Ben Shapiro: I'm leaving California – here's why

antitox

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https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/ben-shapiro-leaving-california

Bad governance has turned a would-be paradise into a burgeoning dystopia​

My family and my company are leaving California.

It's heartbreaking.

My parents moved to California four decades ago. I grew up here. For 33 of the 36 years I've spent on this planet, I've lived here.

I was born at St. Joseph's in Burbank; I attended elementary school at Edison Elementary; I went to college at UCLA.

I co-founded a major media company here, with 75 employees in Los Angeles. I met my wife here; all three of my kids are native Californians.

This is the most beautiful state in the country. The climate is incredible. The scenery is amazing. The people are generally warm and there's an enormous amount to do.

And we're leaving.

We're leaving because all the benefits of California have steadily eroded -- and then suddenly collapsed.

Meanwhile, all the costs of California have steadily increased -- and then suddenly skyrocketed.

It can be difficult to spot the incremental encroachment of a terrible disease, but once the final ravages set in, it becomes obvious that the illness is fatal.

So, too, with California, where bad governance has turned a would-be paradise into a burgeoning dystopia.

When my family moved to North Hollywood, I was 11. We lived in a safe, clean suburb. Yes, Los Angeles had serious crime and homelessness problems, but those were problems relegated to pockets of the city -- problems that, with good governance, we thought could eventually be healed. Instead, the government allowed those problems to metastasize.

As of 2011, Los Angeles County counted less than 40,000 homeless; as of 2020, that number had skyrocketed to 66,000. Suburban areas have become the sites of homeless encampments.

Nearly every city underpass hosts a tent city; the city, in its kindness, has put out port-a-potties to reduce the possibility of COVID-19 spread.

Police are forbidden in most cases from either moving transients or even moving their garbage. Nearly every public space in Los Angeles has become a repository for open waste, needles and trash.

The most beautiful areas of Los Angeles, from Santa Monica beach to my suburb, have become wrecks.

My children have personally witnessed drug use, public urination and public nudity.

Looters were allowed free reign in the middle of the city during the Black Lives Matter riots; Rodeo Drive was closed at 1 p.m., and citizens were curfewed at 6 p.m.

To combat these trends, local and state governments have gamed the statistics, reclassifying offenses and letting prisoners go free.

Meanwhile, the police have become targets for public ire. In July, the city of Los Angeles slashed police funding, cutting the force to its lowest levels in over a decade.

At the same time, taxes have risen. California's top marginal income tax rate is now 13.3%; legislators want to raise it to 16.8%. California is also home to a 7.25% sales tax, a 50-cent gas tax and a bevy of other taxes that drain the wallet and burden business.

California has the worst regulatory climate in America, according to CEO magazine's survey of 650 CEOs. The public-sector unions essentially make public policy, running up the debt while providing fewer and fewer actual services.

California's public education system is a massive failure, and even its once-great colleges are now burdened by the stupidities of political correctness, including an unwillingness to use standardized testing.

And still, the state legislature is dominated by Democrats. California is not on a trajectory toward recovery; it is on a trajectory toward oblivion.

Taxpayers are moving out -- now including my family and my company. In 2019, before the pandemic and the widespread rioting and looting, outmigration jumped 38%, rising for the seventh straight year. That number will increase again this year.

I want my kids to grow up safe. I want them to grow up in a community with a future, with more freedom and safety than I grew up with. California makes that impossible.

So, goodbye, Golden State. Thanks for the memories.
 

TimeWarpWife

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I understand why he's moving from CA, it will continue to be hopelessly run into the ground by Communist Democrats. What I don't understand is why he's choosing to move to Nashville. Nashville is also run by Communist Democrats, so I don't see how this move is really going to be any better. :scratch In fact, it was recently revealed that the Communist Democrat mayor, John Cooper, got caught lying about and suppressing the fact that there was a low rate of transmitting the Chinese virus in bars and restaurants so he could continue restrictions on those businesses. It was made public that one email from the mayor's staff actually instructed the recipient health department official that this data about low Chinese virus transmission was "not for public consumption." :mad: IMO, Ben is leaving one Communist Democrat-run sewer for another. Personally, I'd never move to Nashville while it's being governed by liberal lunatics.
 
