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A lot has happened. We’re still dealing with the border crisis, the Democratic debates are about to begin, and Iran is rattling the war sabers. The city of Los Angeles should be thankful there are so many distractions. The Democrat-run urban center has become a total disgrace. And that’s very common among the Left coast.
Tucker Carlson had historian Victor Davis Hanson on last week, where the latter said that California is on the verge of becoming the nation’s first Third World state. From trash being illegally dumped to city hall becoming a rat-infested den in the city of LA, it all points to the decay suffered when Democrats run things. Even police stations in the city are loaded with rats; one was fined $5,000 over its conditions that left one officer stricken with typhoid fever. It’s to the point where there is a possibility that bubonic plague—yes, the black death—may be present in the city. This isn’t new. Typhus outbreaks were being reported in February (via NBC Los Angeles):
The full scope of the flea and rodent problem inside City Hall is still unclear amid a downtown outbreak of flea-borne typhus…
Staff from the General Services Department, the Personnel Department and others gave updates to the council on actions taken … when the council approved a motion seeking options on combating the problem of rodents and fleas in the building, which may include removing all of the carpets.
Department representatives told the council a vendor is still in the process of inspecting every floor of City Hall and City Hall East as it prepares a full report to identify where the flea and rodent problems are. Staff also said cleanup efforts around the exterior of the building have increased and work is being done to identify rodent entry points and have them sealed.
Typhus is not transmitted person-to-person, and flea-borne typhus can spread to people from infected fleas and their feces. Typhus infection can be prevented through flea control measures on pets, using insect repellent to avoid flea bites, and clearing areas that can attract wild or stray animals like cats, rats and opossums, according to the Department of Public Health.
Symptoms of typhus include high fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and rash and can be treated with antibiotics.
Health officials in October announced there was a typhus outbreak in Los Angeles County, including in the downtown area of Skid Row, where an estimated 2,000 homeless people sleep.
And it goes without saying; these burgeoning homeless camps are not oases of hygiene. Dr. Drew Pinsky said this month that there has been a total and complete breakdown of services in the city that has placed the population at risk of infection and other health-related issues. The mayor’s office has sought to shift blame away from the homeless, citing the illegal dumping of trash, which only adds to the narrative that deep blue California and LA are just Democratic cesspools. I mean, how does this sound any better?
‘It’s not the homeless, it’s just all the trash that’s everywhere.’ You cannot make this up (via CBS News):
The city of Los Angeles is grappling with deteriorating sanitation problems, as an increase in homeless camps and illegally dumped trash have created conditions for rats and other vermin to infest L.A. City Hall. … the Los Angeles Times reported an assessment from a private pest control company placed the blame for the rodents in City Hall squarely on the city's homeless population living in the nearby Civic Center.
The Los Angeles Times obtained the assessment last month through a public records request. Los Angeles' City Hall building has been plagued by a rodent problem for most of the year. The Los Angeles Times reports there were pest complaints — rats, mice or fleas — made in 20 different locations within City Hall for a five-month period through February.
According to the newspaper, Elena Stern, spokeswoman for the city's Bureau of Sanitation, said cleanups of homeless camps currently take place every weekend in the Civic Center and include the disposal of hazardous materials, the removal and storage of items owned by homeless people, and the power washing of sidewalks.
The rodent and homeless problems affecting City Hall and the Civic Center are part of a larger problem of trash and sanitation in the streets of the city, which has been profiled by an LA Times photographer. Last month, multiple LAPD police officers contracted typhoid fever, and others contracted hepatitis A and staff infections, while working at a police station in an area filled with hundreds of homeless encampments.
Oh, yeah, and bubonic plague could be roaming the streets (via Daily Wire):
“We have a complete breakdown of the basic needs of civilization in Los Angeles right now,” Pinsky told Fox New host Laura Ingraham. “We have the three prongs of airborne disease, tuberculosis is exploding, rodent-borne. We are one of the only cities in the country that doesn’t have a rodent control program, and sanitation has broken down.”
Pinsky said bubonic plague — also known as the “Black Death,” a pandemic that killed off millions in the 14th century — is “likely” already present in Los Angeles. The plague is spread by infected fleas and exposure to bodily fluids from a dead plague-infected animal, with the bacteria entering through the skin and traveling to lymph nodes.
“This is unbelievable. I can’t believe I live in a city where this is not Third World. This is medieval,” Pinsky said, according to Fox News. “Third World countries are insulted if they are accused of being like this. No city on Earth tolerates this. The entire population is at risk.”
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson noted how California was once a gem, an example of the American dream in action and how it has now become hollowed out with decay thanks to liberal policies. It’s a state that’s loaded with illegal aliens, has a population where 40 percent live in poverty, and apparently has its cities falling into a terrible state of disrepair. California is blue state trash. Period. So, could, or rather should, we classify the Golden State as a third-world state?
‘Third World” is now an
anachronistic geographical term of the old Cold War. But after 1989, “Third
World” was reinvented from a political noun into an adjective to mean more than
just Asian, African, and Latin American nations nonaligned with either the West
or the Soviet bloc.
the current modifier “Third World” has come to transcend geography, politics,
and ethnicity. It simply denotes poor failed states all over the globe of all
races and religions.
World symptomologies are predictably corrupt government, unequal or nonexistent
applicability of the law, two rather than three classes, and the return of medieval
diseases. Third World nations suffer from high taxes and poor social services,
premodern infrastructure and utilities, poor transportation, tribalism, gangs,
and lack of security.
chief characteristic of a Third World society is the official denial of all of
the above, and a vindictive, almost hysterical state response to anyone who
points out those obvious tragedies. Another is massive out-migration. Residents
prefer almost any country other than their own. Think Somalia, Venezuela, Cuba,
Libya, or Guatemala.
21st-century California increasingly fit that definition — despite having the
nation’s most amenable climate and most beautiful and diverse geography, with
major natural ports facing the dynamic Asian economies, and being naturally
rich in timber, agriculture, mining, and energy, and blessed with a prior
century’s inheritance of effective local and state government?
The California Manor
criteria, 21st-century California is both the poorest and the richest state in
the union. Almost a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line.
Another fifth is categorized as near the poverty level — facts not true during
the latter 20th century. A third of the nation’s welfare recipients now live in
California. The state has the highest homeless population in the nation
(135,000). About 22 percent of the nation’s total homeless population reside in
the state — whose economy is the largest in the U.S., fueling the greatest
numbers of American billionaires and high-income zip codes.
some indicators, the California middle class is shrinking — because of massive
regulation, high taxation, green zoning, and accompanying high housing prices.
Out-migration from the state remains largely a phenomenon of the middle and
upper-middle classes. Millions have left California in the past 30 years,
replaced by indigent and often illegal immigrants, often along with the young,
affluent, and single.
predicted half a century ago that a Los Angeles police station or indeed L.A.
City Hall would be in danger of periodic, flea-borne infectious typhus
outbreaks, he would have been considered unhinged. After all, the city that
gave us the modern freeway system is not supposed to resemble Justinian’s
sixth-century Constantinople. Yet typhus, along with outbreaks of infectious
hepatitis A, are in the news on California streets. The sidewalks of the
state’s major cities are homes to piles of used needles, feces, and refuse.
Hygienists warn that permissive municipal governments are setting the stage —
through spiking populations of history’s banes of fleas, lice, and rats — for
possible dark-age outbreaks of plague or worse.
does its part not to clean the streets but to create defecation apps that
electronically warn tourists and hoi polloi how to avoid walking blindly into
piles of sidewalk excrement. In Californian logic, public defecation butts up
against progressive tolerance, so it is exempt from the law. Yet for a
suburbanite to build a patio without a permit, for example, costs one dearly in
fines. Indeed, a new patio without a permit can be deemed more dangerous to the
public health than piles of excrement in the public workplace.
One out of
three Californians who enters a hospital for any cause is
now found to be suffering from either diabetes or pre-diabetes, an epidemic
that hits the Hispanic community especially hard but for a variety of reasons
has not led to effective public-health efforts and sufficient publicity.
State-run dialysis clinics now dot the towns and communities of the Central
Valley — a tragic symptom of dietary culture, massive illegal immigration, and
poor public-health education.
Infrastructure Is for the
transportation system, to be honest, remains in near ruins. Despite the highest
gas taxes in the nation, none of its major trans-state freeways — not the 99, not I-5,
not the 101 — after 70 years off use, are yet completed with six lanes,
resulting in dangerous bottlenecks and wrecks. Driving the 99 south of Visalia,
or the 101 near Paso Robles, or the 5 north of Coalinga is right out of Road Warrior — but not
as dangerous as the fossilized two-line feeder lines such as 152 into Gilroy,
or the 41 west of Kettleman City. The unspoken transportation credo of Jerry
Brown’s aggregate 16 years as governor apparently was “If you don’t build it,
maybe they won’t need it.”
the concrete carcass of the recently cancelled multibillion-dollar high-speed
rail system dots the skyline over Fresno. Bureaucrats now insist that more billions
must be spent to ensure that a short segment of the least traveled route will
be finished, though they obviously do not anticipate spurring a new tourist or
commercial corridor between Merced and Bakersfield.
gurus insist on salvaging something of the boondoggle not because they have an
economic rationale justifying more dollars — they would be far better invested
in improving freeways, airports, and rails — but largely out of pride and shame
that demand some small token rescued from a very bad pipe dream.
when I first visited and lived in Greece, the roads were medieval. The old
Hellinikon Airport was dysfunctional, if not creepy. Highway rest stops were
filthy. I have lived in or visited Greece in the ensuing 45 years since, including
occasionally after the 2008 meltdown and European Union standoff. And yet
today, the freeways, chief airport, and rest stops of relatively poor Greece
are in far better shape than are California’s. LAX’s poor road access, traffic,
uncleanness, crowds, and chaos seem premodern compared with the current
It is an
eerie experience to see America’s once premier state, currently at its supposed
acme, now resemble Greece of the colonels a half-century ago, while 2019 Greece
seems more like a functioning 1973 California. Athens and Thessaloniki are
still dirty in a few places, and there are homeless and illegal immigrants. But
one does not see needles and feces on the sidewalks, and it is safe to walk in
the evening. Greek public restrooms, once notorious, are far more sanitary than
those at rest stops in Fresno, San Francisco, or Los Angeles.
outrages are characteristic of Third World countries. Here in California we are
advised to brace for lots of them, given that our antiquated grid apparently
contributes to brush fires on hot days. As a native, I do not remember a single
instance of our 20th-century state utilities shutting down service in the
manner that they now routinely promise.
California for Others
last three years has increased. It is epidemic in local jails. San Francisco
has the highest property-crime rate per capita of any major city. The
California prison system is a mess, and sanctuary cities ensure that illegal
aliens charged with crimes will not be deported. Pick up a McClatchy paper and
you’ll see that the day’s fare of Central Valley criminality, even after
sanitization and editorialization, is mind-boggling.
cycles of wet boom years and dry bust years continue because the state refuses
to build three or four additional large reservoirs that have been planned for
more than a half-century, and that would store enough water to keep California
functional through even the worst drought. The rationale is either that it is
more sophisticated to allow millions of acre-feet of melted snow to run into
the sea, or it is better to have a high-speed-rail line from Merced to
Bakersfield than an additional 10 million acre-feet of water storage, or
droughts ensure more state control through rationing and green social-policy
percent of Californians were not born in the United States, a large minority of
them residing in the United States illegally. Yet California’s universities and
popular culture are at the forefront of salad-bowl and identity-politics
policies that obstruct assimilation, integration, and intermarriage — the
historical remedies for the natural tensions that arise within multiracial and
multiethnic societies. In this perfect storm, at the very moment the world’s
poorest citizens from Oaxaca and Central America flooded into America, de facto
rejecting the protocols of their home, their hosts’ messaging to them was that
they should lodge complaints about the social injustice of their new home and
romanticize the culture that they had just forsaken for good cause.
schools are usually in the bottom decile of national rankings. No one in polite
conversation asks why that is so, given that the state’s K–12 schools used to
be among the most competitive in the United States.
in medieval fashion, the professional schools and science and technology
departments of California’s premier research universities — Cal Tech, Stanford,
UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC — are among the highest-rated in the world. Imagine
something like the scribal oases of Padua, Oxford, or Paris in an otherwise
frightening 13th century. If one wishes to be schooled as an electrical
engineer or cancer researcher, California is an attractive place; if one wishes
to be a knowledgeable graduate of a public elementary and high school, it most
certainly is not.
