Recently Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO promoted a Tweet from an article by Ev Williams, a writer for Medium that promotes an American Civil war, and calls for a Democratic One-Party Rule, calling it a “Great Read.” This being hardly surprising considering how much Twitter censors and bans Conservative accounts.The most offensive part of the article, however, is the part that says: “California today provides a model for America as a whole.” It then goes on to list the reasons why the rest of the country should look forward to inevitably eating itself, and becoming the utopian progressive paradise we all know as California. While This sounds promising, Let’s go over the top 6 reasons why California is the worst place imaginable.
1. Poverty Capital of America
According to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which experts agree is the best state-by-state measure of poverty, nearly one out of five residents is poor. Even Politifact admits to this one.
On top of that, this is one of the most generous spending nations when It comes to poverty. California spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, and although it is home to 12% of the American population, they hold about 1/3 of the nation’s welfare recipients. Staggering.
2. Worst Quality Of Life
In California, STDs are a major problem. Syphilis rates increased 29% in between 2014 and 2015, making California the State with the 3rd highest Syphilis rates in the nation. In Orange County alone, the OCR states “the most recent data shows a 412 percent increase in syphilis cases from 2011 to 2016, a 204 percent increase in gonorrhea, and a 59 percent increase in chlamydia…”
There was also a major outbreak of Hep A in San Diego just last year with 450 people becoming infected, making it the largest outbreak in California in decades. Los Angeles and Santa Cruz County declared their own outbreaks as well occurring primarily among homeless people and drug users.
On a CBS list of AIDS Hotspots, California ranks 15 as the highest number of AIDS diagnoses, with an average of 10.2 cases diagnosed per 100,000 people according to CBS. That seems staggering for a state with such a large population. I’m sure Senate Bill (SB) 239 will help with that issue, which reduces penalties for people who knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV. Thanks Jerry Brown!
4. Highest Homeless Population
The December 2017 report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development lists California’s total homeless population at 134,278. The homeless population of the entire country is 553,742. That means California holds nearly a fourth of America’s Total Homeless population.
The report also shows that the homelessness in California increased 14 percent from 2016 to 2017, whereas the National Homeless population only went up by about 1 percent in the same time frame. This isn’t surprising considering the fact that even the middle class there have resorted to living in their cars.
5. Worst Business State
In the 2016 Chief Executive Magazine’s annual Best and Worst States for Business survey, where 500 CEO’S across America get together and rank states on a variety of factors, California ranked dead last for the 12th year in a row, right below New York.
They also have the highest small business failure rate from a 2010 report which was 69% greater than the national average.
6. Highest Illegal Immigration Estimation
Of all 50 States, Pew Research states: “California has by far the largest number of unauthorized immigrants, about 2.3 million in 2014.”
This is a costly issue as illegal immigration costs the State of California more than $10 billion annually.
Keep in mind the 2.3 million number is simply an estimate, so there could potentially be even more undocumented immigrants who are not vetted.
With that in mind, California also just announced that over 1 million illegal immigrants were issued Drivers licenses since 2015.
7. (Bonus) Hollywood
On that note, I think most of the America would disagree with Medium’s “Great Read” that unironically ends by stating: “California is the future, always about 15 years ahead of the rest of the country. That means that America, starting in 2018, is going to resolve it, too.” Good Luck in the coming Civil War, I guess.