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Have you ever used the phrase"oh that's such a first world problem?"
Let's say, you're complaining about how your iPhone won't unlock fast enough and you just laugh to yourself and say my bad "what a first world problem."
It happens to the best of us.
Well, I hate to break it to you Californians but you may need to change your phrase to say "third world problems."
I know what you're thinking. That's crazy. There's no way California is a third world state. But let's review. What makes a place considered to be "third world". It means failure. It means a place is failing in all aspects of living.
California is the epitome of failure.
Let's review, almost a quarter of the population lives below the poverty lines. Another fifth are near the poverty line.
California has the highest population in the nation (135,000) and a shocking 22% of all of the nation's homeless population live in California.
But wait, that doesn't make sense because California is also home to the highest number of billionaires and high-income zip codes.
How can a state have so much of the extreme?
It may be due to the fact that the middle class in California is shrinking. Can you blame it though? There's nothing but massive regulation, higher taxes, green zoning, and housing prices are almost unattainable.
Millions of people have left California in the past 30 years, allowing the state to get taken over by illegal immigrants.
Let's not ignore the fact that a Los Angeles police station and even their City Hall were in danger of the infectious disease typhus and is subject to a possible outbreak of a deadly plague.
The hospitals are crap, the infrastructure plans are close to none, there's nothing but DMV scandal after scandal and crime continuously goes up. The state's prisons can't fit all the inmates leading to more in-jail deaths.
Honestly, when you write it all down and read the different reasons. It makes complete sense. California is a third-world state.
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John and Ken spoke with the author of this story, Victor Davis Hanson, to get his insight on the piece. To hear this riveting conversation, please listen below: