A recent article published by Forbes described the weakened economic status that the west coast is experiencing due to the progressive government that has continuously implemented socialist policies. California is arguably the most liberal state in the United States with the majority of the state’s legislators being leftist liberals who’s views lie far to the left of most other democrats in the country. For decades, California’s social policies have set precedents for the rest of the nation. California state officials often liken themselves to heroes of history and see their liberal policies as a means to move the nation forward into a prosperous land for all people. In reality, however, these socialist policies do little more than advance the power of the federal government over the citizens who constitutionally should have power over it.
California’s socialists policies have advanced through a series of strategic manipulative efforts on behalf of the state’s government. Socialism, wherever it is proposed, is always wrapped in a convenient package and said to be the solution to injustice and poverty. To quote the former British Primer Minister, Margaret Thatcher, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” These words have proved to be prophetic to the California state government and most other state entities who imitate their liberal policies.
The state of California current spends over a billion dollars on social programs and referendums and is showing no signs of being satisfied with this inordinate amount. Year after year, the California state government petitions to increase taxation on business production. While progressives continually state that it is the responsibility of the wealthy to support social programs and that businesses should contribute to these programs, increased taxation measures have caused economic instability that the government must repeatedly account for. Even the most basic economists understand that the stringent regulation of business and of business owners create an incentive for these owners to move businesses out of the United States to countries that provide economic freedom. This negative consequence hurts the economy at large by directly contributing to job loss and poverty. In essence, the California government is supporting poverty by placing heavy regulations on businesses that provide economic stability and then demanding that tax payers foot the bill for social programs that do nothing to solve the problem.