History is strewn with the corpses of stillborn and liberal democracies, from the Carthaginians, to Athens, to Rome, and even today as we are witnessing feudalism manifest in the European Union. Heck, even certain political science professors would say that people by and large, are not smart enough for a pure democracy to work — doubtful about their ability to recognize what the common good is.
Perhaps the most successful form of democracy remaining today is our own. A bicameral system we’ve come to call a republic, in which two sets of representatives serve the state by appointment of the people. Both a check and balance against the abuse of power. Chief among the tenets of this republic is our sovereignty, which rests with its people and our liberties, which are enumerated in the Constitution.
The decades old one-party experiment in California is failing. Its leadership is frothing at the mouth over last national election and becoming less the great influence peddler it once was, and more a political segregationist that will seal the state’s economic doom in ordering its own Trump-like travel ban on other states.
State Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s [D] office deems other states to be discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. “No California taxpayers money will be used in allowing state employees to travel to states who choose to discriminate,” said Beccara. At this point it is unclear what practical effect the ban would have against Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas, because of the business obligations of job training, of certification, or even renegotiation that are part of California’s traditional state-to-state relationships.
In messing with Texas, a spokesman for Texas Governor Greg Abbott, [R] said,” California may be able to stop their state employees, but they can’t stop all the businesses that are fleeing over taxation and regulation when relocating to Texas.”
The Fresno State Bulldogs are scheduled to play a football game at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa this fall. A request for legal opinion on whether public university sports travel can be exempted from the ban is yet to be decided.
In Tennessee’s joint Senate resolution on the matter of California’s travel ban they proclaim, “California’s act is an attempted imposition of their moral judgment on other states, which amounts to one sovereign entity telling another how to conduct its business…”
California’s leadership, already familiarized with seismic activity, is forecasting “a big one” coming to the Golden State, and coming in the form of the Republican-led Congress’s healthcare legislation. At risk to California’s economic stabilization is Medi-Cal, not totally by fault of DC Republicans, but by decades-old California policy, which was established by, you got it, the Democratic Party. After ACA had gone into effect, the state rushed to include another 3.7 million more Californians to the state’s already 14 million Medi-Cal population. More than one-third of the entire state are Medi-Cal recipients, or a whopping nineteen percent of the nationwide Medicaid population. This $100 billion program is two-thirds funded by federal subsidy, so you can imagine the angst by California officials when they are asked by the Feds to shoulder more of the burden.
Those rascally Democrats in decrying Republican proposed changes to Medicaid are in reality responsible for their own top-to-bottom policy failure in creating an environment that is overrun and cost unsustainable. California has managed to contain its Medi-Cal costs so far by limiting reimbursements to physicians who see Medi-Cal patients. California has the lowest physician-reimbursement rate in the nation, and is creating a doctor shortage that in two of California’s nine regions are in violation of California law, which requires fifty primary care physicians per 100,000 people.
Subsidized healthcare is probably here to stay, and therefore will be an anchor at the heels of both parties’ until they get it right. In as much as doing business with our brotherly states, well, the goal for California should be to bring jobs back. This can’t be done when disrespecting state sovereignty — and you can’t have economic justice without having jobs.
At some point the California taxpayer will have suffered enough and the solidly blue state, which for decades has been out of balance, will be bathed by a wash of purple, providing checks against the temptation of one to commit avarice against another.
I am reminded of such anticipation by the many summers I have spent fishing the Owens River, and nearly every morning witnessing a small cloud that would appear in the northwest corner of the valley — just over the river's source. Throughout the day that small cloud would amass and grow to monstrous proportions, one that would finally rush the entire valley and drop rain like most of us have never witnessed. And the thunder and lightening, well, it is God like. I am reminded of this by the apparent lack of restraint of our legislators, who think they may have it their way every time. Mind you, it’s coming, and coming hard — California’s left are going to get soaked…
Bryan A. Cook is a resident of Phelan.