Larry Kudlow: We are fighting for the soul of America
Tonight we will dig into the battle for the soul of America. That’s right. We are fighting for the very soul of this great country.
They have completely different cultures and policies. You could think of it as red against blue. You can also think of it as Donald trump vs. Kamala Harris …. or maybe we should think of him as Kamala Harris / Nancy Pelosi vs. Donald Trump. I don’t want to belittle or disrespect President Biden by choosing his vice president, but I kind of see his political future as being very late in the afternoon or late in the evening.
You can also think of it as a presidential race between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and California Governor Gavin Newsom. First, the current governor of California and former mayor of San Francisco must survive a governorship recall.
Kudos to New York Post columnist Kyle Smith for convincingly describing the battle between California and Florida. Let’s start with the quote from Kyle:
“These differences turn into a chasm of philosophical and practical contrasts between two basic models for the American future. Call them the California way and the Florida way.”
Kyle Smith highlights the extraordinary differences and contrasts between the two states. For example, California public schools teach Critical Race Theory, while Florida does not. California hates fossil fuels and revere the global warming sanctuary, unlike Florida.
California had some of the toughest COVID lockdown measures, while Florida was one of the first states to reopen in May 2020.
The California economy has an unemployment rate of 7.9%. Florida is less than 5%. California has a top tax rate of 13.3%. Florida has no income tax.
California has the largest homeless population in the country. Although it has only 12% of the American population, California has a quarter of the homeless Americans.
This includes sanctioned camps which are funded by taxpayers. Los Angeles spends $ 2,700 per tent, per month. Meanwhile, California is paying homeless people to set up the tents and other services, so it’s kind of a small cottage industry there.
California has the second highest tax rate in the country, falling only to New York.
California has largely funded the police movement in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
There was a huge problem with shoplifting because theft is just a crime. Big retailers like Walgreens and Target have had to shut down due to state-imposed minimum wage hikes. San Francisco has become the national leader in property crime. State murders rose 31% last year, compared to 15% in Florida.
To quote Kyle Smith a little more: “Florida municipalities use a variety of measures to discourage roaming the streets, including trespassing arrests, and it largely works: when was the last time you read about a story? homelessness epidemic in Fort Lauderdale? ”
“Florida is the freest state in the United States, according to a survey by the Cato Institute: # 1 in tax freedom, # 1 in educational freedom. Cato calls California one of the least free states and categorically calls it “the Union’s most crony state”.
Kyle Smith ends with this thought:
“No one from Florida has ever become president, nor any Italian-American. DeSantis’ success as governor of the model US state suggests he could be the man to break those two molds.”
For me, of course, I’m going to cast my spell with Florida around political, cultural, and supply-side zero-income tax shifts. The state is booming.
DeSantis is doing whatever it takes to reopen, get vaccines, fight grand tech censorship, and stand behind Trumpian border control policies. Florida has assimilated all migrants from Cuba, Venezuela and other oppressed authoritarian regions of Latin America. Miami is the cultural and financial commercial center of Latin and South America.
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It’s no exaggeration to think that Miami and South Florida will replace New York City as the nation’s financial center.
Not only does Florida love traditional values, Florida loves the business and the people they employ. In everything it does, California now opposes traditional values with massive over-regulation and corporate tax burdens. It will even lose its technological supremacy. California also loves illegal immigration. I like legal immigration.
This article is adapted from Larry Kudlow’s monologue in the July 9, 2021 edition of “Kudlow”