Department of Motor Vehicles is perhaps the worst public-service entity in the
United States. To enter any branch office is to venture into a Dante’s Inferno
of huge lines, chaos, unkept rest rooms, and rude and often incompetent
unionized employees. The only efficient DMV office in the state is the unmarked
and secret branch in Sacramento reserved for state legislators and grandee
insiders who oversee the DMV for the rest of the population. For a fee,
concierge private auto clubs and firms often duplicate some DMV services, a de
facto admission that the state needs something else besides itself to offer
basic services. I once asked a DMV clerk, after a long wait in line, if it was
right to be wearing a purple SEIU organizing T-shirt; she replied, “Do you
still want to be served?”
scandals are multifarious: Thousands of motor-voter registrations sent to the
wrong people, including illegal aliens supposedly ineligible to vote; corrupt
employees who sell commercial truck driver’s licenses to the unqualified; and
private corporations and occasionally individuals selling hard-to-obtain
reservations and appointments.
now has the nation’s highest basket of sales, gas, and income taxes. With a
state surplus, and a slowing economy, one would think that the legislature and
governor would pause before even considering raising more taxes. After all, new
federal tax law limits write-offs of state and local taxes to $10,000 —
radically spiking upper-bracket Californians’ federal tax liabilities.
rule in California is to punish the upper middle class while pandering to the
rich and romanticizing the poor. Thus, the legislature is now considering a
punitive new inheritance tax, and it just imposed an Internet sales tax.
message is that if Californians can survive a recent 13.3 percent top
state-income-tax rate, and a vast increase in their federal tax liability, then
certainly they can be easily squeezed further after death to pony up 40 percent
of their already taxed estates that are over $3 million in value. Translated,
that can mean that a tract house in Los Angeles or the Bay Area and a modest
401K are proof that you did not build your wealth on your own, so the state has
a second shot at appropriating your postmortem capital, to ensure that your
children will see no benefit from your parsimony and thrift.
apocalyptic present has created an alternate universe, in good Third World
style, of pay-for-play services. To avoid the emergency room (the last time I
used one, two gangs squared off in the waiting room, to continue what their
wounded members were under treatment for), progressive Californians often pay
for concierge medicine and anything private to avoid at all costs using any
coastal corridor elite often put their kids in tony prep schools that have
sprung up or vastly expanded, in the fashion of the 1960s white Southern
academies that were designed to circumvent federal desegregation edicts. Elite
progressives mimic old-style, 1960s segregationists but feel that their
children’s green and multicultural curricula offer enough penance to assuage
their guilt over abandoning the state’s much praised “diverse” schools.
Our Dreams, Your Nightmares
caused this lunacy?
of importing massive poverty from south of the border while pandering to those
who control unprecedented wealth in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, the tourism
industry, and the marquee universities. Massive green regulations and boutique
zoning, soaring taxes, increasing crime, identity politics and tribalism, and
radical one-party progressive government were force multipliers. It is common
to blame California Republicans for their own demise. They have much to account
for, but in some sense, the state simply deported conservative voters and
imported their left-wing replacements.
reductionist sense, perhaps if former governor Jerry Brown knew that he would
one day retire to Delano and drive the 99 daily, rather than to Grass Valley,
with several state pensions in his bank account, or if Dianne Feinstein dwelled
in an East Palo Alto or Redwood City residence rather than in Pacific Heights,
or if all the Pelosi grandchildren had to attend state public schools, then the
architects of 21st-century California might have had to live with the
consequences of their own dreams and been less eager to inflict their
nightmares on the other 40 million Californians.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom
presents his first state budget during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 10,
2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
By JON COUPAL | |
To the surprise of absolutely no
one, California’s new governor has proposed a state budget with billions in
increased spending and lots of tax hikes. And, as an added bonus, he is
proposing new mandates on businesses and local governments as well as depriving
Californians of the right to vote on certain kinds of local debt. From the
perspective of taxpayers, this is not a propitious start.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget
envisions spending $144 billion of general fund dollars, a 4 percent increase
over former Gov. Jerry Brown’s last budget, which clocked in at $138 billion.
To put this in perspective, general fund spending was less than $100 billion
just six years ago. In California, state government is the No. 1 growth
No California spending plan would
be complete without new “revenue enhancements.” And the biggest item on this
list is the imposition of the “individual mandate” for health insurance. Recall
that President Obama’s so-called Affordable Care Act (which was anything but
affordable) imposed a burdensome tax on millions of Americans. (Indeed, it was
only the fact that the ACA imposed a “tax” that saved it from a constitutional
The good news is that Congress
repealed the tax at the federal level. The bad news is that Gov. Newsom wants
to reimpose it at the state level in order to save Covered California from
imploding. The cost to Californians for a state-imposed individual mandate with
a penalty?: $700 per person, which is projected to raise $500 million in new
Other tax hikes include a monthly
tax imposed on residential water use and a tax to shore up the state’s
emergency 911 system. Both deal with public health and safety so one would
think they would have first claim on existing general fund revenues — but,
again, this is California, where budgeting makes no sense.
Another major concern for taxpayers
is Newsom’s plan to deprive voters of the right to vote on local debt. Since
statehood, California’s constitution has reflected the policy of allowing
voters the right to approve long-term financial obligations. That policy has
been eroded over the decades and Newsom is pushing it further by proposing that
debt assumed by Enhanced Infrastructure Finance Districts (think
“redevelopment”) would no longer need voter approval. Translation: Today’s
politicians can put tomorrow’s taxpayers into debt without permission.
So, is there anything good for
taxpayers in Newsom’s proposed budget? Yes. This includes Newsom’s desire to
grow the rainy day fund — in order to prepare for the inevitable recession —
and also paying down pension debt. He also appears cognizant of the OPEB
threat. OPEB stands for Other Post-Employment Benefits, the largest of which
is, of course, promises for lifetime healthcare benefits to public retirees.
Taxpayers hope that the governor
will be able to resist even greater spending demands from state legislators who
want $40 billion for new, more costly programs.
Nonetheless, our primary concern is that the majority party in
California invariably reacts to any new problem — whether actual or imagined — with
a tax increase rather than taking the more prudent course of prioritizing
if there is a coda to this sad story, it is this: State Controller Betty Yee
just announced that revenue is down almost $5 billion. Is this a precursor to a
recession in the state that will blow up all the governor’s plans? Time will
BLOG: THE MEXICAN TAX-FREE ECONOMY IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY IS ESTIMATED
TO BE IN EXCESS OF $2 BILLION YEARLY. THIS SAME COUNTY HANDS ILLEGAL ANCHOR
BABY BREEDERS MORE THAN $1 BILLION IN WELFARE!
Eligibility would be determined by the same rules of Medicaid, based on
annual income. As many young illegals are working off the books, for cash, they
will have no official reported income regardless of how much they actually
earn, insuring their eligibility for Medi-Cal.
California Says: ‘Go West, Young
Illegals, Go West’
Doctors and hospitals are in the gunsights of many Democrats who
want Medicare-for-all as a draconian price control scheme by government over
all medical care in the US. Hospitals are told they charge too much and doctors
are vilified for earning too much.
What a relief that a sugar daddy has appeared, a rich boyfriend, a
benefactor with a fat wallet, ready to bestow his financial largess on
financially strapped healthcare providers.
This sugar daddy is named Gavin, tall and handsome with good hair.
I speak of California Governor Gavin Newsom, who finalized a
deal with the California legislature, “to provide full health
benefits to low-income illegal immigrants under the age of 26.”
California is the first
state to provide such benefits to
illegal or undocumented immigrants, depending on which term you prefer.
Specifically, this group of adults, age 19 to 25 will have access to the
state’s Medi-Cal program, California’s version of Medicaid.
California anticipates providing coverage to 100,000 people. I’m
not sure how they arrived at this number since I’ve always heard that illegal
immigrants “live in the shadows,” meaning we really don’t know how many there
are. And when word gets out to the rest of the country, expect that 100,000
number to grow exponentially just as it would if California announced it was
giving away cars to this same group of people.
BLOG: THE MEXICAN TAX-FREE
ECONOMY IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY IS ESTIMATED TO BE IN EXCESS OF $2 BILLION
YEARLY. THIS SAME COUNTY HANDS ILLEGAL ANCHOR BABY BREEDERS MORE THAN $1
BILLION IN WELFARE!
Eligibility would be
determined by the same rules of Medicaid, based on annual income. As many young
illegals are working off the books, for cash, they will have no official
reported income regardless of how much they actually earn, insuring their
eligibility for Medi-Cal.
This scheme is to be funded by
taxing those who do not have health insurance. Who might that be? Not the young
illegals who how have free insurance. How about the small businessman who earns
too much to qualify for Medicaid but can’t afford an Obamacare policy with
massive premiums, copayments, and deductibles? Or the struggling wannabe actors
and actresses in the same financial boat as the small businessman? Or the
60-year-old retiree, not yet eligible for Medicare but unable to afford private
insurance given the higher premiums at her age?
How nice of California
taxpayers, those American born or here legally, having their earnings
confiscated to pay the medical bills of those not here legally. Who pays the
medical bills of those Americans who can’t afford their medical care?
elderly are not covered under this new plan. Sugar Daddy Newsom opposed this,
preferring the young over the elderly, likely due to the much higher medical
costs for those over age 65 compared to those under age 25.
This may have to do with
voting preferences. It is unknown how many illegals vote, but younger voters
tend to vote Democrat compared to older voters who lean Republican. Is this
healthcare scheme a form of voter outreach?
Why are doctors and
hospitals across America so grateful for their new sugar daddy?
Americans subsidize health
care for illegal immigrants to the tune of $18.5 billion a year according
Imagine being able to now offload some of this care to California?
Hospitals are required by
law to render emergency care to everyone, regardless of a person’s ability to
pay. A pregnant woman illegally enters the US, and when she goes into labor,
the hospital is required to deliver the baby, caring for both baby and mother,
at an average cost of
What if the baby is born
premature and needs a few weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit, or is born
with a heart or bowel defect, requiring additional surgery? The costs quickly
escalate into 6-figure sums.
Labor and delivery is
certainly common in the 19-25 age group. So are injuries that may require
non-emergency treatment, such as a retinal detachment or a ligament tear in the
knee. For the doctor, these patients are considered self-pay. Despite promises
to pay all of their medical bills, some patients, once reasonably stable after
surgery are gone with the wind, with no way to contact them, and no payment
made for rendered services.
What if doctors and
hospitals, when discussing costs of medical treatment, can now give the patient
a map? A few hundred years ago, newspaper editor and author Horace Greeley
advised the 19 to 25-year-olds of the day to “Go west young man”. The same
phrase may become popular again, particularly in states adjacent to or close to
When faced with patients
with non-emergent medical problems, direct these patients to the nearest
east-west interstate, I-40, I-70, or I-80, and drive toward the setting sun
until seeing the “Welcome to California” sign. Go west and allow generous
California taxpayers to pick up the tab.
Hospitals won’t be stuck with
bad debt and physicians won’t be stiffed after offering their time and
expertise without compensation.
economist Milton Friedman said
this about an open-border immigration policy. "It's just obvious you can't
have free immigration and a welfare state." Which is exactly what
California offers, providing free healthcare to living in the state against the
While at the same time,
California has an out of control homelessness problem, many of those homeless
being American veterans. They are living legally in their
own country yet living on the streets, in squalor, with rats and other vermin
bringing back historic diseases like typhus and typhoid fever. Where is their
sugar daddy governor? Busy pandering to those here illegally.
Down on their luck Americans
are told to pound sand while illegals are lavished with drivers licenses,
welfare benefits, and now healthcare. California cannot care for its own
residents, but is opening its doors to the world, promising goodies that will
do nothing but attract more of the world, regardless of laws.
When does it end? I’ve
suggested that the Trump administration send refugees and illegals to sanctuary
cities, so those cities have the opportunity to live with the consequences of
their virtue signaling. Now doctors and hospitals can do the same. If
California wants to be an open borders welfare state, it’s the least the rest
of the country can do to help out by sending young undocumented immigrants to
the land of milk and honey.
Instead of “the doctor will
see you now”, expect to hear, “go west young man.”
Over Sunday lunch, a friend was saying
that he just got back from Los Angeles. He added that he had not seen
that much filth in some of the third-world countries that he visits for
business regularly. He looked at me and asked: " How do the voters
put up with that?"
My answer was that voters have been voting
with their feet for years. In other words, they leave the Golden State.
It has the
worst ranking for homelessness, 8th worst for roads, and worst for
teacher-to-student ratio. Its prisons are so crowded that the Supreme Court
determined them to constitute cruel and unusual punishment, and it suffered the
worst budget crisis of all the states during the Great Recession.
are so mesmerized by the amazing weather and beauty of the place that they tend
to overlook the quality of the services. And as a result, management does not
change. The state has been under the same Democratic Party management for
years. Their monopoly on power is so safe that they now hold supermajorities in
both houses of the Legislature despite California’s worsening condition.
Management has no incentive to change when it keeps getting re-elected.
may not be voting out Democrats at the ballot box, but they have been voting
with their feet. While California’s population has grown from 29 million to 39
million over the past 30 years, in each year during that period the state has
seen a net loss in migration to other states.
