By Kevin “Coach” Collins
California is always honing its suicidal skills. In its continuous drive toward the ultimate sunset, the Golden State has made its war on America and what America stands for abundantly clear. It wants to become a territory of Mexico and a haven for illegal aliens supported by the dwindling number of actual American saps it can squeeze every nickel out of.
Drivers licenses for anyone, regardless of status, which will lead a de facto abandonment of voter registration; preferential treatment for unqualified minorities seeking admission to California’s university system at the expense of very well qualified Asian students which is degrading the value of a public college diploma; and “bullet train” projects designed to satisfy public and private union appetites are bringing the state inexorably closer to its final demise.
Among California’s most glaring self-inflicted wounds is its cap and trade program under which businesses, deemed to be enemies of the socialist utopian dream, must pay a tax above and beyond ordinary costs of operating in the state.
As is always the case when socialists, who know nothing about how an economy works, control a government enterprise the California cap and trade shake down is not producing the results that were advertised. Sold as futures commodities carbon emissions permits – as cap and trade’s tangible products are called, – fetched $12.10 per ton for fiscal 2018 after selling for $12.21 in 2015. Still more telling was the drastic drop in the number of permits sold. While this year’s permits numbered 73.6 million 2018 permits fell to just 10.4 million.
California’s cap and trade is merely a manifestation of its Democrats’ true aim which is the total destruction of the petroleum industry within its borders. They have made no secret of their intention to cut petroleum usage in their state by half and removing some 8 billion gallons of fuel from the reach of consumers by 2040.
In the convoluted socialist mind destroying the petroleum industry will bring jobs to under employed minorities and strengthen the state’s economy. Such talk is just a variation of the “It’s for the children,” mantra they use to justify everything. How extorting $1 billion from private industry helps anyone but the Democrats is a question they continue to ignore.
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