California Gov. Gavin Newsom is living in his own dream world replete with success.
No one is perfect, and accordingly each New Year is a time people traditionally make one or more resolutions in a desire to better themselves. That goes double at the beginning of a new decade.
Still others use the day to announce how much they’d accomplished during the previous 12 months. The truly delusional make those claims even though they were total failures at nearly everything they’d attempted.
We can place Newsom in that last category.
“Happy New Year!” he tweeted.
“What an incredible decade. We’ve accomplished so much in CA by standing up for our values and taking on some of the biggest issues -- from healthcare to gun violence to climate change. Let’s keep it going. Here’s to 2020 and the decade ahead!!”
Let’s take Gavin’s “accomplishments” in order.
Healthcare: California’s escalating homeless problem has brought with it streets that can best be described as open sewers. That, in turn, has brought a revival of diseases the world hasn’t seen much of since the Middle Ages.
The litter and human waste attracts vermin, which aggressively spread such diseases as typhus, hepatitis A, and tuberculosis throughout many areas of San Francisco, which was once arguably the most beautiful city in America. Los Angeles and other major California cities were similarly affected, Forbes reported.
The summer of 2019 also introduced bubonic plague to the Golden State, which was called the “Black Death” during the Middle Ages.
Gun violence: Although California has some of the most stringent gun control laws in America, November saw three high-profile shootings within a four-day span:
- Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, where a 16-year-old gunman killed two and injured three before taking his own life;
- San Diego, where the gunman killed his estranged wife and three of his children before turning the weapon on himself; and,
- Fresno, where two gunmen allegedly entered a backyard party and opened fire into the crowd, killing four and injuring six others.
Compare those to Sunday’s church shooting in Texas, where an attempted mass shooting was thwarted within six seconds. The difference? Texas believes that an armed and trained society is a safe one; California would prefer to disarm law-abiding citizens.
Climate change: California’s draconian gun control laws are surpassed only by its ambitious climate change program, which includes, among other things, a cap-and-trade scheme. It sets an upper limit of greenhouse emissions a given business may produce. If it exceeds the allowable limits, it can purchase them from those businesses that have not exceeded their limit. It’s a complicated, expensive system that’s ultimately paid by the consumer.
California’s strict environmental policy was at least partly responsible for the rash of wildfires that hit the state in 2019. Those fires, in turn, led to at least 131 deaths, and billions in property damage.
We rely on forests to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. Ironically, the fires also turned California’s forests into net emitters of carbon dioxide and actually accelerated climate change.
But that’s not all that California saw in 2019. Mike Shellenberger, president of Environmental Progress and Time magazine’s “Hero of the Environment,” listed other Golden State failures that included:
- dangerous, unprecedented black-outs
- homeless pop. increased 130,000 to 151,000
- homebuilding *declined* 20%
- 200k person exodus = first-ever loss of congressional seat
Those were “all the result of [Newsom’s] failure to confront reality & show courage for a change,” Shellenberger concluded.
Those blackouts resulted in at least one death, when power was cut to the home of a 67-year-old man who relied on a life support machine for survival. When the power was cut, he slowly asphyxiated.
Los Angeles considered building apartments to alleviate its homeless problem — at an average cost of $531,373 per unit, which may explain the decline in new homes being built — no one can afford them.
The Babylon Bee, a satirical “news” site, ran a headline in October that read, “Texas Luring Jobs Away From California With Promises Of Electricity.” Like all good satire, it included a good dollop of truth.
Mike Royko, the celebrated Chicago Tribune columnist, is credited with giving Newsom’s predecessor, Jerry Brown, the nickname “Governor Moonbeam,” a name that has stuck to this day.
Royko left this earth in 1997. That’s too bad. He would have had a heyday with Newsom.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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