Our local lefty blogger, from the land of purpleness, thinks that Nevada County’s economy could be improved if we embraced the rest of the Golden State.
While Govern Brown thinks the Golden State is doing just fine, that growing poverty numbers are the result of immigration into the state as people come seeking their share of the employment gold. He is wrong. The Golden State our local left blogger thinks we should embraced, is in decline, except for the Bay Area. Bill Watkins writing at the New Geography has the details:
Gov. Jerry Brown, whose pronouncements of California’s economic recovery have been criticized by Republicans who point out the state’s high poverty rate, said in a radio interview Wednesday that poverty and the large number of people looking for work are “really the flip side of California’s incredible attractiveness and prosperity.”
The Democratic governor’s remarks aired the same day the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 23.8 percent of Californians live in poverty under an alternative calculation that includes the cost of living.
Asked on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” about two negative indicators — the state’s nation-high poverty rate and the large number of Californians who are unemployed or marginally employed and looking for work — Brown said, “Well, that’s true, because California is a magnet.
“People come here from all over in the world, close by from Mexico and Central America and farther out from Asia and the Middle East. So, California beckons, and people come. And then, of course, a lot of people who arrive are not that skilled, and they take lower paying jobs. And that reflects itself in the economic distribution.”
This is so incredibly wrong that I’m worried that Brown has lost his head and ability to reason. If he really believes what he said, he’s living in the past and he’s so ill informed as to be delusional. If he doesn’t believe what he said, I’m worried that his political skills have slipped. To my knowledge, he’s never said anything so clearly at odds with the truth in his career.
Here are the facts:
- California’s poverty is not where the jobs are, which is what we’d expect if what Brown said was true. Most of California’s jobs are being created in the Bay Area, a region of fabulous wealth. By contrast, California’s poverty is mostly inland. San Bernardino, for example, has the second highest poverty rate for American cities over 200,000 population, and no, it’s not because it’s a magnet. Most of California’s Great Central Valley is a jobs desert, but the region is characterized by persistent grinding poverty and unemployment. No one in recent years is moving to Kings County to look for a job.
- States with opportunity have low poverty rates. North Dakota may have America’s most booming economy. According to the Census Bureau, North Dakota’s Supplemental Poverty Measure is 9.2 percent. That is, after adjustments for cost of living, 9.2 percent of North Dakotans live in poverty. The rate in Texas – a state with a very diverse population, and higher percentages of Latinos and African-Americans – is 16.4 percent. California leads the nation with 23.8 percent of Californians living in poverty.
- According to the U.S. Census, domestic migration (migration between California and other states) has been negative for 20 consecutive years. That is, for 20 years more people have left California for other states than have come to California from other states. Wake up, Jerry, this is no longer your Dad’s state – or that of his successor, Ronald Reagan. This is a big change from when Brown was elected governor the first time. At that time, California was a magnet. It had a vibrant economy, one with opportunity. California was a place where you could have a career, afford a home, raise a family. It was where the American Dream was realized.
The rest of the article is HERE, including the charts and facts that show the Golden State is in decline, and it would be wise if Nevada County economic leaders seek their own solutions and not embrace Governor Brown’s economic delusions.