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Jan 16 2018

Why California Has the Nation’s Highest Poverty Rate

California has the highest poverty rate of any state in the Union, according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure of the U.S. Census Bureau. As with Venezuela, it certainly isn’t because the state lacks resources. It is because of moonbattery.

The moonbattery most responsible for increasing poverty is government action ostensibly intended to reduce it:

Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause. Several state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200% above the poverty line receive benefits. California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare,” according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.

That which government subsidizes, we get more of. Other states have reduced poverty through welfare reform — i.e., by subsidizing it less lavishly. Not California:

California recipients of state aid receive a disproportionately large share of it in no-strings-attached cash disbursements. It’s as though welfare reform passed California by, leaving a dependency trap in place. Immigrants are falling into it: 55% of immigrant families in the state get some kind of means-tested benefits, compared with just 30% of natives.

This is why the immigrants are imported from the Third World — to serve as a permanent welfare-dependent underclass that will vote reliably and keep Big Government growing.

As economist William A. Niskanen explained back in 1971, public agencies seek to maximize their budgets, through which they acquire increased power, status, comfort and security. To keep growing its budget, and hence its power, a welfare bureaucracy has an incentive to expand its “customer” base. With 883,000 full-time-equivalent state and local employees in 2014, California has an enormous bureaucracy. Many work in social services, and many would lose their jobs if the typical welfare client were to move off the welfare rolls.

Bureaucrats have also exacerbated poverty by driving up the cost of housing:

The California Environmental Quality Act, passed in 1971, is one example; it can add $1 million to the cost of completing a housing development, says Todd Williams, an Oakland attorney who chairs the Wendel Rosen Black & Dean land-use group. CEQA costs have been known to shut down entire homebuilding projects.

California further increases poverty by driving up energy prices to suppress carbon dioxide in the name of the global warming hoax:

California energy costs are as much as 50% higher than the national average.

CO2 is beneficial, not harmful. It makes the crops grow. But the poor are forced to pay to reduce it. Energy costs “could exceed 17% of median income in some areas.”

Then there is the minimum wage lunacy:

California lawmakers recently passed a measure raising the minimum wage from $10 an hour to $15 an hour by 2022 — but a higher minimum wage will do nothing for the 60% of Californians who live in poverty and don’t have jobs. And research indicates that it could cause many who do have jobs to lose them.

Already minimum wage hikes have been driving restaurants out of business.

These restaurants are a significant source of employment for low-skilled and entry-level workers.

Meanwhile, the ruling bureaucrats who created this hardship double down on their pernicious ideology:

The political class wants to build a costly and needless high-speed rail system; talks of secession from a United States presided over by Donald Trump; hired former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. to “resist” Trump’s agenda; enacted the first state-level cap-and-trade regime; established California as a “sanctuary state” for illegal immigrants; banned plastic bags, threatening the jobs of thousands of workers involved in their manufacture; and is consumed by its dedication to “California values.”

“California values” = moonbattery.

California’s demographic transformation should keep Democrats in a position of total domination indefinitely, so the situation will only continue to deteriorate.

On tips from Varla and Bodhisattva.

35 Responses to “Why California Has the Nation’s Highest Poverty Rate”

  1. Franklyfrank says:

    One more time. The more people rely on government, the less they do for themselves. If there is no safety net, then people would have to work.I don’t think most people begrudge help for someone when they fall on tough times, but welfare has been a generational. way of life. It was NEVER intended to be that way, but as the Democrats prove again & again, never let a good crisis go to waste.

  2. Occam's Stubble says:

    When Toyota moved its HQ from Torrance, CA to Plano, TX, they found that they had to repurpose 2/3 of their HR staff because Texas does not have an avalanche of regulation to sift through.

    Toyota also received a better offer from someplace in Illinois but they chose Texas because they did not want to risk being in another blue state.

  3. Occam's Stubble says:

    I think if you abolished the safety net and the minimum wage at the same time, you’d soon find yourself with full employment.

  4. TrojanMan says:

    Yup! The only thing we dont like about it is the wave of Californians coming in. Much like Islam they are bringing in the very culture that ruined the host organism. There is a saying here “Don’t California my Texas!” I am not as optimistic as others. I think the eventual slide into anarchy and tyranny is all but certain, even in Texas, we just may be the last to succumb to it.

  5. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Fact is that there is nothing wrong with a safety net, so long as it is not provided by the government. For well over 100 years, churches provided the safety net, along with most other social services.

    And…surprisingly enough…people weren’t starving in the streets.

  6. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Austin, and to a lesser extent, Houston, show the direction that Texas is going.

