California on Verge of Collapse

by Ben Cohen

The Guardian reveals a horrifying picture of the sunshine state that argues California should basically be considered a ‘failed state’:

California is currently cutting healthcare, slashing the “Healthy

Families” programme that helped an estimated one million of its poorest

children. Los Angeles now has a poverty rate of 20%. Other cities

across the state, such as Fresno and Modesto, have jobless rates that

rival Detroit’s. In order to pass its state budget, California’s

government has had to agree to a deal that cuts billions of dollars

from education and sacks 60,000 state employees. Some teachers have

launched a hunger strike in protest. California’s education system has

become so poor so quickly that it is now effectively failing its future

workforce. The percentage of 19-year-olds at college in the state

dropped from 43% to 30% between 1996 and 2004, one of the highest falls

ever recorded for any developed world economy. California’s schools are

ranked 47th out of 50 in the nation. Its government-issued bonds have

been ranked just above “junk”.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.