Only one year has passed since Donald Trump was sworn into office and yet since then the partisan, sophomoric, and antagonistic government in Washington under his control has targeted California time after time. It is no doubt that this thinned-skinned, infantile president does not feel threatened by California – his path to reelection does not involve winning our 55 electoral votes.

Instead, the president’s personal agenda against California began when our state overwhelmingly voted to elect Hillary Clinton in the past election. Donald Trump won the electoral college and that technicality is all that matters, yet his loss of the popular vote (thanks to California) left him without a moral victory over Clinton, and the ability to gloat from the Oval Office.

Since then he and his Administration have been targeting California.

On January 25, 2017 the president signed an executive order to start construction of a border wall, expand authority to deport undocumented immigrants, and punish “sanctuary cities”, a creation of California culture dating back to the 1970s. Berkeley enacted the first “sanctuary city” policy in the United States back in 1971 to protect servicemen and women opposed to the war in Vietnam, and the City of Los Angeles has had a “sanctuary city” policy specifically regarding immigration status since 1979.

Then on February 6, 2017 the sitting American president in an interview with Bill O’Reilly said on national television that “California is in many ways out of control,” referring to our states’ sanctuary cities. Regardless of one’s position on sanctuary cities, immigration enforcement is a service we pay for with our federal tax dollars, so the federal government has no right to compel us to spend local and state tax dollars and resources on top of that. Yet the president’s executive order from January 25 aimed to do just that, by giving power to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Homeland Security secretary to withhold grant money from places like California that refuse to cooperate.

Later on June 1, 2017 the president announced that the United States would no longer participate in the 2015 Paris Climate Accords, just weeks before the onset of one of the most destructive wildfire seasons in California history. One can’t blame a government for not foreseeing the devastation of wildfires yet to spark, but California has been feeling the effects of climate change for years now. The president said the Climate Accords would put the U.S. economy at a disadvantage but the truth is that California’s economy has grown despite its restrictive environmental regulations. Our per-capita GDP grew by almost double the national average since Sacramento passed cap-and-trade and now California is the most energy-productive economy in the world.

On October 25, 2017 the president withdrew the federal government’s support for California’s major, $16 billion water tunnel project supported by Governor Brown. The project is a state-funded initiative but would require approval from the federal Department of the Interior, as it intersects with existing federal water projects. However, the Trump Administration has “ruled out” moving forward on this project.

On December 12, 2017 the Trump Justice Department penned a letter to the U.S. Census Bureau requesting they add a citizenship question to the upcoming 2020 Census. Politico Reporter David Siders wrote that this was “Trump’s revenge on California,” explaining that the type of question the president wants added to the next Census could affect the population tally and cost California a seat in the House of Representatives (and therefore a vote in the Electoral College), and billions of dollars in federal funding. As if California isn’t underrepresented as it is.

On December 22, 2017 the president signed his signature tax cuts legislation into law. In order to pay for the tax cuts, Congress voted to repeal a number of deductions. One of such deductions was the state and local tax deduction that disproportionately benefited Californians who pay more in state and local taxes than just about anyone else in the country.

And then on January 4, 2018 Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his intention to start cracking down on legalized marijuana just three days after California’s voter-approved Proposition 64 took full effect on January 1, allowing for the sale and taxation of recreational marijuana statewide.

That same day, the Trump Administration announced plans to open the entire California coast to offshore drilling, which would represent the largest expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. history. True, much of the East coast was also opened to the same oil and gas drilling. However, on January 10, 2018 an exception was made to exempt the coasts of Florida from this major oil and gas drilling expansion, and the Administration’s reasoning was because that state “is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.” The truth is Florida is a Republican state and California, (and Oregon, and Washington) is not.

On January 16, 2018 the Department of Homeland Security threatened to arrest California mayors and other public officials who support the sanctuary city policies the U.S. Government has vowed to crackdown on. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director has been threatening at-large arrests in California as a result of our state’s sanctuary law enacted last year, and has also called for the arrest of California politicians who stand in the way of the federal government’s immigration crackdown, a major one of which is planned for the Bay Area in the next few weeks.

And now on January 22, 2018 the president placed a 30% tariff on imported solar panels. Californians have installed more solar panels than the people of any other state, and California is the home to the greatest number of solar energy jobs in the country. This effectively means Californians are being discouraged from – or being forced to pay a premium in order to – live according to our values in support of a clean planet.

