Thanks, Dan: Cal Watchdog themes now Walters’ favorite talking points

Thanks, Dan: Cal Watchdog themes now Walters’ favorite talking points

media-blackout-efxFor a year, Cal Watchdog contributors and staffers (and a Cal Watchdog alum) have been pretty much alone in pointing out two extremely relevant statistics that demolish Gov. Jerry Brown’s and the media’s narrative of the Golden State bouncing back from the Great Recession.

One statistic, from the Census Bureau, shows that once the cost of living is included, California has the highest poverty rate in the U.S., with nearly one in four residents stuggling from paycheck to paycheck — if they even have a job.

The second stat, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that about 19 percent of Californians who want to work full time can’t find such jobs. Only Nevada has a worse rate.

One or both of these numbers were cited specifically or alluded to in Cal Watchdog stories or stories written by Cal Watchdog contributors or alums repeatedly throughout 2013.

Here’s one from Katy Grimes back in March. Here’s another from Katy in June. Here’s one from me a couple of months back.

CA’s mass poverty, underemployment finally judged to be news

povertycaSo guess who’s decided to start pointing out that the allegedly Golden State has the nation’s highest level of poverty and nearly a fifth of its workers unemployed or underemployed?

Why, it’s the Sacramento Bee’s Dan Walters — as mainstream as it gets. Over the weekend, his column noted that California has “the nation’s highest level of poverty and nearly a fifth of its workers unemployed or underemployed.”

This came after a Walters’ column three weeks ago that had this observation:

“California’s official poverty rate of 16.5 percent is somewhat higher than the national rate of 15.1 percent, but under an alternative Census Bureau method of calculating poverty that includes cost of living, our poverty rate soars to – by far – the highest rate of any state. Nearly a quarter of Californians, 23.8 percent, live in poverty.

“This is, or should be, a matter of shame, especially for politicians who profess to represent society’s underdogs but who enact policies that raise their struggling constituents’ cost of living, or inhibit the creation of jobs that would lift poor Californians out of poverty.”

Welcome to the bandwagon, Dan.

The other Kool-Aid dispensers probably won’t come around

Now it’s time to wait for George Skelton, Dan Morain and the other dispensers of the Sacramento political-media establishment’s conventional wisdom to stop selling the Kool-Aid about the Golden State’s economic rebound.

But don’t hold your breath. Skelton, remember, is the guy who famously declared he didn’t know anyone who didn’t think the governor should break his promise and just raise taxes.

That remains the second-most telling opinion piece ever about the Sacramento media.

The first will never be topped. It was the childish tantrum of a Sacramento Bee editorial than ran after voters rejected higher taxes in the May 2009 special election. Its unforgettable opening:

“Good morning, California voters. Do you feel better, now that you’ve gotten that out of your system?

“You wanted to show the state’s politicians just how mad you are at them. And you did. Boy, did you ever.

“Proposition 1A with its taxes and its spending limit? Too much of one and not enough of the other, you said (or was it the other way around), and voted it down. Never mind that the taxes go into effect anyway. You showed ’em.”

This contempt for Californians is unlike anything I have seen from any newspaper. Normally it’s better hidden by the Skeltons and Morains of the world. They never notice the gap between dominant Dems’ noble rhetoric and what Dems use their power to do. And when voters figure it out, they react with vicious condescension.

Way to go, guys — good luck with the MSNBC interviews! You’ll fit right in.


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  1. John Seiler
    John Seiler 2 December, 2013, 07:32

    That was a $13 billion tax Arnold tried to push on us back in 2009, double what Prop. 30 imposed last year. And it followed Arnold’s wild spending binge.

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  2. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 2 December, 2013, 09:58

    Tried to push on us?

    As I recall, Ahnuld and the “Big Five” held secret meetings behind closed doors that culminated in a Feb/2009 state legislature passage of a $13B tax increase, to include a 1% sales tax increase, a 0.25% Ca income tax increase and a near double of the vehicle license tax, from 0.65% to 1.15%.

    The dems needed 6 turncoat republicans (3 in each chamber)to sign on to get the tax approved. And the dems got EXACTLY the 6 republican votes that they needed. Funny how that worked out, eh? lol. Oh, and several of those turncoats signed “no new taxes” pledges for their constituents during their previous campaigns for office. lol.

