California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, went to Vatican to save the world by declaring Climate Change a moral imperative. Of course, many have questioned whether the Pope should be preaching about the climate. Here in California, many are also questioning why Jerry Brown doesn’t realize the real moral imperative for the Governor should be California’s continued ranking as #1 in the country in poverty.
If you listen to liberal Democrat leaders that control the California legislature, everything is just fine in the sixth largest economy in the world. However, their claim ignores California’s sky-high cost of living and the exaggerated role Silicon Valley plays in the state’s economic standing.
Even if California is the sixth largest economy in the world, its liberal leaders must also be said to be presiding over an economy that has the highest poverty rate among the top six nations.
Indeed, for years now, California has been home:
- to one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients despite having but 16% of the country’s population,
- to the most residents living below the poverty line in the country, including Hoovervilles in upscale Orange County and San Diego, and
- a staggering number of welfare recipients “enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program in California alone exceeds the total populations of 44 of the other states of the union.”
Gov. Brown rationalized his state’s high poverty, in an interview on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” by saying California’s highest-in-the-nation poverty rate is a result of the State’s booming economy, which makes California a magnet.
According to Brown: “People come here from all over in the world, close by from Mexico and Central America and farther out from Asia and the Middle East. So, California beckons, and people come. And then, of course, a lot of people who arrive are not that skilled, and they take lower paying jobs. And that reflects itself in the economic distribution.”
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