Tax-and-spend politicians are not new and more dominant among Democrats.
But it is especially galling when it involves taxpayer funds being spent on that which the folks don’t support.
Now Gavin Newsom wants to raid California’s rainy-day fund for one jaw-dropping reason.
When it comes to far-left politics, California is often at the cutting edge.
Whether it’s radical environmental policy leading to increases in heating, air conditioning, and fuel prices, taxation rates or the latest social crusade, the Golden State is all too proud to let its freak flag fly.
Tragically though, everyday Californians are the ones who suffer when the bill comes due and they may not be alone.
There’s no such thing as “free”
Now, there’s even a chance that taxpayers from other states could be on the hook for California’s wayward fiscal priorities.
The state now has a $68 billion deficit, which is a remarkable turn of events, given that there was a surplus of nearly $100 billion just the prior year.
The deficit is growing quickly in large part because of Newsom and California Democrats’ desire to provide “free” health care to illegal aliens.
Former Governor Jerry Brown (D) established a “rainy day fund” to be set aside for fiscal difficulties, and now Newsom wants to dip into it for giveaways to illegal immigrants who, in many cases, never paid into the system in the first place.
But Newsom also has another ace up his sleeve.
He is counting on another Democrat who has shown through his tenure in office that he is all in on simply pretending that the border doesn’t exist: President Joe Biden.
Democrats scheme for other states to pay for health care for illegal immigrants in California
The Biden administration, taking cues from the likes of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), is weighing whether to simply unilaterally declare that illegal immigrants are lawfully in the United States.
The administration has already announced that it intends to declare illegal immigrants covered under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program executive order as meeting the definition of having a “lawful presence.”
In doing so, this allows that segment of the illegal immigrant population to be eligible for Medicaid benefits, which are paid for by tax dollars from residents across the nation, the majority of which are not on board with the Democrat scheme to allow anyone and everyone in on their dime.
It’s already estimated that this action saved California $1.1 billion in offsetting federal assistance.
The action of deeming other illegal immigrants magically suddenly here lawfully would generate $11 billion more in federal assistance to the Golden State, if the theory withstands legal scrutiny, that paperwork given to border crossers from the Border Patrol upon their arrival counts as a “lawful presence” while they wait in some cases for years to get a hearing with an immigration judge.
In the end, what Newsom and his ilk seek to do is simply government run amok.
What is needed to turn around an insane fiscal policy that threatens to add even more debt to California and the nation as a whole is new leadership at both the state and federal level.
Here’s to hoping that the voters are paying attention.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.