So will things change? I don't see
any change for now, although the article points out that Latinos get more
conservative as they get more prosperous.
California will continue until they hit a
financial wall or when the last taxpayer leaves the state. In the
meantime, be careful when you walk the streets of LA, and I'm not talking about
Democrat state lawmakers in progressive
California have agreed to a plan that would extend health benefits to
qualifying illegal immigrants residing in the state.
The legislature has a June 15
deadline and is expected to approve the deal in the coming days. It essentially extends
eligibility to California’s Medicaid program to young low-income illegal
immigrants between the ages of 19 and 25. The move is part of a broader budget
plan, which clocks in around $213 billion.
Expanding California’s Medicaid
program to low-income illegals would cost the state about $98 million per
year. According to the Associated Press, roughly 90,000 will qualify.
“California believes that health is
a fundamental right,” State Sen. Holly Mitchell (D) said, according to the news
A number of Democrat state lawmakers
wanted to take it a step further, offering coverage for all illegals in the
state, but Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom rejected the proposal, citing rising
The agreement also includes
assistance for middle-income families. A family of four making $150,000 could
qualify for a $100 a month subsidy from the government to help cover the cost
of their insurance premium.
Democrats in the state plan to pay
for the handouts, in part, by taxing those who do not have health insurance.
This is, in essence, another version of Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty,
which the Supreme Court upheld as a tax in a critical ruling in 2012. However,
it has remained a point of contention in
lower courts. Republicans in Congress worked with President Trump to scrap what
they deemed to be the unconstitutional penalty in 2017.
California lawmakers say these moves
are all part of the state’s wide-ranging effort to get everyone in the state –
including those residing there unlawfully – covered. This comes at the time of
a severe homelessness crisis in the state, particularly in Los Angeles County.
The number of homeless individuals
on the streets of Los Angeles has skyrocketed during the last year.
The newly released data revealed
that nearly three-fourths of the homeless population, which includes 58,936
people, are sleeping in cars, tents, and other make-do shelters.
Released by the Los Angeles Homeless
Services Authority to the Board of Supervisors, the data found that the
majority of homeless people were residing in the city of Los Angeles, which saw
an increase of 16 percent to 36,300.
About 3,800 are estimated to be
San Francisco’s homeless population
has also experienced a spike, rising 17 percent in the last two
How do we deal with America's mental illness crisis?
Before Ronald Reagan became
President Reagan in 1981, the old Soviet Union (dominated by today's Russia)
imprisoned political opponents in psychiatric hospitals. In later
years, many of those former inmates recalled that the very fact of being
confined among people who were truly mentally ill, was so stressful as to
induce a degree of that illness in the sanest of people. Being
forcibly injected with psychotropic drugs increased that tendency.
The communist Soviet leaders
hoped that imprisoning people in that manner would provide their government
with a plausible cover of compassion. It enabled them to deny that
they were punishing dissidents, rather claiming that they were
"helping" them. It also insinuated that only crazy people
oppose communism. The forced hospitalization policy did in fact work
to suppress some political dissent, because everyone knew that it was an
insidiously cruel punishment.
President Reagan, ardently
anti-communist, successfully promoted the release of mentally ill patients in
the U.S. by reducing funding for their care. Thousands who had been
involuntarily confined were turned out into the streets. Most of
them became homeless and hopeless. Unemployable, all too many turned
to drugs and crime. Their death rate was high.
While Reagan is vilified for
this policy, the fact is that after he left the presidency, no subsequent
president, nor any Congress, reinstituted the pre-Reagan
policy. They could have but did not. Today, involuntary
confinement to mental institutions for prolonged periods is difficult to
That is as it should
be. The danger of a Soviet-style policy by a future
socialist-oriented U.S. government is by no means out of the
question. After all, it could be asked by leftists, what truly same
person would actually wish to own a lethal weapon? Who in his right
mind could possibly support the Second Amendment? At least that is
what the radical left would ask, and you know what the answer would be.
California is no longer the
paradise it was under Governor Reagan. Radical leftism has taken root. It
is all but a separate country in many ways. It has its own
immigration policy, illegal under federal law. At one point, its
governor even floated the idea that the state should produce its own virtual
currency in the form of accounting tricks, an action uncomfortably
close to secession.
Radical leftist policies
in California have put on public display the embarrassing appearance of a
third-world hell-hole. Swathes of the state, mostly in big cities,
are heavily populated by semi-conscious (or even unconscious) drug addicts, and
entire city blocks seem to be covered in garbage and human
feces. The problem is getting worse. A harsh comedian
suggested that conditions are so bad that illegal aliens might return to their
native countries as refugees from America.
As a proposed
solution, "Officials in San Francisco decided ... to back a plan
allowing the city to force some people with serious mental illness and drug
addiction issues into treatment."
Among progressives, this is
a formula for internecine warfare. Leftist philosophy is socially
libertarian when it comes to drug abuse, but it is also authoritarian when it
comes to political expedience. These two do not mix.
The policy presently
proposed by San Francisco is timid, so much so as to be
ineffective. It would involuntarily commit very
few. "Only about five people could be forced into treatment in
San Francisco under the newly-passed plan. ... But Wiener's new bill could bump
that up to 55, which is the number of people who now fit the definition for at
least involuntary holds. San Francisco's health department has
identified an additional 48 people on the fringe who have been
involuntarily detained six or seven times."
As you see, this is by no
means a clean sweep of the streets, but only a symbolic gesture. It
is not the numbers; it is the principle that is of significance. Its
portents could be enormous.
Small government and
personal accountability are vital principles of
conservatism. Involuntary commitment to mental institutions poses a
threat to those principles — but so does illegal public
disorder. What policy, then, will solve the problem without
endangering personal liberty?
President Reagan told us
there are no easy solutions, but there are simple ones. The simple
solution is to enact constitutional laws and properly enforce
them. This cannot be done in isolation. It cannot be done
by local governments that flout federal immigration laws, nor by policies that
regard public defecation as a human right.
The debauchment of
California did not occur overnight, nor will the "simple" solution be
"easy." A policy directed only at cosmetic measures is not
I am not optimistic that
those presently in power in California (and in other states with similar
problems) will look inward and admit that their political and social(ist)
philosophies caused the problems. I admit to being entirely cynical
in the matter. Leftist politicians serve themselves, and no one
else, at whatever cost to the public.
Neither am I optimistic that
the general electorate in the affected regions will re-evaluate their political
opinions. As Sir Winston Churchill said, "The best argument
against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
The temptation to enact
draconian anti-drug laws is powerful, and in some limited instances, such
policies could be useful. The specter of a police state should,
however, moderate any authoritarian impulses we might entertain.
Not all social ills are
remediable by government. Some might not be remediable at
all. To some extent, tough love, the abandonment of the incorrigible
to their chosen fate, might be the best policy. No delight can be
taken in that, but reality can be unpleasant.
Subjecting the majority to
the depredations of the intransigent will cause only further harm.
in California Oppose HUD Plan to Prioritize Americans over Illegals for Public
A new proposed rule that the Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) issued earlier this week to enforce existing law requiring
those who receive public housing to be U.S. citizens gained the ire of
Democrats, including Barack Obama’s former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
Solis, who is
now on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, tweeted on Thursday support
for 12 House members who sent a letter to HUD Secretary Ben
Carson. The letter demands that the rule requiring everyone living in public
houses to be in the country legally be revoked because some of those who could
be affected are U.S. citizen children with illegal parents.
@RepBarragan, @RepMaxineWaters, and other MoC for speaking out against
@HUDgov’s proposal to evict families with an undocumented relative in the home.
Yesterday, the #BOS approved my co-authored motion with @SheilaKuehl to send a
letter against this unjust action,” Solis tweeted.
Thank you @RepBarragan, @RepMaxineWaters, and other MoC for speaking out against @HUDgov's
proposal to evict families with an undocumented relative in the home.
Yesterday, the #BOS approved my co-authored motion with @SheilaKuehl
to send a letter against this unjust action.
rule is an unconscionable ploy by the administration to carry out its
anti-immigrant agenda at the expense of thousands of families,” said Rep
Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA). “Instead of addressing the homelessness problem
in Los Angeles and across the country, the Department of Housing and Urban
Development is admittingly attempting to put thousands of families, many with
children who are U.S. citizens, onto the streets. I’m proud to lead Members of
the Los Angeles Congressional delegation in speaking out and fighting against
this cruel proposal.”
reveals how many illegal aliens are living in public housing in just the Los
22 percent of all HACLA [Housing Authority for the City of Los
Angeles]-assisted households, and 31 percent of the total population in HACLA’s
public housing programs, will be negatively impacted by the proposed rule,” the
letter states. “Further, with nearly one in three public housing residents
impacted by the rule, the economic consequences for HACLA will be immense.”
public housing and Section 8 housing, this rule could displace 2,587
households, totaling an estimated 11,600 individuals,” the letter states.
Breitbart News reported, critics are ignoring the law HUD wants to enforce,
which Carson included in his remarks about the new rule on social media.
“@HUDgov is proposing a rule to close a loophole and ensure we
enforce what is already law,” Carson tweeted, adding the text of Section 214 of
the Housing and Community Development Act of 1980.
“There is an
affordable housing crisis in this country, and we need to make certain our
scarce public resources help those who are legally entitled to it,” Carson
said. “Given the overwhelming demand for our programs, fairness requires that
we devote ourselves to legal residents who have been waiting, some for many
years, for access to affordable housing.”
regulation, posted on the Federal Register, states, in part, about how the Act
would be amended:
rule would require the verification of the eligible immigration status of all
recipients of assistance under a covered program who are under the age of 62.
As a result, the proposed rule would make prorated assistance a temporary
condition pending verification of eligible status, as opposed to under the
current regulation where it could continue indefinitely.
rule would also specify that individuals who are not ineligible immigration
status may not serve as the leaseholder, even as part of a mixed family whose
assistance is prorated based on the percentage of members with eligible
the amendments will bring its regulations into greater alignment with the
wording and purpose of Section 214.
Breitbart News with some of the statistics on how many Americans in cities
across the United States are in need of housing assistance, including 1.6
million waiting for public housing and 2.6 million who are in line for housing
• Only 1 in 4 qualified households
currently receive housing assistance in this country. That means, 3 out of 4
families who might otherwise qualify for our programs do not get
any help to pay their rent whatsoever.
• If current
recipients are representative of those waiting for HUD assistance, most are
extremely poor seniors or persons living with a disability.
• In some
states, public housing waitlists are closed, and local public housing agencies
are not even accepting new applicants.
thousands of people are waiting in cities like Los Angeles and New York City,
according to a HUD survey.
Democrats who signed the letter include Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Grace F.
Napolitano (D-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Ted W. Lieu (D-CA), Linda T.
Sánchez (D-CA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Katie Hill (D-CA), Jimmy Gomez (D-CA),
Norma J. Torres (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA).
six years, California has had a top marginal income tax rate of 13.3 percent,
the highest in the nation. About 150,000 households in a state of 40 million
people now pay nearly half of the total annual state income tax.
legislature sold that confiscatory tax rate on the idea that it was a temporary
fix and would eventually be phased out. No one believed that. California
voters, about 40 percent of whom pay no state income taxes, naturally approved
the extension of the high rate by an overwhelming margin.
recently raised gas taxes by 40 percent and now has the second-highest gas
taxes in the United States.
has the ninth-highest combined state and local sales taxes in the country, but
its state sales tax of 7.3 percent is America's highest. As of April 1,
California is now applying that high state sales tax to goods that residents buy
online from out-of-state sellers.
2017, the federal government capped state and local tax deductions at $10,000.
For high earners in California, the change effectively almost doubled their
state and local taxes.
taxes, often targeting a small percentage of the population, may have brought
California a budget surplus of more than $20 million. Yet California is never
satiated with high new tax rates that bring in additional revenue. It's always
hungry for more.
Wiener, a Democratic state senator from San Francisco, has introduced a bill
that would create a new California estate tax. Wiener outlined a death tax of
40 percent on estates worth more than $3.5 million for single Californians or
more than $7 million for married couples.
soaring valuations of California properties, a new estate tax could force
children to sell homes or family farms they inherited just to pay the tax
even more of the Californian taxpayers who chip in to pay half of the state
income taxes will flee in droves for low-tax or no-tax states.
really irks California taxpayers are the shoddy public services that they
receive in exchange for such burdensome taxes. California can be found near the
bottom of state rankings for schools and infrastructure.
Francisco ranks first among America's largest cities in property crimes per
capita. The massive concrete ruins of the state's quarter-built and now either
canceled or postponed multibillion-dollar high-speed rail system are already
quarter of the nation's homeless live in California. So do about one-third of
all Americans on public assistance. Approximately one-fifth of the state's
population lives below the poverty line. About one-third of Californians are
enrolled in Medi-Cal, the state's health care program for low-income residents.
social programs are magnets that draw in the indigent from all over the world,
who arrive in search of generous health, education, legal, nutritional and
housing subsidies. Some 27 percent of the state's residents were not born in
the United States.
month alone, nearly 100,000 foreign nationals were stopped at the southern
border, according to officials. Huge numbers of migrants are able to make it
across without being caught, and many end up in California.
