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Coincidence? First, from NPR:
In the past, Republicans have made history in California — there was the Reagan Revolution and Proposition 13, known as the "taxpayers revolt." But just before this election, California Republicans made history of a different sort.
It wasn't the kind of history anyone would brag about, says Dan Schnur, head of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California.
"When one of the two major parties sees its voter registration dip below 30 percent, that ought to be a warning sign that Election Day is not going to go particularly well," Schnur says.
That's right — just 29.4 percent of California voters are now registered Republicans. Meanwhile, a growing number of all voters in California are Latino, now more than one-fifth of the electorate.
Meanwhile, from The Daily Caller:
The Golden State has reached a poverty rate that is now twice as bad as West Virginia’s and substantially worse than the rates of poverty in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas, according to a new measure of poverty developed by the federal Census Bureau.
Democrat-run California earned its last-place rank under the federal government’s new measure of poverty, which incorporates more detailed analyses of welfare payments and the local costs of food, gasoline and housing. (View the new census data report)
The state’s costs are boosted by its environmental and workplace regulations, and by 38 million residents’ competition for housing close to the sea.
The new measure, however, also incorporates a controversial calculation of relative equality that demotes states, including California, that have wide gaps between wealthy people and people with less than one-third of state residents’ average income.
Not a coincidence. At all.
California was soaring high as the United States was in the 1990s. Sailing on the highs of the revenue coming in from silicon valley and the dot-com boom, CA didn't have a worry in the world, assuming the ride would never end.
But when it did, they were completely unprepared on how to deal with it. On social grounds, they cast aside the GOP and didn't have anyone offering fiscal solutions. (Let's be honest, the Governator was a RINO).
This lack of balance means that CA is a tale of two states, never the twain shall meet. And if the Democrats have their way, the rest of the nation will reflect this destitute state.