“There Is No One California” – Ouch!

Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This morning, I listened to Victor Davis Hanson‘s interview by Michael Krasny on Forum, about his controversial article, “There is no California,” published on the Orange County Register, on August 15, 2012.  I got curious. So, when I had a chance, I looked up the article.  Ouch!

I don’t know why commentary about the challenges that face the state with the deluge of new immigrants would be considered racially motivated or discriminatory coming from a white man.  Could the problems that go hand in hand with taking on a large population of immigrants and aging Americans be just what they are:  The reality of the consequences stemming from the movement of the population?  It is what it is.

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Al...

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s no different from the argument that a state-run healthcare system will compromise grandma’s ability to get her hip repaired or make gods out of doctors and pencil-pushing government clerks.  (This coming from the mouths of politicos in the pockets of private industry!)  Health care dollars are finite.  Even Modern Medicine, with all the newfangled technology, costs money. Utopian societies would have appropriate and timely treatment for all. No one would be excluded. But then, would we have such epidemic level health problems stemming from our poor dietary and lifestyle choices in a perfect society?  Probably not!

And what about that jab from Romney in his recent speech?  A pox on him for his short-sighted analysis of what ails California!  He needs a better speech-writer.  Better yet, better handlers. Oh wait! Better principles and policies? More in-depth analyses?

Occupy What?

Occupy What? (Photo credit: Ulises Jorge)

Yes, we have a problem with our education funding and the entire education system. Yes, we have the highest gas prices.  Our sales tax is one of the highest, and may still be climbing.  And from what it looks like, we have a widening gap of incomes.  On the one hand, there’s Hollywood, Google, Apple, Facebook, HP. Then there are the “inland empires.”

We’re criticized for our liberalism as though it has caused all our economic woes.  It’s too simplistic an explanation.  And smacks of conservative overreaching.  We’re proud of our multi-ethnic neighborhoods, our children with multiple parents and homes, our respect of people different from us.  Women are respected here for their rights to decide when, how, if they want to reproduce.  And if we can have people who want to fund sustainability, then hooray for our children’s future.  We celebrate being able to sample more than half the recognized cuisines in this world and to hear different languages spoken in the streets.  And yes, we have wonderful weather, beautiful landscapes, and abundant produce. Can you blame the immigrants and elderly for wanting the live here?

Big Sur, California

Big Sur, California (Photo credit: the_tahoe_guy)

It’s okay. It’s not going to threaten our “American-hood.” This is a land of immigrants. Always has been ever since it was discovered in 1492 by Europe.

P.S. I don’t really have any compelling explanations for the foie gras ban (or why/how it tied up the courts at all) or the saving of the three-inch Delta smelt.  I’ll have to think about that some more.

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4 Responses to “There Is No One California” – Ouch!

  1. No matter what they say about California’s economy and the politics, it is a beautiful place and the Big Sur image was just the teaser. Have a blessed day.

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  2. eof737 says:

    Never hear of inland empires. Great piece… I enjoyed the tinge of humor in it too… Like a phoenix, CA will rise again. 😉

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  3. likeitiz says:

    What they call inland empires are the counties further away from the Pacific ocean. These temped to be more rural and the weather is warmer, summers are hit and dry, and the winters are colder than on the coast.

    You’d be surprised that some people in the big cities have no food or a roof over their heads.

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  4. auntyuta says:

    Hi Mary-Ann! Your California sounds a bit like our Queensland since it has wonderful weather and beautiful landscapes. A lot of retirees move there to live.
    ‘—-would we have such epidemic level health problems stemming from our poor dietary and lifestyle choices in a perfect society?’
    This is a good question, of course. But what is a perfect society? Our life expectancy has risen enormously despite our poor lifestyle choices. For how long do we actually want to live and under what conditions? Do we really care how people in third world countries live? Why are there so many people who have to go hungry and don’t even have an adequate supply of water? And we worry whether we can afford the newest medical machines to prolong our lives!
    In the so called ‘first’ world at least no body has to go hungry yet or without water, even if gas and electricity prices go through the roof!
    In California you seem to have overall a very progressive society. .
    The widening gap of incomes, I think, can be observed more and more in a lot of countries.
    What actually are your ‘inland empires’?

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