California is – and has been for a long time – a political stranglehold for the Democrat Party.
Even when Arnold Schwarzenegger – who was largely a liberal RINO – was “governator,” that was true. Democrats have had a stranglehold on pretty much every political body and office in the state of California going back a looong time.
Try to understand the degree of control.
Except for the period from 1995 to 1996, the Assembly has been in Democratic hands since the 1970 election (even while the governor’s office has gone back and forth between Republicans and Democrats). The Senate has been in Democratic hands continuously since 1970.
Right now Democrats in California have a supermajority. They can do any damn thing they want. And they’ve DONE so.
What are the rotten fruits of that poisonous tree?
Loss of mid-wage jobs hampers state’s growth
By Tiffany Hsu
August 8, 2014, 5:00 AM
On the surface, California’s job market is booming.
The state has now recovered all the jobs lost during the recession, and done so at a faster pace than all but five states.
The growth, though, belies a troubling imbalance. The fastest job creation has come in low-wage sectors, in which pay has declined. At the high end of the salary scale, a different dynamic has taken hold: rising pay and improving employment after rounds of consolidation.
Most distressing, middle-wage workers are losing out on both counts.
“People talk about it like an hourglass,” said Tracey Grose, vice president of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. “There are fewer opportunities for people in the middle.”
Economists generally consider mid-wage jobs to pay between $15 and $30 an hour in California — encompassing a third of workers in the state. Those at the top end of that range, which amounts to about $60,000 a year, earn more than 72% of Californians.
Middle-wage stagnation can damage consumer spending, dent career mobility, stall home buying and exacerbate a poverty rate that’s already the highest in the country, economists warn. Those concerns are amplified in a state notorious for a high cost of living.
As more mid-tier jobs disappear, economists fear middle-class workers will be increasingly sucked into the ranks of the working poor. And they could crowd out those already working low-wage jobs, or drive their salaries down further.
Do you not see what these damned Democrat demoniacs have done to you and to your economy and to any chance that you or yours will ever have a meaningful chance at success?
Under Obama, the income gap – the gap between the wealthiest and poorest Americans – has increased to the largest level since the government began tracking the statistic. It is FAR worse than at any time under Bush – which is really quite remarkable given the way Barack Obama personally demonized George Bush and demonized Republicans and then did far worse than his most demagogic accusation of what they had done.
This isn’t just about Obama, although he’s made national Democrat failure what California Democrats made state government failure.
Don’t believe the lies that dishonest propagandists tell you about Democrats caring about the poor. Democrats don’t give one flying DAMN about the poor.
California wants 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025 — more than 15 times the number now..
So the state pays buyers $2,500 per car, on top of a $7,500 federal tax credit, to help speed development and promote widespread adoption.
The effort has had mixed results. Sales of electric cars are up but remain well off the pace needed to meet state goals. And the generous subsidies are going largely to some of the state’s wealthiest residents.
Nearly four-fifths of the state rebates went to households earning $100,000 or more, according to a state survey of buyers. Nearly half of those getting rebates for Tesla’s premium electric sedan earned at least $300,000.
Now, the above article points out that there are Democrats who want to end the subsidy program for rich people, claiming that a few thousand dollars won’t affect people who earn $300,000 a year. Let me just point out that Democrats are pathologically stupid people who keep repeating the same damn mistakes over and over and over again.
Let’s go back to something called “reality” that Democrats have thoroughly immunized themselves from and revisit this idiot mindset:
JANUARY 6, 2003
Good Riddance to the Luxury Tax
Most Americans celebrated as the ball fell in Times Square New Year’s Eve. But for auto dealers this new year is especially sweet. January 1 marked the expiration of the federal luxury tax on cars, the last vestige of the destructive luxury tax package in the infamous 1990 budget deal.
Starting in 1991, Washington levied a 10% luxury tax on cars valued above $30,000, boats above $100,000, jewelry and furs above $10,000 and private planes above $250,000. Democrats like Ted Kennedy and then-Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell crowed publicly about how the rich would finally be paying their fair share and privately about convincing President George H.W. Bush to renounce his “no new taxes” pledge.
But it wasn’t long before even these die-hard class warriors noticed they’d badly missed their mark. The taxes took in $97 million less in their first year than had been projected — for the simple reason that people were buying a lot fewer of these goods. Boat building, a key industry in Messrs. Mitchell and Kennedy’s home states of Maine and Massachusetts, was particularly hard hit. Yacht retailers reported a 77% drop in sales that year, while boat builders estimated layoffs at 25,000. With bipartisan support, all but the car tax was repealed in 1993, and in 1996 Congress voted to phase that out too. January 1 was disappearance day.
The end of any federal tax is such a rarity that it’s well worth celebrating. And the luxury tax lesson of economic damage is worth keeping in mind as politicians begin to wail that President Bush’s new tax proposals aren’t punitive enough on the rich.
Democrats GUTTED whole industries with their wicked hate-the-rich mindset and their foolish “the rich won’t notice” naiveté. Because the rich support the economy with their purchases of the items that liberals love to drive as much as they love to hate other people being allowed to drive. The rich stopped buying luxury items and a huge swath of our economy just withered on the vine.
