So what's is new in California? Nothing good. Public unions contribute oodles of money to the Democratic Party so don't expect change except for the worse (worse as normal people think it, not Democrats) - the unions simply have too much power over the people who are in power in California.
Why is it that no one figured out that allowing public workers to unionize AND allowing them to make political contributions or to support political causes would be a bad thing?
But, of course, the creation of public unions and donating to the Democratic Party was something that went hand in hand. So the Democratic Party knew exactly what was going to happen when public workers were allowed to unionize - for Democrats public unions were a huge success since for the first time it provided a ready source of campaign money that originates from the public fisc - all taxpayers contribute.
So we all get to donate money to Democrats! Not only are Democrats the party of government, they are funded by government, while Republicans have to beg for money from the people - the 'little' people.
In short, the unions and the Democratic party entered into a corrupt bargain under which the unions were created and Democrats give to the unions generous wage and benefit packages, in return for which the unions make sure that Democrats were well supplied with taxpayer money. It's a beautiful arrangement - taxpayers fund not only the workers but the party as well.
Best of all the major media doesn't say a word about this arrangement since they are in favor of anything that helps the Democrats. Naturally, the Democrats provide well for media, to the point of employing large numbers of media in Democratic campaigns. The money gets spread around.As a consequence, public unions became very powerful and Democrats got lots of money so they win more elections, which allowed the Democrats to give more wages and benefits to unions which in return gave more money to supporting Democrats and to Democratic causes which allowed Democrats to win even more elections. It all goes round and round and round.
The problem is that what we have is not a workable arrangement for a prosperous, well functioning society. Plus people are still free to vote on this arrangement with their feet, which they are doing by fleeing from blue states. So, the Democrats need to import voters which they have been very successful in doing, legally and illegally - while at the same time rewarding those who come here with liberal benefits to ensure that the Democrats get even more votes.
The result of this sick, corrupt, arrangement for California? California went from:
--a highly functioning state with an educational system and educated population second to none,
--with low crime,
--an efficient public sector capable of doing great things at relatively low cost that taxed at an affordable rate,
--an economy that was the envy of the world,
--with mostly intact families that
--voted mostly for Republicans,
to a State with:
--shattered families and high crime,
--an inefficient, highly expensive, hugely corrupt public sector incapable of even providing basic services,
--a hugely expensive educational system that doesn't educate,
--an economy in tatters, which is the envy of none
--a confiscatory taxation and regulatory system
--and a hundred other problems too numerous to list here
--voting mostly for Democrats who are doing everything possible to destroy what had been built under the Republicans, since it drives away those who disagree with Democrats, allowing them to consolidate power so they can pass laws that drive more Republicans from the State so that....and on and on and on.
Democrats have employed its corrupt governance model everywhere they have power. Like locusts Democrats destroy everything everywhere they go. The California model - perfected in the cities - is rapidly expanding elsewhere, and is essentially the Democratic plan for the nation. That it leads to a corrupt, decaying society is inevitable, with the consequence being exactly what you can imagine - poverty, a two class system and - let's face it - the end to our democracy.
Worst of all this is being done under the very noses of a populations in the nation that have been manipulated to go along with what is being done - Democratic media is a master at manipulation and conditioning.
The saying is where California goes, the rest of the country follows. And, absent some miracle which no one should expect, or some massive awakening, which likewise isn't going to happen - what is going on in California is where the rest of the nation will be. It's too late to change for California and probably too late for the rest of us as well.
Thank you George Bush. Thank you Barrack Obama - you killed a country.