After growing up in Nebraska, I genuinely never thought I’d say this, but here it goes: I’m jealous of Iowa. It just became the eleventh state to earn a travel ban from California, after the governor Kim Reynolds overrode a ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court that taxpayer money could be used for gender reassignment surgery, and I’m jealous of anyone that doesn’t have to deal with California.
Iowa is the first state to be added since 2017, when Texas, Alabama, South Dakota, and Kentucky joined the ranks consisting of Kansas, Mississippi, North and South Carolinas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma– because taxpayer dollars in California “will not be used to let people travel to states who chose to discriminate.” REALLY? That’s where you draw the line on what you won’t spend taxpayer money on??
It’s ASTOUNDING to me that California lawmakers feel like this sort of ridiculous moral grandstanding is necessary, helpful, or even vaguely appropriate. They have some of the highest taxes, worst debt, and most hostile business growth policies in the nation, but because someone in Iowa can’t force their neighbors to pay for their own gender reassignment surgery, THEY’RE the crap hole?? Give me a break.
Meanwhile, businesses and private citizens are leaving– or at least considering leaving– Cali in droves, often for states with more conservative policies, like Texas. But rather than addressing the housing crisis, enormous tax rates, crime rates, etc. that are driving people out, the state government has preferred to pat itself on the back for being enlightened, ignore the very real problems they are facing, and crap on anyone else who doesn’t meet their absurdly high standards of wokeness. It’s the AOC of states.
On the bright side, just over one fifth of the states will be spared the agony of being visited by Californian politicians, and the rest of us have a handy list if we’re looking to relocate. If Cali thinks someplace is terrible, it must be doing something right.