California: Why Does it Feel Like a Third World Country?

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“Poor land management”

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President Donald Trump gave California an ultimatum over its deadly wildfire problem, and he isn’t playing with the sanctuary state. “Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” Trump tweeted one Saturday morning.

The federal government spent more than $1 billion fighting fires in 2017. My intuition tells me that since President Trump became president, his belief in not supporting sanctuary cities and states has hit those areas hard with a thickening up of the “federal wallet.” What if, and I’m only speculating, but what if the liberal Democrat state government of California was purposely being careless about fires to qualify for federal money? 

President Trump blamed “poor land management” for the deadly wildfires, consuming thousands of structures and more than 140 thousand acres across California, and he’s 100 percent correct in his statement. He also threatened to cut off federal payments if the problem wasn’t fixed. The president announced back in January, 2019 that he ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cease sending money to California to fight wildfires.

That announcement last Wednesday comes after California experienced a particularly brutal wildfire season in 2018, with hundreds of thousands of acres burned and entire communities leveled. At the time, President Trump repeatedly criticized officials in California’s state management for poor management of its forest areas.

“Billions of dollars are sent to the state of California for forest fires that, with proper forest management, would never happen,” Trump wrote Wednesday morning. “Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!”

“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor.”

President Trump

It’s Gone Awry

Why did Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) turn off the electricity to millions of northern California residents, saying ”the Santa Ana winds could lead to wildfires,” but the weather is perfect, without any gusty winds? California Governor Gavin Newsom commented that a widespread electricity shutdown triggered by a power company to prevent wildfires “unacceptable,” saying last Thursday it resulted from years of mismanagement by the utility. This is where Newsome speaks out of both sides of his mouth since he was the one who called for the electricity to be cut! 

PG&E have imposed unprecedented shutoffs that have left more than 600 thousand homes and workplaces without power on the second day of planned outages. Gale-force winds and dry weather can pose a critical fire threat in northern California. Is it really a reach to think that these conditions could be the perfect mix for the state to seek federal aid?

Some of the state’s most devastating wildfires were sparked in recent years by damage to electrical transmission lines from high winds, with flames spreading out to tinder-dry vegetation, and then on to populated areas. Everything about this just feels very yucky and that something is awry. I wouldn’t put it past some of these twisted politicians, who do anything to stay in power. Democrat Governor Newsom did tell a news conference last week that he did not fault the utility for shutting off electricity as a safety measure.

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A Third World Country

As high winds moved south, a similar cutoff was under way by neighboring utility Southern California Edison, who warned that more than 173 thousand customers could lose power in parts of eight counties, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Ventura. Living in Hollywood Hills, I could smell the Porter Ranch fire over the weekend, but our power has never been shut off. Fingers crossed this misses us.

Residents, business owners, and even public officials expressed frustration about the blackouts, which the utility began on a much smaller scale last year during times of high fire risk.

Northern California is not a Third World country,” the San Jose Mercury Statesman said in an editorial. “It’s unacceptable that the region is being forced to endure this level of disruption as the long-term strategy for dealing with the threat of wildfires.”

PG&E, California’s biggest investor-owned utility said it had restored power to 126 thousand customers by Thursday morning but a further phase of cuts was expected to hit 4 thousand more.

Personal Message

Dear Californians: please stop voting Democrat and save the most beautiful state in the United States. Truly yours, MAGA voter. Just like Einstein said, “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.” Time to wake up California liberal democrats, stop voting the same morons into office, and look at other states that have been run into the ground as examples of Democrat incompetence. Let’s check out of the psych-ward, as we have overstayed our 5150.  

Bryna Makowka
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