"California used to be the glory of this country, the dream by the sea, the magic state. Now it produces so many criminals it canâ€™t pay to keep them locked up."In fact, many of those criminals are produced in Mexico. But even if you thought that California`s troubles were entirely produced by Democratic ideology—Mead writes "This is partly a blue social model thing. Californiaâ€™s public unions are sucking the state dry â€” like a parasite killing its host"—then you would have to admit that the rising Hispanic population, with its traditional left-wing Democratic politics would contribute to that.
More exposed to illegal migration than any other state, California has been overwhelmed by both legal and illegal immigrants. Immigrants are a net plus for the United States, but neither the federal nor the state governments have been willing to provide the appropriate policy framework to manage this flow - and to cope with the consequences.If I were on my feet debating this, I would be able to say "I don`t know what Professor Mead is professor of (besides Advanced Globalism) but it can`t be economics."
As an internet-enabled blogger I can`t say that—I always know exactly what someone is Professor of ("Foreign Affairs and the Humanities"in this case) and I was right about it not being economics. As for the Advanced Globalism, Mead is Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations.
Immigrants are not a net gain to the United States. They are a net gain to the employers of cheap labor, and the proprietors of bodegas and cantinas springing up in formerly American neighborhoods, but they pay a lot less in taxes than they consume in services, and unlike earlier generations of immigrants, are unlikely to produce a lot of nuclear physicists and surgeons.