A lot of
upper-middle-class taxpayers feel that not only does California fail to
appreciate their contributions, but that the state often blames them for not
paying even more -- as if paying about half of their incomes to local, state
and federal governments somehow reveals their greed.
hyper-wealthy liberal denizens of Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the coastal
enclaves often seem exempt from the consequences of the high taxes they so
often advocate for others. The super-rich either have the clout to hire experts
to help them avoid such taxes, or they simply have so much money that they are
not much affected by even California's high taxes.
the ideology behind such destructive state policies?
which is driving out its middle class, is apparently California's model.
Venezuelan leaders believed in providing vast subsidies for the poor. The
country's super-rich are often crony capitalists who can avoid high taxes.
California is waging an outright war on the upper-middle class, which lacks the
numbers of the poor and the clout of the rich.
administer California's plagued department of motor vehicles and high-speed
rail authority may often be inept and dysfunctional, but the state's tax
collectors are the most obsessive bureaucrats in the nation.
Sacramento's message to those who combine to pay half the state's income taxes
and have not yet left California?
gone or we will eat you!"
Watch the illegal immigrant 'conveyor belt' - in action
Want to see how the illegal immigrant
'conveyor belt' works?
Here in San Diego, a demonstration of it
in action was posted by the San Diego office of the U.S. Border Patrol on
Twitter, which was then all over the local news, and then
picked up by the Daily Mail.
captured 3/14 shows an illegal crossing of Central American migrants. None of
the 52 people surrendered to the #USBP agent on the beach. All 52 people were eventually arrested after a 2 hour
foot chase with multiple agents. Once in custody, everyone claimed asylum. #CBP
Some 50-plus illegal immigrants
traveling in family units slipped through one of the openings in the junk
fences delineating the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, and then, in two
groups, ran in procession to the U.S. Border Patrol vehicle waiting for
them on the beach at Imperial Beach to promptly claim asylum.
A total of 52
people were arrested for crossing the border illegally and CBP said it did not
appear anyone got away. This includes 23 males, ages 18 to 53, 12 females,
ages 21 to 50, and 17 juveniles, ages 1 to 14.
at the scene, where the wall was cut and people got through, credited to
It was all so very orderly, actually.
Border chaos? Not in the least. There's border order all right, but it's
cartels who control the order. They already are the ones who take the fees
(or promises of free labor or drug transport) from the illegal migrants and anyone
who doesn't pay doesn't cross. Cartels not only sell access, they provide
a package deal - with the legal instruction, Mexico-based bus service from
Central America to the border, and the U.S. bus service to the U.S. workplaces,
all for a tidy profit, made even more profitable as economies of scale kick in.
As Rick Moran noted in his blog post yesterday, the conveyor belt has enabled
the cartels to 'drastically
lower their overhead costs while maximizing profit.'
Which is why the U.S. is on track to
apprehend a million illegal immigrants - a figure which doesn't count those who
get in without getting caught. Those conveyor-belt economies of scale produce
The border crossing seen here, with all
of the illegal migrants lining up for their phony asylum claims, appears to be
a good representation of the dynamic described in the Washington Post's investigative
piece about these 'conveyor belts' that ran two days
It shows how the U.S. has lost control,
given that the Border Patrol is powerless to send these illegal crossers back.
Border Patrol agents are supposed to
determine who gets into the U.S., but with this video, it's
obvious they are just reduced to being handmaidens and enablers of
the cartel and its conveyor belt, handing the lined up illegals their asylum
claim papers. Cartels are the ones who school these migrants for entry into the
U.S., teaching them how to immediately launch claims for asylum whether they
merit it or not, and then board the bus waiting for them for the jobs awaiting
them with those de facto if
temporary legalization papers the asylum claim gives them. The Border
Patrol has been reduced to being their instrument.
Democrats who claim to be against
walls and borders show just how disingenuous their claims really are. Walls and
borders will always be there, but the real question is whether they
want cartels to control the access, as they are in this conveyor-belt video, or
U.S. Border Patrol agents.
I'm no big fan of the big
state but I sure as heck don't want vile money-grubbing Mexican cartels
replacing it. The conveyor belt shows that it's actually an either-or
Refused 5.6K Requests to Turn over Criminal Illegal Aliens to Federal Officials
The sanctuary state of California refused 5,600 requests by federal
immigration officials over two years to turn over criminal illegal aliens,
state data finds.
an exclusive interview with SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Tonight, Immigration Reform Law
Institute (IRLI) Executive Director Dale Wilcox revealed that within a 27-month
period, the state of California had failed to honor about 5,600 Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers which are the holds ICE agents file to
local jails and police to request that an illegal alien be turned over to them
for arrest and deportation.
these 5,600 failed ICE detainers, more than 3,400 were lodged against an illegal
alien who had been classified “level 1” and “level 2” offenders — meaning that
these illegal aliens had been charged with crimes like homicide, kidnapping,
sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, drugs, and fraud.
bottom line is, sanctuary cities are neither humane or compassionate,” Wilcox
told Breitbart News Tonight.
“They’re dangerous policies that cost Americans lives … what will it take for
these anti-borders politicians to wake up and put the safety and security of
their citizens, their legal residents before the interests of criminal aliens.”
250 of the ICE detainers not honored had been filed to Napa County and Sonoma
County law enforcement officials. These two California counties had sanctuary
city policies before the state’s statewide sanctuary policy.
5,600 failed requests by ICE to have criminal illegal aliens turned over to
them came before California enacted their statewide sanctuary policy, where all
local jails and counties are prohibited from cooperating with federal
researchers said records after the passage of California’s sanctuary state
policy are likely to show an increased number of cases where local jails and
law enforcement officials refused to turn criminal illegal aliens over to ICE.
a specific case, most recently, Wilcox noted that Napa County, California
deputy Riley Jarecki was nearly killed by
three-time deported illegal alien Javier Hernandez-Morales during a traffic
stop after local officials refused to turn him over to ICE agents for
own deputy almost got killed as a result of its refusal to honor ICE detainer
requests,” Wilcox said. “And this individual had been deported three times in
the past … so they say there’s no need emergency or need for a wall, this
criminal alien is just walking back into the country.”
had requested four separate times that Hernandez-Morales be turned over to them
to be arrested and deported back to Mexico. Three of the detainers were placed
with the Napa Couty Sheriff’s Department and one was placed with the Sonoma
County Sheriff’s Department. None of the ICE detainers were honored.
said Americans’ lives are being put at risk in sanctuary cities and sanctuary
states like California, all so that Democrats are able to import potential voters.
the Democrats, it’s about potential, future voters,” Wilcox said. “They have an
interest in bringing in new voters so that they can win elections. That’s what
that’s all about. I mean, 10 years ago, Democrats weren’t out preaching
sanctuary cities and open borders, that just wasn’t their party platform.
They’ve swallowed this belief that if you want to stay in power, if you want to
win future elections, more voters and diverse voters is the way to go.”
cities are dangerous. They’re not humane, they’re not compassionate,” Wilcox
continued. “People are dying. It’s senseless and avoidable deaths. There’s no
excuse for politicians to sell out their constituency for potential, future
Californians brag that their state is the world's fifth-largest economy.
They talk as reverentially of Silicon Valley companies Apple, Facebook and
Google as the ancient Greeks did of their Olympian gods.
Hollywood and universities such as Caltech, Stanford and Berkeley are
cited as permanent proof of the intellectual, aesthetic and technological
dominance of West Coast culture.
Californians also see their progressive, one-party state as a neo-socialist
model for a nation moving hard to the left.
But how long will they retain such confidence?
California's 40 million residents depend on less than one-percent of the
state's taxpayers to pay nearly half of the state income tax, which for
California's highest tier of earners tops out at the nation's highest rate of
In other words, California cannot afford to lose even a few thousand of
its wealthiest individual taxpayers. But a new federal tax law now caps
deductions for state and local taxes at $10,000 -- a radical change that
promises to cost many high-earning taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.
If even a few thousand of the state's one-percent flee to nearby no-tax
states such as Nevada or Texas, California could face a devastating shortfall
in annual income.
During the 2011-16 California drought, politicians and experts claimed
that global warming had permanently altered the climate, and that snow and rain
would become increasingly rare in California. As a result, long-planned
low-elevation reservoirs, designed to store water during exceptionally wet
years, were considered all but useless and thus were never built.
Then, in 2016 and 2017, California received record snow and rainfall --
and the windfall of millions of acre-feet of runoff was mostly let out to sea.
Nothing since has been learned.
California has again been experiencing rain and cold that could approach
seasonal records. The state has been soaked by some 18 trillion gallons of rain
in February alone. With still no effort to expand California's water-storage
capacity, millions of acre-feet of runoff are once again cascading out to sea
(and may be sorely missed next year).
The inability to build reservoirs is especially tragic given that the
state's high-speed-rail project has gobbled up more than $5 billion in funds
without a single foot of track laid. The total cost soared from an original $40
billion promise to a projected $77 billion. To his credit, newly elected Gov.
Gavin Newsom, fearing a budget catastrophe, canceled the statewide project
while allowing a few miles of the quarter-built Central Valley "track to
nowhere" to be finished.
For years, high-speed rail has drained the state budget of transportation
funds that might have easily updated nightmarish stretches of the Central
Valley's Highway 99, or ensured that the nearby ossified Amtrak line became a
modern two-track line.
politicians vie with each other to prove their open-borders bona fides in an
effort to appeal to the estimated 27 percent of Californians who were not born
in the United States.
the health, educational and legal costs associated with massive illegal
immigration are squeezing the budget. About a third of the California budget
goes to the state's Medicare program, Medi-Cal. Half the state's births are
funded by Medi-Cal, and in nearly a third of those state-funded births, the
mother is an undocumented immigrant.
California is facing a perfect storm of
homelessness. Its labyrinth of zoning and building regulations discourages
low-cost housing. Its generous welfare benefits, non-enforcement of vagrancy
and public health laws, and moderate climate draw in the homeless. Nearly
one-third of the nation's welfare recipients live in the state, and nearly one
in five live below the poverty line.
The result is that tens of thousands of
people live on the streets and sidewalks of the state's major cities, where
primeval diseases such as typhus have reappeared.
California's progressive government seems
clueless how to deal with these issues, given that solutions such as low-cost
housing and strict enforcement of health codes are seen as either too expensive
or politically incorrect.
In sum, California has no margin for error.
Spiraling entitlements, unwieldy pension costs, money wasted on high-speed
rail, inadequate water storage and delivery, and lax immigration policies were
formerly tolerable only because about 150,000 Californians paid huge but
federally deductible state income taxes.
No more. Californians may have once derided the state's one-percent as
selfish rich people. Now, they are praying that these heavily burdened
taxpayers stay put and are willing to pay far more than what they had paid
That is the only way California can continue to spend money on projects
that have not led to safe roads, plentiful water, good schools and safe
A California reckoning is on the horizon, and it may not be pretty.
"This is the flip side (of) tax the rich, tax the
rich, tax the rich. The rich leave, and now what do you do?" said New York
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Feb. 4.
After the Trump tax cut went into effect one year ago, we
predicted that the Trump tax reform would supercharge the national economy but
could cause big financial problems for the five highest-tax states: California,
Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey and New York.
The capping of the state and local tax deduction at
$10,000 raised the highest effective state tax rates by about 66 percent (for
example, in New York City and California, the rate on millionaires rose from
about 8 percent to 13.3 percent). In New Jersey, the highest rate has risen
from 7.5 percent to 12.75 percent. Now, we have Andrew Cuomo conceding that the
trend of rich people moving out of New York has caused the loss of $2.3 billion
of tax revenue in Albany's coffers. Cuomo called this tax change
"diabolical." We think it was a matter of tax fairness. No longer do
residents of low-tax states have to pay higher federal taxes to support the
blob of excessive state/local spending and pensions in the blue states.
As we predicted, the wealthy are fleeing these five
states. The new United Van Lines data were just released that are a good proxy
for where Americans are moving to and from. Guess what four states had the
highest percentage of leavers in 2018: 1) New Jersey, 2) Illinois, 3)
Connecticut and 4) New York. Even California had more Americans pack up and
leave than enter.
Ironically, liberals like Cuomo who argued for years that
businesses don't make location decisions based on taxes in their states are now
forced to admit that the cap on the state and local tax deduction (which
primarily affects the richest 1 percent) is depleting their state coffers. The
rich change their residence by moving for at least 183 days of the year to low
taxers such as Arizona, Florida, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
We advised Cuomo and other blue state governors to
immediately cut their tax rates if they wanted to remain even semi-competitive
with low-tax states. They are doing the opposite. Connecticut, Illinois and New
Jersey have led the nation in tax increases on the rich over the last three
years, while "progressives" have cheered them on.
