It looks like California’s unfunded pension burden of $1 trillion dollars is of no concern to Gov Gavin Newsom, who fancies himself as a future presidential candidate, probably in 2024. After all, California fancies itself a sanctuary for anyone who wants to move there, be they legal or illegal.
Last Friday, Newsom unveiled a $222 billion state budget that proposes to use $80.5 million to extend health coverage to 27,000 illegal aliens in the state.
The state, which fancies itself a “sanctuary” where illegals are welcome with open arms, in many cases to commit crimes and even kill people, is in the throes of a homeless problem and its two major cities, San Francisco and Los Angeles are getting a reputation for feces infested ratholes.
But we are worried about extending health insurance for illegals. Got it.
Since California started its state-run health care program, it has steadily added different groups of illegal aliens to the program. The latest expansion, which includes illegals 65 and over has gotten the attention of people who question the cost of adding this demographic, which is more expensive to insure due to increased health issues.
State Sen. Patricia Bates told the Los Angeles Times that extending coverage would increase wait times and magnify doctor shortages.
“There are issues with access,” she said.
She said extending coverage to more people when those currently enrolled struggle to get appointments would constitute a “false promise.”
The number of people who will receive coverage under the expansion is relatively small in the grand scheme of things, and the estimated costs are a fraction of the state budget.
However, the state’s health insurance program, Medi-Cal already covers one-third of state residents. Critics of expanding the program say it is already struggling with long wait times (can you say Canada?) because of a shortage of doctors who are willing to accept the state’s low reimbursement rates.
So, what does an already broke state do when it has a shortage of doctors? Pay off student loans to coerce, um, convince doctors to participate in Medi-Cal. The program requires physicians or dentists to commit to taking 30% of their caseloads from Medi-Cal patients.
Supporters of the program believe this is a good step toward eventual universal health coverage in the state, which was part of Newsom’s campaign platform.
Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a consumer advocacy group, believes it’s a step in the right direction.
“We believe fundamentally that primary and preventative care makes our healthcare system more efficient and effective for everyone,” he said.
“It’s important that we take these important steps to provide real relief to Californians who are excluded due to eligibility or affordability.”
He said it’s not right.
“For many of these seniors, they have made a lifetime of contributions to California—to our economy, tax base and our society—and right now they are excluded from healthcare programs,” Wright said.
“It makes sense to focus on those who need this the most. It doesn’t mean we don’t want to get everyone, so we will continue to press on that as well.”
Got it. Illegals over citizens. Right in the California playbook.
Medi-Cal is funded by both state and federal money, however Obamacare prevents the use of federal dollars for covering illegal immigrants, so responsibility for that falls strictly on California.
Regarding the homeless issue, last week Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti revealed the first homeless housing project had been completed, despite the fact that they were supposed to have been finished by last year.
Three projects were partially funded by a $1.2 billion bond, however due to the substantial increase in homeless exacerbated by the state’s sanctuary policies, he has called for more state funding to complete the projects.
The bond was approved by Los Angeles voters in 2016 and after three years, only one housing project with 46 units has been completed.
And California wonders why it is broke. Those pension liabilities are like a dam, ready to break. California is only one of many states who are living downstream and will be in the way when that dam breaks.
It seems to be a running theme among Democrats – as a matter of fact, free stuff to illegal immigrants is on their roadmap to win the White House.
“I hope they keep talking like this, because they are guaranteeing a Trump win in 2020. You cannot keep offering enticements. It entices more people to come to this country.
More people are going to put themselves in the hands of criminal organizations. More women are going to be raped. More children are going to die. And cartels are going to keep getting richer.
It’s ridiculous. I hope they keep talking, because most Americans don’t want this,” said Tom Homan on Fox and Friends.
What was he talking about?
Bernie Sanders, in a campaign stop, promised more free stuff to people who are not legally in this country.
“When I talk about Medicare for all, that includes undocumented people as well. When I say public colleges and universities, tuition free, that includes as I said earlier, undocumented young people.”
According to the Bernie website, he has a wide-open border approach to immigration. He wants to provide:
- Institute a moratorium on deportations until a thorough audit of past practices and policies is complete.
- Reinstate and expand DACA and develop a humane policy for those seeking asylum.
- Completely reshape and reform our immigration enforcement system, including breaking up ICE and CBP and redistributing their functions to their proper authorities.
- Dismantle cruel and inhumane deportation programs and detention centers and reunite families who have been separated.
- Live up to our ideals as a nation and welcome refugees and those seeking asylum, including those displaced by climate change.
It is interesting that he used the word “ideals.” An ideal is something that exists only in the imagination; but not likely to become a reality.
And Sanders wants to continue enticing more people to violate the laws of this country in coming here by offering them a free college experience, completely free healthcare, and oh, by the way, he thinks we might as well help them with the cost of a place to live by providing them Section 8 vouchers with no waiting lists.
While Bernie envisions these things as part of a Utopian society where everything is perfect, the reality is, far too often, Americans will be Clark W. Griswold, and illegal immigrants are Cousin Eddie living in Clark’s driveway in a broke down Winnebago, dumping raw sewage into your storm drain.
