What are people smoking in California?
We don’t want to know the answer to that question, but we are curious as to how the Golden State’s government could be proposing reparations for its black residents that would cost at least $800 billion. Currently, California owes almost $777 billion.
Following George Floyd’s passing in 2020, Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation establishing a task committee to investigate coming up with a monetary figure or other proposals to atone for historical wrongs committed against black people, most notably slavery and Jim Crow era laws. It is important to understand that California never approved of slavery.
The task force must present its recommendations by July 1st, which is rapidly approaching. The panel consulted with a number of economists before arriving at the approximate $1 trillion figure. The panel will decide which number to submit on Wednesday.
The anticipated sum is 2.5 times California’s $300 billion yearly budget, according to the Associated Press. Additionally, it excludes a $1 million “health inequity” payment made to older Black Americans.
According to the news source, advisers advised the panel to “err on the side of generosity,” and one panelist urged her colleagues to keep an “open mind” about everything.
However, not all black Californians will receive the reward, so don’t assume that since these liberals are so tolerant that their minds have disintegrated. They will need to demonstrate their direct ancestry to American slavery if this legislation is ever passed.
Of course, putting on our liberal thinking caps here (a clear oxymoron), one can readily predict that after descendants of slaves receive reparations, the rest of Black California will receive them shortly after to make up for the harm inflicted by purported “systemic racism.”
Most Black Residents in San Francisco Who Meet Certain Requirements Would Receive $5 Million Each, according to a Panel. There appears to be some arithmetic involved, at least locally, since the figure was conjured out of thin air.
If you live within the western state and believed that maybe California should just approve this massive redistribution of wealth to end the debate once and for all, you were mistaken. This is only the beginning.
The task force’s economic advisors state that “the substantial initial down payment should be communicated to the public that it is the start of a conversation about historical injustices, rather than the end of it.”
Who will cover the entire cost? Nobody has said it, but I have a feeling that Grusome Newsom, as he is known in some quarters, will try to get the federal government to pay for it, which would mean that the American taxpayer would.