Last year, legislators in Trenton went on a taxing spree,
raising the income tax on those making more than $5 million a year to 10.75
percent -- now the third-highest in the country -- and then enacting a health
care individual mandate tax on workers, a corporate rate increase and an option
for localities to impose a payroll tax on businesses. And they are still short
of cash. Idiotically, these tax hikes were passed after the cap on state and
local tax deductions was enacted, thus pouring gasoline on their fiscal fires.
How has this worked out for them?
In addition to New York's fiscal woes, the deficit in
Illinois is pegged at $2.8 billion (with a $7.8 billion backlog of unpaid
bills), and Connecticut faces a two-year $4 billion shortfall despite three tax
increases in five years. New Jersey has a $500 million deficit this year (even
after the biggest tax hike in the state's history) and Moody's predicts that
gap will widen to $3 billion over the next five years. This is all happening at
a time when most states have healthy and unexpected surplus revenues due to the
Trump economic boom and the historic decline in unemployment.
A Pew study published late last year on which states are
bleeding the most red ink ranked New Jersey worst, Illinois second worst and
Connecticut seventh worst. New York was also in the bottom 10.
Let us state this loud and clear in the hopes that
lawmakers in state capitals across the country are paying attention: The three
states that have raised their taxes the most now have the worst fiscal outlook.
Worst of all, things don't look like they are going to
get better in any of these states. Last fall, Connecticut, Illinois and New
Jersey voters elected mega-rich Democratic Govs. Ned Lamont, J.B. Pritzker and
Phil Murphy, who have promised to sock it to the rich -- the ones who haven't
yet left. In Illinois, Pritzker would eliminate the state's constitutionally
protected flat tax so that he can raise the income tax on the rich by as much
as 50 percent. After raising income taxes three times in the last five years,
Connecticut's legislature now wants to raise the sales tax rate. No one in any
of these progressive states even dares utter the words tax cut. In just one
decade, New York lost 1.3 million net residents; Illinois 717,000, New Jersey
516,000 and Connecticut 176,000. California has lost 929,000.
There is also a useful warning for the soak-the-rich
crowd of progressives in Washington. If a rise in the state tax rate from 8
percent to 13 percent can have this big and immediate negative impact, think of
the economic carnage from doubling of the federal tax rate from 37 percent to
70 percent as some want to do. The wealthy would relocate their wealth and
income in low-tax havens like Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands and Ireland. That
would do wonders for the middle class living in those countries.
We are sticking with our warnings from last year. If the
four states of the Apocalypse -- Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey and New York
-- do not reverse their taxing ways and choose to keep making things worse,
these once very rich and prosperous states will see thousands more rich
taxpayers leave. The politicians in these four states just don't seem to
understand math. A soak-the-rich tax rate of 8 percent, 10 percent or even 13
percent on income of zero yields zero income when the wealthy leave the state.
Cuomo was right: The bleak outlook for the four states of apocalypse is
"as serious as a heart attack."
Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia—has the highest poverty rate in the
United States. According to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty
Measure—which accounts for the cost of housing, food, utilities, and clothing,
and which includes noncash government assistance as a form of income—nearly one
out of four Californians is poor. Given robust job growth in the state and the
prosperity generated by several industries, especially the supercharged tech
sector, the question arises as to why California has so many poor people,
especially when the state’s per-capita GDP increased roughly twice as much as
the U.S. average over the five years ending in 2016 (12.5 percent, compared
with 6.27 percent).
as if California policymakers have neglected to wage war on poverty. Sacramento
and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause, for decades now.
Myriad state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some
cases, individuals with incomes 200 percent above the poverty line receive
benefits, according to the California Policy Center. California state and local
governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare
programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments, and “other
public welfare,” according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Unfortunately,
California, with 12 percent of the American population, is home today to
roughly one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients. The generous spending,
then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made
late 1980s and early 1990s, some states—principally Wisconsin, Michigan, and
Virginia—initiated welfare reform, as did the federal government under
President Bill Clinton and the Republican Congress. The common thread of the
reformed welfare programs was strong work requirements placed on aid
recipients. These overhauls were widely recognized as a big success, as welfare
rolls plummeted and millions of former aid recipients entered the workforce.
The state and local bureaucracies that implement California’s antipoverty
programs, however, have 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 if welfare reform passed
California by, leaving a dependency trap in place. Immigrants are falling into
it: 55 percent of immigrant families in the state get some kind of means-tested
benefits, compared with just 30 percent of natives, according to City Journal contributing editor Kay S. Hymowitz.
in the social-services community may be at work here. If California’s poverty
rate should ever be substantially reduced by getting the typical welfare client
back into the workforce, many bureaucrats could lose their jobs. 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
job security. In order to keep growing its budget, and hence its power, a
welfare bureaucracy has an incentive to expand its “customer” base—to ensure
that the welfare rolls remain full and, ideally, growing. With 883,000
full-time-equivalent state and local employees in 2014, according to Governing, California has an enormous bureaucracy—a unionized,
public-sector workforce that exercises tremendous power through voting and
lobbying. Many work in social services.
contributing to the poverty problem is California’s housing crisis.
Californians spent more than one-third of their incomes on housing in 2014, the
third-highest rate in the country. A shortage of housing has driven prices ever
higher, far above income increases. And that shortage is a direct outgrowth of
misguided policies. “Counties and local governments have imposed restrictive
land-use regulations that drove up the price of land and dwellings,” explains
analyst Wendell Cox. “Middle income households have been forced to accept lower
standards of living while the less fortunate have been driven into poverty by
the high cost of housing.” The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA),
passed in 1971, is one example; it can add $1 million to the cost of completing
a housing development, says Todd Williams, an Oakland attorney who chairs the
Wendel Rosen Black & Dean land-use group. CEQA costs have been known to
shut down entire home-building projects. CEQA reform would help increase
housing supply, but there’s no real movement to change the law.
environmental regulations aimed at reducing carbon-dioxide emissions make
energy more expensive, also hurting the poor. On some estimates, California
energy costs are as much as 50 percent higher than the national average.
Jonathan A. Lesser of Continental Economics, author of a 2015 Manhattan
Institute study, “Less Carbon, Higher Prices,” found that “in 2012, nearly 1
million California households faced ‘energy poverty’—defined as energy
expenditures exceeding 10 percent of household income. In certain California
counties, the rate of energy poverty was as high as 15 percent of all
households.” A Pacific Research Institute study by Wayne Winegarden found that
the rate could exceed 17 percent of median income in some areas. “The impacts
on the poorest households are not only the largest,” states Winegarden. “They
are clearly unaffordable.”
to help poor and low-income residents, California lawmakers recently passed a
measure raising the minimum wage from $10 an hour to $15 an hour by 2022—but a
higher minimum wage will do nothing for the 60 percent of Californians who live
in poverty and don’t have jobs, and studies suggest that it will likely cause
many who do have jobs to lose them. A Harvard study found evidence that “higher
minimum wages increase overall exit rates for restaurants” in the Bay Area,
where more than a dozen cities and counties, including San Francisco, have
changed their minimum-wage ordinances in the last five years. “Estimates
suggest that a one-dollar increase in the minimum wage leads to a 14 percent
increase in the likelihood of exit for a 3.5-star restaurant (which is the
median rating),” the report says. These restaurants are a significant source of
employment for low-skilled and entry-level workers.
content with futile poverty policies, Sacramento lawmakers can turn their
attention to what historian Victor Davis Hanson aptly describes as a fixation on
“remaking the world.” The political class wants to build a costly and needless
high-speed rail system; talks of secession from a United States presided over
by Donald Trump; hired former attorney general Eric Holder to “resist” Trump’s
agenda; enacted the first state-level cap-and-trade regime; established
California as a “sanctuary state” for illegal immigrants; banned plastic bags,
threatening the jobs of thousands of workers involved in their manufacture; and
is consumed by its dedication to “California values.” All this only reinforces
the rest of America’s perception of an out-of-touch Left Coast, to the
disservice of millions of Californians whose values are more traditional,
including many of the state’s poor residents.
de facto status as a one-party state lies at the heart of its poverty problem.
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
ADD CHAIN MIGRATION
WHEREBY THE ILLEGALS GET TO BRING UP THE REST OF THEIR FAMILY AND THEN DO THE
Ready for the next 5
million illegals getting ready to enter the U.S. in 2019?
Gallup put out a poll last
week, finding that five million Latin Americans plan to cross into the U.S.
this year alone. And the total number who plan to enter the U.S., either this
year, or later, is 42 million. The U.S. admits a million legal
immigrants each year from all countries. This new survey
shows that at least four million of that five million are
planning to enter illegally, most likely by crossing the border. That's a human
And the case for President
Trump declaring an emergency and building a wall instead of bargaining with an
unwilling Congress convinced there's no crisis has just gotten that much
this means roughly 120 million would like to migrate somewhere.
next question Gallup asked was, "Where would you like to move?"
those who want to leave their Latin American country permanently, 35% said they want to go to the
The Gallup analytics estimate is that 42
million want to come to the U.S.
That is one hell of a big
number, particularly since much of the data suggest that the U.S. already
houses some 30 million illegal immigrants. Four or five million more will
increase the illegal population by 12% to 17% in just one year, something that
will make assimilation for migrants already here in migrant enclaves that
much harder. Migrant enclaves already are at the top of the U.S. lists for
bad places to live - 10 of the 50 worst places in America to live
according to this list are
in California, and all of them are famous for their illegal populations. The
newcomers will need social services, given that most will not have the
requisite language, education or skills to succeed here. Many will be
unwed mothers, which ensures even here that they will be assimilating into
the underclass. The cost to taxpayers to feed, house, educate, medically
treat and jail the newcomers will run into billions.
And sure enough, the
Border Patrol does say that illegal border crossings are up, way up,
and hitting record
numbers, according to the Washington Post. The human tide has started.
Gallup's CEO does ask an
intelligent question in the wake of this new reality:
U.S. citizens like me just want to know the plan. What is the 10-year plan? How
many, exactly whom and what skills will they bring? What do we want? Answer
these questions, and the current discussion can be resolved.
in mind that it's not only 330 million Americans who are wondering -- so are 42
million seekers from Latin America.
I can add that Latin America
isn't the only place where people are contemplating entering the U.S.
illegally. The African and Asian continents are also loaded with aspiring
Democrats, of course are
never going to answer that question.
But it needs answering,
because the human waves are coming.
Gallup didn't ask Latin
Americans why they might be planning to come now in such great
numbers this year, but it's pretty obvious that one answer is that there is an
ongoing border wall debate, and the talk just keeps going.
So long as the U.S. is
enmired in Democrats' blockage of any funds for a border wall, yet the talk goes
on of building, the message to illegal migrants is to move. Get in before the
wall gets built while the Democrats are still arguing. This is the window.
Don't wait for the border wall to get built. Get in under the wire.
That very dynamic is a good
argument for why President Trump should just skip the shenanigans with the
Democrats, declare an emergency, and build the wall. The longer this drags
on the more the human waves are going to build. And as Gallup reports, we're
looking at a tsunami.
TO DOUBLE from ILLEGALS along with their CRIME RATES!
Times Staff Writers
July 10, 2007
Over the next
half-century, California's population will explode by nearly 75%, and Riverside
will surpass its bigger neighbors to become the second most populous county
after Los Angeles, according to state Department of Finance projections
released Monday. California will near the 60-million mark in 2050, the study
found, raising questions about how the state will look and function and where all
the people and their cars will go. Dueling visions pit the iconic California
building block of ranch house, big yard and two-car garage against more dense,
high-rise development. But whether sprawl or skyscrapers win the day, the
Golden State will probably be a far different and more complex place than it is
today, as people live longer and Latinos become the dominant ethnic group,
eclipsing all others combined. Some critics forecast disaster if gridlock and
environmental impacts are not averted. Others see a possible economic boon,
particularly for retailers and service industries with an eye on the state as a
burgeoning market. "It's opportunity with baggage," said Jack Kyser,
chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., in
"a country masquerading as a state. "Other demographers argue that
the huge population increase the state predicts will occur only if officials
complete major improvements to roads and other public infrastructure. Without
that investment, they say, some Californians would flee the state. If the
finance department's calculations hold, California's population will rise from
34.1 million in 2000 to 59.5 million at the mid-century point, about the same
number of people as Italy has today. And its projected growth rate in those 50
years will outstrip the national rate — nearly 75% compared with less than 50%
projected by the federal government. That could translate to increased
political clout in Washington, D.C. Southern California's population is
projected to grow at a rate of more than 60%, according to the new state
figures, reaching 31.6 million by mid-century. That's an increase of 12.1
million over just seven counties. L.A. County alone will top 13 million by
2050, an increase of almost 3.5 million residents. And Riverside County — long
among the fastest-growing in the state — will triple in population to 4.7
million by mid-century. Riverside County will add 3.1 million people, according
to the new state figures, eclipsing Orange and San Diego to become the second
most populous in the state. With less expensive housing than the coast,
Riverside County has grown by more than 472,000 residents since 2000, according
to state estimates. No matter how much local governments build in the way of
public works and how many new jobs are attracted to the region — minimizing the
need for long commutes — Housing figures that growth will still overwhelm the
area's roads. USC Professor Genevieve Giuliano, an expert on land use and
transportation, would probably agree. Such massive growth, if it occurs, she
said, will require huge investment in the state's highways, schools, and energy
and sewer systems at a "very formidable cost."If those things aren't
built, Giuliano questioned whether the projected population increases will occur.
