As the November election draws near, voters would be wise to consider how Democrat policies set California on a path of marked decline that mirrors third-world Venezuela.
The so-called Golden State has enacted a series of socialist and green policies that have produced more than half the nation’s homelessness, widespread poverty, and an inability to keep the power grid operational. These are the benefits of socialism and radical liberalism now embraced by Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris as they make a bid for the White House.
“Joe Biden is just a Trojan horse for socialism. He is, he’s a Trojan horse. He has no clue, but the people around him are tough, and they’re smart,” President Donald Trump reportedly said. “It will not be him running our country.”
Although many independents might write off such statements as political rhetoric, it’s critical to compare the historical facts. For instance, Hugo Chavez started his socialist revolution in 1992, leading a military coup against the government. That year was the lowest poverty rate Venezuela would experience since.
By 1999, Chavez and his armed socialists had seized power and driven the poverty rate up to nearly 50 percent. Despite seizing oil production and nationalizing farmlands, socialists squandered resources and Venezuelans have suffered indignant food and good shortages as the country spiraled into squalor. The third-world country recently shuttered its last oil rig.
Fast forward to modern-day California that enjoys the largest economy of any state in the union. If it were to break off as its own country, California would rank as the world’s fifth-largest economy.
Yet the country’s wealthiest state also has the greatest rate of homelessness. California reportedly has a disgraceful 151,000 Americans living on the streets. That’s more than New York, Texas, and Florida combined. The state’s increase in poverty also mirrors the rise of liberal extremism in 2016, and the increases in excessively high taxes that came with it. Homelessness in California stands at a 15-year high.
“Everywhere socialism has been, everywhere it’s been implemented, it’s produced poverty, misery, repression, and despair,” Trump added. “You take a look, no matter where. Yet, there are those trying to implement socialism right here in the United States.”
Adding insult to injury, even those who can afford a roof over the heads cannot keep the lights or air conditioning on. Rolling and sudden blackouts have become commonplace as a result of “green new deal” initiatives. With temperatures topping 100 degrees, the Democrat mayor of Los Angeles called for people to shut off power in the middle of the afternoon.
“It’s almost 3 p.m. Time to turn off major appliances, set the thermostat to 78 degrees (or use a fan instead), turn off excess lights and unplug any appliances you’re not using,” Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted.
The Golden State has the highest number of COVID-19 infections in America and faces a budget deficit that reportedly exceeds $54 billion, the worst since the Great Depression. Should Democrats continue to rule West Coast politics, Californians may decide to flee to third-world countries with electricity.