The Hollers Of Fresno

The most impoverished state in the union?  Gotta be West Virginia, or Mississippi.  Maybe Alabama or Arkansas. .


Wrong.  It’s California.  On the way to spending itself into the poorhouse, California has helped create a huge impoverished underclass untouched by the glitz of Hollywood and the sheen of Silicon Valley.

And the story should sound familiar to anyone from Minneapolis or Saint Paul:

Apparently content with futile poverty policies, Sacramento lawmakers can turn their attention to what historian Victor Davis Hanson aptly describes as a fixation on “remaking the world.” The political class wants to build a costly and needless high-speed rail system; talks of secession from a United States presided over by Donald Trump; hired former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. to “resist” Trump’s agenda; enacted the first state-level cap-and-trade regime; established California as a “sanctuary state” for illegal immigrants; banned plastic bags, threatening the jobs of thousands of workers involved in their manufacture; and is consumed by its dedication to “California values.” All this only reinforces the rest of America’s perception of an out-of-touch Left Coast, to the disservice of millions of Californians whose values are more traditional, including many of the state’s poor residents.

With a permanent majority in the state Senate and the Assembly, a prolonged dominance in the executive branch and a weak opposition, California Democrats have long been free to indulge blue-state ideology while paying little or no political price. The state’s poverty problem is unlikely to improve while policymakers remain unwilling to unleash the engines of economic prosperity that drove California to its golden years.

When you have uncontested one party rule upheld by legions of voters dependent on the gravy train, you can get away with keeping those legions in the dumps while you virtue-signal your merry way toward your pension.


10 thoughts on “The Hollers Of Fresno

  1. The Democratic pols & bureaucrats of Cali are very eager to export their “values” to other states and the feds. They are so clueless that they do not understand that most people, even liberals, react to ‘California values’ with horror.

  2. Yes, but it just got even better. How many business will FINALLY get the message and fold up shop in CA?

    Calling the Trump administration’s tax reform plan a “middle-class tax increase,” two California lawmakers introduced a bill that would force large companies to fork over half of their expected savings to the state. Assemblymen Kevin McCarty and Phil Ting, both Democrats, introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 22, which calls for a 10 percent surcharge on companies with a net earnings over $1 million. The plan could potentially raise billions for the state´s social services programs. “It is unconscionable to force working families to pay the price for tax breaks and loopholes benefiting corporations and wealthy individuals,” Ting said in a statement.

  3. Should Cali achieve secession would it accept all the illegals and riff raff from other states with open arms in demonstrating it’s “California Principles”? I’d be willing to bet the outflow of people from the state would exceed the inflow. Things would probable go so badly that Cali would become nothing more than a 3rd world entity.

  4. Cali would become nothing more than a 3rd world entity.

    A Chavezistan (the new term for “Banana Republic”)

  5. even the old time communists caught on:

    Do Re Mi
    Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

    Lots of folks back East, they say, is leavin’ home every day,
    Beatin’ the hot old dusty way to the California line.
    ‘Cross the desert sands they roll, gettin’ out of that old dust bowl,
    They think they’re goin’ to a sugar bowl, but here’s what they find
    Now, the police at the port of entry say,
    “You’re number fourteen thousand for today.”

    Oh, if you ain’t got the do re mi, folks, you ain’t got the do re mi,
    Why, you better go back to beautiful Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee.
    California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see;
    But believe it or not, you won’t find it so hot
    If you ain’t got the do re mi.

    You want to buy you a home or a farm, that can’t deal nobody harm,
    Or take your vacation by the mountains or sea.
    Don’t swap your old cow for a car, you better stay right where you are,
    Better take this little tip from me.
    ‘Cause I look through the want ads every day
    But the headlines on the papers always say:

    If you ain’t got the do re mi, boys, you ain’t got the do re mi,
    Why, you better go back to beautiful Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee.
    California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see;
    But believe it or not, you won’t find it so hot
    If you ain’t got the do re mi.

  6. Should Cali achieve secession

    They will immediately lose the state of Jefferson. The productive side of the state. Please secede. Faster.

  7. Lincoln’s argument against secession isn’t talked about much these days.
    Lincoln thought that permanence of the Union was an unwritten part of the Constitution. If states could secede at will, states would do so if they saw some momentary advantage to seceding. They would be forever seceding and then seeking admittance when that suited state politics. The Union would not be stable, and the founders clearly wanted the Union to be stable. The United States would not be a nation, but a loose confederation. All federal policy would be focused on reigning in rambunctious states.
    It’s an interesting idea, and Lincoln never pushed it too far. The right of a state to secede wasn’t tested in the SC until years after the Civil War (the court decided against the right of secession, but the finding was narrow & had to do with taxes and debts).

  8. The non-wacko part of California has already taken the preliminary legislative steps to secede from the rest of California. It will be interesting to see should California secede from the union, and New California secede from California (and stay with the union), if the New Californians close their borders to California.

  9. The interesting thing is that you might not have to build a wall. Apart from going to Vegas, Reno, and Asia, Californians are rightly famous for their insularity. You could just refuse to issue a new drivers’ license to someone with a California license without an oath of fidelity to the Constitution.

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