What's the Matter with California? 1 in 5 in Poverty

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What's the Matter with California? 1 in 5 in Poverty

Post by Doka » 01-16-2018 01:46 AM

What's the Matter with California?

This just in :from what was once the best state in the Union:

Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor. That’s according to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities and clothing, and which includes noncash government assistance as a form of income.

Given robust job growth and the prosperity generated by several industries, it’s worth asking why California has fallen behind, especially when the state’s per-capita GDP increased approximately twice as much as the U.S. average over the five years ending in 2016 (12.5%, compared with 6.27%).

The Left's first, last and only instinct is to throw more money at the problem, but California's already done that. and guess what?

It’s not as though California policymakers have neglected to wage war on poverty. 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.

The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.

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Re: What's the Matter with California? 1 in 5 in Poverty

Post by kbot » 01-17-2018 11:50 AM

Two things come to find:(1)does this include their immigrant situation (legal as well as undocumented)? If so, the data may be attributed to their having such low-pay jobs in large numbers (think agriculture.....). Also, (2) and this s where I lose it because once we get a system set-up, then you have a vested interest, and then it becomes more an issue of preserving one's job than fixing a problem. To me, in this regard, social workers are the worst (IMHO). From what I've seen, they identify an issue, get someone to sponsor legislation creating a new agency and everything that goes with that to address the problem, but the problem that caused the need in the first place never gets resolved. Why? Because then they'd be out of jobs......

It doesn't help that California is a sanctuary state, but that's another issue......
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Post by Riddick » 01-19-2018 06:44 PM

California Separatists Are Trying To Create A New State

With the reading of their own version of a Declaration of Independence, founders of the state of New California took the first steps to what they hope will eventually lead to statehood. “New California” would cover mostly rural, non-coastal counties like Fresno and Chico.

To be clear, they don’t want to leave the United States, just California.

“Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California,” said founder Robert Paul Preston. FULL STORY

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