The CalExit movement was just dealt a huge blow as Gov. Jerry Brown went running to the federal government, again, for assistance. In fact, this is reportedly the fourth time he has held his hand out to the Trump administration in just two short months since the inauguration.
While advocates of California secession — both on the left and operating from abroad — have hoped to make the case that the Golden State can stand on its own, Brown’s repeated requests for help underline the fact that the world’s sixth-biggest economy is still dependent on the rest of the country.
The latest request, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, asks for money for flood relief, including for repairing the damaged spillways of the Oroville Dam, which nearly failed last month, resulting in the temporary evacuation of 200,000 residents downstream of the dam.
Desperate last-minute engineering maneuvers — including a massive release of water from the dam down an already-damaged main spillway — averted a collapse of the emergency spillway.
The Chronicle noted: “The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has also requested assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration for individuals in Colusa, Lake, Lassen, Plumas, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, where the flooding from February storms damaged more than 200 homes and businesses.”
Brown’s previous three requests for aid from the federal government have been granted.
The governor has puffed his chest and vowed to stand up to Trump on things like climate change and global warming, but has welcomed the administration’s plan to invest in infrastructure. That said, the White House has reportedly signaled that the state’s costly and controversial high speed rail project is off the table in regard to the infrastructure spending plan.
Some Californians talk a big game about secession — and many of us surely welcome the prospect — yet reality has a way of putting things into perspective.
Leftist Californians who think that they could make a go of it on their own would surely be in for sticker shock when they found out how much their virtue signaling costs in the real world, kind of like a bratty teenager that insists on being treated like an adult only to find out that being one entails responsibilities they didn’t consider in their protestations.