Thursday, December 24, 2009

Back to California's Future

"Of all the states in the union, California has probably had a more durable and magical appeal for Americans than any other. ... California's future will not be like its past. The last several decades have witnessed a tragic despoilation of the Californian paradise. Both federal and state governments have set what could have been a shining outpost of European civility on a sure course towards third-world squalor. The single greatest threat to California's future is its buregeoning population. Thanks to waves of immigration and to high birth-rates among immigrants after they arrive, the state is growing almost as quickly as such developing countries as India and Brazil. Every year, there are about 700,000 more Californians, the vast majority of whom are non-white. Between 1920 and 1990 the state's population increased tenfold and now stands at more than 31 million. At current rates of increase, there could be nearly ten million more Californians by the year 2000 and yet another ten million the decade after. ... In the last 20 years, while the state's population increased by half, the number of Californians on welfare doubled. During the same time the prison inmate population tripled. ... As recently at 1970, California was 77 percent 'Anglo,' to use the currently fashionable term that reflects the Hispanic perspective. ... Los Angeles is only 40 percent white. Long Beach and San Jose are both about 35 percent white, and Oakland, which is 44 percent black and 15 percent Asians is only 18 percent white. ... During the 1980s, California received more than 2,300,000 legal immigrants and unkown numbers of illegals, but once they arrive, non-whites have more babies than native-born whites. ... The economic structure that supports this massive system of services and give-aways is breaking down. ... Currently, California has only 1.2 taxpayers for every recipient of tax dollars", Marian Evans at American Renaissance, Feburary 1993, link:

"As California loses its white majority, it is also losing any sense of ethnic or cultural coherence. This will be the state's most devastating loss. ... The hatred they share for whites is hardly enough to unify blacks and Hispanics. Though the press is squeamish about reporting it, the blacks in South-Central deeply resent the influx of Hispanics. AR has already reported (Dec. 1992) on one of the irresolvable questions that face growing numbers of minorities. What happens to affirmative action benefits when there are no more whites left whose interests can be sacrificed? ... So where does this leave the poor bloody white man? It has begun to dawn on him that if public schools spend their time teaching Hmong and Guatemalans how to speak English there may never be time for algebra or Shakespeare. It has begun to dawn on him that as the numbers of tax money receivers overtakes the number of tax payers, he can look forward to having his very own, probably brown-skinned dependent to take care of. It has begun to dawn on him that the newcomers show few signs of becoming American and that they resent him because he is American. It has begun to dawn on him that as more than 600 black, Hispanic, Vietnamese, and Chinese gang members gun each other down every year, he might be caught in the cross-fire. Although there are times when parts of California still feel just like the paradise they used to be, more and more whites can see the future well enough to know that it holds no place for them. The white exodus has begun. ... Whites who would doubtless find 'ethnic cleansing' a loathsome horror in the Balkans do not hesitate to practice a form of it themselves. ... When neighborhoods lose their white majorities schools decay, crime increases, taxes rise, welfare proliferates, and what was once an outpost of civilization subsides into barbarism", Marian Evans at American Renaissance, March 1993, link:

"Once the envy of the other 49 states, California has become the measure of failure. Historically a trend-setter, once again, as California goes, so may go the nation. ... 'The same pressures that drove the Golden State toward fiscal disaster are wreaking havoc in a number of states, with potentially damaging consequences for the enrtire country,' concluded the study, 'Beyond California: States in Fiscal Peril.' ... California, Illinois and New Jersey repeatedly have used borrowing or accounting schemes to put off tough budget decisions. ... The problem will only be aggravated by bailing out states like California that repeatedly have used poor judgment in relying disproportionately on cyclical industries, and that have borrowed excessively or employed accounting gimmicks rather than making tough decisions about which activities to stop doing, or do less of. ... The 'too big to fail' approach to fiscal management is merely more of the same poison that made these states so economically ill", Editorial at the Orange County Register, 2 December 2009, link:

This was written almost 17 years ago!

Quoted without comment.



Anonymous said...

California suffers because it is large and relatively affluent... so it didn't have to make tough choices about providing social services.

Now that revenues have crashed it becomes more obvious that really big adjustments must be made. How will these adjustments get made?

If California decided to deport illegal aliens could they? Or if they decided to stop providing services to illegals could they?

What a witches brew...

Will the federales bail them out? Hard to flick that switch... the line of states demanding bailouts would be enormous.

All these giant imbalances.


Independent Accountant said...

The Supreme Court's and California legislature's opinion notwithstanding, sooner or later something's got to give. If there is no money, how will California continue to pay its large welfare class and pensioners? it won't. But I think it will default on its muni bonds first. Alternatively, Uncle Sam will bail out Calfornia and many other states until the dollar becomes worthless.

Merry Christmas.


Anonymous said...


"“When you are looking at a deficit in the size we have, everything needs to be on the table,” Assembly Speaker-Elect John Perez, a Democrat from Los Angeles, told reporters on Dec. 11. “The reality is that the likelihood of passing taxes in this environment is slim, but everything has to be on the table. We have to come up with a resolution to this budget crisis that asks everyone to sacrifice, not just the people that are in the greatest need.”

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