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The “Golden State” Is Tarnishing

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2023
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California has always been associated with some of the most radical political policies and practices in America. However, they may have found a way to stoop to a new low after their recent actions, tarnishing the state in the process.

On January 1st, California’s ban on diesel vehicles exceeding 14,000 pounds and manufactured before 2010 went into effect. The law impacts upwards of 200,000 automobiles, including 70,000 big rig trucks registered in California. However, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) ban applies to all vehicles operating in California, no matter which state they are registered in. This brings the total number of affected trucks to at least 230,000. Rather than being directed to focus on the crime that is plaguing California, California authorities have been instructed to issue on-road citations to non-compliant trucks that haul the goods that Californians consume. Specifically, CARB has stated that “Non-compliant trucks issued an on-road or field citation are subject to a penalty of $1,000, which could go up to $1,800 if the owner fails to correct. To clear the citation, the owner needs to demonstrate compliance by upgrading the engine, selling or scrapping the vehicle, or not operating in California, along with payment of the penalty.” 

Forcing over 200,000 vehicles to either stop driving in California or pay a hefty fine is not enough for California’s officials. In August of last year, CARB proposed a ban on every diesel-powered truck operating in California, regardless of size or date of manufacture. California expects to require trucks or buses driving around busy ports and railways to be zero-emission by 2035, and by 2045, all non-electric bus and truck fleets will be banned from the state. This ridiculous proposal would undoubtedly harm the economy as truck and bus fleets shrink, with the remaining ones being forced to pass on the costs of expensive electric automobiles to consumers.

Thousands of children are victimized by pedophiles each year. Any sane individual would expect convicted pedophiles to be punished to the maximum extent of the law. In California, however, it appears as if those who prey upon children are receiving mere slaps on the wrist for their evil crimes. New data shows that California has released thousands of guilty child sex offenders years early, with some spending mere days in prison. A federal act referred to as Megan’s Law forces states such as California to publish information relating to sex offenders. Of the 54,986 criminals listed in the California Megan’s Law database, approximately 76% were sentenced for crimes involving minors. California’s maximum punishment for felony child predators is 8 years in state prison. Sadly, the average time served for all convicted child molesters in California is just 2 years and 10 months. Even more dishearteningly, a total of at least 7,000 of individuals in California’s database were released within 12 months after being convicted of “lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age.”

Former Los Angeles prosecutor Samuel Dordulian has called the revelations out of California “terrifying.” According to Dordulian, “Statistics clearly show that pedophiles don’t get reformed. They’re going to come out and they’re going to commit again. Letting these people out early, we’re allowing for a lot more victimization. And that’s terrifying.” California Republican Representative Darrel Issa was also disturbed by the news of California’s soft punishments for brutal crimes. To quote Rep. Issa, “This disturbing report represents a critical challenge to California: Prove it isn’t true or take immediate action to reverse policies that contradict any sense of justice. The spirit that made Megan’s Law a reality is as important to public safety as ever, and there must be a clear and consistent standard for truth in sentencing of the most violent and dangerous criminals.”

While states like Florida have banned puberty blockers and so-called sex reassignment surgery for those under the age of 18, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed a bill into law enabling the state to become a transgender surgery “sanctuary” for juveniles. According to S.B. 107, which began taking effect on January 1st, the state of California is able to claim emergency jurisdiction over minors if there is a disagreement between California and the child’s parents about the child’s gender. Furthermore, S.B. 107 declares that taking adolescents away from their parents in another state is legal and justifiable, so long as the child is pursuing gender transition procedures in California. This effectively allows California to claim custody away from out-of-state parents if their child flees to California. The legislation also prohibits healthcare providers from providing medical information relating to a child’s gender procedures to family members, even if the information is subpoenaed.

Just as California is a “sanctuary state” for childhood transgender surgeries and illegal immigration, it is also a sanctuary state for women seeking abortions at nearly any stage of their pregnancy. In 2022, California spent more than $20 million to fund travel, lodging, and, ironically, child care, for women in different states to get to California and receive an abortion. That same year, the California State Senate pushed for a bill of rights covering cats and dogs. In California, women are able to obtain an abortion until the point of “viability,” which has been determined to be around 6 months into a pregnancy. Allowing for babies to be murdered up until the third trimester while advocating for an animal bill of rights signifies that the California State Legislature has a higher regard for the lives of dogs and cats than they do for the youngest human beings, which is extremely disconcerting.