    One of the turncoats, Assemblyman Anthony Adams, told us afterwards on NPR radio that the republican leadership handpicked the 6 sacrificial lambs prior to the vote. lol. He didn’t bother running for re-election after his term was up but got a nice big 6 figure commission job appointment in Sactown. lol. Funny how that worked out, eh?

    Oh, and former Senator Abel Maldonado was the final republican holdout vote that sealed the tax-hike deal for the dems in 2009. He was another one of those turncoats who signed the “no new taxes” pledge for his constituents at election time. lol. He was termed out and after he left office the state republicans voted to confirm his appointment by Ahnuld as the new Lt. Gov. lol. So he was duly rewarded by his republican buddies for his nasty deed. lol. Then Gavin Newsom took away his Lt. Gov. seat in the following election. I like Gavin Newsom about as much as I like getting a urinary catheterization. But I voted for him anyway and I was proud of it. That is a testament to my disgust for Abel Maldonado.

    That’s the long and short of it when it comes to the republican party in State of California.

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler 2 December, 2013, 10:12

      There were two parts. Arnold got the $13 billion tax increase. But what this article is about is the extension of that tax increase, that is “tried to push on us.”

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      • LetitCollapse
        LetitCollapse 2 December, 2013, 10:36

        But it’s good for the readers to know that it’s not just the evil dems who raise our taxes. In 2009 the Ca republicans grabbed their ankles and gave Darrel Steinberg just what he ordered. The republicans can always be counted on to push the ball in for a score when the dems need some help in the red zone. One party system.

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 2 December, 2013, 10:34

    There are sinister dark forces bigger than all of us.

    They observe all the scurrying apolitical ants and dream up schemes to confuse and neutralize them…..yeah… the rich…….yeah….those guys who go to Red Robin instead of Burger King….and….and…”will blow up some boxes” was just perfect bravado for the lusting, revengeful doomers and bunker boys…..

    It’s easy to deceive residents. Just get them to hate someone…..all rational reason foregone!

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  4. Billybs
    Billybs 2 December, 2013, 10:48

    sounds like it is time for another tax increase to keep the state going in the right direction.

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  5. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 2 December, 2013, 11:04

    You know, Dan Walters confuses me. Take this quote from above, for instance:

    “This is, or should be, a matter of shame, especially for politicians who profess to represent society’s underdogs but who enact policies that raise their struggling constituents’ cost of living, or inhibit the creation of jobs that would lift poor Californians out of poverty.”

    Here, of course, he was referencing California’s poverty rate which is the highest in the nation.

    Yet it seems, at least in spirit, that Dan supports the new Ca drivers licenses for illegals law and the “Trust Act” which forbids local authorities to hand over jailed illegals to the Feds for deportation unless they’ve committed violent felonies. Doesn’t Dan realize that these absurd new laws are only going to attract more illegal indigents to come to California from both foriegn nations and from other US states like honey attracts bees? Doesn’t he realize that available job opportunities (especially for the unskilled indigents)in California are finite and pay squat and in combination with the high cost of living these new bizarre laws will only shoot Ca’s poverty rates into the stratosphere?

    I thought these journalists get paid to think?

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  6. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 2 December, 2013, 12:46

    U-6 UE Rate was at 23% for nearly all of the timer period of 2007 (4th qtr) through last year,

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  7. Dan Walters
    Dan Walters 2 December, 2013, 14:01

    I wrote about both of those phenomena years ago when they first emerged. Somebody wasn’t reading. Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 2 December, 2013, 16:33

      In one of your OpEds on Sept 18 you said that immigration reform is sorely needed and that the state and federal pols are using illegal immigrants as political pawns with respect to these new laws. The phrase ‘political pawn’ seemed to imply victimhood. Hello? They violated our immigration laws and are in the country illegally. The illegals are adding to our poverty rolls that you complain are already the highest in the nation. Drivers licenses and the “Trust Act” will only attract more. Instead of sorely needed ‘reform’ how about just enforcing the laws that have been on the nation’s books for years? Why not just implement mandatory E-Verify and take away the job carrot? Instead of “reform” how about just enforcing our laws, Dan? I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t read every piece that you ever wrote. Have you ever supported these ideas? Have you ever supported a fully enforced, mandated, stand-alone E-Verify law in California? That would solve 70% of our illegal immigration problem in a year or less. That way we wouldn’t have to listen to the “we can’t deport all of them” tripe. Once their jobs dried they would self-deport and go home. And the 20M US citizens who want a full time job but can’t find one would have a much better chance at finding work. Could you point me to one of your former OpEds that offered solutions to the illegal immigration problem other than your recent Oct 7th OpEd suggestion that the nation should reform its immigration laws to provide a pathway for most illegal immigrants to become legal residents and/or citizens?

