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Census Bureau: California Now the Poorest State in USA

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I cannot explain why so many people still think Big Government really works.

According to the Census Bureau Supplemental Poverty Measure, one out of five California residents is… poor:

Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor. That’s according to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities and clothing, and which includes noncash government assistance as a form of income.

Given robust job growth and the prosperity generated by several industries, it’s worth asking why California has fallen behind, especially when the state’s per-capita GDP increased approximately twice as much as the U.S. average over the five years ending in 2016 (12.5%, compared with 6.27%).

This in spite of the fact that from 1992 to 2015, the state of California spent over $950 billion on assorted welfare programs. It’s gotta be over a trillion by now.

At least 55 percent of California’s “immigrants,” including multitudes of illegals, receive government benefits. Can’t get by without ’em.

And in 2014, California had 883,000 full-time state and local government employees.

And yet California has the highest poverty rate among all 50 states.

Hmmm… Should they spend even more money? Import even more poor people from poor countries? Hire twice as many government employees? Yeah, that’d work.

One thing you can’t deny: Big Government socialism is a wiz at producing Third World countries. That’s what California’s turning into. This is what happens to places ruled by Democrats.



 

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