The state of California is a monstrous mess.
It’s decades of wide open border policies has turned the once Golden State to lead.
It is now what it has imported – a Third World Socialist hell-scape. With a very few uber-rich people – and the rest of the population mired in abject poverty.
California’s middle class has done what all Third World Socialist middle classes do – became lower class…or got the heck out of there for less stupid states.
One of the mass deceptions proffered in defense of mass Third World immigration? “It increases the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”
Yes, in fact, it does. Adding people to a population always does.
If California adds a Third World immigrant with very little education who thus makes $20,000 per year – their GDP has grown by $20,000 per year. But that new Californian can’t possibly live on that $20,000 per annum in California – so he/she get all sorts of government money.
California is net poorer – despite the increase in GDP.
Thus GDP is an unhelpful statistic. GDP-per-capita – is a most helpful statistic.
“Per capita gross domestic product (GDP) is a metric that breaks down a country’s economic output per person and is calculated by dividing the GDP of a country by its population.”
California adding millions of poorly educated Third World immigrants has increased its GDP – but greatly retarded its GDP per capita. And thus its economy.
In other words – mass-adding poor people to your territory…isn’t a very good idea.
If it were – California wouldn’t be $554 billion in debt (and climbing rapidly).
But hey – the California GDP is HUGE. Nearly $3 trillion – or 1/7th of our entire economy.
So despite the titanically stupid way California got there – their massive (and otherwise irrelevant) GDP does hold a lot of sway in national policy making. Predicated solely upon its stupidly-steroided-outsized existence.
California’s single-Party-dominated, much-too-much government – affects way more than just California.
Every company that has to deal with California’s government – has to create a special cadre of internal practices just for California’s much-too-much government.
Which is a giant pain in the posterior for these companies. And on things involving interstate commerce – is actually an unconstitutional pain in the posterior.
“[The Congress shall have Power] To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes….”
The Constitution’s Commerce Clause was clearly intended for things like…the World Wide Web:
“The World Wide Web – is a WORLD Wide Web. So its policymaking – is very obviously the responsibility of the federal government.
“The Feds determine US policies – and then go negotiate our network interactions with the many other nations and their networks.
“It would be a titanic nightmare mess to have, say, fifty different state-level Net Neutrality or Privacy policies. Much less having counties and cities also imposing Internet policies of their own.
“It would be a titanic nightmare mess for the private sector – and the federal government.
“Internet Service Providers (ISPs) would have an interstate commerce nightmare mess with which to deal. The data they are transporting criss-crosses state, county and city lines trillions of times per second. To have thousands of different state and municipal Internet policies with which to deal – would be simply insane.
“So too for The Feds. They couldn’t possibly interact coherently with the planet – with a massive patchwork quilt of policy nonsense behind them. It would be impossible to cobble together all of that insanity – into one unified federal policy.”
But our United States Congress – is increasingly mired in its own fecklessness.
Predicated largely upon the fact that the elected DC Democrats – like having much-too-much-government California setting de facto national policy. So they are steadfastly intransigent in doing nothing about anything.
The private sector Internet has been around for almost three decades. And yet our federal elected officials have yet to pass any law at all regarding how the monstrous Big Tech companies over-handle our digital data.
So California’s too-much-government law – which went into effect July 1 – becomes our default national too-much-government law.
How feckless is the Democrat-impeded US Congress? California Governor Gavin “Too Much Government” Newsome originally signed the bill into law – on June 28, 2018.
California then held off on its enforcement for over two years – so as to allow the US Congress to do the constitutional thing and pass a federal statute. Two years of nothing later….
I’m sure industries do. And shocker: What’s next – is even worse:
“The beginning of CCPA is not the end of debate around data privacy in California or elsewhere. In fact, an even stronger data privacy proposal is already gaining momentum in California from the same organizers that prompted state lawmakers to pass the CCPA in the first place.
“The California Privacy Rights Act…would go even further than the current law.”
Of course, again – California has zero Constitutional authority over the Internet. Only the federal government does.
But until the federal government gets off its filibuster and does something?
Awful, too-much-government California will happily de facto do its job for them.
With ever-increasingly-awful results.
This first appeared in Red State.