Elder Patriot| Democrats comprise 75% of California’s state legislature. California also has a “jungle” primary system that virtually guarantees the election of a Democratic governor. If you want to know what unfettered leftist government looks like, California is the canary in the mine.
California voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton giving her nearly 4.3 million votes more than Donald Trump.
Clinton’s margin of victory in California was greater than her 2.7 million popular vote margin nationwide. In other words, Trump won the other forty-nine states handily.
Without the Electoral College, California would choose our president.
A little over a month after the 2016 presidential election we explained just how much of a monumental mistake that would’ve been. We pointed to the growing insolvency of CalPERS and CalSTRS – California’s pension systems – and Sacramento’s refusal to do anything to stop the bleeding.
“Money manager John Mauldin looked at CalSTRS. Worst case, to be actually solvent he calculated CalSTRS requires an additional $30 billion per year starting now.”
“Actuaries: Real CalPERS Unfunded Liability is $946 Billion—When Will it Collapse?”
The financial condition of both funds has worsened since then with CalPERS now responsible for over one trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities.
The money is owed to Californians who worked hard and played by the rules.
What are Democrats in Sacramento doing about this? They’ve raised taxes making the state unaffordable for many middle-class taxpayers who have resorted to fleeing to other states.
The increased taxes have had another affect. California’s highest-in-the-nation tax rates have resulted in a $21.5 billion operating surplus. So you’d think the surplus would be directed to the shoring up the state’s pension system, to whatever degree possible.
You’d be wrong.
State Sen. Maria Elana Durazo characterized the tax and spend and tax some more attitude that pervades California’s leftist politics when she said that since the state has a $21.5 billion surplus, it might as well spend it on illegal immigrants.
Instead of addressing the existing contracts it has with its citizens, state legislators are now arguing amongst themselves over how many illegal aliens they can provide healthcare to.
There are three proposals being discussed:
- Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed giving health insurance to low-income illegal immigrants between the ages of 19 and 25 at an estimated cost of $98 million a year. California currently covers those under 19.
- Sen. Maria Elana Durazo has proposed covering adults ages 19 to 25, and those 65 and older.
- A proposal in the state Assembly wants to cover every illegal immigrant over 19. At an estimated cost of $3.4 billion.
Anyone who believes these cost estimates is ignoring the history of these things. Coupled with California’s “open borders” policies, free healthcare will serve as a magnet for increasing numbers of illegal aliens in need of medical care.
These illegals will require housing, schools for their children, increased police and fire protection, more space in jails and prisons, etc., etc.
This is America on liberalism.