The luxury tax was HORRIBLE and it HURT thousands and thousands of WORKING PEOPLE. All because Democrats are at their core haters who constantly try to do to successful people what Hitler did to the Jews and blame them for all the woes of the world.
The Bible talks about fools’ inability to ever learn. It talks about the Democrat platform of homosexual sodomy and says that those who advance it profess themselves to be wise but become fools. It talks about your classic liberal elite who is “always learning but never coming to the knowledge of the truth.” And the Democrat Party epitomizes the way of the fool.
And so Democrats – by which I mean fools – keep returning again and again and again to the same damn failed policies that failed so desperately in the past. Like the dog that goes back to is vomit, Proverbs says.
Now, please don’t misunderstand my point with the subsidies for the “green” cars. I’m not saying give the damn rich people their damn subsidies; I’m saying that liberal Democrats are doing nothing more than subsidizing their pet industry in a blatantly crony capitalist fascist manner. And that Democrats are as “pro-big-business tax dodges” as ANY Republican who ever lived. They just want to benefit THEIR people at the expense of everybody else and they want to be able to punish the OTHER people who vote Republican. And of course I’m saying that it’s wrong to subsidize a boondoggle – which “green” energy very clearly is – and that it’s wrong to think that if you end the subsidies for the rich the rich will keep buying what they were buying BECAUSE THEY WERE GETTING DAMN SUBSIDIES.
Look, I’m not rich, God only knows. But I actually know quite a few very wealthy people. And I can assure you they got wealthy in the first place by counting their pennies and grabbing things when they were cheap enough to be a VALUE. And so in this case if you take away the subsidies for these stupid cars that shouldn’t BE subsidized, any fool ought to know the rich will look for something else to buy and the program will come crashing down.
But Democrats are a special KIND of fool. I would rather teach a cockroach geometr than try to teach a liberal ANYTHING.
Democrats demonize Republicans as only caring about the rich and giving tax breaks to filthy-rich, greedy corporations. WHAT THEY DON’T TELL YOU IS THAT THEY DO IT DAMN MORE THAN ANYBODY THEMSELVES.
The Solyndra President. Well, make that the Solyndra-EverGreen–SpectraWatt–First Solar–Solar Trust–Abound Solar–BrightSource–LSP Energy–Ener1–SunPower–Beacon Power–ECOtality–A123–Uni Solar–Azure Dynamics President. Not to mention all the other now-bankrupt green energy crony-capitalist businesses that have stolen more than $2 billion dollars of the American people’s money.
And few Americans have any idea whatsoever how transparently corrupt Barack Obama is.
Eighty percent of all green energy loans provided by the American people’s stimulus money were given to crony capitalist-fascist Obama donors. Obama is using the American people’s money as a political slush fund to reward his friends:
A new book by Hoover Institution fellow Peter Schweizer details the startling extent of the cronyism that has pervaded President Obama’s “green jobs” push. According to Schweizer, 4 out of every 5 renewable energy companies backed by the Energy Department was “run by or primarily owned by Obama financial backers.”
Those companies’ “political largesse is probably the best investment they ever made in alternative energy,” Schweizer explains. “It brought them returns many times over.”
Such is the inevitable consequence of large government interventions in private markets. Leaving aside the losses associated with transfers of funds from self-sustaining industries to ones that rely on government support, such interventions also encourage unproductive business activities by making “subsidy suckling” far more profitable than run-of-the-mill business expansions or product improvements.
When President-elect Obama came to Washington in late 2008, he was outspoken about the need for an economic stimulus to revive a struggling economy… After he was sworn in as president, he proclaimed that taxpayer money would assuredly not be doled out to political friends…
…But an examination of grants and guaranteed loans offered by just one stimulus program run by the Department of Energy, for alternative-energy projects, is stunning. The so-called 1705 Loan Guarantee Program and the 1603 Grant Program channeled billions of dollars to all sorts of energy companies…
…In the 1705 government-backed-loan program [alone], for example, $16.4 billion of the $20.5 billion in loans granted as of Sept. 15 went to companies either run by or primarily owned by Obama financial backers—individuals who were bundlers, members of Obama’s National Finance Committee, or large donors to the Democratic Party. The grant and guaranteed-loan recipients were early backers of Obama before he ran for president, people who continued to give to his campaigns and exclusively to the Democratic Party in the years leading up to 2008. Their political largesse is probably the best investment they ever made in alternative energy. It brought them returns many times over.
…The Government Accountability Office has been highly critical of the way guaranteed loans and grants were doled out by the Department of Energy, complaining that the process appears “arbitrary” and lacks transparency. In March 2011, for example, the GAO examined the first 18 loans that were approved and found that none were properly documented. It also noted that officials “did not always record the results of analysis” of these applications. A loan program for electric cars, for example, “lacks performance measures.” No notes were kept during the review process, so it is difficult to determine how loan decisions were made. The GAO further declared that the Department of Energy “had treated applicants inconsistently in the application review process, favoring some applicants and disadvantaging others.” The Department of Energy’s inspector general, Gregory Friedman, … has testified that contracts have been steered to “friends and family.”
