Incompetent Democrats are running New York and California into the ground – Republican Article
The Golden State and the Empire State are the nicknames for the states of California and New York respectively. Both the unofficial and official names of these states are enough to summon a certain sense of awe in most Americans and world citizens. It might be said that both states are the representatives of their respective coasts. At the cultural, economic, and political level, one could say there is even some rivalry (part of the greater East-West coast rivalry in the US). The two states are so fundamentally different in a variety of ways. Yet, at the same time, they bear many similarities. Unfortunately, one of these is that the democrats have had a monopoly on their politics for the last decade.
The uninterrupted reign of the democrats has driven New York and California further and further from the greatness they once represented, and into a downward spiral of economic and social malaise. If you have been following the news recently, you will be aware of the deteriorating situation in both states. And it comes as a surprise only to those who align with the politicians responsible for tearing down these former monoliths: anyone with common sense saw it coming 100 miles away.
The state of California has an economy that most countries across the globe would envy. It is roughly the size of Japan, with only one-fourth of the population and more than half of its GDP. That’s 40 million people producing $2.8 trillion a year. Entertainment, agriculture, tech, and services drive this economic giant, which since the gold rush of the mid-1800s has been a genuine Promised Land to many. One would think that with all these bounties, California could go nowhere but up. But the way the state has been run in recent years is pitiful at best and disastrous at worst.
State and local officials, almost all Democrats, have been trying for years to fashion California into a Western-European welfare state, complete with every imaginable impediment to growth that comes with such a model. Taxes for people and businesses have gone up across the board. Suffocating regulations have gutted fledgeling and established businesses alike. A general hostility between government and businesses exists, which is, logically, not very conducive to satisfactory economic activity. Hardly comparable to California under Arnold Schwarzenegger when it fared far better. The laws of economic science predict what is happening. Businesses are leaving the sunny valleys of California, among which are tech giants like Tesla, Hewlett-Packard, and Oracle.
It’s not just businesses partaking in this “economic flight”. California has seen massive emigration in recent years to Colorado, Texas, and other states with more favorable conditions. Additionally, it would seem a worsening debt-to-GDP ratio is likely to haunt the state for many more years, as it has been issuing IOUs out since 2009 to pay the bills.
New York is hardly doing better than its western sibling. In recent years, the state of New York has seen scandal after scandal. And, its many problems continue to go unsolved. It seems that little has changed since the corrupt days of Tammany Hall. The last three governors of New York, all Democrats, have all been involved in scandals of some sort, including the latest allegations of sexual assault and harassment against the incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo.
While New York’s economy had not suffered as drastically as California’s until the pandemic, their way of running the state has been pitiful. Year after year of budget deficits, useless spending, and mismanagement have left the state looking to Washington for a solution to a $15 billion budget deficit that increases every day. A possible solution? Higher taxes! All to fund programs demanded by organized labor, which has the Democrats firmly in its grip. The $15 minimum wage and rent controls are sure to do the economy favour as well. Just like in California, New Yorkers and their businesses have been fleeing to New Jersey in groves to escape the worsening economic situation.
Additionally, New York City is reeling from violent crime. In 2020 the city faced its highest murder rate in years. It was up 45% from 2019, and 2021 seems likely to follow suit. “The increase accompanied a steep rise in gun violence more intense than any seen in the previous 20 years, according to police statistics,” writes the Wall Street Journal. This must be due to all the effective policing and crime-fighting strategies put forth by the city council, in which 46 of the 51 seats are held by Democrats. Or perhaps it could be attributed to stringent gun control measures?
Lastly, I would like to zoom in on the current COVID-19 pandemic. And, how it has been managed by Democratic leaders in both California and New York. The pandemic has struck hard everywhere. There is no place in the United States that has not suffered increased mortality and economic damage from it.
Large swathes of the establishment were quick to criticize former President Donald Trump’s management of the pandemic in its early stages, and understandably so. That the pandemic reached such a dramatic point can in part be attributed to the previous administration’s failure to respond quickly and effectively to the arrival of the coronavirus. Much of this criticism is valid. But it nullifies itself when it comes from the likes of Andrew Cuomo and other New York Democrats. Who presided over one of the most disastrous COVID-19 outbreaks in America since the start of the pandemic.
This tragedy is largely to blame on Governor Cuomo’s decisions. The state required nursing homes to accept COVID-19-positive patients when New York’s hospitals were already at their limit. Additionally, those same nursing homes were required to hide data about the deaths of residents. Several court orders, press leaks, and investigations have uncovered that Cuomo dramatically and intentionally understated the toll of the pandemic on nursing homes in New York.
Michael Gusmano, a professor of health policy at Rutgers University, said that “Cuomo got such positive press as someone who was a straight shooter, particularly in contrast to somebody like President Trump. … Lying about the nursing home data is antithetical to that and caused a real problem.” Failure to effectively tackle the pandemic also led to minority groups in New York being struck disproportionately hard by the virus. This applies to Latinos, African Americans, and especially New York’s Orthodox Jewish community.