Additionally, California is set to pay billions of dollars in reparations. The California Reparations Task Force, which was established by Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom in 2020, recently proposed that $223,200 be awarded to each eligible applicant of the program. Reports suggest that a minimum of 2.5 million individuals are expected to receive payments from the project, meaning the program could ultimately cost California taxpayers more than $500 billion. 

The city of San Francisco has somehow managed to move an already radical proposal beyond the definition of insanity by proposing absolute debt forgiveness and lump sum payments of $5 million to all approved applicants of its own reparations. Moreover, San Francisco plans on providing a guaranteed income of over $100,000 annually for 250 years for all low-income recipients of the initiative. These dangerous Marxist proposals were made despite the fact that California has been a free state for the entirety of its existence. In other words, a state that never allowed slavery is going to take money from citizens who never owned slaves and give it to people who never were slaves.

California is in no position to waste an extra $500 billion right now. Despite high taxes and hundreds of billions of dollars in state revenue, California’s reckless spending has resulted in massive debt. This fiscal year, California is set to experience a statewide deficit of around $24 billion. Projections indicate that California’s financial situation will not improve any time soon. To the contrary, future budget deficits are expected to be between $30 billion and $50 billion if spending is not severely reduced. This comes despite the fact that California residents endure record-high tax rates compared to other states. 

To start, California consumers must pay a whopping 7.25% state sales tax on every retail purchase that they make, the highest state sales tax percentage in the country. California business owners are also subject to a corporate tax rate of 8.84%, the third highest in the nation. Lastly, personal income in California is taxed at a rate of up to 12.3%, more than residents of any other state pay. Clearly, California has no problem in terms of collecting revenue. Rather, they have an issue with their Democrat leaders, who continuously waste taxpayer funds.

Even though the state spends hundreds of billions each year, California has essentially nothing to show for it. California cities are in shambles; crime is growing more rampant by the day; students are failing at record rates; and the homeless population continues to grow as the statewide population continues to shrink. Under nearly every metric, California is becoming a failed state. Sadly, the once “Golden State” is now tarnished, and it is unclear if it will ever shine again. 

Parker Bono is an 18-year-old patriot from Southern California. Before joining AMAC, Parker wrote a total of 6 books as a teenager. He wrote his first book when he was just 13 years old. Parker is also an active member of his community. He has worked on nearly a dozen different political campaigns and has helped get conservative candidates elected to an array of government positions.

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Awesome
Awesome
1 year ago

“The golden state is tarnishing”

That’s nice now go back to your meth labs red necks lol

Michael J
Michael J
1 year ago

What would one expect from a democrat ran veto proof government?
Newsom wants to bring his style to the national level. The socialist experiment here in California should be a warning to the rest of the nation.

Lieutenant Beale
Lieutenant Beale
1 year ago

It’s hard to believe that Ronald Reagan was once governor of California. However, what’s scary is that California’s current governor, Gavin Newsom, could be running for President 2024.
If elected, his insane policies would affect the whole country. With a compromised election system and the far left folks in charge of academia & MSM, this could be a very real possibility.
We must stay vigilant.

Rich
Rich
1 year ago

I feel sorry for the citizens of California, however the state is now reaping what they have been sowing. California will continue to suffer in many ways until the residents take action and remove the socialist/democrats from their midst. The state cannot afford to leave these tyrants in power.

Bill Lee
Bill Lee
1 year ago

I’ll be dead before all this serious nonsense is completed, thank God.

jocko
jocko
1 year ago

HOPE THE SAN ANDREASA SLIPS TODAY, SENDING THE CANCEROUS california INTO THE OCEAN

jocko
jocko
1 year ago

california = PURE CANCER

Dennis Belotti
Dennis Belotti
1 year ago

California is truly the land of “Contaminated” … Fruits and Nuts !
Newsome is a deranged Socialist….and very dangerous.

Phoenix
Phoenix
1 year ago

Well Californians seem to like it so…. To each their own I guess

granky
granky
1 year ago

Gavin Newsom blamed recent mass shootings in California on high capacity magazines………I suspect a more likely reason is living in the insane asylum called California.

Jackie
Jackie
1 year ago

I feel badly for all of those citizens who are living in overly Democratic states and cities!! Democrats love their tax and spend methods of ruling which is forcing a lean towards socialism!!! They just want to take more and more of our money and there is never any accountability concerning where that money goes!!!

