CA Is Heading Due Left And How You Are Paying For It
Thomas Del Beccaro, Forbes .com
The 2016 election is in the books. President Trump won the vote that counts – the Electoral College vote. California went for Hillary and its governing politicians are fighting Trump tooth and nail. Indeed, rather than adjust to the rest of the Nation, California is headed due Left. Below is a list of just how far Left it is headed and how you – yes you - are paying for it.
Before we get to the list, we should note how uniquely Left California really is. Plainly stated, of all the large states in America that regularly cast their Electoral College votes for Democrats, California is by far the most lopsided to the Left.
Washington State votes Democrat each Presidential Election – but it has no income tax. That is certainly a policy of the Right not the Left. Oregon reliably votes Left as well – but it regularly lands in the top 20% of states as a place to do business.
Even New York, quite the liberal state in most people’s eyes, is down-right balanced compared to California. Not only is there a Conservative Party of New York that matters, the State Legislature is somewhat balanced. This year, although the Democrats dominate the New York Assembly, working with Independent Democrats, according to the New York Times, “has allowed [Republicans] to control the chamber.” Before that, after the 2010 elections, Republicans had outright control of the Senate chamber.
California is anything but balanced. For two decades now, the Democrats have owned both chambers of the Legislature – now with super majorities in the Senate and the Assembly. That means they can pass any law they want, concluding higher taxes, without a single Republican vote.
Finally, keep in mind that California governments, from the city council level to the state level are over $1.3 trillion in debt – and growing because of pension and medical care promises made by those governments. Oh, and don’t forget that California’s highest income rate is 13.3% - 50% higher than New York’s top rate – and the nation’s highest poverty rate.
So how far Left is California headed? Let us count the ways:
1. Jerry Brown used to stand in the way. The Democrat members of the California legislature are so far Left that Governor Moonbeam regularly vetoed dozens upon dozens of the hundreds of laws passed each year. Yes, Jerry Brown is the adult in their legislative romper room. Previously, that has meant that Brown has vetoed such laws as universal health care and once promised no tax increases without a vote of the people.