Beachcombing

By: 
Jay Beeler

A reader recently shared with me the writings of Wayne Allyn Root, a national political commentator who said this about our state:

Remember the famous (but sad) saying, “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes truth.” Well I have the number one lie in America for you- “Diversity makes us stronger. Immigration makes us more prosperous.”

Sorry, but not always.

California is Exhibit A. It’s filled with immigrants. Ten million to be exact. Many of them illegal. Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California – where nearly one out of five residents is poor. That’s according to the Census Bureau.

While California accounts for 12 percent of America’s population, it accounts for one third of America’s welfare checks. California leads the country in food stamp use. California has more people on welfare than most countries around the world.

But I thought immigration made us more prosperous?

Homelessness is exploding in California – with tent encampments overrunning schools, businesses and upscale neighborhoods. California is now home to 22 percent of this nation’s homeless population.

California leads the nation in debt. Total state and local debt is almost $1.5 trillion. Combining state debt with California’s share of federal debt produces a debt to GDP ratio of 153 percent – higher than the PIGS of the EU (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain), which are all facing economic collapse and ruin.

The traffic is suffocating, miserable and unlivable. The highways and infrastructure are crumbling. The public schools are an unmitigated disaster (and that’s with the highest per pupil spending in America).

If immigration is so great for our country and illegal aliens “contribute a net positive” to society…how do you explain what’s happening in California?

I haven’t even gotten to the taxes. The income taxes, business taxes, sales taxes and gas taxes are all the highest in the nation. Why do you think that is? To pay the enormous costs of illegal immigration. To pay for the education costs, healthcare costs, police, courts, lawyers, prisons, and hundreds of different welfare programs for millions of California’s illegal aliens and struggling legal immigrants too.

But you haven’t heard the worst yet. California – the immigrant capital of America – is filthy. Perhaps the filthiest place on earth. Filthier than the slums of Calcutta. Filthier than the poorest slums of Brazil and Africa. [Root goes on for a few paragraphs to describe filthy conditions in the Bay Area.]

I guess diversity isn’t always so grand. I guess illegal immigration isn’t always the strength of America. Clearly, immigration – in the wrong form – does not lead to prosperity. California has become unlivable. The middle class are fleeing in record numbers – many of them to Las Vegas.

California is no longer the American Dream. For native born Americans, it is the American Nightmare. A cautionary tale of what happens when you combine open borders; a pathetic welfare state; and radical liberal politicians who see taxpayers as targets to be fleeced and illegal aliens as their core constituency.

Forty-four percent of Californians don’t speak English at home. It is a foreign state inside America. Soon expect to see employment ads that say, “Americans not wanted.”

California is following “the Mexican model” – i.e. a population with a tiny sliver of super rich elites at the top … and everyone else is dirt poor. Just like Mexico, the middle class is becoming extinct in California. This is the express train to hell.

Thanks to illegal immigration (which is always a net negative) … thanks to the joys of diversity (which doesn’t always work) … thanks to liberal politicians and voters.

California is quite simply a sh*thole.

It’s not pleasant to hear harsh words like that from those of us who love our state. I shared them with you in the hope it would guide you on June 5 when you vote for politicians who favor sanctuary cities or engage in out-of-control spending on low-priority projects like roundabouts, bollards and reduced traffic lanes on Bellflower Boulevard to add more bike lanes. That’s just plain stupid.

 publisher@beachcomber.news

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