[This is the addended transcript of my regular KVMR commentary broadcast on 19 April 2017.]
California is, and has been for decades where it matters, a one-party state – the state’s legislature has been dominated by the Democratic Party since 1959. The Democrats have called the tune and run things pretty much as they see fit. In this once rich state, whatever is not working fiscally or socially, they now own lock, stock, and barrel. And with the supermajorities they have in both houses of the legislature, it is clear that the majority of Californians either approve of the state’s downward spiral, or they simply don’t know what’s going on. All of our wounds are self-inflicted. (more here)
California’s cacophony of calamities grows year after year even as our state now finds itself on or near the bottom of the nation’s barrel as more rankings are compiled. We lead the country in everything from under-performing public schools, to the various categories of the poor and destitute, to sky high taxes, and the worst business climate. California companies continue to head for greener pastures taking jobs and tax revenues with them. New companies and plants are started elsewhere, even right next door in Nevada, as long as they don’t have to put up with what this advanced laboratory in socialism has to offer.
Things have gotten so frustrating that there are now active groups on both the Left and Right seeking to restructure the state. People on the right correctly feel that Sacramento has ignored them for decades, and today many of them want to split the state into North and South California. People on the left feel that California’s progress toward socialism is hindered so much by Washington that they want to secede from the Union. The only really happy campers in the once Golden State live in the coastal clusters of millionaires and billionaires.