The Cali exodus is worsening. The NYT’s explanation is hilarious
Jeff Childers/Coffee & Covid
The New York Times published a preposterous, wishful-thinking fairy tale a couple weeks ago headlined, “For Second Straight Year, California Sees a Population Decline.”
The NYT heroically tries to scrape up reasons for fleeing citizens that exclude reasons like mandates, taxes, overreach, hypocrisy, and wild woke lunacy of diverse types.
Here are the four causes the Times thinks are “really” shrinking California’s population: “Deaths from Covid. Aging baby boomers. Fewer children. Restrictions on immigration.”
Let’s take them one-by-one. Deaths from Covid. What about Florida and Texas? We’re always hearing about how both those states had more deaths from Covid than California, since they dropped mandates earlier.
But Florida and Texas are both GROWING, not shrinking like California. So that’s a dumb reason.
Aging baby boomers? Again, Times? I grant they have a bunch of them, but not only California has baby boomers.
And I love the wording. How does baby boomer “aging” shrink your population? Haha, when they DIE. But the Times is too chicken to say “baby boomers dying.” Okay boomer.
Fewer children? It’s true that California has extremely permissive abortion laws. They’re even using taxpayer money to fly people in from other states to get abortions.
But the Times didn’t mention that reason, for some reason. Instead they describe it as California girls waiting longer to have kids. The Times is a giant among euphemists.
Restrictions on immigration? The article isn’t clear whether it means foreign or domestic immigration, but regarding foreign immigration, it only cites vague “pandemic restrictions.”
But again, any of these reasons could equally apply to either Florida or Texas. Apparently the Times’ credulous readers won’t think that through or something.
Here are some facts the story DIDN’T mention: California features the U.S.’s highest state income tax rates. It has basically shut down new home construction with insane environmental requirements.
The public school system is largely a demilitarized zone stuffed with highly-sexualized woke ideology. The state’s idea of forest management is allowing deadly annual wildfires to destroy lives and property. Gas and electric prices are the highest in the U.S..
The state just started water rationing. Housing prices are off the charts there, essentially foreclosing new ownership for young couples.
And let’s not forget about how state lawmakers seem to always be at war with their own citizens. When Elon Musk complained about the county locking down his auto plant, un-ladylike State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez tweeted, “F*ck Elon Musk.”
Except she didn’t use the asterisk. The state even kept Disneyworld closed for almost a year longer than Florida while its governor dined maskless in swanky restaurants with healthcare lobbyists.
In case you’re interested, here’s a handy online spreadsheet of companies who’ve fled California lately: https://tinyurl.com/yc6ynjmf