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Giving a voice, and a recall vote, to fleeing Californians

As the recall election of California Gov. Gavin Newsom grows ever more likely, voter engagement is what’s on everyone’s lips.

The state legislature recently passed a bill that would require county election officials to mail absentee ballots to every registered voter for elections held in 2021, extending an emergency order covering last year’s contests, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newly minted California Secretary of State Shirley Weber declared that expanding voter participation is her first order of business in that office.

Weber told Spectrum News, “Given my long history of working on the behalf of Californians to ensure their right to vote, this is quite a challenge but it’s one that I welcome.”

Some municipalities are so eager to expand their pool of voters, they’re willing to allow groups of people who have been historically ineligible to vote to vote in local elections.

In San Francisco, residents who are in the country illegally are permitted to vote in school board elections, and in Oakland, 16- and 17-year-olds are allowed to do the same.

Maybe it’s just me, but the only vote a 16 year-old kid should ever be casting is for Student Council or Best Music Video.

At the same time, Californians are leaving the state in droves.

People are fleeing the Golden State as fast as their liposuctioned, spray-tanned legs will carry them. In the past decade, 1.3 million more people have left California than have come here to live.

And a lot of them have left because of Gavin Newsom.

How fast are people fleeing California?  Whenever I see a high-speed helicopter-and-cop-car chase on the 6 o’clock news, I just assume it’s people trying to get to Nevada, Texas, or Arizona.

For most Californians, it’s easier and cheaper to get hold of an 8-ball of cocaine than an empty U-Haul truck.

This reality has become so glaringly obvious that Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, a Republican who represents the suburbs of Sacramento, tweeted, “We just lost a seat in Congress. If the California Exodus is a myth, apparently the Census Bureau is in on it.”

Which is why former assemblyman and current California Attorney General Rob Bonta wants the state of California to be able to tax individuals after they’ve moved out of state and declared residency someplace else.

Bonta told Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto that his proposal would apply a “phased-in approach” to make sure Sacramento recoups its share of the income of a California resident who leaves the state.

“For ten years, the wealth was accumulated during their time in California … and that is what we’re proposing in our bill,” he declared.

That’s as crazy as divorcing a horrible, abusive, nasty spouse and then having to pay them half of your money for the rest of your life.

Wait, we already do that.

OK, bad example.

That’s as crazy as taxing dead people.

Wait, we already do that.

OK, this isn’t going as I had planned.

Taxation without representation was one of the main reasons the 13 colonies broke away from England and formed this country in the first place.  If one’s needs and desires are no longer being served by the state of California, which they surely aren’t if you’ve established residency in another state, why should you continue to pay taxes to California?

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