Oh, but wait, there’s more.
Pete Buttigieg has committed, if elected, to paying reparations for illegal immigrants.
According to Breitbart, Buttigieg was asked at the latest Democrat presidential primary debate if he would commit to giving “financial compensation” to illegal immigrants separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.
When responding, the mayor not only asserted his administration would pay reparations, but also promised that illegal immigrant families separated at the border would have a “fast track to U.S. citizenship.”
Elizabeth Warren wants to provide legal counsel for immigrants facing deportation. Furthermore, she wants taxpayers to pay for it, saying she’ll call for creating a national-scale immigration public defender corps, and a Warren administration will provide access to counsel in immigration court.
Cory Booker wants to eliminate the public charge rule. He wants to make sure that people who are here illegally have unfettered access to government funded programs like WIC, food stamps, and all other assistance programs.
Tom Steyer wants to increase aid packages to Central America that can help fund a path to citizenship for people wanting to leave those countries and come to the US.
Do you see a pattern developing here?
Untold millions for people to come here. Our tax dollars being spent on people of other nationalities…all while we have issues like veteran suicide and homelessness, police officers killing themselves, and not a single candidate is really talking about this and laying out a plan to fund meaningful changes to these to the enormous problems.
There are more than half a million people homeless in the country. Almost 10% of those numbers are comprised by veterans.
That statistic is made even more problematic when you realize that veterans only make up 5% of the population of the US.
This means that veterans are 2 times more likely to become chronically homeless than other groups in this country.
Here are some numbers to back up the contributing factors:
- Over 968,000 veterans lived in poverty in the last year.
- 20,000 veterans with government sponsored mortgages lost their homes in 2010.
- 76% of homeless veterans experience alcohol, drug, or mental health issues.
- 30.2% of veterans ages 18-24 are unemployed.
Here is some surprising information about homeless veterans:
- 89% received an honorable discharge.
- 67% served 3 years or more.
- 47% are Vietnam veterans
- 15% served before Vietnam
- 5.5% are Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
Meanwhile, suicide rate sin veteran community look like this. 30 veterans kill themselves for every 14 civilians per capita every year.
Annually, 1 of every 7 suicides are veterans, while they only account for 1 out of every 20 in the population. So, they are almost 3 times as likely to commit suicide than their civilian counterpart.
209 cops have taken their own lives this year. Sadly, we still have a few days left in 2019, so that number could rise. We pray that it doesn’t.
Cops make up 0.24 percent of our population. Yet, they make up .48 percent of the population…again making them twice as likely to take their own life than the civilians around them.
Why do these numbers matter?
Why do military and law enforcement kill themselves at a higher rate than their neighbors who never served?
Why do we not hear more about it?
Why are the candidates not saying much about it?
While they cannot stop talking about how to give more free stuff to people who are here illegally, we have men and women who have served our nation honorably, that are in desperate need of attention.
Bernie? Pete? Elizabeth? Cory? Tom?
But instead, we have candidates attacking cops.
Following suit after several other Democratic Presidential hopefuls, former Housing Secretary Julián Castro took aim again at Law Enforcement this week.
Castro penned in an op-ed he wrote for Shondaland, that his plan is to reform law enforcement as a whole.
He claims that police violence and gun violence should be looked at as the same issue. The need for this op-ed resulted in the fact that Castro did not qualify to participate in a fifth democratic presidential debate that took place Wednesday night.
Castro felt that if candidates would be talking about any type of police reform on the stage during the debate, it was only because he brought the idea up first.
In an interview Castro gave on Tuesday evening to political commentator Angela Rye he stated:
“If they talk about police reform, it’s because we brought it up first. … If they talk about communities that need things as basic as clean water, it may be because I went to Flint first in this 2020 cycle,” he said.
While Castro might feel like he brought the topic of law enforcement into the spotlight on the democratic political debate stage by releasing his comprehensive “People First Policing” plan in June of 2019, he’s certainly not the only one who expressed their onions on the topic. More on that later.
In his op-ed Castro wrote:
“I’m the only candidate with a stand-alone plan to reform policing and why I don’t hesitate to say the names of victims,” Castro explained.
“Police violence is gun violence too, and we must speak out for Black and Brown people who often don’t have an effective first chance at life.”
He didn’t really give any details of what makes “police violence” a form of “gun violence” however.
He also went on to write
“I put forward an immigration platform that completely rejects Trump’s cruelty and set the standard for the entire field of candidates.
I visited Matamoros, México, where asylum seekers are living in squalor due to this administration’s failure to fix our broken immigration system.”
It appears perhaps that Castro might have just needed to add several ‘trigger words’ into one op-ed to show how ‘woke’ he really is?
A desperate attempt maybe to be include in further debates? Although, even if he is not doing well in the polls, he has no intention of stopping it seems.
“In the community I’m from, quitting is not an option,” he wrote in his op-ed the day after his interview. Many would argue though he probably should just quit while he isn’t really ahead.