"Sooner or later, the region will not be competitive and the growth is not
going to happen," she said.If major problems like traffic congestion and
housing costs aren't addressed, Giuliano warned, the middle class is going to
exit California, leaving behind very high-income and very low-income residents.
"It's a political question," said Martin Wachs, a transportation
expert at the Rand Corp. in Santa Monica. "Do we have the will, the
consensus, the willingness to pay? If we did, I think we could manage the
growth. "The numbers released Monday underscore most demographers' view
that the state's population is pushing east, from both Los Angeles and the Bay
Area, to counties such as Riverside and San Bernardino as well as half a dozen
or so smaller Central Valley counties. Sutter County, for example, is expected
to be the fastest-growing on a percentage basis between 2000 and 2050, jumping
255% to a population of 282,894 , the state said. Kern County is expected to
see its population more than triple to 2.1 million by mid-century. In Southern
California, San Diego County is projected to grow by almost 1.7 million
residents and Orange County by 1.1 million. Even Ventura County — where voters
have imposed some limits on urban sprawl — will see its population jump 62% to
more than 1.2 million if the projections hold. The Department of Finance
releases long-term population projections every three years. Between the last
two reports, number crunchers have taken a more detailed look at California's
statistics and taken into account the likelihood that people will live longer,
said chief demographer Mary Heim. The result? The latest numbers figure the
state will be much more crowded than earlier estimates (by nearly 5 million)
and that it will take a bit longer than previously thought for Latinos to
become the majority of California's population: 2042, not 2038. The figures
show that the majority
of California's growth
will be in the Latino population, said
Dowell Myers, a professor
of urban planning and demography
at USC, adding that
"68% of the growth this decade will be
Latino, 75% next and 80%
after that."That should be a wake-up call for voting Californians, Myers
said, pointing out a critical disparity. Though the state's growth is young and
Latino, the majority of voters will be older and white — at least for the next
decade." The future of the state is Latino growth," Myers said.
"We'd sure better invest in them and get them up to speed. Older white
voters don't see it that way. They don't realize that someone has to replace
them in the work force, pay for their benefits and buy their house."
California is a part of America. But it’s
no longer American. It is a foreign state. It is a fugitive state. The U.S.
Constitution and the rule of law no longer apply in California. Call it, “The
People’s Socialist Republic of California.” It’s a state without a country. But
it’s certainly no longer American in any way.
Liberals in California want to secede.
They are trying to put it on the ballot. They call it “Calexit.” I say, “Glory
Hallelujah." Let’s help make it happen. I propose 63 million Trump
voters join the team. Let's work 24/7 to turn their dream into a reality!
Millions of illegal aliens live in
California; drive in California with official state-issued drivers’ licenses;
and of course, use those licenses to vote in California. Millions. That’s
precisely how Hillary won California by over 4 million votes.
California supports illegal aliens over
legal, law-abiding American citizens. They support illegals getting free
college tuition, while children of native-born Americans pay full fare. They
support illegals over police and ICE. Many liberals in California want to
abolish ICE. They want no borders and no immigration law.
The Attorney General of California has
warned any business owner who cooperates with ICE will face prosecution by the
state of California. You heard correctly. California will put the
business owner in prison, for cooperating with federal law, to protect the
criminal breaking the law.
The Mayor of Oakland famously played Paul
Revere to warn illegal felons “ICE is coming. ICE is coming.” The Feds report
over 800 felons evaded arrest because of that stunt. How many legal,
law-abiding, native-born Americans will be robbed, raped, or murdered in the coming
weeks because of that act of sedition?
A California judge just sided with the
ACLU and barred LA County from enforcing gang restrictions that dramatically
lowered crime. California has once again sided with hoodlums and gang-bangers
over the law-abiding taxpayers.
In Oakland, a coffee shop prohibits
employees from serving police, in order to create a “safe space” for their
customers. Californians hate and distrust police more than illegal felons and
thugs who speak no English and wear gang tattoos. Really.
All of this is sheer madness. But
California has taken it to a whole new level.
Just this week the California Senate
appointed the first-ever illegal alien to an official statewide post. Lizbeth
Mateo, a 33-year old illegal alien-turned-attorney, will serve on the official
state committee that doles out money to illegals attending college. In
California, illegals now decide how taxpayer money is spent.
President Trump loves to brand (see
"Crooked Hillary"). Let’s brand California. It’s not a “Sanctuary
State.” It’s a “Fugitive State.” It’s a place that chooses to let felons and
fugitives run free. It’s a place where the rights of criminals are far more
important than protecting legal, law-abiding American citizens who pay taxes.
We are the second class citizens in California.
Here’s the way to fix the problem. Liberal
Californians want to secede. I'm joining the movement. How about you?
Conservatives should beg California to
secede. We should make it easy for them. We should help pay for it. Pass the hat.
Every conservative should chip in $20. I’ll throw $1000 to get the ball
Just think of elections. Without
California, Trump and all future Republican presidential candidates would win,
without breaking a sweat. Without California, we’d easily win the popular vote.
And we'd win the electoral vote by a landslide.
Next think of Congress. California has 53
House seats. Democrats lead 39-14, for a net gain of 25 seats. Send California
packing and the GOP gains a 25 House seat lead. We would dominate the House for
decades to come.
And of course, the GOP would gain an
automatic two seats in the Senate through the subtraction of California. As it
stands now, those two U.S. Senate seats are deep blue Democrat forever. But if
California secedes a 51-49 GOP lead instantly moves to 51-47.
If 63 million Trump voters just gave an
average of $20 each to the "Calexit movement" that’s over $1.2
billion dollars. That’s enough money to help California secede, with enough
left over as a down payment on building a wall…
Gavin Newsom’s First Act as California Governor: More Healthcare
for Illegal Aliens
California Governor Gavin Newsom’s first act in office was to propose
extending state healthcare benefits to more illegal aliens.
Tuesday, shortly after being sworn in, Newsom — who ran on the proposal of
providing healthcare to everyone in California, though he struggled to explain how he
would pay for it — signed an executive order taking steps in that direction.
his first executive order, Newsom directed the state to
create a single government purchaser for prescription drugs to increase
negotiating leverage with pharmaceutical companies. Alongside the order,
Newsom proposed extending
Medi-Cal — the state’s version of Medicaid — to illegal aliens up to the age of
26, rather than 19.
The governor’s forthcoming budget,
his office said, “will make California the first state in the nation to cover
young undocumented adults through a state Medicaid program.”
would cover 138,000 “young people in the country illegally,” according to the Associated Press.
“Undocumented young adults should
not have to worry about losing their health coverage when they turn 19,” the
governor’s office added, saying that the budget proposals, to be presented
later this week, would defend Obamacare from “recent federal attacks” and
“bring the state closer toward the goal of health care for all.”
In his inaugural address, Newsom
promised “sanctuary to all who seek it” — a reference to California’s status as
a “sanctuary state” for illegal aliens that refuses to help enforce federal
That policy continues to be a
lightning rod for national criticism after the murder last month of Corporal
Ronil Singh, a legal immigrant and police officer who was allegedly shot and
killed by an illegal alien during a traffic stop.
In addition, Newsom’s new budget
“proposes increasing the size of the subsidies for families who already receive
it, and it would make California the first state to make subsidies available to
middle income families,” his office said.
To pay for the expansion of those benefits, Newsom is proposing that California
restore the individual mandate to purchase health insurance, which was canceled
by President Donald Trump at the federal level.
also sent a letter to President Trump and to congressional leaders asking for
legislative changes that he argues would make it easier for states, including
California, to develop a single-payer healthcare system.
The murder of Newman California
Police Corporal Ronil Singh allegedly by an illegal alien with a criminal past
is the latest high-profile killing of an American citizen that contains nearly
every element in our illegal immigration discourse.
33, legally immigrated to the United States, became a U.S. citizen, and then
became one of Newman’s finest citizens serving as a police officer for twelve
years. Singh’s legal entry into the U.S. added value to our country. Sadly,
this husband and father of a 5-month-old son was allegedly murdered by an
illegal criminal alien gang member on Christmas Eve.
tragedy was preventable.
suspected murderer had “prior criminal activity that should have been reported
to ICE,” Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson had said. “Law enforcement
was prohibited because of sanctuary laws and that led to the encounter with
(Cpl.) Singh… the outcome could have been different if law enforcement wasn’t
restricted or had their hands tied because of political interference.”
is a state that provides a safe harbor for people illegally in the country.
California boasts its status as a sanctuary state in violation of federal law
and the supremacy clause in Article VI of the U.S. Constitution. California
cities have passed laws prohibiting local law enforcement agencies from
cooperating with law enforcement officers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) with the apprehension of illegal immigrants even after they
have committed a crime. Many of these illegal criminals continue on to murder,
rape and rob U.S. citizens post-release from a local jail under the catch-and-release
policies before notifying ICE officials.
the threshold for immediate deportation proceedings is set too low.
Catch-and-release instead of being detained pending an immigration hearing is
like unleashing a dangerous animal into a public space. Eventually, we’ll be
dealing with an avoidable catastrophe.
the definition to detain involves only crimes such as murder, rape, and armed
robbery. That’s about it. Serious drug dealing or gun possessions are not
considered crimes of violence under this strict definition. Neither does
burglary or the severe crime of driving under the influence of alcohol. As we
have seen over and over through the cost of American lives, many additional
crimes pose equally great risks to our communities should these illegal
criminal aliens be released without detaining for ICE.
is a felony and as far as I am concerned a crime of violence. It’s not merely a
property crime that results in minor victimization. It involves forced entry.
It is a category Part I crime by FBI statistics. Part I crimes are serious
felonies. Anybody whose home has been broken into suffers a traumatic mental
experience. I have seen it when investigating burglaries. People who once felt
safe in their homes lose that sense of security after their home is
burglarized. Their kids have nightmares; adults sleep with one eye open and
every little noise in the house startles them. It takes a long time to heal.
Burglary costs Americans an estimated 4 billion in property loss every year, but
this does not include the psychological damage. The fact that many states allow
residents to use deadly force to stop intruders means that a burglary could end
violently for the intruder. It will if it happens at my home and I am there.
offense that is marginalized by sympathetic lawmakers is driving under the
influence. It is not merely a traffic offense. Tens of thousands of people are
killed and maimed by impaired drivers every year. I have arrived on the scene
of crashes involving impaired drivers. Seeing lifeless and mutilated bodies is
not pretty. This is why most states take it so seriously that a first offense
is a crime punishable by imprisonment. Many make a second and third offense a
felony. It’s worth mentioning that the illegal alien who allegedly murdered
Cpl. Singh had two prior arrests for DUI and was being stopped by Cpl. Singh
for suspected driving under the influence again.
recent Pew Research study on crimes committed by illegal aliens indicates it’s
time to take this seriously. The study shows that
the bulk of those arrested in 2016 and 2017 had prior criminal convictions. It
indicates that in 2017 illegal immigrants with past criminal convictions
accounted for 74% of all arrests made by ICE which is a 30% increase from the year
before.The study points out that those with no previous conviction
increased by 146% compared to a 12% increase of those with a past criminal
conviction. They have demonstrated a propensity to victimize. This conviction
rate includes nearly 60,000 arrested for drunk driving and approximately 58,000
arrested for dangerous drug dealing (opioids). The other classification of
convictions are as follows:
numbers are not insignificant. Nobody takes the time to point out to the
criminal alien apologists that the cost associated with these crimes include
police and court costs, incarceration costs, property loss and damage, medical
costs, psychological trauma, lost work time and increased insurance rates
adding up to billions of dollars. Therefore, the policy on when to deport and
for what reasons also needs to reflect these costs to the American people. The
time to deport is before they go on to serious offenses, not after.
what constitutes deporting a criminal alien is needed. By changing the
definition from what is considered a ‘violent act’ to a ‘serious act’ would be
more inclusive of the dangerous crimes I have highlighted in this article. Our
laws need to reflect the protection of the American people not sympathy for
it not asking too much for people in the country illegally to obey all of our
laws, not just a select few? Neither you nor I would be granted this courtesy
if we were even lawfully in a foreign country with a valid passport and
committed a misdemeanor crime not involving violence. Deportation would be
certain and swift with no release pending a deportation hearing.
is time for U.S. policy to change. The American people should not have to
accept such great risks when they don’t have to. They should not have to stand
by idly before a criminal illegal alien victimizes another American citizen.
is bad enough that our criminal justice system is soft on crime when it comes
to people legally in the country but when that same leniency is granted to
criminal aliens it’s a problem, and it’s time to recalculate our generosity.
position of most politicians in Washington D.C., except for a few Democrats who
are sympathetic to all illegal migrants, is that concerning deportations we
should deal with the criminal aliens first. An overwhelming majority of
Americans agree. Nobody wants to be victimized by a criminal, nonetheless, ones
who should have been deported.
we water down the standard for what is criminal behavior, we are heading toward
a very dark place. Crime is crime. Period. This should be the standard for
automatic deportation for criminal aliens.
we get the criminal illegals out, a wall is required to prevent these thugs
from running back in and continuing to victimize Americans like Cpl. Singh who
hours before his death stopped home to visit his family on Christmas Eve,
kissing his wife and child for the last time. The picture of him with his
family taken just hours before his death should serve as a grave reminder to
all who want to hug a criminal illegal alien that at any moment they can lash
out and kill an American, and that it could have been avoided if Congress had
its priorities straight and put politics aside to do what’s right.
