California Premier Welfare State
Introduction by Lewis Loflin
Summary: California is the premier welfare state. They have spent about $1 TRILLION on welfare since 1992. California the highest growth rate. It also has the HIGHEST poverty rates (24%) based on the Supplemental Poverty Measure. 33% of American poor live in California.
California has declared itself a sanctuary state. The State flooded with 3rd world peasants, where 55% of "immigrant" families are on welfare.
Fanatical environmental regulations has exploded the cost of housing and energy. This leaves thousands living in the streets. Welfare is a protected growth industry for thousands of high paid professionals.
"Blue State ideology" rages on uncontrolled. An out of control, one party police state tending towards fascism. Progressive fascists have tendencies of demanding control of every facet of ones life.
California officials even threaten those with prison for cooperation with the Federal government. Illegal immigration promotes welfare use and Democrat voter blocks.
San Francisco is a good example. Median home prices in Silicon Valley range from $800,000 to $1.4 million. Even engineers can hardly afford this.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, "Between July 2015 and July 2017, the region gained 44,732 immigrants but lost 44,102 residents...The population drops have been most notable on residents between the ages of 18 and 24, and between 45 and 64."
Sick of dealing with sanctuary city criminals and massive taxes productive businesses have had enough. To further quote press reports:
Carole Dabak is a retired engineer and has lived in the area for 40 years. Now, she's moving to Tennessee.
"I loved it here when I first got here. I really loved it here. But it’s just not the same," she told KPIX. "We don’t like it here anymore. You know, we don't like this sanctuary state status and just the politics here."
Liberals consider rural white voters stupid. We refuse the jump on the Progressive welfare-state band wagon. We don't want California Progressivism. We don't want more poverty. We don't want to lose jobs. We don't Progressive racism and identity politics.
We don't want to be your Mexican servant class.
Why is liberal California the poverty capital of America?
By Kerry Jackson January 14, 2018.
Original url: www.latimes.com
Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California...The state and local bureaucracies that implement California's antipoverty programs, however, resisted pro-work reforms.
In fact, California recipients of state aid receive a disproportionately large share of it in no-strings-attached cash disbursements. It's as though welfare reform passed California by, leaving a dependency trap in place. Immigrants are falling into it: 55% of immigrant families in the state get some kind of means-tested benefits, compared with just 30% of natives.
Self-interest in the social-services community may be at fault. As economist William A. Niskanen explained back in 1971, public agencies seek to maximize their budgets, through which they acquire increased power, status, comfort and security.
To keep growing its budget, and hence its power, a welfare bureaucracy has an incentive to expand its "customer" base. With 883,000 full-time-equivalent state and local employees in 2014, California has an enormous bureaucracy. Many work in social services, and many would lose their jobs if the typical welfare client were to move off the welfare rolls.
Further contributing to the poverty problem is California's housing crisis. More than four in 10 households spent more than 30% of their income on housing in 2015. A shortage of available units has driven prices ever higher, far above income increases. And that shortage is a direct outgrowth of misguided policies...
With a permanent majority in the state Senate and the Assembly, a prolonged dominance in the executive branch and a weak opposition, California Democrats have long been free to indulge blue-state ideology while paying little or no political price. The state's poverty problem is unlikely to improve while policymakers remain unwilling to unleash the engines of economic prosperity that drove California to its golden years.
Kerry Jackson is the Pacific Research Institute's fellow in California studies. This essay was adapted from the winter issue of City Journal.
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