Sources released that Castro’s campaign recently laid off staff in South Carolina as well as New Hampshire. This would indicate that while publicly he may be saying he’s holding on for the long haul, he’s seen the writing on the wall. Probably not though, as he closed his piece with this statement:
“I’m running for president so that no matter who you are, you can reach your American Dream. And I will not stop fighting for that future.”
Here are some direct excerpts from Castro’s “People First Policing” Plan from his campaign website;
- On the day Julián announced his candidacy for President of the United States, he talked about health care and education, economic prosperity and immigration. And he also talked about the frightening rate at which unarmed black and brown folks have been killed by law enforcement officers all over America.
- “If police in Charleston, South Carolina can arrest Dylann Roof after he murdered nine people worshipping at Bible study, without hurting him,” he said in January, “then don’t tell me that Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice, and Aiyana Jones, and Eric Garner, and Jason Pero, and Stephon Clark, and Sandra Bland shouldn’t still be alive today, too.”
- In the United States, according to a Washington Post analysis, nearly one thousand people are shot and killed by police each year. When you break down that number, you see clearly that black men make up a disproportionate number of the victims of excessive police force. This is not a case of a few bad apples. The system is broken.
- We have on our hands a national crisis in public safety. If elected president, Julián Castro would treat this as the crisis it is, demanding of a federal response. This is Julián’s plan to fix this broken system:
- End over-aggressive policing and combat racially discriminatory policing.
- Hold police accountable.
- Start the healing process between communities and law enforcement.
In case you missed it earlier last month LET brought you a more comprehensive break down of where certain democratic candidates stood in regards to law enforcement. Here you go:
This weekend, President Trump was presented with the Bipartisan Justice Award at the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum.
It was an event filled with Democrat contenders for President doing their best to one-up each other on bashing the police.
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It all started when Senator Kamala Harris didn’t show up. Acting like a petulant child, she canceled in protest because the group was giving the award to President Trump, and it was an award she received in 2016.
Then, two Democratic presidential candidates attacked police officers nationwide as being racist on Saturday at the forum.
Video surfaced shortly after the event that should have every police officer thinking twice about which candidate they’ll be supporting in the 2020 election.
At the event, a black student asked Sanders how he should handle getting pulled over by a cop.
“Respect what they are doing so that you don’t get shot in the back of the head.”
The question-and-answer session took place at the forum at Benedict College, which is a historically black college.
The student posed to Sanders:
“If I’m your son, what advice would you give me next time I’m pulled over by a police officer?”
Sanders said to identify the police officer “in a polite way.”
“I would respect what they are doing so that you don’t get shot in the back of the head, but I would also be very mindful of the fact that as a nation, we have got to hold police officers accountable for the actions that they commit,” he said.
And make sure it’s being recorded, he said.
“I would be very cautious if you were my son in terms of dealing with that police officer, but I would also defend my rights and know my rights and make sure if possible that police officer’s camera is on what goes on.”
According to CBS News campaign reporter LaCrai Mitchell, the question seemed to “stump” Sanders and he struggled to answer it, ultimately not getting much applause or crowd approval when he did, she said.
Later in the forum, former Vice President Joe Biden was asked a similar question by a black female student.
“If you were my daughter, you’d be a Caucasian girl and you wouldn’t be pulled over,” Biden said. “That’s what’s wrong.”
Biden double down by tweeting out a clip of his answer, letting America know that cops are racist and he’ll put an end to it.
“Institutional racism should no longer exist. As president, I’ll put forward change to help put an end to it,” he said in the clip.
Sanders came under attack for his response.
One of those people coming after him was Morehouse College adjunct professor David Dennis Jr., who said:
“Bernie Sanders does not understand race in America.”
Unlike Biden, Sanders didn’t post his response on Twitter… instead sharing a clip of him commenting on the criminal justice system.
“If you are wealthy and powerful, or maybe the president, you are above the law. But if you are poor, if you’re black, if you’re Hispanic, it’s a different story,” he said in the clip.
The justice forum was held by the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center.
President Trump entering the White House marked a new day for law enforcement. It was a notable turn from the anti-police agenda advanced by his predecessor and was a sigh of relief for all those of us on the street.
Unfortunately, the damage done by Obama was lasting, with liberal judges continuing to fight President Trump every step of the way on all things law and order. And with liberal Governors now deciding that their “feelings” matter more than enforcing the law… we’re seeing an existential threat to democracy here in America.
You need not look any further than the Democrat candidates running for president to see that their party is one in which law and order place second fiddle to scoring votes.
Most of them have something in common – desperate pleading for open borders, a call to decriminalize sneaking into the country, an insistence that police are all racist, a demand to eliminate ICE, pushes to shred the criminal justice system and an insistence that it’s ok to break the law if you don’t agree with the law. Oh, and desperate screaming that President Trump is a racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, insert “ism” or “phobic” here.
To my brothers and sisters who hold the Thin Blue Line – part of our job is to recognize threats and enemies. And sometimes those threats are right in our backyard.
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