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Twalle

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Some of our states may be better than others for now, but I believe that will soon change and we won't be able to tell the difference between California and Illinois, which is where I live. This state is known for its crooked politicians and we currently have an ongoing investigation into Speaker of House, Michael Madigan. He is the longest serving Speaker in U.S. history. This guy needs to go, what a crook. But, hey, it's Illinois and he joins a laundry list of crooked politicians, the last one being Rod (forgive the spelling) Blagoiavich. What a whakadoo wanna be mobster.
 

Tall Timbers

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Some of our states may be better than others for now, but I believe that will soon change and we won't be able to tell the difference between California and Illinois, which is where I live. This state is known for its crooked politicians and we currently have an ongoing investigation into Speaker of House, Michael Madigan. He is the longest serving Speaker in U.S. history. This guy needs to go, what a crook. But, hey, it's Illinois and he joins a laundry list of crooked politicians, the last one being Rod (forgive the spelling) Blagoiavich. What a whakadoo wanna be mobster.

Yep, it's only a matter of time. I've pondered the idea of living in a mobile home so I could up and easily move as the politics of an area turned south... in the end though, there won't be any place to escape to. For I don't know how long now our education system has been indoctrinating young Americans to embrace socialism and a reduction in individual rights for the good of the many. Those youth are now the predominant force in local politics and things are changing for the worse quite quickly. Frankly, they don't know any better. They were taught that way on our dime. It happened right under our noses and we weren't aware enough to stop it. There are plenty of young people who were raised in homes where the parents raised them up in a way that they turned out to be wise to the mistakes that the world is making, but they're a minority.
 

Twalle

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I agree with you 100% Tall Timbers. I have tossed around the idea of selling my home and moving, but where in the world would I go? My home has turned into a money pit. The problem I am facing this time, is my well. I pray the issue can be readily taken care of. After my husband died, 6 months went by and one thing after another started going wrong with my home, including nearly burning down. Whoever built this home did it as cheaply as possible since the electrical wiring from the breaker box were literally hanging over rafters. Nothing was fastened down correctly. By the time I was done doing dozens of repairs, I had spent over 45 thousand. There went almost all of the money from my husbands life insurance policy.
 

DWB

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Nashville is very much a blue city, The mayor is in the process of enacting a 34% increase in property taxes because of liberal spending. Most of the surrounding counties are red and much more suited for relocation. I highly recommend middle Tennessee for families wanting to move from a liberal state. (except for Davidson County, Nashville.)
 

heisable2

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Lived my first 20 years in San Francisco. I went to a Catholic elementary school, Catholic high School and San Francisco City college. I was a typical San Francisco taking the streetcar everywhere or the bus or walked.
 

heisable2

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I hit the post reply too soon.

The point I was trying to make is that having lived in California for most of my adult life I moved to Florida in 2017. It wasn't as expensive in Florida because I've lived there before. There is no state tax. There is homestead where the first 25,000 is taken off of your appraised value of your house and is not taxed.

And I just found out that my sister and her daughter and son-in-law are moving to Texas. They have horses and they needed a lot of land to raise them and California was hurting them financially. Now they'll have their own land where they don't have to board their horses. They'll have to hire a ranch hand but there's a new job for someone.

Just saw on the news today that a lot of money is being spent on building housing for the homeless. The buildings look pretty good, but are extremely expensive. But we have people who are elderly and live in squalor. Why can't they live in these nice buildings? And I really think that once the homeless get off the street into these beautiful buildings, more homeless will come.

Wasn't it in Field of Dreams " If you build it they will come"? I think that this building commission for the homeless is going to come and bite them. But I guess they have to start somewhere.

I must comment that I also lived in Seattle for 20 years. It was a beautiful city and not as rainy as people thought. In fact I just saw on the news today that Mobile Alabama has more rain in Seattle. Seattle had the water, the beaches, the trees and just beautiful scenery. They had floating bridges over the the lakes. And when the weather was good everybody came out of the woodwork to put their boats in the water or to go to the beach.

