I’m happy to see that California Gov. Gavin Newsom is capable of grasping fiscal reality, at least when it’s about to hit him over the head with a 2x4. California is facing a $22.5 billion budget deficit, and after much debating and fantasizing, the state’s slavery reparations task force recommended paying every black resident of California up to $1.2 million. The total package weighs in at around $800 billion. That’s about 2.6 times the current record-high budget for the entire state. As critics like to point out, all that reparations money would have to be taxed from people who never owned slaves to be given to people who never were slaves in a state that never had slavery.
Faced with fiscal lunacy on such a Godzilla-like scale, even Gavin Newsom realized that he couldn’t afford that high a cost to ease his white guilt. So he thanked the task force, “applauded their efforts” in this “important process” to “reconcile our original sin of slavery and understand how that history has shaped our country”…but made it clear that dealing with the legacy of slavery "is about much more than cash payments." Instead, he offered something even better: a pledge to continue to "advance systemic changes that ensure an inclusive and equitable future for all Californians."
Translation: the check is definitely not in the mail, but here are some empty words and more discriminatory and expensive leftwing government policies. Good luck using them to buy a Ferrari.
This must come as a real blow to the reparations boosters, some of whom are insisting that every black American should receive $200 million because money apparently grows on magical trees now. The good news is that those people are already well-entrenched in the racial grievance industry, and it’s extremely lucrative, so they may yet become millionaires. They should look for inspiration to Nicole Hannah-Jones. She was an $80,000-a-year newspaper writer until she hacked out “The 1619 Project,” a wildly inaccurate history of the US, painting the freest nation on Earth as a racist dystopia where oppressed black people can’t possibly get ahead due to all the systemic racism.
She’s now worth millions, has a series deal with Hulu, and charges up to $55,000 a speech to fill her followers’ heads with this anti-American racist poison. Recently at Indiana University, she gave a one-hour speech, signed some books, led four classroom discussions (I’ll bet they were really lectures with precious little “discussion”) and attended a dinner party. That grossed her $101,700 in 24 hours, or over $4200 an hour.
See, despite all the claims of racism and oppression, it’s still possible for anyone to become rich in America, if you just have enough imagination.