After years of gradually leaning to the left, the state of California appears to be in an all-out free fall. If anyone is asking can the “left-coast” become even bluer, the next round of state elections will probably offer an emphatic “yes” to that question.
Even some of the state’s Republicans, and there are a substantial minority of them, are worried what will happen to their state when Gov. Jerry Brown (D) steps down. Brown is a bitter opponent of President Trump but after inheriting a state in deep recession he has proven to be fiscally cautious.
In spite of Brown’s moderate economic stance, California government from the municipal to the state level is more than $1.3 trillion in debt mainly due to impossible to keep pension and medical care promises made by those governments. In spite of its upper-income earners making up to 50% more than those in New York, California also has the nation’s highest poverty rate. Higher than either Mississippi or West Virginia.
In this next election season, a younger generation of committed progressives that are more liberal than Brown and invested in the “Resist” movement will take his and others’ place.
Their elections are inevitable as California is the most liberal of all the large states in America that regularly cast their Electoral College votes for Democrats.
Both the state’s U.S. senators and 34 of 53 congressional representatives are Democrats. The party holds solid majorities in both state legislative houses and holds every elected statewide office.
Plainly stated, of all the large states in America that regularly cast their Electoral College votes for Democrats, California is by far the most lopsided to the Left.
New York, which is quite a liberal state is downright balanced compared to California. There is a strong Conservative Party in New York that matters and its State Legislature is somewhat balanced. Although Democrats dominate the New York Assembly, independent Democrats willing to compromise has enabled Republicans to control the State House. Both before and after the 2010 elections, Republicans maintained outright control of the Senate chamber.
There is no such balance in California. This is the main reason, serious talks about some kind of division of the state are becoming something more than idle talk. The geographic/political divide in the state is more east-west than north-south. But the ideological divide is nearly as pronounced in cities like Los Angeles where a larger population base voted for Clinton but a significant minority voted for Trump.
The lean left affects the rest of the country in many ways beginning with the five million Californians who left the state between 2004 and 2013. California did show a small net growth last year but that was due to seeing increased foreign migration and more births than death. The net result of this outward migration is that California lost $26 billion in annual income in 2015.
Texas has seen the greatest growth from the migration, with 600,000 California residents moving to the state. That’s more than any other state in the nation. According to Internal Revenue Service tax return data, an unprecedented number of Californians moved to other states during the last ten years.
There are bound to be long-term ramifications to the nation for decisions that progressives in California have made in placing what it terms the rights of illegal immigrants over the safety is U.S. citizens.
Edwin Lee, once the mayor of San Francisco, called illegal immigration “part of the DNA of the city. Even State Attorney General Xavier Becerra is breaking federal immigration law.
Criminal activity by illegal immigrants is drowning the state’s resources. About one-fourth of the prison inmate population are illegal immigrants. The state is releasing 13,500 inmates early every month due to lack of housing.
There is a reason President Trump has yet to visit the state. California, as it exists now, is simply not good for the country. Something must change.
Local Assembly member Chad Maye in east Los Angeles notes:
If you look at the way voter registration trends are going, we are, as Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a speech 10 years ago, dying at the box office. And that is still the truth. The question is: What do we do about it?
Now that California has declared itself a “sanctuary state” the problem can only grow.
~ American Liberty Report