This concludes the first year of Trump’s America versus California. We have at least three more years to go, possibly seven. We couldn’t prevent his election in 2016, we will have the same non-ability to prevent it in 2020. It will depend on the rest of the country, but can we depend on them?

  1. John Smith says:

    You mean President Donald trump is ACTUALLY enforcing National Immigration Laws? That’s outrageous!! Whoever gave the President of the United States the right to enforce immigration law?? Oh… The United States Constitution. Nevermind.

    • Sniveling Liberal says:

      Right On John Smith! Great Comment! California has been out of control for a long time, so correcting it will cause growing pains. Thank God for Trump standing up to the Corruption in California!

    • John Doe says:

      Where exactly in the “United” States Constitution is the Outrageous President of the “United” States given the right to enforce Immigration “Law”? Who exactly has the right to create “Law”… the Minority or Majority? Local or National? Does “Law” created by ignorance, stupidity, and greed take precedence over the inalienable rights of persons? You might consider the Constitution’s Actual purpose… to protect individuals from abuse of power, the clear MO of questionably legitimate Donnie. That’s going to require some actual thinking, my fellow John.

      • John Smith says:

        The purpose of the constitution is to protect the rights of United States citizens, not illegal aliens. If you do any historical research at all you will see many presidents in our history setting immigration policy.

        I would ask any one who feels compelled to comment, to leave all ego and emotion behind… research your theory from both sides with an open mind, and let history and the facts take you where they may. And let’s all be respectful and kind to each other in the process.

    • Saul Alvarez says:

      Calexit is the answer. Californian values are different from the rest of the county. Why should I be forced to hate other people? There is a thing called humanity and it is sad that the rest of the United States doesn’t see that. People are still people and should not be labeled. Illegals criminals Immigrants should be deported (to their home country) not just Mexico. However, the dreamers that come here as children that do not have control of their actions should not be deported. America is stereotyping only on Mexican illegal immigration. Yet racists Americans forget to mention all the other people that come from countries illegally. I want to live in a country that dose not attacks a particular group. Not stereotype someone from the pigment of their skin and leave discrimination behind. America is becoming hateful again Thanks to Trump and I feel it’s time for California to become an independent nation.

      • John Smith says:

        We must have different ears… so how about this: All illegal immigrants from all countries should exit the country and come back to the US as soon as is possible to apply for legal status. And then go through the steps and commitment to this country necessary to attain that legal status. And be American! That would be everyone, not just Mexicans.

        But… no, this will still not be good enough for Mr. Alvarez, I suspect.

        No one hates illegal immigrants here any more than they are hated in Mexico or North Korea. Are illegal immigrants welcomed with open arms in Mexico and North Korea by chance?

  2. American Citizen says:

    What is your policy in dealing with New California. New California should be able to stay a part of the United States of America like the majority of those counties want.

  3. tim dellas says:

    To bad the American people have become so ignorant. Usually ignorance can be recognized by bellicose nationalism, intolerance, and bigotry, traits which the American population at large demonstrates abundantly. For everything that’s right and wrong with California, i gives thanks I live here on a regular basis. Unfortunately America is in serious decline, thanks to both major parties. I often refer to America as a two party corporate police state. It will be a tough uphill slog for California to secede, and I think Oregon and Washington will follow suite. It’s not unlike the Balkanization of the USSR and we are on the same path with both soviet Russia and pre war nazi Germany. I’m certainly not the first to recognize it. Let’s see what this post brings out of the woodwork, yea!

    • John Smith says:

      Neither California, Oregon or Washington will secede. No state can secede from the United States. This movement is a waste of time and money. There is no chance for success here– zero, nada. The last time a series of states pulled this manoever, tragedy followed. I’m wondering if the people pushing this movement and those donating their hard earned (or not) money have studied United States history?

      • Anonymous says:

        Not to mention the fact that the secession of a state was deemed unconstitutional after the first secession. And for those who don’t remember the first secession from their history classes, it was called the civil war.

