“California has worst ‘quality of life’ in US, study says,”

The Socialist State of California.

I live here. I’ve lived here a whole lotta years. I know through experience the truth of the matter. I didn’t need this headline to tell me the truth, but it sure hit the spot: “California has worst ‘quality of life’ in US, study says,” written by Greg Lee and Christopher Carbone at Fox News.

Growing up California was living in such a wonderful state. God gave us the best of everything from the high Sierras housing Yosemite, to the giant redwoods, to the Pacific Ocean, to the desert housing Death Valley, with wonderful weather in the south of the state with two seasons—warm and warmer—and the north with full four seasons with the fact that we fed the world with the breath of our agriculture. We had great roads and interesting cultural differences from north to south.

Something about all this gave us the feeling that we were leaders in all things and Californians set about being social-cultural leaders, ahead of the other states in our social and environmental sensitivities.

Alas, those proclivities ended up betraying us as our progressive liberalism as an idea got ahead of us and became an ideal that soon drove us into a frenzy that left behind common sense and fractured our unity as citizens. The rights of a small fish became greater than the rights of farmers and rich farmland soon became fallow and those signs along the highways saying “Where water flows food grows,” cracked from the heat and fell to the wayside. Progressive socialism clouded our thinking so much that more money was taken from citizens to play with social justice, not so much for people but animals and nature giving them rights, again, over people. Any idea these progressive leaders of the state had was the greatest idea that would produce a new kind of people, including a fast train to nowhere that most citizens didn’t want and voted down but the progressives wanted it so more money was taken to produce what?

In this study we read these words:

Californians scored poorly in part because they’re simply insufferable, U.S. News suggested.

“In addition to a healthy environment, a person’s quality of life is largely a result of their interactions with those around them,” the magazine wrote in a blurb accompanying the results.

One way to measure quality life is whether residents can even afford to have a roof over their heads, and by that standard, California is failing. 

A 2017 Harvard University report said that one-third of renters in the Los Angeles area are “severely rent burdened,” meaning they spend at least half their income on housing. The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles County has increased 67%, according to Zillow’s Rent Index, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Homelessness has surged a stunning 75 percent in the last six years, the Los Angeles Times reports, and there are now at least 55,000 homeless people in the county.

U.S. News ranked each state in seven other areas, which were weighted based on a survey that determined their importance to the public: health care, education, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, crime and corrections, and fiscal stability.

California finished No. 43 in fiscal stability, No. 46 in opportunity, and No. 38 in infrastructure. It posted relatively high marks in health care (11th), economy (4th), and crime and corrections (28th).

We still have Yosemite, giant redwoods, the Pacific Ocean, but not much else California was known for when we were the “cat’s meow” of the nation. It’s now gone, flittered away by our progressive idealism that has driven our agriculture into the dry ground, our cattle industry to other states and countries, our pride as Californians, our ability to financially live a good life. We have lost the idea of real good for pretend good. We are at war with ourselves and at war with our nation and for what?

We are a depressed state, a depressed people, honest pride is gone. No wonder we are the worst state in the nation. Those of us Californians whose eyes are not clouded over by progressivism know this is true. We experience it every day.