Saturday, December 14, 2013

California is a failed state

They are literally freezing to death in California. Below-freezing temperatures the past couple of weeks have spelled doom for many who live on Bay Area streets. As many as seven people have died of hypothermia.

There are an estimated 6,000 homeless in San Francisco on any given night, with only 1,339 shelter beds. It’s impossible to walk anywhere in the downtown core without encountering these poor souls, their mangled, damaged feet peeking out from beneath filthy blankets. Meantime, blocks away, the rich fill the lobby of the Westin St. Francis and pack the aisles of Macy’s, one-percenters seemingly oblivious to the grinding poverty around them.

California may still possess enviable temperatures most of the year, but beyond the palm trees and warm breezes lurks a world of trouble. Jerry Brown has returned as governor to clean up the mess left behind by his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose tenure in office was volatile. Many have called California a failed state, and with some reason.

The decay that has set in after years of neglect is unmistakable. Roads have suffered as a result of years of deferred maintenance. According to Forbes magazine, California leads the United States in many categories, none of them good: highest taxes, lowest bond rating, highest poverty rate, tied for highest unemployment rate, poorest state in which to do business, most cities to have gone bankrupt. The state prison system is so badly managed it had to be taken over by a federal judge. The traffic congestion is probably the country’s worst.
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HT: T-19


The Anti-Gnostic said...

LOL at "the mess left behind by his predecessor." We were doing just fine with Gray Davis!

The state hosts the most sophisticated (and politically liberal) industries in the nation. It's an agricultural breadbasket. Container ships pour in and out of its ports. It boasts the most desirable geography and climate on the planet, and they still can't figure it out?

California is poor because California imports poor people. They can jack up tax rates as high as the Rockies. The LAUSD can build education Taj Mahals on every block. The middle class will continue to stream out and California will be a bunch of IT, wine country and entertainment one-percenters living behind fences and using helicopters to get to work.

Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch.

lannes said...

They are like the boyars of Czarist Russia, and Lenin knew how to deal with them after the Revolution: hang them from the nearest tree.