According to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities and clothing, and which includes noncash government assistance as a form of income. California, the Golden State has hit the bottom of the poverty pit and just keeps digging. The Democrat-dominated legislature has spent billions upon billions…and California is now the poorest state in the nation.
The legislature has been completely controlled by the left for decades. If you want to know what unfettered leftism gives you… look no further than a beautiful state full of natural resources impoverishing its own citizens.
You better believe our Californian politicians have “waged war on poverty”, and it went just as bad as you might’ve expected.
Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause. Several state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200% above the poverty line receive benefits. California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare,” according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.
The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.
Hmmmm…. Sounds suspicious, doesn’t it?
Is it possible that these bureaucrats want to create a welfare state, one that reliably votes for the “hands that feed it?” 55 percent of ‘immigrants’ receive means-tested benefits, while only 30 percent of native Californians do so. And believe me, there are a ton of bureaucrats. (In 2014, there were 883,000 full-time-equivalent state and local employees. Yes, really.) Also, misguided real estate and housing policies have further perpetuated poverty.