Report From Occupied America: Mexifornian Pols, Schwarzenegger, Bankrupt California
Here on the Left Coast, we have seen the
Mexifornia future and it doesn`t work. An economy
built on the
"cheap" labor of millions of illegal aliens
who are kept afloat by
billions of tax dollars in
welfare is not a viable system. California`s
budget hole from berserk spending simply cannot be
papered over any longer. The massive costs of supporting
massive unskilled foreign population now threaten
The long-expected budget crisis has formed up in
detail over the last while in the capital of
Mexifornia. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has tapdanced
his way to the end of the fantasy budget road. He
managed to sidestep a lot of potholes, but his luck ran
subprime mortgage meltdown punctured the
housing bubble and revealed the disastrous extent of
California`s shaky finances and a history of
Californians are being told by the suits in
Sacramexico that the situation is dire. The press
dutifully repeats the warnings; here are some recent
headlines from the San Francisco Chronicle for a
sampling of the tone:
Apparently the Democratic legislature hopes the
public`s response will be "Tax me, please!"—Speaker
Fabian Nunez has said as much, that the
Dems want tax increases. There is sure to be at
least one proposed cut that pushes everyone`s button.
I`ll admit I cringed when I saw the
48 parks slated for closure.
Incidentally, as salt in the wound, the riff-raff
legislators who got us into this mess are scheming to
have their careers extended.
Proposition 93 would
1990 initiative-based law that launched term limits
for pols in Sacramento. In particular, Prop 93 would
allow Speaker Nunez (a
loyal pal of Mexicans everywhere) and Senate
President Don Perata (under
investigation by the FBI for receiving kickbacks) to
remain in power.
You may remember that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
got into office because of the
similar financial mismanagement of his predecessor
Gray Davis, who was removed via a celebrated
recall election. It was quite the
people`s uprising at the time. Arnold was elected as
a Republican who would bring fiscal discipline to a town
famous for its lack, and citizens hoped for some
improvement in state government.
But if anything, the Governator has taken political
huckstering to a worse level than before. He initially
talked reform but quickly fell into the Sacramexico
wheeling and dealing. He became
friends with lowlife Speaker Nunez, who has recently
come under scrutiny for his extravagant lifestyle on the
taxpayer`s tab, particularly his fondness for expensive
wine purchased in France.
“Republican state Sen. Tom
McClintock recalls a meeting with Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger one year ago. The veteran Thousand Oaks
lawmaker tried to warn the governor that he was
traipsing down the same deficit trail as his recalled
“In fact, McClintock cautioned, Schwarzenegger`s
path was even more risky than that of Gray Davis.
“McClintock showed the governor a chart he had
drawn. It illustrated that spending under Davis had
increased an average of 7% a year. Under Schwarzenegger,
it was climbing at a 10% rate. Similarly, he pointed
out, the deficit—the billions being spent over the
revenue coming in—was larger than under Davis.” [Taking
off the budget blinders, finally, By George
Skelton, Los Angeles Times, Jan 10, 2008]
As recently as early January, the
Governor was said to be considering
$5 billion in increased education programs for
non-English speakers, even though the overall budget
shortfall has been known for months. Can we at least
hope the H-bomb of entitlements,
universal healthcare for
citizens and illegal aliens, is now off the table?
No, if the Governor`s
State of the State address of January 8 is to be
taken seriously. He continued to sell his socialized
medicine plan, saying, "sometimes you have to be
daring, because the need is so great."
free medical care for foreigners would be the mother
of all illegal alien magnets. After a year or so after
implementation, there would be
not a single sick child left in Mexico, and to a
lesser extent beyond. Many Mexicans already come for
"free medical care they say they can`t get back home."
A new California program with the imprimatur of the
famous movie-star governor would be enormous news
throughout the Third World and would have huge drawing
power. Coyotes would certainly market illegal border
crossing with an additional pitch regarding the
healthcare opportunities for the kiddies. Heck, you
would be a bad Mexican parent if you didn`t smuggle your
sick munchkin into California.
To be clear, coverage for
illegal alien children is what`s being discussed
now…now. But the Mexicans in the legislature
would never stop there.
One-Bill Gil Cedillo recently introduced his
ninth version of drivers licenses for illegal aliens,
just as a measure of how important the well being of
invader Mexicans remains in Sacramento.
Even a budget crisis of this magnitude has not caused
the Governor to consider basic cost-cutting measures. By
comparison, Assembly Member Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine) has
legislation (AB1758) that would end
taxpayer-subsidized tuition for illegal immigrants.
It is estimated that
18,000 illegal aliens are enrolled in California`s
higher education system, from community colleges to UC,
at a cost of around $117 million per year.
Illegal foreigners receive a lot of our tax money. A
2004 FAIR study reckoned that the cost several years
ago for California was $9 billion annually. No one would
imagine that number has decreased.
The situation of Los Angeles County is indicative of
the worsening financial bloodletting to taxpayers:
Illegal Aliens Receive $37 Million From County In
November [KHTS, Jan 8, 2008].
“Twenty five percent of the all
food stamps benefits is going directly to the
children of illegal aliens. Illegals collected over $20
million in welfare assistance for November 2007 and over
$16 million in monthly food stamp allocations for a
projected annual cost of $444 million.
” `This new information shows an alarming increase
in the devastating impact Illegal immigration continues
to have on Los Angeles County taxpayers,` said [Supervisor
Michael] Antonovich. `With $220 million for public
safety, $400 million for healthcare, and $444 million in
welfare allocations, the total cost for illegal
immigrants to County taxpayers far exceeds $1 billion a
year – not including the millions of dollars for
That`s one rather
large county with 10 million residents. Think about
those cost figures multiplied to the state level, where
there are now nearly
38 million residents. Now imagine what could be done
if a governor or legislature were willing to remove the
many enticements and to encourage illegal foreigners to
Oklahoma has done so successfully.
With such ongoing defiance of the simple necessity to
operate within budgets, it`s hard to imagine a workable
solution coming out of the California capital. The
Governor promises no new taxes, but plans a massive new
spending program of
As Sen. McClintock said on the John and Ken
radio show Jan 8, [MP3]"There`s
no substitute for a governor who can pronounce the word
the Senator has remarked more than once, "You
can`t finance socially liberal programs with fiscally
But the SacraMexicans continue to try, to the harm of
all Americans in California.
Brenda Walker (email
her) lives in Northern California and publishes
ImmigrationsHumanCost.org. She is heartbroken to see
the California paradise paved over and turned into a