One has to wonder if indeed California should just go it alone. Right after Trump got elected there was a lot of talk about “secession.” But the fires and the reality that California is ultimately dependent on the rest of the USA have made many people reconsider. Plus they want their government employee (teacher) pension bailout when the time is right.
The fact that California is, when adjusted for the cost of living, the poorest state in the union per capita, has got to be weighing on the minds of many California pols too. They’ll never admit it of course, as it is they who put the policies in that contributed to this situation.
Cali seems to hold the rest of the country in contempt anyway. (Which is a very weird thing given where Cali is these days. Still clinging to past glory. Standard Hollywood mentality.) And I say this as a general fan of California – the place. In many respects it’s great. But in a political sense it’s declining quickly. (It is in other ways too now.) It has turned into a giant version of the urban political machine, which is to say one party, Democrat, rule. And RULE is the right word.
And we can see what happens when the Dems take total control of the political apparatus. Detroit, Chicago, San Fransisco, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Cleveland, Cuba. No not Cuba. That’s the Communist party. My mistake. Don’t worry there aren’t any nut bar authoritarian communists in California. Ahem.
(From The Washington Post)
For those who think California politics is on the far-left fringe of the national spectrum, stand by. The next election season, already well underway here, will showcase a younger generation of Democrats that is more liberal and personally invested in standing up to President Trump’s Washington than those leaving office.
Here in the self-labeled “state of resistance,” the political debate is being pushed further left without any sign of a Republican renaissance to serve as a check on spending and social policy ambitions. Even some Republicans are concerned about the departure of Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who proved to be fiscally cautious after inheriting a state seven years ago in deep recession.
The race to succeed him, as well as contests for U.S. Senate and statewide offices, probably will feature a November ballot exclusively filled with Democrats.
Consider that people are afraid that JERRY BROWN, Governor Moonbeam, is leaving and that his successor will be more “out there” than he is. I don’t care how committed a “progressive” one is. That has got to give one pause.
California is not headed in the right direction, even if one can’t see it yet. We still have hope. But there isn’t that much hope left I sadly admit.