  4. Roger H Werner says:

    Having just traveled across the country it was ver obvious that California has very little in common win the other 47 lower 48 states. I’d love to poke Trump’s in the eyes with a couple of fingers, with each poke reminding him that he’s little more that a sack or turds in a cheap suit. The american government is sick and terminally dysfunctional. If we wish to discuss the continuation f the US as a viable democracy then lets discuss moving towards a parliamentary system. If that isn’t going to happen I suggest California start pissing down the back of red states and tell ten no to worry because its only rain.

    • John Smith says:

      Roger, California has been in the hands of the super majority Democrats for years now.

      What did that buy us? Big business (who pays 95% of our taxes) leaving in droves to red states taking jobs and taxes with them, a state pension fund obligation that will ultimately bankrupt the state, Calif is last in education of all 50 states (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_educational_attainment) and only ranked above the liberally bankrupt Puerto Rico! Illegal immigration that is out of control (28,000 hit and runs in Los Angeles alone– 50% of all accidents there compared with an 11% average in the nation)[https://www.nbclosangeles.com/investigations/Los-Angeles-LA-Hit-Run-Crash-Investigation-370821201.html], roads that are terrible to drive on and taxes among the highest in the country. We are one of the most expensive states to live in. We have lost hundreds of emergency rooms in the last 10 years– ERs that citizens can no longer use because of the number of non-paying illegal immigrants the bankrupt them, forcing their closure. And now in their wisdom, the State government has made us a sanctuary state– a sanctuary for illegal aliens at the expense of the actual citizenry. California is indeed very different from the other states… but if you would like a glimpse of where the liberals are taking us, take a peek at Puerto Rico, demolished by their own liberal policies which bear a striking similarity to ours.

      California and the United States are both viable democracies… but when only 30% of the population votes, those that do not vote get exactly what they deserve. This is what happens when the populace goes apathetic.

  5. tim dellas says:

    If you value your wealth more than your liberty, the tranquility of servitude over the animating contest of freedom,
    go from us now in peace. We ask not your counsel, nor your arms, crouch down and lick the hands that feed you,
    may your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget you were our countrymen.

    From Samuel Adams to British sympathizers back in the day. Got a nice ring to it, no? All the hard a difficult things seem impossible in the beginning, that’s where the spirit comes in, that’s how this country was founded. Why disparage and run down those trying for something better, why not push them on, that is unless you don’t think what they are doing will make the world a better place.

  6. tim dellas says:

    Additionally, it matters not how many people vote, rather it matters whether how informed they they are, for uninformed voters are ignorant voters, and ignorant voters are easily influenced by those with the means. Sound familiar?

    • John Smith says:

      Yes and apathy is the root of it all… it is the root of ignorance and lack of participation. And apathy is why California (and the nation) has elected the corrupt politicians doing the damage. The solution is not secession. Its Californians becoming less apathetic, more educated and voting in non corrupt people.

      California, as its own country will not be a better place for the world… Its liberal policies will turn it into the next Puerto Rico, or the next Mexico. Would anyone like to live there? The United States would be a better place… but not California. I’m not disparaging anyone– just tossing in a dose of reality. Better to speak of things that can be achieved, rather than waste time and money on things that can not.

  7. tim dellas says:

    I don’t disagree that America has serious problems, though we might disagree on the cause. Myself, I can’t stand either of the major parties, whatever is right or wrong with America, they are to blame. America is a very young country, as countries go, sort of like a reckless teenager with a lot of money and the keys to the car, oh don’t forget the alcohol. While we bicker and fight amongst ourselves the rabbit runs brown the road. I always find it curious that people who espouse strong nationalist sentiments seem to have amnesia when it comes to what their country has doing abroad, in their names. Combined cost of the Afghanistan/Iraq cowboy misadventures is around 5.56 trillion and counting to date. Man that’s a whole lot of healthcare and infrastructure by my accounting. I consider myself nonpartisan except when it comes to the truth. I’m kind of old school regarding truth, I don’t believe it’s subjective or subject to human whims. When you ask a young person, or old in many instances, what is truth?, you often get a “whose truth, mine or yours?” I believe that is where America has lost its way, self interest and profit have relegated the truth to a back seat position of convenience. Most all of the politicians are little more than sock puppets for powerful self interests. The American people, are largely more ignorant than apathetic. Hell, checkers at the store can barely make change, and customer service, forget about it. All signs of the times. We do humanity no service when we speak out for things that are mean spirited and or untrue. Discerning the truth of things is like everything else in life, the more you practice, the better you get. Hey John, got any good ideas on where to start? I know education is the key, but this has been a long train running and I’m afraid i outlook is a bit grim.

