Victor Davis Hanson makes it clear that California will quickly join the third world if it ever succeeds in seceding. The Oroville Dam fiasco is a good yardstick for reflecting on the state of our state after decades of Democrat control that now is becoming more radical by the month. Businesses will see no reason for staying as profitability is punished and perverted to gratuitous programs for unhampered migration across our borders. In ‘The Oroville Dam disaster is yet another example of California’s decline’ Hanson writes –
A new generation of Californians — without much memory of floods or what unirrigated California was like before its aqueducts — had the luxury to envision the state’s existing water projects in a radically new light: as environmental errors. To partially correct these mistakes some proposed diverting storage water for fish restoration and re-creating of wild rivers to flow uninterrupted into San Francisco Bay.
Indeed, pressures mounted to tear down rather than build dams. The state — whose basket of income, sales and gas taxes is among the highest in the country — gradually shifted its priorities from the building and expansion of dams, reservoirs, aqueducts, bridges and highways to redistributionist social welfare programs, state employee pensions and an enormous penal archipelago.
California currently hosts a third of the nation’s welfare recipients. Over one in five Californians lives below the poverty line. One in four Californians was not born in the United States. These social transformations pose enormous political challenges and demand that infrastructure and schools grow commensurately to meet soaring populations.
Instead, California is eating its own seed corn.
This what dumbth on steroids looks like. (H/T to reader)