NY Times: ’40-Year’ Flood of Immigration Turns Orange County
The New York
Times admits a “40-year rise in the number of
immigrants” living in Orange County, California has transformed the region from
a “fortress of conservative Republicanism” to a Democrat electoral sweep.
The Times notes in a piece titled “In Orange County, a Republican Fortress Turns Democratic” that the
rapid demographic changes of the county — which now has a more than 30 percent foreign-born population —
has swiftly handed the region over to Democrats.
Breitbart News reported that
Orange County’s booming foreign-born populations of mostly Asian immigrants and
migrants from Central America coincided with Democrats sweeping the midterm
elections in an area that gave birth to President Richard Nixon.
The Times now acknowledges the
demographic changes are at least partially responsible for the diminishing
Republican representation in Orange County:
There was a steady decrease in white voters in the seven
congressional districts that are in and around Orange County between 1980 and
2017, according to census data. In 1980, whites made up 75
percent of the population in the district where Mr. Cisneros won. By 2017, that
number dropped to 30 percent. [Emphasis added]
The county’s immigrant population grew five times as fast as the
general population between 1980 and 2000, and while the pace of
immigration has slowed, the Latino and Asian
populations continues to increase, driven by the children of
immigrant families born in the United States. [Emphasis added]
“You went from a solid Republican county to one in which
Republicans were just barely the majority, and it
fell pretty quickly in the past two years,” said Ms. Godwin. “You
have had continued demographic changes. This is a county that went from
majority-white to having a majority that are Latino and Asian-American.So
that has gone hand-in-hand — particularly with the rising
Asian-American population — to voting more
Democratic.” [Emphasis added]
In a series of charts, Times reporters Robert
Gebeloff and Jasmine C. Lee. reveal that while Orange County has become less
and less Republican, the foreign-born population has grown significantly, the
share of college graduates has peaked, and the white American population
has fallen drastically.
(Screenshot via the New York
Months ago, Breitbart News reported the district-by-district
breakdown of Orange County’s enormous foreign-born populations,
which have aided the Democrats’ electoral sweep in the region.
46th District, already a Democrat-held congressional seat, has a foreign-born
population that is now reaching 40 percent with four-out-of-ten residents being born
outside the United States.
The other Democrat-held
congressional seat in Orange County, California’s 47th District, has a
foreign-born population of nearly 30 percent.
Three of Orange County’s four
Republican districts that have flipped to Democrat have foreign-born
populations that make up 25 percent or more of the region. For example,
California’s 39th District — where Democrat Gil Cisneros won over Republican
Young Kim — has a 34.1 percent foreign-born population.
In the 45th District, where Rep.
Mimi Walters (R-CA) has conceded to Democrat Katie Porter, the
foreign-born population makes up nearly 30 percent of the district.
Similarly, in the state’s 48th
District, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) — the former speechwriter to
President Ronald Reagan — lost to Democrat Harley Rouda after serving in the
seat since 2013. That district’s foreign-born population is now near 25
in the 49th District, where the foreign-born population remains below 20 percent,
Democrat Mike Levin beat out Republican Diane Harkey. The district has
anywhere between an 18 to 19 percent foreign-born population with about 55
percent of foreign-born residents arriving from Latin America and nearly 30 percent coming from Asia.
have increasingly swept congressional
districts whose demographics have been quickly changed due to the country’s
policy of mass legal and illegal immigration.
The process known as “chain
migration,” for instance — whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an
unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S. with them — has imported more
than nine million foreign nationals since 2005.
News reported, if chain
migration is not ended — as President Donald Trump has demanded — the U.S.
electorate will forever be changed, with between seven to eight million new
foreign-born individuals being eligible to vote because of chain migration, and
overall, an additional 15 million new foreign-born voters.
John Binder is a
reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.
Catch-and-Release Laws Ensure Migration Crisis
He blamed immigrants and lawmakers,
not the White House, for the tense situation at the border, where thousands of
Central Americans are stranded in Mexico — and two Guatemalan children have
died in Border Patrol custody in Texas and New Mexico this month.
“One of the reasons why it’s so
difficult to keep people from coming — obviously it’d be preferable for them to
stay in their own homeland but it’s difficult to do sometimes, where they live
— is a crazy, oftentimes conflicting series of loopholes in the law in the
United States that makes it extremely hard to turn people around and send them
home,” Kelly said.
“If we don’t fix the laws, then they
will keep coming,” he continued. “They have known, and they do know, that if
they can get here, they can, generally speaking, stay.”
The L.A. Times report — like many other outlets —
buried Kelly’s condemnation of the House and Senate leaders’ passive support
for the many catch-and-release laws and rules which allow the cartels to
profitably smuggle workers up to many eager employers in the United States.
The L.A. Times submerged Kelly’s judgment under
46 paragraphs and numerous slams on President Donald Trump, including the
claim that Trump’s effort to enforce border law is a “harsh immigration”
Kelly’s charge is being hidden even
as Democrats and establishment media outlets praise him for using his power
to muffle Trump’s pro-American policies, including his preference for a lower
level of overseas military activity.
The newspaper also tried to smear
Trump’s border defense push as a campaign scare while also admitting that
migration is rising amid congressional passivity:
Asked if there is a security crisis
at the Southern border, or whether Trump has drummed up fears of a migrant
“invasion” for political reasons, Kelly did not answer directly, but said, “We
do have an immigration problem.”
From the 1980s to the mid-2000s,
apprehensions at the border — the most common measure of illegal immigration —
routinely reached more than 1 millionmigrants a year.
Today, they are near historical
lows. In the fiscal year that ended in September, border authorities apprehended 521,090 people.
Nationwide, the U.S. establishment’s
economic policy of using legal migration to boost economic growth shifts wealth
from young people towards older people by flooding the market with cheap
white collar and blue collar foreign labor. That flood of outside labor spikes profits and Wall Street values
by cutting salaries for manual and
skilled labor of blue collar and white collar employees.
The cheap labor policy widens wealth gaps, reduces high tech investment, increases state and local tax
burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high tech
careers, and sidelines at least five million marginalized Americans and their
families, including many who are now struggling with fentanyl addictions.
Save the Children, Build a Wall The Democrats would rather see children die
than build a wall. By Daniel Greenfield FrontPageMag.com
The dead children are not the victims of an
overworked Border Patrol that has been deliberately starved of the resources to
do its job, because its job would limit the ability of Democrats to steal elections.
They are the victims of abusive parents or caretakers, who are willing to use
the lives of their children as tickets to get inside the United States, not to
escape persecution, but to double or triple their incomes.
The migrants are not refugees fleeing
totalitarian regimes that are persecuting them for their beliefs. They are
economic migrants who are willing to kill their children to earn more and get
more free stuff. And they are every bit as guilty as the parents who leave
their children to die in hot cars while they play slot machines. Any sane
society would treat their murderous abuse of their children the same way.
Unfortunately we are not a sane society.
The flow of illegal migrants manufactures
Democrat votes, not just through illegal voting, but through the far more
pervasive problem of fake districts, boosted by illegal aliens and other
non-citizens. The political machine that turned California into a Democrat
one-party state where democracy is an alien concept, that has ravaged Virginia
and has its gimlet eye on Texas, depends on illegal migration. . . . https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/272368/save-children-build-wall-daniel-greenfield
talking about immigration, Democrats like to conflate illegal and legal
immigration, dropping the word “illegal” and spouting meaningless babble about
no human being illegal. They like to preach that illegal immigrants
commit crimes at a lower rate than American citizens, a
factoid that has been exposed as a lie.
murder of legal immigrant and Newman
Police Corporal Ronil Singh on Christmas night by an
illegal alien in the sanctuary state of California shows not only that the
claims by Chuck Schumer and the “bride of Chucky” Nancy Pelosi that the
Democrats support border security is a deadly and bald-faced lie. It highlights
the difference between legal and illegal immigrants, between those who love
America and want to be Americans and those who murder them.
Singh came to the U.S. from his native Fiji to fulfill a lifelong dream of
becoming an officer, joining a small-town police force in California and
working to improve his English. The day after Christmas, he stopped another
immigrant, this one in the country illegally, who shot and killed the corporal,
authorities said Thursday…
suspect is in our country illegally. He doesn't belong here. He is a
criminal," Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, whose agency is
leading the investigation, told reporters.
Police Chief Randy Richardson fought back tears as he described Singh, a
33-year-old with a newborn son, as an "American patriot."
came to America with one purpose, and that was to serve this country,"
was living the American dream," said Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputy
Royjinder Singh, who is not related to the slain officer but knew him. "He
loved camping, loved hunting, loved fishing, loved his family."
now he is dead. The blood of Kate
Steinle, Mollie Tibbetts, and now Ronil Singh and others is
on the hands of open border advocates and the sanctuary city loons who provide
no sanctuary for the American citizen victims of illegal alien criminals.
if it were true that illegal aliens commit crimes, including murder, at rates
lower than American citizens, that would be irrelevant. The murder rate for
illegal aliens should be zero because none of them should be here and the
indisputable fact is that Jamiel Shaw Jr., Kate Steinle, and Mollie Tibbetts
would be alive today if the illegal aliens who slew them were still staring at
the other side of a border wall liberals refuse to build.
of the world’s nations have border walls or barriers with their neighbors.
believes this is immoral.
that to Israel, Hungary, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Spain, Greece,
Cyprus, Ireland, etc.
Nancy Pelosi has a wall around the backyard at her home in San Francisco.
is immoral is a policy endorsed by Pelosi and Schumer of sanctuary cities and
even states that allows such criminal aliens in our country to murder Americans
and a Democratic caucus that would abolish I.C.E. and those who risk their
lives daily to provide some semblance of border security. What is immoral
is politicians such as Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf not only refusing
to cooperate with I.C.E. butgiving
illegal aliens a heads-up when I.C.E. raids are imminent.
the wake of the Singh murder, Schaaf still insists that warning illegal aliens
about I.C.E. raids was and is the right thing to do, the lives of American
citizens she is sworn to protect be damned:
Mayor Libby Schaaf -- who once warned Northern California residents about an
impending ICE raid -- said she has “no regrets” for her actions and said the
federal immigration agency “has gone astray.”
have no regrets, none. The more time goes by, the more certain I feel that I
did the right thing in standing up for our community and pointing out our
values are not aligned with our laws,” Schaff toldBuzzFeed
in an interview. “That’s hopefully the message that is
father of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody took his son to
the border after hearing rumors that parents and their children would be
allowed to migrate to the United States and escape the poverty in their
homeland, the boy's stepsister told the Associated Press.
Gomez Alonzo died Monday at a New Mexico hospital after suffering coughing,
vomiting and fever, authorities said. It was the second such death this month.
Another Guatemalan child, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, died in U.S. custody on Dec.
fact is that if we had a wall, or whatever the hair-splitters want to call it,
both these children would be alive today. And it is American kids are dying too,
killed and murdered by illegal aliens who have no right to be here. Just ask
the parents of Justin Lee, 14, who
was killed in a hit-and-run accident by an illegal alien:
illegal immigrant has pleaded guilty to a hit and run that killed a Wixom teen
Ibarra-Cerda, 22, entered his plea Thursday, the day his trial was set to begin
before Judge Cheryl Matthews in Oakland County Circuit Court.
is charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident when at fault,
resulting in death, and reckless driving causing death for the collision which
killed Justin Lee, 14. Ibarra-Cerda faces up to 15 years in prison and a
$10,000 fine for the first charge and 15 years in prison and a $2,500-$10,000
fine on the second charge. Matthews will sentence him Dec. 20.
in Connecticut have arrested an 18-year-old undocumented immigrant from Jamaica
on murder charges related to the shooting death of an innocent 12-year-old boy
a week before Christmas.