    • John Smith says:

      I do have ideas on where to start:

      Citizens first.

      Control the border and stop sponsoring and incentivizing illegal immigration.

      Balance the state budget. Investigate politicians lining their pockets with our money. Probably the majority. But lets find out.

      Offer State pension packages on par with the private sector (there goes half of our taxes).

      Work with ICE to control the people of all nationalities that are here illegally, which will reduce California state expenditures by Billions. Stop being a sanctuary for citizens of other countries– lets instead be a sanctuary for our own citizens.

      And for those that want to be United States citizens, require that they be United states citizens and accept this country as this country accepts them… just like it used to be. Get in line, do your time, pay your dues, get it done. Or, very kindly, and without malice, go back to your home.

      Starting points.

      California doesn’t have to secede… just get its business in order and start focusing on our own citizens rather than those of other countries. If not, services to citizens will continue to decline (education LAST in nation), and taxes will continue to rise. Liberals you’re bankrupting us.

  8. tim dellas says:

    I’m curious why you have such a problem with immigrants, especially those who work, pay taxes, including social security…correct me if I’m wrong but don’t you think all people basically desire the same basic things, a good life, food, shelter, security, to be a valued contributing member of society? I feel like some interest is whipping up a hate of immigrants, as a cure for all our ills, and additionally, a distraction from their own nefarious deeds. I’m sort of reluctant to engage in name calling, liberals, neocons, nazis…. once upon a time I was a bit of a classic republican, John Wayne type of guy, but with the years I began to wake up from the cocoon I was brought up in. I remember specific events in my life where people looked at me, asked me if I was serious, shook there heads and walked off. All I was doing was spouting the rhetoric I was taught. I know plenty of immigrants and ethnic minorities, I think the Bible encourages us to be our brothers keepers, for that which you suffer to happen to your brother will surely visited upon you in due time. Also you seem to have little or no awareness of the role America has played in the misfortunes of other countries, many of whose immigrants are now, of necessity, gracing our shores. If a shortage of resources is the basis of your concern you haven’t addressed my comment on the obscene waste of resources by our military misadventures. I’m good with fiscal accountability, especially regarding public service pensions, if public servants want a pension other than social security, they can buy it, but not on the public dime, cops and firefighters included. I’m not so worried about politicians on the take as I am about politicians rubberstamping legislation for special interests. I guess when ya get down to it, in a society where money rules, truth and the constitution take a back seat. Just watched the state o the union, and the response, did ya ever read Orwell’s “1984”? Over and under.

    • John Smith says:

      Within the political spectrum are issues that have been defined as either liberal or neutral or conservative… its a method of defining, not a method of name calling. I have no problem with legal immigration. That’s the power of this country. But illegal immigration is expensive and causing California big problems. If we want open borders, then just pass a law opening the borders. But we can not have a lack of respect for laws passed. There is no hatred here at all for immigrants! This is simply a legal issue. Immigration law is immigration law.

      The Bible is a book of wisdom for people, not governments, and I am very aware of all that this country has done internationally since it was founded, good and bad, but that has little to do with California, whose policies are bankrupting itself.

      Politically, some citizens confuse breaking immigration law with compassion. But what would be more compassionate would be to help the illegal immigrants get out of the shadows of illegality and on to the path of legal citizenship, so they can finally be welcomed in as legal US citizens with open arms. This will be my last posting. You may have the last word!

      God bless!

      John

  9. tim dellas says:

    Always a pleasure, i find discourse can help sharpen ones understanding of issues, in closing I observe; laws, being made by humans, are often less than perfect, subject to biases, predjudices and special interests, witness what happened to native Americans, forcibly immigrated Africans, German Jews, women. These are just the more flagrant examples. What is the responsibility of individual citizens, to blindly abide by bad laws? The Bible, as with most other religious doctrines, offers wisdom to people and governments alike, governments being composed of people, and then there’s conscience…

  10. You should just petition Mexico to annex California. They already pick all your fruit and vegetables anyway. You should be paying those poor Mexicans a minimum of $15 an hour. Take the money from Harvey Weinstein. It’s only fair!

    Viva Calexico, or whatever… friggin’ snowflake weirdos…

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