Pat Hillyer
Pat Hillyer
1 year ago

Washington State has a minimum state sales tax of 10%.

Socrates
Socrates
1 year ago

This guy deserves to get taught a lesson. He is Nancy Pelosi’s nephew, and as hypocritical as her.

Sukie
Sukie
1 year ago

Thank you Parker Bono, great writing on a disappointing, scary subject.

Willie
Willie
1 year ago

The devil is in control of California.God is watching and he want put up with it much longer.

Betty
Betty
1 year ago

At what point of financial debt will the state be forced to cut spending. I don’t blame corporations for leaving the state for other friendlier states. If truckers cannot drive in the state without being heavily fined they will stop going to CA.

Jim McDowell
Jim McDowell
1 year ago

CA is the single most disgusting state in the U.S. Gov Hairgel and his idiotic minions in the state legislature are driving taxpayers out of the state in droves. I’m sure the diesel ban excludes all those Mexican trucks crossing the border every day. If you are unlucky enough to live in this sewer state, my advice to you is GET OUT OF THERE!

Ann S
Ann S
1 year ago

California is a blueprint what is going to happen to the rest of America.
The ultra left are already half way there.
Wake up everyone this is not complot thinking this is the truth.
The satanists are in charge.

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

Have no fear the Federal Govt, US taxpayers, will bail out CA and all the problem blue States.

Sharon Ormsby
Sharon Ormsby
1 year ago

That’s absolutely the sickest thing I’ve ever heard. Letting pedophiles out of jail? What’s a school nurse to do? I guess it’s only to be expected when we have a pedophile in office in the White House.

Del
Del
1 year ago

We moved to CA in 1981 when it truly was a golden state and great place to be: beautiful land, beautiful ocean and beautiful weather. However, the signs were there that change was a comin’ as the educational system, which used to be tops in the country, showed declining standards and outcome. It has since degenerated even beyond what it was then due to demanded bilingual ed and other experimental curricula that mostly didn’t work. I am now one of the hoard who has left the state and very happy I did so. Our mantra: “Just in time” – and that was 14 years ago!

Dennis Math
Dennis Math
1 year ago

“The Golden State is tarnishing”………..?? The “Golden State” turned into cat feces years ago now and currently is ripening in the sun that blighted desert area is famous for.
Califagnia is well past being merely “tarnished”.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

It Was the Golden State, No More
Super natural scenery, great dining,great rural areas
Otherwise Pass.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 year ago

Why would anybody of sound mind, move to a place like that. Kyle L.

Derby
Derby
1 year ago

l once lived in California and an certainly glad I don’t live there now!
One question about the article: How many automobiles will be affected by the anti-diesel law? If they must be over 14,000 pounds, I don’t think it would be very many. Most automobiles weigh between 2,000 and 5,000 pounds.
Nonetheless the trucks being banned will cause a great deal of harm to California’s economy. And electric semis for long haul is absolutely absurd.

JudyG46
JudyG46
1 year ago

I still think California should become it’s own country, with its own laws, rules, taxes, crazy ideas like paper straws, no plastics, electric vehicles that REQUIRE electricity to operate, etc., and leave the rest of the USA alone, and trying to change the other 49 states to be like them! They’re no longer Golden, but addle-minded!!!

Herb S
Herb S
1 year ago

Grusome Newsom should not be loose on the street.

Jury & Judge
Jury & Judge
1 year ago

The reason why “California” is so screwed up because its name is an acronym!
Calling All Liberals Incestors Fornicators Ornery Runts Needed In Area

John Diaz
John Diaz
1 year ago

To say that California is tarnished is like saying that you can polish it up again. The fact is California is damaged and there are many Democrats that are embedded into the system so well that it will take a generation to remove. Maybe even two.

George M
George M
1 year ago

We need the BIG ONE to hit California and let them all slip into the Pacific Ocean. I just hope that Big Turd ???? don’t float!

Douglas C
Douglas C
1 year ago

Just a quick note. There may be other entities besides the State Government that affects sales tax rates in Nevada. But our total sales tax rate here in Clark County, Nevada is 8.375%. So maybe Californians can take cold comfort in knowing they may be just second highest.
And Parker, I grew from child to young man in Southern California in the 50’s, 60’s, and early 70’s. Believe me, California is more than a little tarnished.

Granny26
Granny26
1 year ago

What else would you expect from a liberal jackass of a governor who cheats to get elected and even in the recall. He is nothing but an egotistical jackass who lets illegals (and dead people) vote. I am so sick of him and what he is doing to our state.

