To satisfy their wealthy donors, Democrat politicians are reverting to type – founding a neo- Confederacy on the left coast. California is the new South Carolina. Add, Oregon, Washington state and Hawaii to complete the set. New York state, New England and Maryland are the new border states like Missouri, Delaware, Kentucky and Maryland were.
The old confederacy possessed a small extremely wealthy class, a tiny middle class, slaves and large numbers of whites and free blacks in poverty. The cotton plantation owners and factors such as Lehman Brothers, who traded in cotton, made up the wealthy class. The small middle class included doctors, lawyers, larger shop owners and few others that catered to the wealthy. Slave labor depressed the wages of most others. Now, wealthy donors understand that hiring cheap labor is more cost effective than enslaving a person. Slaves tend to work only enough to keep from being punished and the slaver must care for them.
California’s wealthy class are mostly those in IT, show business and a few industries. Lawyers and doctors, who cater to the aforementioned, form the upper middle class. The wealthy use imported labor to depress IT wages at one end and unskilled labor to keep their mansions, with well manicured lawns, spic and span – mimicking slavery of old. Use of such depresses the wages of a dwindling middle class. Add, rising taxes and either those in the middle class become poor or leave the state. California has 12 percent of the nation’s population. But, one-third of the homeless and one-third of those on welfare. The state and local public debt is $1.3 trillion. Moody lists the state credit rating as the second worse. Only Illinois is lower. Again, a modern version of the old confederacy, complete with rebellious state governments.