Hundreds of whales have died after beaching themselves at a remote beach in New Zealand recently. It happens all the time. Human volunteers often try to save the whales by attempting to refloat them into deeper water only to watch them swim right back to the beach. Eventually they have to be euthanized. Scientists are baffled by the phenomenon.
We’re equally baffled by the same phenomenon occurring in the “Golden State” of California where goofy leftist politicians are hell bent on beaching the paradise into bankruptcy with ever higher taxes and regulations.
After decades of Democratic control, California now faces an unfunded pension liability of several hundred billion dollars brought about by voracious public sector unions and high minimum wage laws. Taxpayers and the middle class are fleeing the state in droves because of skyrocketing income and property taxes, housing costs and environmental regulations. California enjoys the highest poverty rate in the United States.
California Democrats continue to blame everyone but themselves for the state’s growing problems despite the fact that they occupy over two-thirds of the seats in both the Assembly and State Senate, as well as all eight statewide elected offices. Their solution is to just keep drifting further and further left toward the beach.
Now California lawmakers have introduced a new bill that will use taxpayer dollars to help low-income residents go on beach vacations. Can you imagine that? The huge amounts of welfare, subsidies and other freebies, such as food stamps, etc., showered upon the “needy” is not enough to satisfy these leftists. They want the taxpayers to foot the bill for their beach vacations and the like – stuff they might like but certainly don’t need.
What’s next? Vacations to Europe; Caribbean cruises; second homes; new cars every year? They want votes and they’re willing to use taxpayer money to buy them.
Wiser heads have tried to rescue the people from the land of fruits and nuts; to refloat them as it were, but they just keep swimming right back to be stranded on the shore – beached.