California recently passed a law called AB5 that its “progressive” sponsors say is designed to help contract workers. But as Ronald Reagan once pointed out, one of the three biggest lies ever is, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.” By mandating union-style work conditions for everyone, they’re forcing contract workers out of business all over the state, devastating everyone from Uber drivers to artists and musicians to work-at-home moms and freelance writers.
But there could be a silver lining. For years, Californians have been reflexively voting for leftist politicians, who have been driving the Golden State into the ground and driving middle class business owners to move to other states. But independent and artistic types just kept on electing far-left Democrats, blind to the destruction they’re causing because they never connected all the homeless people, filth, crime, blackouts, wildfires, lack of affordable housing, etc., to the insane policies of the people they kept electing.
But now, as Erica Sandberg at City Journal reports, these independent contract types are suddenly having a Damascus Road experience. They’ve had the heavy boot of dumb leftist government come down on them, and they’re getting “woke” in a whole new way. AB5 is such a terrible, awful, no good, very bad law that’s destroying so many people’s livelihoods that these reliably kneejerk Democratic voters are suddenly turning into Independents, Republicans and Libertarians in droves.
Could AB5 possibly be the fuse that finally starts a revolution to turn California red? That might be too much to hope for, but it’s an exciting thought. In the meantime, as you’re still pondering who to vote for in the November elections for Congress and the White House, bear this in mind: Democrats in the House are already pushing a national version of AB5, to “help you”… into the poor house.