Last weekend’s Sacramento mass shooting that killed six people took place in a block of the Capitol offices of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. The next morning, I speculated on social media that it was probably a gang member with a criminal record. It didn’t take Kraskin to make that kind of prediction, which certainly turned out to be accurate.
Nor does it require extraordinary foresight to predict that progressives will, once again, blame “gun violence” rather than criminals with criminal tendencies. (I’ve often thought that, when it comes to knife killing, progressives never talk about “knife violence.”) It’s true, both Gov. Gavin Newsom and Sacramento’s mayor, Darrell Steinberg, immediately blamed “gun violence”. Called for more gun control laws, despite the fact that California already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the US and is currently considering more.
Gun control issues aside, the progressive answer to any one of California’s many problems is to advance “solutions” that are ineffective at best and unproductive at worst. Here, his response to civil unrest, heightened crime and alleged excessive imprisonment is to “defame” the police and to grant early release of violent felons. Even so, as last week’s carnage shows, these policies do not work, with the response often doubling down.
Failure to hold criminals accountable for their behavior is just one example, but there are many more. housing crisis? A real solution would be to remove the barriers to housing construction. But this is contrary to the DNA of California’s progressive urban planners, who strictly control the type of construction, how it is to be built, and where it is to be built. Plus, rent control laws and a new push to impose a higher capital gains tax on house flippers send a clear message to all potential homebuyers as well as investors that California is not where you want to put your money.
Climate change? Instead of transitioning to clean, carbon-neutral nuclear power, California has already shut down two of its power plants and is on the verge of shutting down the last one. And why don’t progressives consider carbon-free hydroelectric power as a renewable energy source? Maybe because it makes so much sense.
Another example is transportation, where progressive policies designed to get passengers out of their cars have resulted in even more deadlocks and more pollution. Mass transit is more unpopular than ever due to reliability and personal safety concerns, while lane closures and so-called “traffic calm” designs anger drivers and use language you don’t hear in church. And for goodness sake, don’t get me started on high-speed rail—the most expensive, environmentally destructive transportation project ever designed by humans.
Homelessness is next on the list. How is it that progressives spend ever-increasing amounts on this tragedy only to see the problem get worse? Has it ever happened to them that all their “solutions” are exacerbating the problem? Are they unfamiliar with the prevailing definition of insanity?
This is just a short list of the very serious problems facing California, including a dire business environment, looming tax burdens, massive waste in the state government, water shortages, and the nation’s highest unemployment rate and highest effective poverty rate. can add.
California is in dire need of serious candidates to pursue real solutions to serious problems and far less superficial posturing.
John Couple is the president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.