How hard is it to say:
- I’m going to let people drill for oil.
- I’m going to order California’s water back on.
- I’m going to drop this Cap and Trade nonsense.
- I’m going to leave taxes where they are.
Apparently that stuff is pretty hard for this president.
The Valley That Jobs Forgot
If one had to guess where unemployment is highest in the US, most would probably suggest Detroit or Michigan as a whole. Others who paid attention to the midterm elections would know that Nevada surpassed Michigan as the state with the highest unemployment rate about mid-year. Others might guess Florida. However, in terms of metropolitan areas with the highest levels of joblessness, a new survey by the Birmingham Business Journal shows that California’s Central Valley is the epicenter for unemployment.
- El Centro, CA – 29.3% (east of San Diego near border with Mexico)
- Yuma, AZ – 26.7%
- Yuba City, CA – 17.8%
- Merced, CA – 16.3%
- Stockton, CA – 16.3%
- Modesto, CA – 16.2%
- Visalia-Porterville, CA – 15.9%
- Fresno, CA – 15.7%
- Palm Coast, FL – 15.5%
- Hanford – Corcoran, CA – 15.0%
Why has California become the epicenter of unemployment? While Michigan and Florida have a mix of problems, including (in Michigan’s case) a history of bad management decisions on labor contracts, California’s Central Valley woes are entirely a government creation. As I wrote yesterday, the decision by a federal judge to cut off water supplies to an area that literally fed the world turned the Central Valley from an agricultural export powerhouse to a center of starvation within two years. Congress has refused to act to reverse this decision, and as a result, almost a quarter of the families in the area now need government assistance to feed themselves while living on some of the most productive land in the world.