Who killed California? [ MAKE SURE YOU READ ALL OF IT.]
Mon Aug 11 01:29:51 2003


Who killed California?

Posted: July 30, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Patrick J. Buchanan 2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

With Gov. Gray Davis facing recall, a budget $38 billion in deficit, and
a bond rating dropped three notches by Standard & Poor's to near
junk-bond status, the lowest of all 50 states, the Golden State is no more.

Who killed the goose that laid the golden eggs?

Certainly, Davis, who misled voters about the gravity of his budget
crisis in 2002, and won re-election by demonizing his GOP rivals,
deserves his 20 percent approval rating. But Gray Davis did not kill

The United States government did. For what killed California as the
golden land was massive and unrestricted immigration from the Third
World, an unrepelled invasion from Mexico, and a failure to protect the
U.S. manufacturing base and the wages of America's workers.

During and after World War II, California became a bastion of our
defense, aerospace, auto and TV industries. Hundreds of thousands were
hired to become the highest-paid manufacturing workers on earth, giving
California the world's highest standard of living. The average
California wage once stood at 130 percent of the average U.S. wage.

In the 1970s and 1980s, however, Japan, a free rider on America's
defense, began to engage in predatory trade, attacking and killing, one
by one, U.S. industries and capturing U.S. markets with subsidized exports.

California suffered first. Our TV industry was wiped out. Our auto
industry was reeling when Ronald Reagan stepped in to impose quotas on
Japanese cars. Reagan also intervened to save the semiconductor
industry, Big Steel and Harley-Davidson. Unlike today's free-trade
fanatics, Ronald Reagan put America first.

But it was under Bush-Clinton-Bush that California was irrevocably
sacrificed to the gods of the Global Economy.

During Bush I's term, millions of Mexicans began to flee north to seek
jobs and take advantage of the health care, welfare and free education
American citizens provided for their people. For one-third of the
illegals, California became the destination of choice.

What the U.S. government should have done was obvious, and was demanded
by Americans: Enforce our immigration laws, halt the invasion, restrict
immigration from the Third World. But America's politicians out of
fear of being branded xenophobic and to curry favor with Big Business,
which benefits from an endless supply of low-wage labor did almost
nothing to protect America.

Californians tried to defend their state. As illegals poured in by the
hundreds of thousands yearly, they passed Proposition 187, denying
social welfare benefits to illegal aliens who had broken the law and
broken into the United States.

The open-borders coalition, repudiated and routed, ran to a federal
judge, who annulled the voters' victory. Davis then refused to appeal
the overturning of 187 to the Supreme Court. Hispanic voters rewarded
him in 2002, and California state and local budgets continued to

By the 1990s, an exodus of taxpayers had begun. Fed up with being
fleeced to subsidize illegal aliens, Californians began leaving for
Nevada, Idaho, Arizona and Colorado. Two million native-born
Californians left the state in the 1990s, as immigrants, legal and
illegal, sent poverty rates soaring in Los Angeles, Riverside, San
Bernardino and Orange counties.

This, then, is what killed California:

First, open borders. By failing to enforce our immigration laws, America
now hosts 31 million legal immigrants and their children and 10 million
illegals, most of them net tax consumers. California got the lion's share.

Second, global free trade and the trade deficits it produced, now
running at an annual rate of $562 billion in May. This has killed
millions of manufacturing jobs, as thousands of companies closed
factories here and shifted plants to Mexico, Asia and China.

The Third Worldization of California is now far advanced. Yet those
responsible, Bush Republicans as well as Clinton Democrats, still cannot
see what they have done to our country.

But what is happening in California is not confined to California. It is
happening across America. Unless we elect a president who will enforce
our immigration laws and defend our borders, unless we find a Congress
that will jettison the free-trade madness that is denuding America of
her manufacturing, what has happened to California will happen here.

President Bush appears oblivious to it all but then, so did his father
before him. 

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