California used to be the bastion of conservative ideals. It is, after all, the home state of Ronald Reagan. However, in the past few decades the state has significantly deteriorated due to its shift towards liberal policies.
Investor’s Business Daily reported on the state of California and it is not pretty:
“Some 62% of state roads have been rated poor or mediocre.
“After years of drought, California has not built a single new reservoir. Instead, scarce fresh aqueduct water is still being diverted to sea. Thousands of rural central California homes, in Dust Bowl fashion, have been abandoned due to a sinking aquifer and dry wells.
“One in three American welfare recipients resides in California. Almost a quarter of the state population lives below or near the poverty line.
“Current state-funded pension programs are not sustainable.”
All of these inadequacies are coupled with the fact that the states continues to tax its residents at a higher rate than just about another state.
“California depends on a tiny elite class for about half of its income tax revenue. Yet many of these wealthy taxpayers are fleeing the 40-million-person state, angry over paying 12% of their income for lousy public services.
“The basket of California state taxes — sales, income and gasoline — rates among the highest in the U.S. Yet California roads and K-12 education rank near the bottom.
“The state’s gas and electricity prices are among the nation’s highest.”
And to think that liberals in congress want to expand these leftist ideals nationwide. Our country would be in ruins!
California has a serious problem on their hands and it needs to be resolved for before that problem spreads nationwide.