Radio Derb Is On The Air: California, Here We Come!
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July 13, 2013, 07:05 AM
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shutterstock_92901313[1]As a podcast on iTunes, listenable/downloadable onscreen at Taki’s Magazine, or as a transcript here.

In this week’s broadcast I offer a shortcut way to counter the arguments of immigration boosters:

About three-quarters of the arguments made by immigration boosters can be countered with a single word.  No, not the word that begins with “b” and ends with “t.” I`m thinking of a different word.

The word is “California.”

I then go through some data on the downward transformation of the Golden State by mass immigration.  Then:
Now, if you listen to the immigration boosters, this should have done wonders for California:  pepping up the economy, funding the entitlements, dynamic young immigrants bursting with entrepreneurial zeal and cultural vibrancy, their energy driving California way out ahead of the sluggish, less diverse, non-California U.S.A. that has not been blessed with so much immigration

Except that hasn`t happened.  Not at all.  Quote:

“What was once the most prosperous state now suffers from an unemployment rate far steeper than the nation`s and a flood of firms and jobs escaping high taxes and stifling regulations. This toxic combination—high public-sector employee costs and sagging economic fortunes—has produced recurring budget crises around the state.”

I took that from an excellent book out this month titled The Beholden State: California`s Lost Promise and How to Recapture It.  The book`s published by City Journal and is composed of essays by City Journal`s excellent writers, including Heather Mac Donald, Steven Malanga, and Victor Davis Hanson.  City Journal`s a neocon foundation so the writers try to put some optimistic lipstick on the pig, but it remains very plainly a pig—probably one of the Gadarene swine, in fact.

In a final flourish, I refer to the definitive short analysis of the political roots of California’s recent problems, published here on VDARE last year.