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The California welfare racket
The American Thinker ^ | March 6, 2005 | Thomas Lifson

Posted on 03/06/2005 8:07:14 AM PST by Kitten Festival

Jill Stewart is the pre-eminent journalistic truth-teller about California politics. Naturally, she is a free-lancer, who lives column-by-column, without the benefit of s fulltime job for one of the state's newspapers or TV stations. Fortunately, the San Francisco Chronicle has been buying a lot of her columns lately, including today's number, headlined "Victimized by the poor."

She methodically lays out the structure of self-interested parties who have ensured that California become a chronically deficit-ridden state, starving its infrastructure of necessary repairs, and lavishly funding all kinds of welfare for the poor, and even the middle class. Although she never uses the term "welfare magnet," that is precisely what California has become. She also fails to point out that California is a welfare magnet situated next door to Mexico, a country full of impoverished and desperate people, who, if they cross the border, fully qualify for benefits exceeding anything they could earn at home.

All of this would be hopeless, beyond the possibility of change, save for one man: Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger, who is about to place on the state ballot a series of referenda targeted at changing this awful mess into something approaching good governance. As his campaign advances, I will be reportiung on it in greater detail.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: benefits; california; corruption; drain; fiscalindiscipline; fraud; freemoney; governor; illegalaliens; mexico; porkbarrel; reform; revolution; schwarzenegger; socialspending; state; takeoutthetrash; terminator; waste; welfare
Lifson's got a terrific one out about coming trends in cleaning up california. This is well worth reading.
1 posted on 03/06/2005 8:07:19 AM PST by Kitten Festival
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To: Kitten Festival
---"welfare magnet" that California has become--???

It was already that twenty-five years ago when I lived there---

2 posted on 03/06/2005 8:21:42 AM PST by rellimpank (urban dwellers don' t understand the cultural deprivation of not being raised on a farm)
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