Democrat California Governor Gavin Newsom’s last-minute campaigning to save his job as Tuesday’s recall election approaches has turned from the ridiculous to the sublime. Well, it’s still rather absurd, too.
Newsom has turned to plead with voters not to let California become Texas. This tactic comes as tech companies like Oracle and Hewlett Packard have shaken the California dust off their shoes in favor of new headquarters in the Lone Star State. California residents have been heading east in staggering numbers as well to escape the disastrous Democratic California regime.
His “warning” has been that Texas is the example of what might happen to California if Republicans take over state government.
Newsom mainly alludes to the new Texas Heartbeat Act, a pro-life statute that outlaws most abortions after detecting a baby heartbeat medically. Many liberals fear that the new law could be pivotal in the movement to have the Supreme Court overrule Roe v. Wade. He said to a rally audience that the fact that abortion is being challenged is “a remarkable moment in American history.”
As Newsom tries to portray Texas as a nightmarish place, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott has noted that California is bleeding population to Texas and other more free states. Abbott also pointed out that corporations are moving their headquarters away from California “at a record pace.” He touted Texas in a recent tweet as the leading state for relocations within the U.S., both for individuals and businesses.
Abbott linked to an article in Forbes that reported California’s loss of 265 corporate headquarters in the last three years, in a trend that is accelerating. The article also noted that California’s total population declined for the first time in its history in 2020. In the most recent redistricting, California lost a congressional seat for the first time.
The report also described the population shift occurring within California. The coastal cities became the domain of wealthy elites, and interior parts of the state became home to more low-income residents.
Forbes also noted that California is now ranked 49th among states for business-friendly tax policies, one spot above New Jersey in the basement.