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California’s Water Crisis Is Man Made
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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    This isn’t an American failure, it’s a Leftist Blue Model failure. And since we all know that the Leftist (Democrat) Blue Model is a failure, trying to blame this on conservatives in ultra Leftist California is simply unjust. A look around at other more water challenged states that are doing OK, will lead any critical thinker to recognizing that it is Leftism in California that is responsible for this mismanagement.

    • circleglider


      California adopted almost all of the Progressive Era reforms, from direct democracy (initiative, referendum, direct primary, expanded franchise) to greatly expanded economic (price setting, supply control, antitrust, central banking, income taxes) and health and safety regulations (maximum hours, working conditions, woman and child labor, food and drug monitoring) to the institution of a social safety net (direct welfare, unemployment compensation, Social Security). Unifying these disparate reforms was the belief that politics could be separated from administration and that economical and efficient experts, guided by science, could wield truly Platonic power.

      The Progressive Era thoroughly repudiated our Nation’s founding, and it is very much still with us today.

  • slovokia

    It seems to me the Democratic party thinks that California, Illinois, and New York should be models for the rest of the United States. Whatever problems the Republicans have, at least they are not committed to spreading the economic dysfunction of the blue model or mandating it at the federal level.

    • NicholasBourbaki

      No. The country should follow the red state havens such as Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee..

      • Dale Fayda

        California may only dream to have the unemployment rate of Oklahoma, Texas or Utah. I have lived in So. Cal for the last (18) years and the place has become practically uninhabitable.

        Cost of living is astronomical and climbing fast, insane gasoline and food prices, obscene taxes, failing (correction – failed) public school system, out-of-control government unions, filthy, decrepit freeways, grossly corrupt state government (3 Democrat state senators + 1 Democrat mayor under indictment or in prison).

        Despite facing hundreds of billions in unfunded union pension liabilities, the liberal ruling class insists on wasting close to $100 billion on a choo-choo train no one wants or needs, has completely mismanaged the state’s water distribution system, has declared CA to be a sanctuary state for illegal aliens and on and on and on…

        I won’t even bring up the ubiquitous garden-variety progressive idiocy like “gender neutral” bathrooms in public schools.

        And before you ask – yes, I’m getting out. Heading to southern Utah in a few months.

        • fastrackn1

          “I’m getting out. Heading to southern Utah in a few months.”

          I got out in 2012 and went to Texas…what a relief….

        • NicholasBourbaki

          move to Texas. What are you waiting for?

          • Dale Fayda

            See the last line of my post above.

            Next time, try reading the entire thing first.

      • gabrielsyme

        No. The country should follow the red state havens such as Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee…

        This is a wonderful example of execrable thinking. Illinois, New Jersey and California are all examples of wealthy states that are in great decline. The Deep South is improving, but has long been one of the poorest regions of America, and is beset by the legacies of slavery & Jim Crow. Democrats controlled the state legislatures of Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi as recently as 2010, and had done so for more than a century. How exactly are Republicans supposed to be responsible for the difficulties these states face?

        One has to be either ignorant of history and social reality or entirely incapable of thinking outside of a purely partisan box to make such a statement.

        • Dan Greene

          Why is New Jersey so much wealthier than Alabama? Why is California so much wealthier than Arkansas? Even if we go to the mostly white sections of Alabama, they are considerably poorer than their white counterparts in New Jersey. Why are New Jersey and California “in decline” now rather than 100 years ago? The “legacies of slavery” do not fully account for the difference.

          What is the “social reality” of this issue?

          • Dale Fayda

            Alabama and Arkansas are thinly populated, mostly rural states (especially Arkansas). It’s unlikely that they will ever be economic powerhouses, although Alabama is somewhat of one.

            California is wealthier than Arkansas because it is a coastal state, with a population many times larger, with several established high-profile industries (entertainment, computer, large-scale agriculture, oil), which all took hold there when CA was still bright “red”.

            The same goes for New Jersey – large population, ports, proximity to NYC.

            But you already knew all this, didn’t you?

            Can’t speak on NJ with any particular insight, but having lived in CA for the past (18+) years, I can definitely support the assertion that it is in sharp decline. It NOW has the largest percentage of people living in poverty (see the link in Fat_Man’s post below), it’s infrastructure is in shambles, its long-term finances are beyond salvage, its public education system is a total failure, etc, etc, etc…

            “Why are New Jersey and California “in decline” now rather than 100 years ago?”

            You don’t know why? Really? No clue, ha?

            Short answer: decades of uninterrupted Democrat party dominance in state and local government, deeply ingrained ruling class corruption, out-of-control public sector unions, a HUGE influx of legal and illegal non-white immigration, insane taxation levels, ludicrous amounts of anti-business regulation.

            Also, when you account for the RIDICULOUSLY high cost of living in both CA and NJ, even their white areas aren’t any richer than the white areas of AL and AR. Having lived in the South for many years, I know that the quality of middle class life there is in no way inferior to that of CA and NJ.

          • Anthony

            Dan, here are some stats supplementing your inference (Data vs ….):

  • rheddles

    How would we know the GOP nostrums won’t work? They haven’t been tried for 30 years with the sole exception of welfare reform, which worked.

    • stanbrown

      WRM knows they wouldn’t work so he considers them failures. Ignore that Texas state behind the curtain.

  • Blackbeard

    Watch California carefully, that’s the future of the U.S.

  • MartyH

    Every single single month since May of 1990 California’s unemployment rate has been higher than the national unemployment rate. That’s a string of almost 300 months. It’s not bad luck-the odds of that happening are less than picking perfect NCAA brackets four years in a row. It’s got to be poor policy decisions that the state has made.

  • stanbrown

    “neither Democratic governance nor GOP nostrums have been able to address” — really? Texas seems to be doing pretty well. WRM, c’mon man! This line is so fiskable. Talk about false equivalence. The Blue model fails as governance, but GOP ideas that work in other places don’t address problems in California where they haven’t been tried. Damn, who’d a thunk it?!

  • Fat_Man

    Excellent explanation of why California is so messed up by Joel Kotkin:

    “The Big Idea: California Is So Over: California’s drought and how it’s handled show just what kind of place the Golden State is becoming: feudal, super-affluent and with an impoverished interior.”

    • fastrackn1

      Great read FM.

      And great term “environmental illuminati”…I gotta remember that one….

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