Governor Newsom Has It Wrong

Written by Bill Thomas on June 26, 2019

Former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom (D) is now the governor of California. Let’s be clear. I have nothing against the state of California. It is a beautiful state and, I’m sure, home of some lovely people. Having said that, though, California is struggling under Governor Newsom.

The number of homeless people in Los Angeles and California at large growing. In the last couple of years, there have been some 8,000 homeless vets on the streets of Los Angeles alone. What does Governor Newsom propose? In a January 31, 2019 article in the Los Angeles Times, it’s reported, “Gov. Gavin Newsom and local officials in San Diego touted a proposed $25 million in state funding to address a growing humanitarian crisis involving migrant families seeking asylum in the U.S.” You read that right. Governor Newsom seems to be more concerned for illegal immigrants than he is homeless veterans.

Newsome and some of his cohorts are trying to insinuate that California has a budget surplus and give freebies to illegal immigrants. However, the real math doesn’t add up. Patrick Gleason in Forbes on April 16, 2019, noted about surplus comments, “it’s both misleading and paints an incomplete picture of the Golden State’s finances.” Gleason asserts that the state’s long-run obligations far exceed projected revenue collections to the tune of $1 trillion in unfunded pension liabilities alone.

In February of 2018, NBC News did an investigative report in Newsom’s former home city, San Francisco. What did they find? The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of downtown San Francisco in search of trash, needles, and feces. The investigation revealed trash littered across every block. The survey also found 41 blocks dotted with needles and 96 blocks sullied with piles of feces. These are the conditions of Newsom’s city.

I share this to give you a glimpse of the efficiency and values of Governor Gavin Newsom. Why? Now he asserts that those of us who support President Trump, those of us in “fly-over country,” are in for it. During an interview for Politico, Newsom suggested, “America in 2019 is California in the 1990s. The xenophobia, the nativism, the fear of ‘the other.’ Scapegoating. Talking down or past people. The hysteria. And so, we’re not going to put up with that. We are going to push back.” 

Newsom hopes, someday, to run for president. He’s attempting to establish his stronghold or brand in California. He boldly predicts in the same interview, “national Republicans are into the politics of what California was into in the 1990s..and they’ll go the same direction — into the waste bin of history, the way Republicans of the ’90s have gone. That’s exactly what will happen to this crop of national Republicans.” He insists, “I think Democrats are winning right now.”

I don’t think so, Governor. Governor Newsom and all who push for a progressive, socialist agenda are wrong and, I believe, will be disappointed in 2020. Our country still values hard work, decency, law, and fairness. We have a foundation upon which our nation is built and, while it has been sorely tested, it has stood. I believe it will again in 2020. The Republican party is not headed for the trash bin of history. We are being transformed into a growing party for business and laborers; men and women, and all races and ethnicities. I’m convinced that, if we work hard and vote, our best days are yet to come. We believe in the right things.

We want people to have homes in which to live, jobs to work and families to raise. The economy under President Trump has been booming. Even in California, the unemployment rate has fallen a bit.

We, as a people, respect law enforcement. We want rules and laws, not because they limit freedom, but because laws and rules protect and provide freedom.

We, as a people, value individual freedom and choice. Taxing people to fulfill the government’s overall plan is what our forefathers rebelled against in the 1780s.

We, as a people, want the freedom to worship God or not, as we choose and not have it dictated and curtailed by courts and councils.

As we near the madness of the 2020 election, we’d do well to read again the words of President John Adams who said, “You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make a good use of it.” 

Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas lives in Washington, Missouri and is a professor at St. Louis Christian College. He's also on staff at First Christian Church in Washington, Missouri. He's authored two novellas, From the Ashes and The Sixty-First Minute published by White Feather Press of MI and three Bible studies, Surrounded by Grace, The Critical Questions and More and The Road to Victory published by CSS Publishing of OH.