California has the fifth-largest economy in the world, beautiful mountains, beaches, and weather. Yet our Golden State is turning into a golden disaster.

It’s time for Final Thoughts.

How could a state with unprecedented wealth, technology, finance, entertainment and academia also have the highest poverty rate, when you factor in the cost of living?

It’s not that the state doesn’t generate enough money. Oh, no. In fact, thanks to a strong economy and stock market, the state of California has raked in 61.5 BILLION dollars through April for the current fiscal year.

So what’s the problem? Why does the state with the highest personal income tax rate also have the highest poverty rate? The answer is pretty simple: It’s been run into the ground by the Democrats – who have never met a tax they didn’t like.

At some point we have to ask, with all these billions in tax revenue, why did the Democrats vote yet again, to add another 12 cents a gallon in gasoline taxes in the state? That makes it not one, but two excise taxes on gasoline - a primary AND secondary excise tax.

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It’s not just the taxes. The state is unaffordable for most middle-class Americans. Take housing, for instance. The median home value is $409,000 – more than double the national average, according to the 2016 census.

And rent prices? Those are sky-high, too, and run about 40 percent above the national average.

Yeah, Hollywood entertainers and Silicon Valley tech gurus can afford to live in this state. But the average American cannot. That’s why more than a million people moved out of California from 2006 to 2016.

Instead of recognizing this squeeze, your favorite California bureaucrats decided, “hey let’s make it even more unaffordable!” So they slapped on a solar panel mandate for all new residential buildings, apartments and condos that are three stories or less.

Amid a housing crisis, the mandate will tack on an average of more than $10,500 to a new home’s cost. That’s a big headache for already struggling middle class families.

But hey, if housing isn’t for you, you could always take up residence in one of the many Third World-style encampments scattered along our freeways and interstates! According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the homeless population in California rose by 14 percent from 2016 to 2017, to 134,000. The increase was even worse in Los Angeles – where it rose 26 percent in one year.

In sharp contrast, the national homeless population increased by only one percent in 2017.

And California is proof that even a strong national economy can’t make up for poor leadership. While Governor Jerry Brown and friends are out courting the unions and fattening pension programs, average Californians are struggling.

But California Democrats have made clear they don’t care much about the middle class. They are far more concerned with shielding illegal immigrants from deportation, and showering them with the benefits of the system. As a result, our estimated three million illegal residents cost us billions.

And now California Democrats are raising the stakes: The state might become the first to offer health care coverage to illegal immigrants.

If all this doesn’t sit right with you, get out and vote in tomorrow’s primary. This is a great state. It’s time to take it back.

Those are my Final Thoughts. From LA, God Bless and take care.

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