Note: The following information sounds too good to be true. I invite anyone to google any of this to confirm it was indeed the case. I should know, I grew up there.
In 1960 a California student could expect to graduate from the finest school system in the nation. California students regularly produced the highest SAT scores in the nation. After graduation from high school a California student could expect to attend any of the state universities free of charge; no tuition was charged. A student was expected to pay only a small enrollment fee and for his books.
The wealth of California during this time was astounding. When gauged by economic wealth, the state of California was wealthier than almost every other nation, actually ranking as the 5th largest "nation" in the world. The state boasted of having the busiest international harbors in the world, ranked number 1 in agriculture and not only fed the United States but much of the world. The bountiful California economy was a leader in mining, oil, pork and beef production and tourism. Hollywood ginned out the largest percentage of the world's entertainment and California was known throughout the world as the Golden State for good reason.
The great San Joaquin valley was a pristine green bowl of bounty. Lovely grape vineyards and orchards of peach and almonds and citrus could be seen in quilted pattern from any height. A Californian could, in a single day, ski at Mineral King, surf in the Pacific Ocean, and camp under a canopy of Redwoods in lush National Forests.
Well, to begin with, California in the 1960's had a total of 9 million residents, the large majority of which were hard working legal residents. Today, California has 35 million residents and fully a third of them are illegal. The "new" California immigrant comes flowing across the border in anticipation of receiving very generous state and federal benefits. Many of those who have come bring with them their Mexican criminal past, their drug runners and the ilk who will invade your home and rob you, steal your car and worse, your identity. Feeling no "investment" in their new home illegals have no qualms about trashing the streets with worn out sofas, fast food wrappers, discarded tires, old oil and the various and sundry refuse of a life without merit. Illegal Mexicans have brought diseases to California that haven't been seen in the U.S for fifty years!
Remember those pristine National Forests and State Parks? Now the State Park Service and National Park Service must warn visitors from travelling in the parks; they have now been havens for Mexican pot growers who have infested the parks with growers, guns and the willingness to harm anyone who threatens their pot farms.
Remember those beautiful valley farming cites like Stockton, Merced, Modesto, Sanger, Fresno, Tulare and Bakersfield? Just this week the EPA declared these cities to be the nastiest in the United States with air not fit for humans. These cities are now overrun with illegals who bring with them the pestilence of polio, tuberculosis, hooping cough and a dozen other diseases that were once gone from the U.S. populace. They further brought the pestilence of "hit and run" uninsured drivers, burglary, robbery, rape, murder and a natural affinity for birthing multiple anchor babies, which gains them a toe hold into the welfare, WIC, Social Security SSI, Earned Income Credits, Child Tax Credits, Food Banks, Food Stamps, court mandated free medical care and court mandated education for every illegal child.
Los Angeles has, in 15 short years, turned into Mexico City North, plagued with budget shortages, explosive crime rates and a populace that is loyal only to the Mexican flag.
The California state budget has bordered on bankruptcy for fifteen years as the golden state has now become the "brown-out" state, running annual deficits fully 25 percent higher than their revenues. The K-12 education system is a swamp of inefficiency and bogged down with criminal youth who have little interest in learning English, much less anything else. Tuition is still very low if you are non-productive and on the government tit, but if you work for a living, forget it. You won't be able to afford the sky high tuition rates.
To accommodate the rising costs of supporting the illegal invasion, California began raising taxes and fees in the late 1970's. The first migration of the state by the "working class" was upward into Oregon. As the quality of life in California began to decline, state working class residents began the continual migration to Nevada, Arizona and Texas. The trend continues; California continues to see a drop in revenue growth as the producers continue to migrate out. Even Silicon Valley companies are fleeing to Austin, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona. Intel just announced a massive expansion of their chip-making plant in Phoenix.
Liberal Democrats have been in control of the Statehouse in Sacramento for thirty years now. They have managed to preside over a state crippled by greedy unions and piggish state bureaucrats who have no other interest but maintaining the status quo. Their answer to California's problems has been an unending flow of tax hikes to finance their union and state employees and a "legalized through past amnesty" Hispanic power base who promote and indeed cheer the illegal invasion.
There exists a significant group of people who love to talk about the possibility that a mythical "Atlantis" existed; a land of wealth and prosperity and an educated citizenry! One need not go that far back in time. California was that "Atlantis" not that long ago.
Sadly, for those who still remember, it is heartbreaking to see what the "Late Great State of California" has become.