Take California, Please

By | 2016-11-17T16:09:11+00:00 November 17th, 2016|
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The results of the election are in: California is practically another country.

Californians woke up the morning of Nov. 9 to find something extraordinary had happened the night before.

Voters here legalized the recreational use of marijuana. They sent a liberal African-American woman to the U.S. Senate. They extended the highest marginal income tax rate in the country to 2030 (or, as a practical matter, until the end of time).

Sure, voters kept the death penalty on the books, but they enacted even stricter gun controls. They approved yet another $2 per pack tax on cigarettes to pay for yet another harebrained social scheme. They backed wildly irresponsible bond measures and shot down an initiative to keep wildly irresponsible bond measures in check.

In short, it was a progressive free-for-all, a triumph of liberal enlightenment.

But, no!

Donald Trump won the presidency. How? Heaven knows, we didn’t vote for him.

In fact, Democrat Hillary Clinton’s national popular vote victory is due in large part to Golden State voters. Trump—and the U.S. Constitution—denied Clinton her foreordained coronation. Worse, he killed our buzz.

Well, your buzz maybe. Not mine.

Read the rest at the Sacramento Bee

About the Author:

Ben Boychuk
Ben Boychuk is managing editor of American Greatness. He is a regular columnist for the Sacramento Bee, a former weekly syndicated columnist with Tribune Media, and a veteran of several publications, including Investor's Business Daily and the Claremont Review of Books. He lives in California.