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The “Golden State” Is Tarnishing

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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Rebecca
9 hours 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.

Randall L. Beatty
22 hours 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.

Lynn
1 day ago

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

thomasD
1 day 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

Fife
1 day ago

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

Richard Minetti
1 day 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!

M.B.
1 day 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.

Linda Baker
1 day ago
Reply to  M.B.

Thank you for pointing that out. The election was rigged. I’m sorry there was not enough pushback.

james Carlyle
1 day 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. 

Bruce P
1 day ago
Reply to  james Carlyle

If enough voters do their duty to vote them out then they cannot steal the election. An absolute landslide cannot be questioned. Therefore, just like the rest of America, too many blind sheep being silently led to the slaughter.

David Millikan
2 days 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.

Linda Baker
1 day ago
Reply to  David Millikan

Amen! My favorite place is or was Big Sur. I have family living there and they sadly don’t have a problem with the way things are there. Haven’t been back to visit as I was saddened to see Monterey County in such a tattered state. Didn’t even stop by San Fran.

Walter
2 days ago

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

Centurion
1 day ago
Reply to  Walter

It was voter fraud that got him elected. We tried to recall him, but he won again by a 2 to 1 margin. That is impossible which proves the fraud machine is very strong here in CA.

Grace
1 day ago
Reply to  Centurion

Unfortunately fraud machines are well entrenched all over the world. Globalism is on the march and they intend to win no matter how they do it.

Walter
1 day ago
Reply to  Centurion

I agree. I was stationed in CA & went to school there for a few years and I remember how beautiful CA is. From a distance I thought L. Elder would have made such a better political rep for your state., just saying. Voting fraud and misguided big money seems prevalent all over the US these days and is buying Communist political seats everywhere in our great Country. You can’t sell me that JB got 81M votes, the most of any President if it wasn’t for corruption. I would think the FBI & Judicial system would be all over Voting fraud, but I find them very corrupt as well. Overall, your Governor sucks! He is truly anti American. Oh yeah, isn’t he related to the corrupt Pelosi? Our Great Country is in trouble unless we get these political Communists out of office and in prison where they belong and reestablish Pro American political leaders and our Constitution. It is long overdue.

Grace
1 day ago
Reply to  Walter

He’s Nancy Pelosi’s nephew. Who do you think put him in office? He had high priority.

Walter
11 hours ago
Reply to  Grace

I knew he was related to her. Seems like Crime birds of a feather stick together don’t you think. How much can CA stand? Who the heck is voting for these corrupt idiots? Why is big money supporting them? What kickbacks are they getting? You know it has to be something.

Patriot 2024
13 hours ago
Reply to  Walter

Aunt Nancy!!

Patricia A Arsenault
2 days 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

Barrett Smith
2 days ago

Democrats can even screw up paradise.

LiamL
2 days ago

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

Morbious
2 days 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.

Robin Walter Boyd
2 days 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.

Steve
2 days 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 .

Big Dog Louie
2 days 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…

Granny26
2 days 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.

Sonny Gruber
2 days ago
Reply to  Granny26

Vote the JACKASS OUT. TOO MANY LIBERALS. Yes, too many liberals ruined the beautiful state. LGBTQ -are not normal. They scare people away. California is rotting in Liberal Progressive Puke. Good luck-with ass-wipe Newsom.

Rose
2 days ago
Reply to  Sonny Gruber

Well said! We tried a recall once but too many idiots held onto the idiot!

Julie D
2 days ago
Reply to  Sonny Gruber

Calif was the testing ground for US on how to have dead people vote and vote harvesting. So liberals “vote” in their jackasses one after the other. Now they’ve instructed the remainder of Democrats in US how to do this. Harvesting votes must be outlawed.

Douglas C
2 days 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.

James Czarnecki
2 days ago
Reply to  Douglas C

Thats just the state portion. Some counties and cities add to it. In the bay area a lot of cities are around 10%. My sales tax rate where I live is 7.5%, which isn’t too bad. Groceries are not taxed. I’m in Alabama and groceries are taxed at 9.5%.

George M
2 days 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!

Granny26
2 days ago
Reply to  George M

We aren’t all like Newscum and we did not elect him…..he has gotten elected and cheated thru the recall by FRAUD. So don’t put us all in the same catagory.

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