      Also, in your Oct 7 OpEd you noted apparent conflicts between the federal and new state laws, but you wrote ‘From a human rights standpoint, all these new laws may be justified.’ Who’s human rights? How could they be justified? Shouldn’t our rights as citizens trump the rights of illegals who broke into this country? Should we citizens be forced to compete with illegals in the crowded job market without our labor laws being enforced? Should we citizens be forced to co-exist with illegal foreign inmates in our neighborhoods once released back into our community after serving time for misdemeanors or non-violent felonies? Should we citizens be forced share our crowded freeways with illegals by authority of the state and place our families at heightened safety risks? Should we citizens be forced to accept 11M-30M criminals who broke into our country and then be forced to tolerate a ‘path to citizenship’, thus rewarding their illegal behavior? How about our rights, Dan? Have you written any OpEds that suggested the state or nation should champion citizen human rights over the human rights of the illegals? If so, please point me in the right direction. Thanks.

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    • Ted Steele, CEO
      Ted Steele, CEO 9 December, 2013, 13:42

      Dan—Mmmmmmmmmm— you’re dreamy—– and so——well——–brainy…………mmmmmmmmmm

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  8. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 2 December, 2013, 20:44

    Let’s be nice…..tamale sales are going through the roof while brick and mortar Black Friday sales declined…’s demographics…..wake up and taste the FLAN!

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  9. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 2 December, 2013, 21:40

    I am just so tired of the intelligensia complaining about poverty rates and lack of jobs from one side of their mouths while from the other side promotes “immigration reform” and legal residency/ (aka Amnesty)/ path to citizenship for indigent lawbreakers who broke into the country which will just crowd the job market even more when 20 million of our own US citizens can’t find a full-time job to save their lives in this rotten economy. It really ticks me off. I love my country and I detest seeing it being sold out from under the God-loving middle class American citizens who are being ridden hard and put away wet. As a life long American and military vet I resent it! And I refuse to shine the boots of the oligarchs and promote turning this once great nation into a 3rd world banana republic!

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  10. Hondo
    Hondo 3 December, 2013, 02:32

    Ain’t it funny how all these left wing organizations howl about a living wage, then pay their interns slave wages. Salon, Democracy now, and a few others foam at the mouth about Walmart and their slave wages. But they themselves have caught paying their interns far less than Walmart. The liberals are the cause of these insane levels of poverty in Kali. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

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  11. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 3 December, 2013, 09:13

    I see Black Friday gross online and retail sales were down a full 3%. lol.
    That’s a BIG drop. And it should tell you something if the neurons upstairs are firing.

    The peasants will stampede one another and risk life and limb to get that WalMart loss-leader special $99 big screen. But that’s the only item you see them stuffing into the backseat of their cars. All the other chinese junk stays on the shelves. lol.

    The only way you can effectively tame the beast is by starving it. If you shop ’til you drop you’re essentially consenting and telling the beast ‘Give me more of the same. I like it’.

    At some point you have to make a personal decision. ‘Will I consent and accept the status quo?’

    When you see Jesus versus Santa impersonators coaxing you into the store you’ll know they’re desperate.

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  12. Queeg
    Queeg 3 December, 2013, 11:52

    The media truly is bought and paid for by major advertisers…..slimy politicians selling elect me so I can get rich and letch globalists selling cheap beads and trinkets while destroying jobs by the millions.

    Big box stores and service businesses are like alum powder for the masses…..sucking them dry of their meager resources.

    Doomers may be correct. Stay off the grid and only shop in stores with single wide wooden screen doors!

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  13. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 3 December, 2013, 15:49

    Over a dozen of the Tea Party freshmen elected to congress in 2010 were on the Too Big To Fail banker contribution rolls prior to the expiration of their 1st terms in office. lol. True.

    When trust evaporates nations fall.

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