California shows us why liberalism fails

Hansen illustrates CA’s descent into 3rd world ststus

California has one-party rule, and even mineral and agricultural riches cannot save it from the policies Democrats want to take nation wide.

It’s only a matter of time before they have to build a wall to keep the last taxpayers from escaping.

33 thoughts on “California shows us why liberalism fails

    1. P G & E is a tightly regulated utility. There is no escaping the blame for what happens.

      P G & E is being held liable for damages caused by wildfires ignited by blown down power lines, yet they have no control over those conditions. They cannot clear brush and trees near their lines in a timely manner due to environmental conditions. Their rates are set by the state, but they are required to put the bulk of their capital into “renewable” energy sources instead of maintaining their existing grid.

      Regulations hampered fire prevention efforts at every step. This is what happens when government gets out of control.

      https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/01/how_regulations_made_californias_fires_worse.html

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    2. I almost didn’t read the piece when I saw Hanson was the writer. His evolution (devolution?) from war-monger to “movement conservative” has made him increasingly unreadable. Facts seldom get in the way of his constant blaming of ALL things “bad” on Progressive thinking.

      In this case I’d agree that CA is a mess in a lot of regards. However, it has been a group effort politically and is the result of both Government overreach and, to their credit, risk-taking in an effort to Maintain and improve their uniquely beautiful State.

      I think Mr. Henley got it right; call anyplace Paradise……

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        1. It is truly mind boggling.

          People will flee CA, NY, and NJ because of the mess Democrat rule has made there, then settle in TX or VA and campaign for candidates where they settle just like the ones who ruined their home state.

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          1. Not sure the Terminator was a registered Democrat.

            Regardless, we have 51 experiments going on in our Country and no two are the same. I like Virginia’s (didn’t flee here BTW) general direction and may like it even better by this evening.

            PS. The 1950s ain’t coming back…

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  1. The problem is that if Northam gains the power to do so today, he will duplicate all the mistakes California made here in Virginia.

    Democrats are incapable of learning from their mistakes, they just do the same things harder and blame those who advocate another choice for their failures.

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  2. Isn’t it interesting how “Democratic policies” are blamed for the damage capitalism has wrought in population centers, but “Republican policies” are never blamed for third-world poverty, life expectancy, education, infant and maternal mortality in Mississippi and Alabama?

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  3. “blame those who advocate another choice for their failures”

    I’m sure your hero the Blamer in Chief would agree.

    Virginia is a fairly well run State and not all Dems are incapable of learning.

    Again, time will tell.

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  4. Almost all of California’s social and economic problems are the result of population pressure as generations of people have left dead-end, GOP-controlled “shithole” states to seek their fortunes in a state with progressive, evidence-based government.

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    1. Really?

      What evidence suggests that areas that have been subject to recurrent fires for thousands of years should be protected from forestry and brush clearing while houses are built on the hilltops?

      What was the evidence supporting diverting the funds that should have gone to maintaining the power grid to buying windmills ans solar cells instead?

      But if you’re worried about population pressure, that should improve a little as all the productive people leave the state, leaving behind only the homeless and undocumented who don’t pay taxes. That will fix things right up.

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      1. Your doctrinaire views are actually getting pretty comical. Every bad capitalist decision like building developments in dangerous areas or neglecting maintenance EXPENSES (not capital) are always somehow the fault of government. And, by the way, just where are all those productive people going to go – Mississippi? Louisiana?

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        1. People have to live somewhere. Of course, every subdivision is approved by a zoning board, but the problem is that environmental restrictions prevent clearing brush and dead trees for an adequate buffer zone.

          P G & E cannot print money. With its rates set by the state, and mandates to buy windmills and solar cells, they can’t modernize their grid for free, And, of course, waiting periods for permits to clear brush under power lines running 3 years and more completes the trap.

          P G & E might be investor owned, but its decisions are made by the state.

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          1. You seem not to understand how utility commissions work. In general, rates are set based on submissions from management about what is needed to operate. If, for whatever reason, PG&E failed to provide enough for maintaining a safe transmission system that is on them.

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  5. RE: Tabor “In what way are any of CA’s woes the result of capitalism?”

    –An electric company being privately owned and able to socialize its debts while privatizing profits and taking advantage of bankruptcy to avoid liability for starting fires.

    –People living on the streets because the market has made homes too expensive.

    –Insufferable traffic because of a refusal to invest in rail/public transit. (Trains don’t make anybody any money, but everyone owning a car does.)

    Just a few of the examples he specifically mentioned.

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    1. Don’t get ahead of yourself. Certainly, the election makes protecting liberty more difficult, but this is just a temporary setback.

      The highly Gerrymandered district lines are only in force for this election.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/federal-judges-choose-va-redistricting-map-favorable-to-democrats-six-gop-house-districts-would-get-bluer/2019/01/22/401b2618-1ebc-11e9-9145-3f74070bbdb9_story.html

      While it s true that in the coming General Assembly we won’t be able to kill gun control bills, or the governor’s loony greenhouse gas plan, in committee, they can’t be passed in committee. They will have to go to the floor in both houses, and Democrats will have to answer to their constituents for those votes.

      They won’t be able to hide behind platitudes like ‘common sense gun safety’ and instead will have to answer for specific legislation they support. And answering for much higher electric rates and gasoline prices isn’t going to go over well. Take care what you wish for.

      We’re going to have to work harder to protect liberty, but it’s not a lost cause just yet.

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        1. The next election for the House seats is in 2021 so there is time.

          Northam has said he wants an impartial commission to do the next redistricting, we’ll see if he keeps his word.

          But if the Dems go ahead with California style gun control, raise the cost of electricity and gasoline by 50% and push abortion-on-demand up to the moment of birth, no Gerrymandering will save them.

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          1. “Northam has said he wants an impartial commission to do the next redistricting, we’ll see if he keeps his word.”

            Passed one. More than likely will pass again. And then to the voters. Chances are good, in my optimistic viewpoint, that the impartial commission will come to pass.

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      1. RE: “Don’t get ahead of yourself. Certainly, the election makes protecting liberty more difficult, but this is just a temporary setback.”

        Agreed. However, as a “the only way out is through” type of guy, I expect the public will have to experience the loss of liberty before it can begin to imagine its restoration.

        I’m optimistic. Experience is the best teacher.

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      2. “Protecting liberty?” Laughable and childish way to spin your gun nut agenda. What about protecting the liberty of women to control their own bodies? Yes, now that is going to happen.

        Ready to revise all your Napoleonic predictions about the Democrats strong opposition to Trump would bring them ruin? This outcome in Virginia and the new Democratic governor of Kentucky seems to be evidence that decent people have finally had enough of Trumpism.

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        1. Kentucky was a Republican sweep for all the statewide offices except governor. Bevin was very unpopular even in his own party, so his loss reflects on no one but himself.

          If you read the WAPO article above, you would see that when the Fed judges redrew the lines it was expected the GOP would lose 6 seats. The change in VA is entirely due to that Gerrymandering.

          So, yes, the Democratic party is still racing down the road to destruction.

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