Closing.... do I miss California or Washington? No.
 

Aiyanna

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I'm leaving Oregon. My fiance was offered a job in Florida. I'm applying for different jobs too. We're hoping we'll both have employment when we get down there.
I won't lie. I'm sad and terrified. My family has been here for generations. I had family in the Oregon Trail, so we're talking generations. All my family is here. It's the only home I've ever known. But I can't take the Democratic policies here. I'm done. My city is being overrun by homeless tents and garbage. It never used to be like that. In fact, just a couple years ago there was no homeless. Now they're everywhere. It make me angry every time I have to get groceries and see all of that. Democrats are destroying my home and I'm done. Kate Brown has been the worst governor ever. I don't even know how she got in. I can't imagine who could've voted for her. But now Marijuana is legal, and just a few years ago they legalized hard core drugs. I voted against it, but it didn't matter. And now my home is trashed with drug addicts, disease, and.... well... Homeless.
Makes me sick. Time to get out.
 

Cloud Watcher

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I'm leaving Oregon. My fiance was offered a job in Florida. I'm applying for different jobs too. We're hoping we'll both have employment when we get down there.
I won't lie. I'm sad and terrified. My family has been here for generations. I had family in the Oregon Trail, so we're talking generations. All my family is here. It's the only home I've ever known. But I can't take the Democratic policies here. I'm done. My city is being overrun by homeless tents and garbage. It never used to be like that. In fact, just a couple years ago there was no homeless. Now they're everywhere. It make me angry every time I have to get groceries and see all of that. Democrats are destroying my home and I'm done. Kate Brown has been the worst governor ever. I don't even know how she got in. I can't imagine who could've voted for her. But now Marijuana is legal, and just a few years ago they legalized hard core drugs. I voted against it, but it didn't matter. And now my home is trashed with drug addicts, disease, and.... well... Homeless.
Makes me sick. Time to get out.
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Footsteps

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I'm leaving Oregon. My fiance was offered a job in Florida. I'm applying for different jobs too. We're hoping we'll both have employment when we get down there.
I won't lie. I'm sad and terrified. My family has been here for generations. I had family in the Oregon Trail, so we're talking generations. All my family is here. It's the only home I've ever known. But I can't take the Democratic policies here. I'm done. My city is being overrun by homeless tents and garbage. It never used to be like that. In fact, just a couple years ago there was no homeless. Now they're everywhere. It make me angry every time I have to get groceries and see all of that. Democrats are destroying my home and I'm done. Kate Brown has been the worst governor ever. I don't even know how she got in. I can't imagine who could've voted for her. But now Marijuana is legal, and just a few years ago they legalized hard core drugs. I voted against it, but it didn't matter. And now my home is trashed with drug addicts, disease, and.... well... Homeless.
Makes me sick. Time to get out.
Yesterday I saw two very expensive apartment buildings on the news, built in Portland - for the homeless. They did not cite the type of homelessness. As a retired HUD worker, I am aware that HUD homeless grants can be made for permanent housing for the disabled. “Transitional” homeless grants are for those “transitioning” from the streets to financial independency. The homeless can live in transitional housing for 18-24 months. They must receive services to include addiction treatment, help to get a GED, and employment help.
What you are seeing (and drowning in) means that it takes more than HUD, VA, or other types of financial and programmatic homeless assistance to conquer homelessness. The War on Poverty has been lost. You can’t “charity” your nation out of poverty, any more than you can borrow it out of debt. One central issue with many homeless people are that they are BUMS and DRUG ADDICTS making no personal effort to escape their lifestyles. True mental illness is not a moral failing, but many severely mentally ill people must be closely supervised to include appropriate medication. If they can only wander the streets, their issues remain, and when you add them to the overwhelming number of BUMS, the army of the homeless defeats the safety and health of the city in which it is garrisoned. Money - even well directed money - can not and will not cure the growth of the plague of squalor you are wisely escaping.
Now we have thousands of immigrants crossing our border - since ICE* is still trying to spin the number of these for 2021 (although the numbers were totaled already), no one can do the math.
*It is Biden who refuses to release the numbers.
 
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