Is California Becoming Premodern?

Weiner roast, anyone?

So asks, perhaps not rhetorically, historian, Californian and all-around brilliant thinker Victor Davis Hanson. He cites some examples:

1-“More than 2 million Californians were recently left without power after the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric — which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year — preemptively shut down transmission lines in fear that they might spark fires during periods of high autumn winds.” 2-“Californians know that having tens of thousands of homeless in their major cities is untenable. In some places, municipal sidewalks have become open sewers of garbage, used needles, rodents and infectious diseases. Yet no one dares question progressive orthodoxy by enforcing drug and vagrancy laws, moving the homeless out of cities to suburban or rural facilities, or increasing the number of mental hospitals.” 3-“Taxpayers in California, whose basket of sales, gasoline and income taxes is the highest in the nation, quietly seethe while immobile on antiquated freeways that are crowded, dangerous and under nonstop makeshift repair. Gas prices of $4 to $5 a gallon—the result of high taxes, hyper-regulation and green mandates—add insult to the injury of stalled commuters. Gas tax increases ostensibly intended to fund freeway expansion and repair continue to be diverted to the state’s failing high-speed rail project.” 4-“No one would dare to connect the crumbling infrastructure, poor schools and failing public health care with the non-enforcement of immigration laws, which has led to a massive influx of undocumented immigrants from the poorest regions of the world, who often arrive without fluency in English or a high-school education.” 5-“Stores are occasionally hit by swarming looters. Such Wild West criminals know how to keep their thefts under $950, ensuring that such “misdemeanors” do not warrant police attention. California’s permissive laws have decriminalized thefts and break-ins. The result is that San Francisco now has the highest property crime rate per capita in the nation.”

California’s three most powerful politicians—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Gov. Gavin Newsom—are all multimillionaires. Their lives, homes and privileges bear no resemblance to those of other Californians living with the consequences of their misguided policies and agendas. Even the New York Post and Dallas Morning News are getting into the spirit of California “dreamin.”
NY POST: “Between the raging wildfires and the blackouts, California is now offering an abject lesson in the perils of wishful thinking. The state’s leaders may blame climate change or big utility companies, but in reality it’s their own damn fault.” DMN: “When a bankrupt utility handles the risk of wildfire by organizing weeks of rolling blackouts, you have some fundamental problems with your electricity system. But when a major utility files for bankruptcy and no one’s electricity goes out, and when an electricity market weathers major storms with only a few days of customer outages, you have a fundamentally sound system. Here is the difference between California and Texas: In California, even the public utility, funded by customer fees set by a government agency, can’t do its job. And in Texas, our trust in a free market system has served us well. Multiple emergencies, financial and weather, bear this out.”

Unfortunately, Texas has it’s own “San Francisco west”. It’s called Austin, the home of University of Texas. It isn’t just productive residents of California moving to Texas, it’s also the homeless, criminals and others seeking fresh liberal leftist pastures. Of course, faculty and administrators of U.T. welcome them; they have the option to virtue signal from the safety and cleanliness of their zoning-protected enclaves. What about the rest of Austin residents?

Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

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