"Victor Davis Hanson at the David Horowitz West Coast Retreat" by Voices Empower with Alice Linahan is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
It is no secret that California is shrinking, at least residency-wise; they have been hemorrhaging residents looking for states with fewer taxes and are less restrictive on personal rights. It has damaged the social divide of the wealth of the state. Especially with the influx of illegal immigrants, the divide between rich and poor is as wide as it has ever been.
Over the last 40 years, California has lost about ten million legal residents, who have fled to states like Texas, Florida, Nevada, Idaho, and Tennessee. This is while California is host to nearly half of the country’s undocumented illegal aliens. A staggering number is that of legal citizens, of whom 27% were not born in the United States.
Professor Victor Davis Hanson had this to say "That is the nexus: great wealth, great poverty. But the way I look at it is — they would not want to hear this — but just think of the old Confederacy or the Antebellum South — one party, Democratic — this is a one-party state. They had Big Cotton. We have Big Tech. Big Tech runs the whole state, just like Big Cotton [ran the Antebellum South]."
The separation is vast and growing between classes. You have the rich living in Palo Alto, Beverly Hills, or Woodside. Then you have everyone else living in not the greatest of conditions. Hanson said, "I go to the Apple or Google or Facebook campuses, and people are living in the streets that work there."
It is crazy to see how once one of the most progressive of states starts to have such a massive divide. The rich in the state would surely still speak to all the liberal ideologies. Yet when you look at the reality of the situation, you cannot talk to one thing and live completely differently. The hypocrisy among California's elite residents is simply astounding.
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