While California leftists, who prefer to daydream rather than deal with the here and now, ponder whistfully about what life would be like if the state were to secede from the U.S., Breitbart reports that Governor Jerry Brown submitted his fourth request in two months for federal assistance:
California Gov. Jerry Brown asked President Donald Trump on Sunday for federal emergency assistance for the fourth time in just two months since the new administration took office, putting the nascent “CalExit” movement in a difficult position.
While advocates of California secession — both on the left and operating from abroad — have hoped to make the case that the Golden State can stand on its own, Brown’s repeated requests for help underline the fact that the world’s sixth-biggest economy is still dependent on the rest of the country.
The latest request, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, asks for money for flood relief, including for repairing the damaged spillways of the Oroville Dam, which nearly failed last month, resulting in the temporary evacuation of 200,000 residents downstream of the dam.
All three of Brown’s previous requests, which relate to assistance to address weather-related damage, have been granted.
Governor Brown is taking a “having my cake and eating it too” approach with the Trump administration. He’s pretending to stand up against Trump’s presumed crimes while taking federal taxpayer money:
Brown has vowed to stand up to the Trump administration on left-wing causes such as climate change and illegal immigration. At the same time, he has welcomed the commitment of the Trump administration to invest in infrastructure, although the White House has signaled that such spending would not include California’s controversial and costly high-speed rail project.
The White House’s “tough” approach to California is just fine with Brown, seeing that money is fungible.
One would think a businessman would understand that.
Meanwhile, the pipe dream of California secession continues to evaporate. While the state could easily stand on its own if it followed free market policies, California’s politicians are too addicted to other people’s money for this to take place.
And taxpayers, both state and federal, suffer as a consequence.
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