How Far Left Can Cal­i­for­nia Go?

The Signal - - Opinion - Terri LOVELL

Tues­day’s midterm elec­tion results have re­vealed one thing for sure: Cal­i­for­nia vot­ers have agreed to tax them­selves into obliv­ion, and move the state even fur­ther to the left.

With the de­feat of Propo­si­tion 6, vot­ers chose to con­tinue to pay an ad­di­tional 12 cents per gal­lon for gas, plus the ad­di­tional $50-$180 in­crease in their an­nual auto reg­is­tra­tion fees. With built-in an­nual in­creases in these taxes and fees, it’s hard to fathom why low-in­come com­muters, who drive over 100 miles a day to get to their jobs, would vote to per­pet­u­ate this form of high­way rob­bery.

Cal­i­for­nia tax­pay­ers have been pay­ing the high­est gas taxes in the coun­try for decades, all for the priv­i­lege of driv­ing on some of the na­tion’s crap­pi­est roads. Gov. Jerry Brown made it clear to the heav­ily taxed “free­loaders” of this state that the roads will turn to gravel overnight if he didn’t get more money.

One can only imag­ine how won­der­ful our roads and free­ways could be, had the Democrats in the Cal­i­for­nia Leg­is­la­ture not raided the high­way funds to pro­vide driv­ers’ li­censes, free col­lege tu­ition, free health care and free le­gal ser­vices to il­le­gal aliens.

As pre­dicted, Gavin New­som will be­come Cal­i­for­nia’s next gover­nor. His starry-eyed cam­paign promises in­cluded “guar­an­teed health care for all; a ‘Mar­shall Plan’ for af­ford­able hous­ing; a mas­ter plan for ag­ing with dig­nity; a mid­dle-class work­force strat­egy; a cradleto-col­lege prom­ise for the next gen­er­a­tion; an all-hands ap­proach to end­ing child poverty.”

How is Gover­nor-elect New­som go­ing to pay for these lofty promises?

Ac­cord­ing to the Sacra­mento Bee, New­som “has long en­vi­sioned a uni­ver­sal health care model for Cal­i­for­nia that in­cludes a sin­gle-payer sys­tem.” With sup­port from the newly elected state in­sur­ance com­mis­sioner, Ri­cardo Lara, New­som is likely to sign a uni­ver­sal health­care bill for Cal­i­for­nia.

The far-left Democrats in the Cal­i­for­nia state Leg­is­la­ture pass a uni­ver­sal health care bill every year. Jerry Brown has never signed one into law, know­ing that the mas­sive tax in­creases re­quired to pay for it are un­re­al­is­tic.

Ac­cord­ing to the Los An­ge­les Times, the to­tal cost to cover all health care and ad­min­is­tra­tive costs would be $400 bil­lion per year, twice the state’s bud­get. Of that to­tal, $200 bil­lion would need to be raised from new taxes.

With sky-high hous­ing costs and a lack of job op­por­tu­ni­ties, the mid­dle class has been flee­ing Cal­i­for­nia in droves to more af­ford­able states. Ac­cord­ing to data from the Amer­i­can Com­mu­nity Sur­vey, from 2007 to 2016, about 5 mil­lion peo­ple moved to Cal­i­for­nia from other states, while 6 mil­lion peo­ple left. With the high­est num­ber of wel­fare re­cip­i­ents in the coun­try, Cal­i­for­nia is be­com­ing a state with only two classes: the very rich and the very poor.

How much more can Gavin New­som and the Cal­i­for­nia Democrats suck out of us be­fore we shrivel up and die? In their minds, our hard-earned money is an end­less source of un­col­lected tax dol­lars.

As Cal­i­for­nia de­mo­graph­ics change, and vot­ers con­tinue to elect more far-left Democrats to rep­re­sent them, do they be­lieve that the money they earn ac­tu­ally be­longs to them? Or does it be­long to those who rule over us?

Does our money be­long to those politi­cians with dreams of mak­ing a name for them­selves? To those who tell us what we need and why we should ap­pre­ci­ate their ef­forts to pro­vide it for us, re­gard­less of the cost, out­come, or con­se­quences?

Have we come to be­lieve that only those who have as­cended into the halls of po­lit­i­cal vic­tory have the wis­dom and the power to dic­tate our val­ues and to shape our so­cial norms? Have we been so beaten down by self­hat­ing Hollywood lib­er­als, who know noth­ing about the real world, but lec­ture us on a daily ba­sis about how we should think and be­have?

How far left is Cal­i­for­nia will­ing to go?

Terri Lovell is pres­i­dent of Santa Clarita Re­pub­li­can Women Fed­er­ated. “Right Here, Right Now” ap­pears Satur­days and ro­tates among sev­eral lo­cal Repub­li­cans.

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