Two Californias

Abandoned farms, Third World living conditions, pervasive public assistance — welcome to the once-thriving Central Valley.


The last three weeks I have traveled about, taking the pulse of the more forgotten areas of central California. I wanted to witness, even if superficially, what is happening to a state that has the highest sales and income taxes, the most lavish entitlements, the near-worst public schools (based on federal test scores), and the largest number of illegal aliens in the nation, along with an overregulated private sector, a stagnant and shrinking manufacturing base, and an elite environmental ethos that restricts commerce and productivity without curbing consumption. 

Welcome to California. “The Golden State”. The land of Vineyards, TV and movie stars. It’s where the beautiful hip people live. Its San Francisco, Silicone Valley and excess, or is it? Take a tour with Victor David Hanson and see the real California.