  7. THOUGHTCRIMINAL2084 says:

    Caught between the crushing weight of taxation and regulation and the soft pillow offered to every illegal alien and freeloader – the making of a perpetual underclass

  8. Franklyfrank says:

    See, I can’t give up. I want at least die trying to re-educate people who don’t really know what’s at stake. For those actively trying to destroy the Republic, aka Leftists/Communists/Socialists have thrown in with evil. Of course, they don’t think so because they push their agenda under the guise of “fairness” & phone concern.
    I urge all of you like-minded folks to fight with facts and don’t stop the conversation by throwing your hands in the air.
    I love this country too much to go down without a fight.

  9. MAS says:

    When the mother inlaw passes Mrs MAS and I will most likely be heading toward Texas. We’ve already gifted your state with our homeschooled conservative engineer son and he will be paving our way. When we arrive Texas will have yet two more ubber conservatives and we will follow several other families just like us. Our son and friends have had to fight past the default Texas attitude about those of us fleeing the leftist crap of California. I ask y’all to try and find out just who we are before you broad brush us all as pinkos invading.

  10. MAS says:

    2 Thessalonians 3:10 about covers it. Hunger is a powerful motivator…

  11. MAS says:

    Like any other addict California will have to hit rock bottom before desiring to clean up her tax & spend leftist ways. She isn’t going to change until she is forced to…

  12. TrojanMan says:

    I am not giving up. I just know what the inevitable outcome will be and I don’t think there is anything we can do to stop it at this point. That doesn’t mean I won’t fight it, quite the opposite. For example when they come for my firearms they will get resistance and if necessary some hot lead.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Texas oughta be more like it says it is, then… Oklahoma is (you don’t have at least 3 guns, they think you’re a pinko) and it scares the bejesus out of Commifornians.

  14. […] It isn’t easy doing business in states run by elitist moonbats like Melinda Byerley. That’s why California has the highest poverty rate in the USA. […]

  15. TrojanMan says:

    Yeah there needs to be a test at the border to weed out the commies.

  16. TrojanMan says:

    Nobody cares about OK 🙂

  17. Occam's Stubble says:

    I live within a few miles of Toyota’s new HQ. I’m counting on those that come understanding why the company moved and voting accordingly.

  18. Occam's Stubble says:

    We should just check for guns in the car. If there aren’t any, they have to turn back.

  19. Occam's Stubble says:

    Hey, Texas loves Oklahoma, in the same way someone loves their retarded stepbrother. 🙂

  20. Occam's Stubble says:

    That’s what we’re all hoping here: That most of the people coming are the last of the conservatives fleeing liberal tyranny.

  21. Occam's Stubble says:

    That isn’t really fair. Austin is a university town full of politicians. You can’t get much more of hotbed of liberalism than that. Houston is like Dallas, all the conservatives fled to the suburbs decades ago.

  22. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Both universities and capital cities are breeding grounds for vermin.

  23. Nick Testa says:

    This is exactly what democrats want tho. They want people dependent on government, hence dependent on democrats… Because if you want food on the table and money in your pocket you’re going to vote democrat….. In short democrats reward people with welfare for keeping them in power..

    Progressive politicians are no different than aristocrats in 17th Century England, they’re the royalty and the people are peasants.. Of course progressive voters feel they’re morally superior to all others considering they support the government blowing other peoples money on black and brown people – because you know – in the progressive mind anyone that isn’t white is owed something….

    I don’t think people realize how utterly mentally ill and evil progressives are.

    They believe they’re better than you, smarter than you, more moral than you and it’s your duty to subsidize whatever they demand because they know better and you’re a de facto racist for having the audacity to question them.

  24. Nick Testa says:

    No they won’t they will go bankrupt then demand the federal government bails them out claiming anyone that opposes such a measure is a racist that hates children..

    You have to remember, progressives believe nothing is their fault and they will NEVER change their ways…

  25. Leonard Jones says:

    Dennis Miller nailed it: He said that California is “infected with a form
    of socialism that make the Andromeda strain look like a quitter.”

  26. Jester says:

    California has the nation’s highest poverty rate because the singular purpose of every Californian is not to be free and prosper, but rather, to VOTE DEMOCRAT.

  27. Saxon Warrior says:

    California should secede. Why not? The U.S.A. would be better off without it.
    The Democratic Peoples’ Republic of California should be a capable young nation in the making. It has plenty of natural resources and an agriculturally favorable climate.
    Nothing could go wrong because lands that are plentiful in natural resources will never fail to prosper.
    Just look at Venezuela and the entire African continent.


  28. RegisteredDemocrat says:

    This is EXACTLY why Socialism must prevail. To end poverty!

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  30. […] California has the highest poverty rate in the nation, despite it bountiful […]

  31. jukin says:

    Tax something, get less of it.

    Subsidize something, get more of it.

    1+1=2 Except to a donk-fascist-progressive. They are all about short term power and control .

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