Police Chief Armando Perez on Monday announced the charges against Tajay
Chambers stemming from the December 18 death of Clinton Howell outside his
family's home on Willow Street.
has been charged with murder; murder with special circumstances; use of a
firearm during the commission of a felony; illegal possession of a firearm
without a permit; risk of injury to a child; reckless endangerment, and
citing police sources, that earlier that evening, Chambers and his alleged co-conspirators
were driving in a stolen car when they got into an argument with some people
walking along Willow Street, among them Howell’s relative.
wall would in fact pay for itself, if only in the reduced cost of crimes that
would be eliminated, saving both dollars from overburdened social services and
the cost of illegal alien crimes, particularly the cost in human lives such as
that of Ronil Singh, who is survived by his wife and young son.
death, the death of a legal immigrant pursuing the American dream, and
countless other American citizens, including children, is on the hands of Nancy
Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Perhaps Pelosi can attend Singh’s funeral and explain
how his death and the deaths of others in the absence of a wall is all
President Trump’s fault and that not building the wall is the moral thing to
Daniel John Sobieski is a
freelance writer whose pieces have appeared inInvestor’s
Business Daily, Human
Events, Reason Magazine and the ChicagoSun-Times among other
Caught Again: Dangerous Gang Member Deported 10 Times Since 1993
Arrested in Tucson
United States Customs and Border Protection agency arrested a dangerous illegal
alien and member of the notorious "18th Street Gang" in Arizona on
Tuesday evening, according to a press release.
CBP reports that "51-year-old Hector Gustavo Montoya, a member of the
dangerous 18th Street gang in Los Angeles," was apprehended this week near
Nogales while agents were patrolling the border. Montoya has been arrested by
American authorities on numerous occasions, "most recently in 2016 when he
was convicted for drug smuggling offenses. He served a 24-month prison sentence
for that conviction and was removed from the country after confinement."
has an illustrious history with repeated illegal entry into the country. In
what some politicians may describe as "an act of love,"
the 18th street gang member has been deported from America "more than 10
times for immigration violations dating back to 1993, as well as multiple
arrests for crimes committed in California." Montoya hails from Honduras
and will be held in custody by federal authorities.
has previously dealt with 18th Street gang members who use America's porous southern border as a means of
gaining access into the country. During July 2018, CBP arrested a thug from
this group who entered into the country separately while posing as a migrant seeking
refuge with his child. That same week of that arrest, agents also caught
a Salvadoran national crossing the border who also belonged to the gang.
arrest comes as President Donald J. Trump and other Republicans continue to
demand funding for a border wall to impede the flow of violent illegal aliens.
December 22, 2018
Bienvenidos a Mexico:
California's ballot-harvesting, sure enough, is borrowed from Mexico
In an extraordinary investigative piece on
how ballot-harvesting works by Steve Miller, published on Real Clear
Investigations, we learn an amazing amount of information about how
ballot-harvesting works and why it's so closely connected to election fraud,
skewing elections in directions they normally wouldn't go. Themust-read
piece is focused on how Texas is dealing
with the seedy issue, enforcing the law, prosecuting more
than twice as many cases of electoral fraud
as California, even hampered as Texas is by weak penalties for violators. But a
little detail stands out much deeper into the piece: Ballot-harvesting, which
is at the root of considerable fraud of all kinds, is a practice specifically
borrowed from Latin America, with a very
impressive Latino analyst, K.B. Forbes, who has
electoral experience in both countries, citing Mexico. Here's the passage:
has its roots in Latin America, said K.B. Forbes, a political consultant
and Hispanic activist who has served as an elections observer in Sonora,
Mexico. “In the Latin culture, they have colonias, which is ‘little colony,’
literally,” he said. “In these, they sometimes have the equivalent of a
precinct boss, and that’s how people move up. The [politiqueras] deliver the
vote and when the candidate moves in, the theory is that they get a good post
inside the government.”
That brings up California, where
ballot-harvesting is perfectly legal, and normal voters have to wonder how the
heck that happened. Ballot-harvesting has been a disaster for Republicans in
California, with all conservatives now shut out from any representation in once-red
Orange County. Most congressional elections there showed Republican candidates
in the lead on election night in the last midterm, but all of them flipped to
Democrats as the Democrat-led ballot-harvesting brought in votes and votes and
votes from supposed precincts, harvested by their political operatives, until
the result went the other way. (This by the way, didn't happen in districts
where Democrats held a small lead, nothing flipped in their cases and ballots
did not keep rolling in).
If ballot harvesting is a practice
imported from Mexican politics, what does that say about California politics,
whose legislators would embrace Mexican electoral practices over the U.S.
standard? As I mentioned earlier, Mexico has been called "a
perfect dicatorship" by none other than
Nobel Prize-winning literary lion Mario Vargas Llosa, owing to the continuous
power of the Mexican Partido
Revolucionario Institucional (or
P.R.I.), which up under a decade or two ago, had a hammerlock monopoly on
Mexican politics, winning every single election in what was then a one-party
state. That's a system so bad people emigrated illegally from that country to
get away from it. Now, the cultural practice is right there waiting for them in
California, albeit, virtually nowhere else.
And like the P.R.I.'s Mexican electoral
practice of ballot-harvesting, it's noteworthy that the ruling Democrats of
California also are famous for doling out the goodies to the loyal voters.
They've promised amazing things to California's illegal immigrant population,
with the latest thing free heath care. California's insurance commissioner, the
respected non-partisan Steve Poizner, was, conveniently, ballot-harvested out
of office after an election-night lead several days after midterm by utterly
leftist Democrat Ricardo Lara who openly declared his support and big plans for
free health care for illegals. He's tried it before in the legislator and now
he's going to do it this time through the executive. California's incoming
governor, of course, is all in for the goody-slinging. In Mexico, they used to
pass out bags of beans for votes. In California, the prizes are considerably
higher, and they go well beyond free health care. I've already noted the
weird similarities to how California is run, and P.R.I-style politics here.
Any wonder California is going way out of
its way to welcome illegal immigrants? "You're all welcome here," as
Gov. Jerry Brown famously said. California already hosts a quarter of the
nation's illegals, and with middle class families now moving out due to high
living costs and punitive taxation, the California P.R.I. likes new bodies
coming in who have a lot of needs, which keeps the congressional seats numerous
and the federal funds flowing.
It all makes a normal person wonder about
the weird closeness of California officials and their Mexican counterparts,
too. Newsom has already paid a visit to Mexico to discuss the caravan with the
Mexican government in Mexico City (not Tijuana, where he would have gotten a
earful from the generally conservative and more dissident-oriented Tijuana
locals), and he has declared he plans to withdraw National Guard troops from
the U.S. border. With his party now embracing the P.R.I's style of governance
and having some unnaturally close ties to Mexican officials (I've seen it
myself at Los Angeles functions as a guest of the Mexican government), it looks
like a growing merger of Mexican and California politics.
Mexico knows how bad the system is, and
its citizens did rebel against it with a Trump-like leftist president, Andres
Manuel Lopez-Obrador, who won on a vow to end corruption. One can safely take
that as a sign that Mexicans are trying to move away from that kind of
politics, which of course would include ballot harvesting. California, on the
other hand, is moving toward it, embracing what Mexico is trying to reject.
That speaks pretty poorly for the sorry state of affairs in California. It's
only great for the rulers and those they patronize, until the money runs out.
Until then, clarification about
California's Mexico borrowings need to stand as an incentive to other states
about what not to do.
CALIFORNIA ICE CAPADES
on sheriffs, comfort for criminal illegals.
In California’s capital, sheriff Scott
Jones has been under fire for allegedly resisting oversight. This week the Sacramento
County sheriff revealed the real reason for the campaign against him.
“It’s no secret,” he told county
supervisors, “I give ICE unfettered access to our jails and our databases.” That was a problem because
county supervisors voted in July to cancel the sheriff’s contract with ICE, and
it also raised issues of compliance with Senate Bill 54, the state’s sanctuary
“I’ve been portrayed horribly, like I
split up families and like I’m a Trump guy, and we’re all buddies,” Jones told reporters last
year. So he brought ICE director Thomas Homan to a Sacramento forum to explain
“factual information” about federal policy. Jones had no problem with
immigrants but explained, “it’s the people in the jail, the people that choose
a career of crime, we have to get rid of those folks.”
In 2015, Jones told Fox News that
“by ICE’s own numbers, 95 percent of the people they used to arrest, that
they’ve already identified, that they want to take custody of, are getting out
of jail before they can get to them. And that’s scary, because they’re
criminals. They’ve demonstrated a propensity for criminal behavior.” The real
back story to Jones’ concern came in October of 2014.
Repeat deportee Luis Bracamontes, gunned down Sacramento deputy Danny Oliver and detective Michael Davis. The murder of two police
officers prompted no statement from California governor Jerry Brown or Kamala
Harris, attorney general at the time. Both failed to lament the “gun violence”
on display in the case.
In court, with relatives of the victims
present, Bracamontes said “I wish I had killed more of the motherfuckers.” Also
present was Anthony Holmes, whom Bracamontes had shot five times when he
refused to give up his car. Bracamontes called Holmes a “nigger,” and yelled
“black lives don’t matter!” at the jury. As it happens, Danny Oliver’s
wife Susan is also African American.
Jones fulfilled a promise to her by making
a video urging the president to secure the borders. That didn’t
happen and Jones got no support from California’s political and judicial
establishments. They showed more interested in protecting illegals, even
violent, racist criminals like Bracamontes, who was not supposed to be in the
United States in the first place.
Last year, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and
Homeland Secretary John Kelly stating: “As Chief Justice of California
responsible for the safe and fair delivery of justice in our state, I am deeply
concerned about reports from some of our trial courts that immigration agents
appear to be stalking undocumented immigrants in our courthouses to make
arrests. Our courthouses serve as a vital forum for ensuring access to justice
and protecting public safety. Courthouses should not be used as bait in the
necessary enforcement of our country’s immigration laws.”
Sessions and Kelly replied that “stalking”
has “specific legal meaning in American law,” and it was “criminal activity.”
On the other hand, “the arrest of persons in a public place based on probable
cause has long been upheld by the United States Supreme Court,” as U.S. v.
Watson confirmed. Federal statutes authorize
arrests where probable cause exists to believe that “such aliens are in
violation of immigration laws.” Courthouses are not only public places, but
visitors are screened for weapons, Sessions and Kelly wrote, therefore “the
safety risks for the arresting officers are substantially decreased.”
This was hardly the only lapse of judgment
by California’s Chief Justice, a 2009 selection of Republican governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger. Cantil-Sakauye has now given up her Republican Party
Registration in favor of “no party.” The reason, she explained last week, was Trump
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Cantil-Sakauye wondered why Republicans
would bring in female prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question Christine Blasey
Ford. This was to determine if Blasey Ford’s charge that a drunken Kavanaugh
sexually assaulted her in 1982 was true or false.
Tani Cantil-Sakauye doesn’t get that, so
Californians have cause to wonder if she believes that accusation equals guilt
and women are always to be believed, regardless of the facts. That is a strange
position for any lawyer or judge, much less the Chief Justice of the California
Supreme Court. On the other hand, this Chief Justice keeps quiet when criminal
illegals murder police officers and denounces federal ICE agents as stalkers.
In California’s ICE Capades, sheriffs like
Scott Jones get criticism and illegals get special treatment. As Newsweek reports, “the
California city of Sacramento dedicated $300,000 last year to helping
undocumented immigrants with everything from legal services to fight
deportations to assistance in applying for citizenship and visas.”
The money “went toward helping 28
undocumented immigrants facing deportation receive legal aid in their bid to
stay in the U.S., as well as helping residents in encounters with U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.” In addition, the city funds
a response network “which includes a 24-hour hotline that people can call to
report ICE activity within the Sacramento area.”
California No. 1 in Percentage of Residents 25 and Older Who Never Finished 9th
Grade; No. 50 in High School Graduates
California Gov. Jerry Brown and
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) outside the U.S. Capitol, March
22, 2017. (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
(CNSNews.com) - California ranks
No. 1 among the 50 states for the percentage of its residents 25 and older who
have never completed ninth grade and 50th for the percentage who have graduated
from high school, according
to new data from the Census Bureau.
Texas ranks No. 2 for the
percentage of its residents 25 and older who have never completed ninth grade
and 49th for the percentage who have graduated from high school.
9.7 percent of California
residents 25 and older, the
Census Bureau says, never completed ninth grade.
Only 82.5 percent graduated from high school.