Is the complete Californication of Colorado inevitable? We’ll get the answer to that question on November 6th. If a “blue wave” hits Colorado on that day it’s a certainty that Colorado will slowly, or maybe quickly, become the next California (but without the great weather, wonderful beaches and coast line).
Some people in Colorado, perhaps many, believe the California refugees who are escaping that state’s high taxes and fewer and fewer opportunities for the middle class are bringing their politics with them when they move to Colorado. It was their liberal left politics that made California a miserable place. If they come to Colorado looking for a better life but in the process turn Colorado into a new California…well, that would be like prairie dogs abandoning one prairie dog town because all the tunnels have snakes in them and taking several snakes with them to their new home. It wouldn’t long before they’d be living in the same conditions they tried to leave behind.
Refugees from oppressive high tax states slowly transforming Colorado is not a new idea. A popular bumper sticker seen in Colorado 40 years ago read, “Don’t Californicate Colorado.”
The upcoming election in Colorado is said to be “for all the marbles.” Billionaire Jared Polis is running for governor and is reportedly ahead of GOP candidate walker Stapleton in the polls. If Polis wins and the Colorado General Assembly is taken over by Democrats it will indeed have been for all the marbles. The Californiacation of Colorado will be making its power roll and will reach take-off speed.
The snakes currently being brought to Colorado from California are the highest poverty rate in the nation, the highest GINI coefficient, the stupidest laws and regulations (outlawing straws, creating sanctuaries for criminals, restrictions of free speech, idiotic gun laws that contribute to gun violence rather than curb it, importing hundreds if not thousands of illegal aliens with criminal intent, turning parts of once-beautiful San Francisco into trash heaps and fetid swamps of human feces, etc.) and all the other anomalies and disruptions that characterize a one-party state. The City and County of Denver will be one of the most vulnerable for this sort of takeover. It’s already doing it’s best to move down that path. Denver is a one-party town, and to them it must look like all is proceeding according to plan.
Since Nat Hentoff died I’m down to only one liberal that I like. That would be Joel Kotkin because he, like Hentoff, knows and accepts that reality is not optional. Magical thinking is not his style. He’s recently written a piece for the Orange Country Register in which he makes the startling claim that California is becoming a feudal society. Startling that is only until one thinks a few seconds about the reality that is today’s California. Then it’s no longer startling except when you wonder if the same thing could happen in Colorado. Am I going to have to move when it costs me many thousands of dollars and a great loss of freedom if I continue to live here?
Feudalism was about the concentration of wealth and power in a relative handful of people. Historically, California created fortunes for a few, but remained a society with enormous opportunity for outsiders, whether from other states or countries. One of Jerry Brown’s biographers, Ethan Rarick, described his leadership as having made the 20th century into “The California Century,” with our state providing “the template of American life.” There was an American Dream across the nation, he noted, but here we had the California Dream.
This proud legacy is threatened, as we point out in our study to be released Monday . Today California is creating a feudalized society characterized by the ultra-rich, a diminishing middle class and a large, rising segment of the population that is in or near poverty.Overall our state state now suffers one of the highest GINI rates — the ratio between the wealthiest and the poorest—among the states, and the inequality is growing faster than in almost any state outside the Northeast, notes liberal economist James Galbraith. The state’s level of inequality now is higher than that of Mexico, and closer to that of Central American banana republics like Guatemala and Honduras than it is to developed states like Canada and Norway.
California, adjusted for costs, has the overall highest poverty rate in the country, according to the United States Census Bureau. A recent United Way study showed that close to one in three of the state’s families are barely able to pay their bills. Overall, 8 million Californians live in poverty, including 2 million children, a number that according to a recent report, has risen since the Great Recession, despite the boom.
California’s poverty, and the loss of a middle class, is most profoundly felt in the interior counties. California, according to the American community survey, is home to a remarkable 77 of the country’s 297 most “economically challenged ” cities, utilizing a scoring of poverty and employment data by the National Resource Network. Los Angeles, by far the state’s largest metropolitan area, has among the highest poverty rate of largest U.S. metros.
Even in the Bay Area the current boom is creating what the Japanese philosopher Taichi Sakaiya has called “high-tech feudalism.” In the last decade, according to the Brookings Institution, among the nation’s large cities inequality grew most rapidly in San Francisco; Sacramento ranked fourth.
Please California refugees, don’t bring the feudal snakes along with you when you come to Colorado. You left to escape a lot things you didn’t like. Please don’t resurrect it all here.
Commenter Israel Putnam suggests this video of Victor Davis Hanson on Tucker Carlson Tonight discussing California’s march into something similar to feudalism. VDH says it’s become a medieval society with a pre-modern and a post-modern side.