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People’s Republik Of California Now #1 In Poverty

Written By : William Teach
November 16, 2012

The brokeyest broke state in the nation (which means it is also one of the brokeyest broke entities in the world, as it has the world’s 8th largest economy) has long served as the place where the far left has conducted field experiments for their policies. How’s that working out? Neil Munro tells us

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(Daily Caller) The Golden State has fallen on hard times, with a poverty rate that is now twice as bad as West Virginia’s and substantially worse than the rates of poverty in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas.

Democrat-run California earned its last-place rank under the federal government’s new measure of poverty, which incorporates more detailed analyses of welfare payments and the local costs of food, gasoline and housing. (View the new census data report)

The state’s costs are boosted by its environmental and workplace regulations, and by 38 million residents’ competition for housing close to the sea.

Hooray, they’re #1, they’re #!!!!!1!!!! I’m betting they really want to lean on the liberal trope that there are no winners and losers, so everyone should get a blue ribbon for competing.

The new measure, dubbed the “Supplemental Poverty Measure,” revised the California’s poverty rate from 16.3 percent up to 23.5 percent.

The report estimates that roughly 8.8 million people in California were poor during between 2009 and 2011, when Democrats controlled the state legislature and governorship, as well as the White House. (snip)

The new measure supplants a poverty gauge developed in the 1960s. It incorporates the economic impact of welfare programs, transportation and child-care costs, changes in child-rearing practices — especially the impact of single parents raising kids — plus differences in the region’s average prices and health care costs.

This is all despite the large number of lefties working in the entertainment and tech industries, making boodles of money and refusing to give back. A large number of 1%ers failing to help the 99%ers.

The massive influx of illegal aliens sure doesn’t help. They’ve caused many southern California emergency rooms to shut down, and approximately one third of the California prison population is comprised of illegals. Then you add in the “progressive” nanny state policies and high taxes, the job killing uber-environmental policies, support of unions policies, and other workplace policies, and you end up with Brokeifornia having the worst poverty rate. Congratulations!

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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