Poor, poor California. Getting Scrooged!
Today’s Washington Post has a plaintive article bemoaning the fate of the Golden State in the recent census. As I’m sure you know, California has been experiencing some problems lately, and a bunch of them stem from – if you’re a California politician – a lack of money to fund the state, or if you’re normal human being, those problems stem from trying to centralize all of life’s decisions in California in the hallowed halls of Sacramento and spending two dollars for every one that you can get your hands on. Any way you cut it though, California has become the bronze state and they can’t seem to find anybody to polish off the green stuff.
Now then, recall that we recently had a census. The census is used to determine, among other things, the number of House seats you get and how big a cut of the federal pie you end up with from about $400B worth of federal spending programs. So, it’s important to get it right. Wherein lies the problem. And specifically, the problem is those pesky undocumented workers who’ve migrated from poverty in Mexico to the sunny climes of freedom loving California so they can provide for their families. Or, if you’re not a Leftist California politician (I know it’s redundant), the problem could be several million illegal aliens who’ve taken advantage of our unwillingness to protect our borders and poached their way into California to take advantage of what used to be a pretty good school system, free health care and a myriad of other benefits that California politicians make sure they get. Pick one.
So, back to the whining in the WaPo.
LOS ANGELES – California officials estimate that the U.S. Census Bureau failed to count 1.5 million of the state’s residents, a discrepancy that, if true, could cost the state billions of dollars in federal aid over the next decade and perhaps an increase in its representation in Congress.
“It cuts away at our share of the $400 billion a year that the federal government doles out to states. It made it so for the first time California didn’t actually grow its congressional delegation, therefore we’re not going to have as strong a voice as we could have. It puts us at a disadvantage,” said state Assembly Speaker John Perez, a Los Angeles Democrat. “I’m looking seriously to see what happens in the post-count scenario, into every option for going to get the kind of adjustment that reflects our growth.”
Ahhh gee John. Sorry about that. Well, come to think of it I’m not at all sorry.
Now then, to the issues. There’s that growth thing. Growth? Dude! Haven’t you noticed that for the past lots of years Californians have been abandoning the Golden State in droves? Moving businesses out like crazy. Moving to places like Texas and Arizona. So, John, what about that growth? Where oh where could it come from? Oh yeah. Maybe from Mexico. And instead of the skilled workers and business owners that are abandoning your silly state in droves you’re getting unskilled landscapers and hotel maids who can’t speak English and cost you maybe $25B or $30B a year in medical and school costs and we won’t discuss increases in your crime rates, but you could refer to the piece we did on Virgina last week and how their violent crime rates dropped when they outlawed illegals. But anyway, back to your whining. Needless to say, your politicians have a plan.
“If there is evidence of an undercount, the city will strongly consider all options for us to receive our fair share of federal funding,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
California is home to large numbers of people least likely to participate in the census, including minorities, the young and low-income households. Ten of the top 50 “hard-to-count” counties in the nation are in California, and it has a large population of illegal immigrants, who are less likely to participate in the survey for fear that it would put them on the government’s radar.
A 2008 study found that the state had more than 5 million hard-to-count residents.
This year, the problem may have been compounded by the state spending significantly less on census outreach than it did a decade ago, though nonprofit organizations and private foundations tried to fill the gap.
“I don’t think any amount of outreach is going to fully eliminate the undercount, particularly in [historically undercounted] communities, some of which are very well represented in California’s population,” said Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
The organization and others tried to reassure Latino immigrants that participating in the census was “safe, important and simple. But the emphasis was on the first, the safety.”
“[historically undercounted] communities”? Would that be a reference to illegal aliens who have no business being here in the first place. I think it would. And hey, I would also suggest that instead of using MALDEF and SEIU and various other anti-American elements of the Democratic Party (I know, redundant again) to count in those “communities” maybe they should have used the LA County Sheriff or volunteers from ICE. I’ll bet they could have gotten an exact count. Let’s see, there are 55 seats on a long haul, high capacity Greyhound bus. Fill the seats, count the number of buses as they cross the southern border to drop off their cargo and multiply by 55. Yeah, that will give you a good count.
Back to beating the bloggyhorse. If the State of California – or any of it’s legal jurisdictions – have the gall to actually sue the Feds to add bodies to their count so they can get help paying for the illegal aliens that they encourage to come and live illegally I hope that other states will counter sue and we can establish that the census should be for “legal” residents. Here in Arizona we’re working hard to make our state a very “illegal-alien-unfriendly” place. We’re tired of paying for them. We’d like to round them up and ship them back to their home country – and hint: THIS is not their home – but we can’t, that’s a federal job and they won’t do it. But gee, we can make it a hostile place if you’re not supposed to be in the country and you’ll want to move somewhere more friendly. Like California. So guys and gals, and since it is California we’re talking about, guys who used to be gals and gals who used to be guys, you made your bed. Lie in it. Hey, at least you’ll have cheap, non-English speaking help to make the darn thing when you need to get up and go collect your unemployment check.
- California’s slow growth means no new House seats (sfgate.com)
- SFgate.com Census: No gains in House seats for California (sfgate.com)
- GOP-leaning red states seen as winners in census (washingtontimes.com)
- Illegal Immigration and The Price Tag That Comes with It (socyberty.com)