Progressive socialists have taken a once glorious state, full of opportunity, new ideas, and weather that most in this nation would fight for. I arrived in California during my Navy career and stayed because I thought the shiny sparkling California I saw at the time would remain the beacon for the rest of the country. California has always been called the tip of the spear of changes in this country.
The spear of change has been turned on the people of this state, of which, unfortunately, I am still one. A wave of progressive social policies has been forced upon those people in the middle class who still work. The effort that these workers show leads to nothing but high state taxes higher gas taxes, higher costs of living and housing due to restrictive land-use regulations.
Leading the nation in the number of homeless in our cities, and illegals throughout our State have reached epidemic proportions. A drive through Los Angeles, San Francisco, or any other major city in California will show countless homeless, immigrants and illegal aliens living on the street, making entire sections of the town uninhabitable. Business is leaving in droves, no longer willing to pay high taxes and adhere to devastating business regulations.
California is willing to follow progressive socialist business regulations to send as much money to the State and close out the opportunity for business growth. California ranks 48th in the Tax Foundations 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index. After the businesses and citizens were destroyed the Californian middle class, our Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown forced through Proposition 30 increasing sales and income taxes. By expanding these tax rates and burdening the people in this state both personally and commercially, California’s economic growth has been stagnant if not falling. This poor growth has lead California to hold the dubious distinction of being the Poverty Capital of the United States.
What has California done to alleviate this situation? They have overlapping State and municipal benefit programs that share assistance with anyone whose income is 200% above the poverty line. The State has spent $958 billion on public welfare programs including illegals, and with 12% of the population, California is home to 1 of 3 of the nations welfare recipients including illegal immigrants. 55% of immigrant families in the State get means-tested benefits.
The leftist progressive socialists who run this state have visions of staying in power in perpetuity, even if it means voter fraud will be rampant through the State. Judicial Watch sent a letter to Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State for Election Integrity showing proof that 11 counties in the state had more registered voters that citizens of the country and were out of compliance with the National Voter Registration Act.Padilla has refused to work with the federal government in the probe of voter fraud or reveal voter information.
Our progressive socialist leaders have poured money into a high-speed bullet train not wanted by the citizens of the State, which is three times the budget stated when voted on, and doing nothing more than funneling monies to the unions and government entities that will further raise the price and timetable for such a useless project. The center of the resistance in California is former Attorney General Eric “contempt of Congress” Holder, hired with money the taxpayers of the State do not have to “Resist” a President he disagrees with.
And then there are the unconstitutional “Sanctuary Cities” which has morphed into “Moonbeam” Brown, our Marxist Governor declaring California a “Sanctuary State.” There was no vote, there was no discussion and only now are various portions of the State fighting back and aligning themselves with the federal government.
It was the Senate boss Kevin de Leon who authorized the sanctuary legislation that has worked endlessly with the other progressive socialists to make illegal immigrants and those in the criminal class protected classes within our State.
A member of the California Assembly, Speaker Anthony Rendon claims :
“There is no sensible place for barriers between California and Mexico.”
Both Rendon and de Leon have stated one day after the election of Donald Trump as President:
“Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that is inconsistent with the values of the people of California.”
That may explain the constituents who receive you illegal welfare payments and all the other benefits that you so willingly give to the criminals and illegals that you depend on voting for you and more free benefits, but it does not come anywhere close to the values that the citizens of this State have. That is why you are now giving illegal drivers licenses, making it easier for them to vote, and even jobs in the Brown administration. You will need to explain to the people of this State that many prominent progressive socialists in charge that California is considered by those in this administration to be part of Mexico. We know that the Brown Administration ignores hard working proud Californians, but they need to understand that most of the people in this State are pleased Americans which appears to be a breach of protocol in the Brown administration.
The progressive socialist agenda is nothing new. In 1986 Proposition 63 was passed to make English the official language. In 1994 Proposition 209 was passed denying benefits for illegal immigrants and in 1998 Proposition 227 passed stopping bi-lingual education and all were sent to progressive socialist courts to be overturned. It appears that even when the citizens make a decision, it is no matter to the dictators in charge of regulating every facet of our lives.
How will they continue to rule by the tyranny? The Brown administration started with AB 450 and proclaimed by the Mexican Marxist Xavier Becerra that employers in California who cooperate with ICE in the upcoming immigration raids will be prosecuted for assisting with Ice and violating California law in opposition to the federal government and the Supremacy clause giving national law precedence over State law.
Motor voters laws have been pushed through that allow every person who gets a drivers license to vote automatically. This entails no checks or documentation to enable anyone to get a drivers license, and there is no longer any distinction between California drivers licenses to be seen to disallow illegals to vote. This will help the progressive socialist to increase further the welfare and criminal element that are he would be voters for those ruining our State.
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