Gavin Newsom’s Weird Idea of ‘Freedom’

California Governor. Gavin Newsom hit upon the bizarre idea of boasting in commercials that California is America’s true “free” state.

Part of his ad campaign is to attack Florida—currently run by Newsom’s possible rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Yet, with the most burdensome regulations and high tax rates, Newsom’s California is arguably the most unfree state in the union.

In return for these steep costs, the state’s public institutions, infrastructure, and services are among the country’s worst.

California’s once-vaunted freeway system is near the bottom of all state comparisons. California’s Highway 99, which runs the length of the Central Valley, is one of the deadliest roads in America based on miles driven.

Over half the nation’s homeless crowd the state’s major cities. One-third of America’s welfare recipients have flooded into the state. A fifth of the population lives below the poverty level. More than 25% of residents in the Golden State were born outside the United States.

California’s public school test scores are consistently among the lowest 10 states. The highest property crime rate per capita in the country is found in San Francisco.

Two men who nearly destroyed their cities were Chesa Boudin, the San Francisco District Attorney, and George Gascon, his soon-to be recalled Los Angeles counterpart. Both are iconic of multibillionaire George Soros’ nationwide efforts to undermine the entire criminal justice system.

Because of their poor freeways, state residents cannot drive safely. They can be subject to unsafe physical assault and toxic sidewalks in their major cities.

Public school students cannot receive a competitive education. San Franciscans cannot park their cars in the open without being threatened with vandalism or theft.

These freedoms are being destroyed because of the confiscatory taxes the state collects. It has the highest income bracket and highest gasoline rates, as well as the highest property taxes. This is due to the inflated assessments that were made despite a 1978 amendment to the state constitution.

California currently faces brownouts because of the deliberate curtailment of electricity generation plants.

Yosemite’s historic redwood forest is currently threatened with what are now customary California summer conflagrations.

The destructive, dirty forest fires reflect a deliberate state policy of not gleaning the forests of dead trees, but rather letting the flammable debris serve as “natural” fodder for bugs and birds.

In nearly 40 years, the state has not constructed a major reservoir.

Millions of acres of runoff and snowmelt just cascade to sea level in rarer years. Releasing such vital water apparently enhances 19th-century riparian landscapes—and discourages its own agribusiness.

Amid Newsom’s anti-Florida ad campaign, the governor was vacationing at the upscale digs of his Montana in-laws—escorted by his ample state-paid security detail. That is odd, given Newsom’s California labels Montana a homophobic hellhole, and will not even reimburse state employees who dare to convention there.

Hypocrisy and elite virtue signaling, however, are now trademarks of California politicians—and illustrate how little elected officials care for the victims of their ideological agendas.

Newsom boasted about his California mask mandate, but it didn’t lower COVID-19 deaths per head in any measurable way than the policies of the red states that he so frequently trashes. He violated his COVID-19 orders by eating at French Laundry, and hanging out naked with Magic Johnson.

Newsom has done nothing to remedy his state’s soaring gas prices, terrible schools and infrastructure, or spiking crime. However, he did make a virtue signal about giving millions to illegal aliens in COVID-19 relief.

Rather than develop California’s rich gas and oil reserves, Newsom promised strapped motorists that he would send them a one-time fuel gift of $400.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., likewise, hectors Californians to mask and quarantine—all the better for her to sneak around unmasked at her hairdresser’s, or to jet to the beaches of Tuscany.

Barbara Boxer, former senator and current Chinese government-lobbyist, retired to Rancho Mirage. Recent Governor Jerry Brown isolated himself on his 2,500 acres in Grass Valley—idyllic locations far away from the education, infrastructure, and urban disasters that exploded under their tenures.

So it is Orwellian for Newsom to brag about a “free” California that supposedly will entice Floridians or Texans. In reality, hundreds upon thousands of Californians, along with billions of dollars worth of wealth, have fled California in recent decades for a far more liberated Florida and Texas.

By voting with their feet and bank accounts, California’s expatriates considered these destinations far superior to their home state: safer, cheaper, better managed, and freer.

Newsom is apathetic owner of a once profitable, but now defunct, high-priced, and without clients. In jealousy, he flails and screams at the newer, gleaming competitor across the street, with superior service, lower prices, and better value—and jam packed with his own former but now wiser customers.

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