California Burnin’ – a Warning Against One-Party Rule: Opinion

By Niall Ferguson, Bloomberg Opinion | September 22, 2020

  • September 22, 2020 at 11:07 am
    Observor says:
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    Interesting article.

    The challenge for the state and the country is that the Republican party has failed to evolve with the changing demographics of the country. I say that knowing that the country does need a Republican Party.

    What California and the country need is a party that promotes fiscal responsibility and common sense to social issues, In California, The demise of the Republican Party can be attributed to its focus on anti-Mexican and anti-Gay legislation rather than controlling the spending on pensions or limiting government support to those truly in need. As a result, the party controls only about a third of both houses and has little or no chance of electing a major candidate in office. Young people think very little of the party.

    On a national level, the party should be responsible for controlling the budget. However, the deficit continues to grow. Large military expenditures in Iraq and Afghanistan without creating a revenue source to pay for them along with large tax cuts with spending cuts to support them show lack of responsibility. Their focus has become on keeping a status quo that does not exist any more.

    We do need a Republican Party that promotes business interests, balances the budget and protects freedoms for all. People from all ethnic backgrounds would support such a party. However, the party needs to change otherwise the entire country will get the same one party rule impacting California right now.

    • September 22, 2020 at 1:22 pm
      Craig Winston Cornell says:
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      Your intelligent and respectful comment is wrong in one key assumption: identity politics. Right now, Democrats are worried about the growing share of Hispanics that look likely to vote for Trump, and some polls indicate rising support amongst Black Americans.

      Your assumption that conservatives are “anti-Mexican” and “anti-gay” falls into this identity politics trap. It would more accurately and correctly be stated as “anti-illegal immigration” – a policy position shared by a majority of Hispanic Americans – and anti-gay marriage. But that battle is over and most conservatives have no problems with gay people. (P.S. Polls show that 81% of Black Americans oppose illegal immigration, as they rightly identify illegal immigration as damaging to black wages.)

      But no one calls Black Americans “anti-Mexican”. P.S. Many Black Americans are moderate Democrats and social conservatives. The Democrat party is moving FAR away from this middle ground.

      • September 22, 2020 at 3:10 pm
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        • September 22, 2020 at 5:05 pm
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          1. Proposition 187 (1994) Save our State

          It was right below.

          You’re the kind of person that makes Americans happy that old republicans are dying off. The current generation isn’t as hypocritical or dishonest.

        • September 22, 2020 at 5:12 pm
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          Many, many economists on left and right have said for decades that you can’t survive as a society if you have unlimited welfare benefits and unbridled illegal immigration.

          The fact you conflate Prop. 187 – an attempt to avoid bankruptcy – with being “anti-Mexican” shows how ignorant you are.

          I take it back. You didn’t flunk out of college. It was 8th grade.

  • September 22, 2020 at 1:26 pm
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    Finally an article with some common sense.

    • September 22, 2020 at 1:28 pm
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      Of course with this new censorship program I see they had to label this article opinion.

  • September 22, 2020 at 1:52 pm
    Craig Winston Cornell says:
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    I want to give Insurance Journal credit. This is one of the rare articles (first ever?) that challenged the climate change religion here on Insurance Journal. The article is fact-filled and intelligent and informative.

    For people who live in California and read a lot, this article is not news. But I bet it is news for most readers of IJ. That’s not a slam on anyone. Again, credit to IJ.

    The ONLY way progress will be made on climate change is for honest, intelligent discussion and debate to take place. Nothing else has worked so far. This is a start.

    • September 22, 2020 at 3:11 pm
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    • September 22, 2020 at 2:34 pm
      Craig Winston Cornell says:
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      Very funny distortion of reality! In truth, California has some of the highest income taxes, gas taxes, sales taxes, business taxes, and energy taxes in the State. (But damn, if only we could gouge the population with higher property taxes!)

      And school funding state-wide is ahead of most States. With terrible results.

      Democrats are NOT moderating their actions. There are thousands of Californians with money leaving California. One big reason California has the greatest level of inequality in the country. A massive homeless population that compassionate liberals don’t know what to do about. And Climate zealotry that leads the nation by raising energy costs on the poor and middle class, who can’t find affordable housing anyway.

      But you made me laugh.

  • September 22, 2020 at 2:42 pm
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    Hi Craig:

    Thank you for your comments.

    I think the key is perception of the party in the state.

    The California Republican Party was hurt long term by supporting two ill advised propositions:

    1. Proposition 187 (1994) Save our State
    2. Proposition 8 (2008) Stop Gay Marriage.

    Unfortunately, the party did not put enough effort to stop the changes in public pensions being implemented in the early 2000s.

    I do believe that many Republicans and potential Republicans are more balanced and accepting of all people but the perception of the party especially to young people and people of color is that the party is not open to all ethnicities and life styles. Some of the comments and tweets from the President and other party members support this perception.

    The United States is in danger of becoming a one party country if this perception continues.

    • September 22, 2020 at 4:04 pm
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      Whatever happened to the center? The Democratic Party has gone way to the left but the Republicans have gone way to the right. I used to be a registered Democrat when I was young, then became a registered Republican, but once Trump became elected I became a registered Independent. I could not in good conscience vote for Trump in 2016, and I can’t do it now. He did has done some good things with the economy and in other areas, but I’m unable to look past his lies, hypocrisy, ego, moral bankruptcy and conspiracy mongering (for those of you who would like specific examples, I offer you his Twitter account) I happily voted for both McCain and Romney, and would vote for Mike Pence or someone like Kasich without even thinking about it.

      That doesn’t mean I’m thrilled about voting for Biden.

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      • September 22, 2020 at 6:04 pm
        Mark B says:
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        Falsely attributed to Churchill: ‘If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.’ Totally makes sense.
        I would futher add, if you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything. Those would be the independents.
        If you want the government to be your suger daddy your a Marxist.

  • September 22, 2020 at 4:46 pm
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    Go ride your skate board Jon! We are a one party state, and unless that changes your riding days on anything but torn up streets and raised sidewalks are over! Enjoy.

  • September 22, 2020 at 4:55 pm
    Mr. Integrity says:
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    The only credential you need to be a politician in America today is the ability to stare in the mirror everyday and not throw-up by the image you see and knowing you will not be held accountable for your decisions or actions.

    I have no sympathy for the governor, the citizens who continue to vote for the future they are now living, or the social issues and destruction wrought upon the cities and state.

    My only empathy is for the republic and populace that have to deal with California at all.

    • September 22, 2020 at 6:01 pm
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      CA carries this nation, #1 in GDP. They grow everything in the Central Valley. If you like eating food, you’ll have to “deal with California”. I do mostly agree with your first statement, though. No accountability whatsoever, which is what Tramp is betting on…again. Hence his statement about shooting someone or lying to us all about the pandemic.



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