…These programs might be the greatest—and most expensive—example of crony capitalism in American history. Tens of billions of dollars went to firms controlled or owned by fundraisers, bundlers, and political allies, many of whom—surprise!—are now raising money for Obama again.
So it really doesn’t matter to Obama whether these crony capitalist boondoggles go bankrupt or not; what matters is that he gets a percentage of the billions of dollars of the American people’s money in the form of campaign contributions.
And that’s THE ONLY thing that matters: Obama providing all kinds of self-righteous rhetoric while he racks up more special interest campaign monies than ANY cynical and corrupt politician in the history of the entire human race.
Notice that article dates to when he ran for re-election. Obama was the worst crony-capitalist fascist sugar-daddy who EVER LIVED. That’s just something called a “fact.” And what did the hypocrite do but demonize Mitt Romney for doing a tiny fraction of what he himself had been doing???
Now, there’s a method to my madness here. The two sections – the first on the income disparity between rich and poor and the second on the subsidies for the rich and crony capitalism – come together as we start to understand how an Obama or a liberal Democrat “create wealth” for a few at the expense of the many.
It’s easy: you demonize the rich and impose high taxes, high fees, high regulatory burdens, high bureaucracy costs and the like. And then all you have to do is give your cronies, friends and allies special breaks. They get rich and fund your campaigns so you can lie to the people whose jobs you destroyed about how wonderful you are and it was the Republican who had no power to do anything who destroyed your job not Obama.
What Democrats have wanted for decades now can best be described in Democrat Dingell’s description of the purpose of ObamaCare:
“it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.”
Democrats want CONTROL. Period. They want to make themselves indispensable to your life by controlling your life. They want to get to decide who wins and who loses. They want to decide who succeeds and who fails. They want to be able to decide who regulates and who gets regulated. They want to decide who gets redistributed to and who gets redistributed from.
Democrats want to have the power and the control to decide and dictate who gets to become rich. Democrats don’t mind the rich; far from it. They just want to have the power to dictate who GETS to become rich and then they want their cut of the loot. And if that process destroys a lot of jobs and creates a lot more poor, well, that works for them too as they indoctrinate and propagandize and just flat lie to create more ignorant people to vote for more redistributionism so they can seize still more power until that vicious cycle becomes the ONLY cycle.
California has been OWNED by Democrats for all but a couple of years since 1970. And what they have produced is an environment of stagnation and the death of the middle class and the end of the last chance of most Californians to ever escape to a higher income level and standard of living. Unless they MOVE.
It was an interview with Joel Kotkin, a renowned demographer, and self described Truman Democrat. He was also a guest on Jim’s show this past week. You can read the entire article here, and I encourage you to do so as I cannot do it justice in one post.
California’s population has increased by some 3 million people according to the last census, but, that doesn’t tell the entire story. According to Mr. Kotkin, California is rapidly becoming a state with only three classes of people…the very rich, middle class public employees and those on welfare. Middle class private sector workers, as well as businesses, are being driven out and relocating to other states for an assortment of reasons. Nearly 4 million more people have left the state for other states over the past 20 years than have moved into California from other states. Here is what Mr. Kotkin found.
It’s a horrible way to do business. Which is why so many businesses either leave or just go out of business.
In the same way, most large urban cities have been Democrat bastions for DECADES. And what has the Democrat Party brought them? Joblessness, decay, crime, gangs, drugs, a garbage life. And a conditioning process that would make Pavlov jealous as poor, ignorant people were “progressively” conditioned to salivate on command whenever the word “welfare” is mentioned. Yet the ignorant people will keep voting Democrat until the day they die – and the only poetic justice is that they will die a whole hell of a lot sooner because they voted Democrat in the first place.
Why is our stock market flourishing to the extent it is? One reason and one reason only: our sick Federal Reserve policies that were implemented to deal with the amazingly morally idiotic Obama administration policies. They have been pumping on average well over a trillion dollars into the stock market every single year. And the rich people have been eating it up and widening the gap between the rich and more at the expense of poor people, elderly people, and basically anyone who tries to save rather than spend. Meanwhile, the Democrats who created this boondoggle called the Federal Reserve and want more and more and still MORE government control over the economy demonize the free market system when it is their damn giant government that is the real cause of the massive divide between the rich and the poor.
You can’t be anti-job-creator and pro-job, which is what Democrats ARE when you examine their rhetoric. But that’s only true to the extent that you can’t be anti-wealth gap while creating a bigger wealth gap than ANYBODY. All you have to do to prove it is cite the Obama slogan: “Yes we can.”
When you contemplate the true extent of our debt – which is now nearing $250 trillion when you do the math – you should realize that America has screamed “yes we can!” beyond the point of lunacy to the worst economic collapse in the history of the entire human race.
And do you know whose going to suffer the most? The very people the Democrat Party promised the most to, that’s who.