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What’s Wrong with California?

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Election records of the last 64 years raise an inescapable question: what happened to California? The Golden State used to be a sure-thing for the GOP, with Republicans winning California in 9 of 10 elections between 1952 and 1992.

But after ’92, Democrats swept the Golden State in seven straight elections, winning by nearly two-to-one this year. It’s not just a reflection of millions of immigrants entering the state, but of hard-working middle class families leaving it. Squeezed by high taxes, over-regulation and limited opportunity, long-time Californians departed for states like Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Texas, replaced to some extent by young, college-educated, secular progressives drawn to Silicon Valley and elsewhere.

With the middle class disappearing, California’s become increasingly a state of the struggling, immigrant poor and the upwardly mobile, highly educated rich—in other words, big government Democrats, with little room for middle class (and working class) Republicans.

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  1. Tracy Tucker  •  Nov 27, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    The Republican party has given up in California. In the last election there were no choices.
    If there was a republican even running against a democrat it was someone completely
    unqualified to hold public office. If the republican party would put up some viable candidates they
    might start winning a few elections in California.

    • Mick White  •  Aug 6, 2018 at 11:47 pm

      I can remember a time when, if you weren't in California, you were nowhere. Interestingly, now the opposite is occurring. Californicators are like rats jumping off a sinking ship —- desperately looking for something to float on. After witnessing their termite-like activities in
      Western Washington (especially Metro Seattle) just during the 21 years I lived there, it still amazes me that the locals haven't declared "Open Season" on them. Anyone THINKING person old enough to have seen the classic 1956 version of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" movie can see the scary similarity.

      The so-called "Golden State" has been on a slippery slope since the 1960s "Hippie Generation". As most Americans will admit, it's just a matter of time until its Titanic-like slipping below the surface. The big question: Who will care ?

      • Mick White  •  Aug 7, 2018 at 4:54 am

        AMENDED

        I can remember a time when, if you weren't in California, you were nowhere. Interestingly, now the opposite is occurring. Californicators are like rats jumping off a sinking ship —- desperately looking for something to float on. After witnessing their termite-like activities in Western Washington (especially Metro Seattle) just during the 21 years I lived there, it still amazes me that the locals haven't declared "Open Season" on them. The situation has gotten so bad that Seattle has become known as "LA North", many of whom are flagrantly illegal, wiring tons of American dollars over the border every week, and that's only ONE city.

        Anyone THINKING person old enough to have seen the classic 1956 version of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" movie can see the scary similarity. The so-called "Golden State" has been on a slippery slope since the 1960s "Hippie Generation". As most Americans will admit, it's just a matter of time until its Titanic-like slipping below the surface —– LITERALLY. The big question: Who will care ?

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