Big Dog Louie
Big Dog Louie
1 year ago

We moved to California in 1987 because it was paradise. We left for good in 2013, and sold all of our property by the end of 2019. What a shame that they could take such a beautiful place and turn it into a crap hole…

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Time to flush possible courtesy flush as well . Author answered his own questions. Don’t operate in the state take your kids out of school sell your house and let the state rot .

Robin Walter Boyd
Robin Walter Boyd
1 year ago

If we stop federal funding to states, California would be forced to become more responsible. By letting states compete with one another without federal funding, less states would be able to create Socialist programs that cause issues.

Morbious
Morbious
1 year ago

I dont know of any cases where large numbers of lefties changed their thinking and thats what it would take to put things right in calif. Mid level income people will continue to leave…while they can. I look for legislation ahead to stop them or to extort a large exit fee. Even these folks dont change their thinking when happily ensconced in other states. They keep voting left.

LiamL
LiamL
1 year ago

This is how it goes when fraudulently elected low IQ haters of America run things.

Barrett Smith
Barrett Smith
1 year ago

Democrats can even screw up paradise.

Patricia A Arsenault
Patricia A Arsenault
1 year ago

What a terrible shame, CA WAS beautiful. I feel bad for the people that left AND STILL HAS TO PAY for their taxes!!! #AmericaFirst

Walter
Walter
1 year ago

Such a beautiful state but with such a corrupt Communist state government. That Governor needs to go! Who put him in office anyway?

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

Get rid of the corrupt losers running California and maybe I’ll come visit there but only after they Deport EVERY ILLEGAL ALIEN back to Mexico and LOCK UP EVERY VIOLENT Criminal they set free.

james Carlyle
james Carlyle
1 year ago

The lead sentence:”California has always been associated with some of the most radical political policies and practices in America.” is inaccurate at least. This statement applies to the modern epoch dominated by the people it describes, not the people that established the thriving State of California. I am a 5th generation Californian and cannot associate with the present state of Chaos. 

M.B.
M.B.
1 year ago

Just think . . . this evil b~~~~~d wants to run for president in 2024 ! He’s licking his chops to get in the White House . I thought it was bad here in Illinois, but this guy takes the cake. I feel sorry for the good people of California that can’t move. It’s not that easy when you have a job, kids, and grandchildren. How one person can f~~~ up a state that’s so beautiful. Larry Elder is the answer, but unfortunately it’s all rigged.

Richard Minetti
Richard Minetti
1 year ago

Newsom is apparently guilty of contributing to the demise of California and needs to be stopped from even implying his and the state’s liberal legislature’s actions could benefit any state! He and they need to be removed from their positions asap. Perhaps we need to permanently exclude California from our current Union by a national referendum!

Fife
Fife
1 year ago

… white-boy Gavin wants to run for president, give the soul-brothas a cool US$5 million, a Cadillac, and a condo –

thomasD
thomasD
1 year ago

California’s latest request is to change the name from California to Sodom & rumor has it that China has reserved the name of Gomorrah. All new roads will be paved with brimstone

Lynn
Lynn
1 year ago

Weather generally travels from west to east. So does insanity. Maybe it’s carried on wind currents?

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
1 year ago

The trucking industry should boycott the state see how long they last with nothing coming in they are so stupid just because they stop everything this is a big world if you can stop every country in this world from polluting then you may make headway, what a joke take a look on the streets crowded with tents and drugs do something to take care of the homeless that is real pollution. They cannot take care of there people but they have all the answers for the environment most of the cities out there is like a dump.

Rebecca
Rebecca
1 year ago

Why not deny California all federal money. It isn’t fair that 49 states should pay for California deliberate mistakes. Taking charge of children, denying parents their kids…smacks of Hitler and his path to destruction. Can we say indoctrination? Truckers will probably go to the border and unload their goods. Then it’s up to the buyer to get the goods and transport back to their base. Wonder how long that will take in their electric vehicles? Recharging stations will cost buyer, buyer will inflict that cost onto consumer. My thought…move out of state no matter what you’ll lose. State will take it anyway. I’m a native Californian and saw the light 50 years ago. Glad I did. Ronnie would be appalled and ashamed.

Bob L.
Bob L.
1 year ago

REAL gold does not tarnish which exposes California as being the FOOL’S GOLD state.

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