California isn’t looking too hot either, pun intended. Governor Gavin Newsom (who is now facing a recall) is guilty of the exact same type of mismanagement as Cuomo, down to a T. You see, New York was not alone in its nursing home catastrophe. New York accompanied California in mandating nursing homes take in untested, if not COVID-19 positive, patients during the pandemic. New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania’s governments did the same. Care to guess which party is in charge?
All the while, California’s strict lockdown has kept businesses shut for months. Under fierce pressure of teachers’ unions, who control the Democratic party, kids are forced to stay home following online class. Florida, which took a completely opposite laissez-faire approach, has seen economic growth in recent months if you can believe it.
Florida does feature an 11% higher COVID-mortality rate than California. Which the Californian press has been eager to pounce on as proof of their success. However, this figure does not correct for the fact that Florida has a much older population than California, on average. The link between age and COVID mortality is indisputable. And, for all, we know Florida might sit below California in mortality if we account for the age disparity. Experts argue that the 11% difference is marginal compared to other states. This goes to show that physical health should not completely eclipse freedoms and livelihoods when it is unnecessary.
The coronavirus pandemic has shot unemployment up to its highest level in the nation outside Hawaii. And, has crushed the state’s large amounts of low-wage hospitality and service jobs. The future does not look particularly bright. California ranks worse than any state (except for tourism-dominated Hawaii) for new job postings. The Californian government’s own officials have said that the Golden State won’t get back to 2019 levels until 2025 if all goes well. And considering what has been discussed above, that’s a pretty big “if”.
All this alarming information begs the question: can these ailments be healed? Can a path to a better future be paved? There is no doubt in my mind about that. Both California and New York have incredible economic possibilities, much of them still untapped. The citizens deserve to develop their livelihoods to their fullest potential. And, an intrusive and incompetent government should not hold them back. More and more prominent business owners and executives are starting to take notice of this.
Ultimately it is up to the electorates to decide their own future. Even though we face tough times, we should not be so prepared to readily give away what has been so hard to achieve. Trimmed government, deregulation, sound financial management, respect for institutions and freedoms, competent and uncorrupt leadership. These things will bring healing and a brighter future to California and New York. These states grew to where they are without the meddling of the state, why should they rely on it now?
Written by Republican Writer, Sebastian Bossu
Democrats may have faults but Republicans are hardly any better – A Democratic Response
The Democratic Party was founded on the platform of protecting the working man and woman. By ensuring high labor standards and fair wages, the Democrats have always been the enemy of both big business and the wealthy.
Sebastian makes frequent reference to what he calls a ‘deteriorating situation in California and New York. He attributes the cause of this so-called ‘deterioration’ to the democrats’ mismanagement, corruption, and apathy. He claims that high taxes and regulations have chased businesses out of these states. And, has led to an accompanying emigration to places more accommodating to business interests. Let me make something clear, contrary to what people see on the nightly news or on the cover of the paper, the center of poverty in this country is not on the streets of San Francisco or New York City.
Poverty is overwhelmingly centered in the South. These are places with overwhelming Republican majorities and where taxes have been slashed in the often-bizarre belief that wealth will somehow trickle down if we incentivize big business. Furthermore, the same states that have been attracting big business with their low taxes, receive the highest amounts in federal funding and provisions despite providing the least amount in federal taxes. In contrast, states controlled by Democratic legislatures such as Massachusetts, New York, and California, pay far greater in federal taxes than receive in benefits.
While Sebastian talks about blue states needing bailouts from the federal government for their ‘mismanagement,’ the states that are actually being bailed out are the very same places Sebastian says businesses are fleeing to. This means whenever a person in Arkansas or Tennessee works at an Amazon warehouse and doesn’t have the money to feed their children when they receive federally funded food stamps, California and New York taxpayers are disproportionately footing the bill.
Sebastian also makes the claim that the Covid response in Democratic-controlled states has been subpar. While I do agree that Cuomo’s response to the Covid pandemic was flawed, it would be a stretch to try and make the argument that Republicans somehow did a better job.
It took months for many Republican governors to even institute a mask mandate. And when they did, their messaging was often confusing and contrary to what public health officials were saying. In many instances, Republicans seemed more interested in keeping businesses running than keeping their own constituents alive. This is exemplified by the Covid outbreaks at poultry centers across the country, where thousands of employees became sick, and hundreds died. This occurred in Republican-controlled states. Where the legislatures saw it fit to keep the businesses going without even requiring them to protect the employees they hired.
I believe this turns back to the beginning of my response. The Democratic Party was founded on the principle of protecting the working man and woman. This doesn’t just mean creating favorable working conditions and fair wages. It also means ensuring that big businesses don’t bully their employees. While the Democrats may have their faults, Republican-controlled states have their own equally pernicious problems. Most of which stems from an ideology that everyone does better when the wealthy few are still making profits.
Written by Democratic Writer, Christopher Norman