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Wednesday, 13 November 2019


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The Democrats' takeover of California has been mostly a reaction to Republican Governor Pete Wilson, who assumed office in 1990. He signed a punitive "three-strikes" law that quickly expanded the prison population, and associated costs, with largely petty criminals. The law also restricted the discretion of judges and local governments. He also deregulated the energy industry and supported a program denying illegal immigrants social services.

All that turned out to be wildly unpopular. Intrusion of state government into local issues was resented by both the left and right. Energy deregulation resulted in CA being ripped off by energy companies, most famously PG&E and Enron. PG&E practices raised rates and increased wildfires. Enron created rolling blackouts so they could raise rates, among other activities that resulted in a huge scandal.

Most of all, picking on immigrants was self defeating. The state is largely agricultural and heavily dependent on immigrant labor. That annoyed the ag industries. Worse for Republicans in the long run, the number of Latino immigrants over the years, both legal and illegal, changed the demographics of CA earlier than most of the country.

California was the home of Ronald Reagan. Over here there's a saying, "As goes California, so goes the nation". Except for draconian law enforcement, Trump is pursuing a program like Wilson's on the national level, made worse by his trade wars. Deregulating energy has not revived the coal industry as he promised, but has contributed to negligent management. There will probably be a similar backlash nationally.

The lunatics continue to run the asylum in Cali. Some of them want their asylum separated from the USA. It could unfold like this.

Thank you Bob.

Don't call us we'll call you.

Calizuela is like any place today where liberals have been in charge for too long. Liberal ideas cause liberal problems needing liberal solutions. When these fail, more liberal solutions are needed.

The very worst example is the left's near complete take over of the University.

Bless your heart Bob.

Realizing David, y'all gots a lot o' furriners hanging around these parts I figured I'd best explicate.

You guys are pretty thin skinned. Can any of you prove me wrong about Pete Wilson and the reaction in California?

Victor Davis Hanson portrays a different picture.


No one would dare to connect the crumbling infrastructure, poor schools and failing public health care with the non-enforcement of immigration laws, which has led to a massive influx of undocumented immigrants from the poorest regions of the world, which often arrive without fluency in English or a high-school education.
Stores are occasionally hit by swarming looters. Such Wild West criminals know how to keep their thefts under $950, ensuring that such "misdemeanors" do not warrant police attention. California's permissive laws have decriminalized thefts and break-ins. The result is that San Francisco now has the highest property crime rate per capita in the nation.

It doesn't stop. Current governor Newsom, lefty trash, is at it again:

Decline is a choice.

You're right Whitewall, it doesn't stop.

The policies of the 1990's, Governor Pete Wilson, have very little to do with the policies enacted in Kaliforny since January 20, 2009. Has been steadily going down hill.

California's problems began in large part before the 1990's:

The proposition passed largely because older people were being taxed out of their homes as the '70's CA boom began and property values skyrocketed. However, the tax cut applied to all properties. That put the budget in a huge bind; something Republicans always love doing. Reagan's budgets generated deficits. Trump's is nearly $1 TRILLION. But that won't matter until there's a Democratic president again.

I really don't expect to convince some commenters here that all the evils in the world don't originate in foreigners and lefties. It just helps keep me on my toes.

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