Officers Association (Prison Guard), several sheriff and police associations, and the surprisingly powerful California Nurses Association.
Following Newsom’s victory, AFSCME Local 3299—University of California service workers—sent this wonderful email: “We rise to the center of this memory to defend our state from anti-union and anti-science extremism. Together, we Unite behind a governor who has prioritized the safety of our health, essential workers and school children, and an economy that works for all of us because California deserves nothing less.”
And you can bet they’re going to expect payouts big-time during next year’s salary negotiations.
8. Critical Race Theory and other plans will be advanced to pit the Americans against each other. Shouldn’t we all come together to provide opportunities for everyone, rather than splitting the pie into more divisive pieces?
hope from latinos
Finally, I end on an optimistic note. Especially as we have started the next cycle race towards the election of November 8, 2022.
Latinos, although opposed to the recall, voted more in the GOP direction than in recent elections. Some are calling it a “canary in the coal mine”, warning Democrats that they should stop assuming that Latinos will continue to support a party that does nothing for them.
As Larry Elder brought up several times during his campaign, Latinos and blacks are being ratcheted up by the dire California school system, which benefits teacher unions at the expense of students.
In a July 18 ET column, I urged, “The only way Republicans could displace Gavin Newsom” was to emphasize education almost exclusively to attract these Latino and black voters. I’m not blaming the Elder. He undertook a brave campaign.
He is hinting at a run next year. I hope he, or whoever pushes back the GOP senseless, undemocratic top two system, adopts that strategy. There are, of course, many other things one could address, and the Elder addressed—listed at the top.
But for a Republican to have any chance, there must be one theme: education. Hammer it at home.
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