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Gavin Newsom and the brain trust in California continue to provide the most creative answers to the question “How would you spend a few billion dollars in less than 24 hours?”
The problem, of course, is that Newsom is the governor of the most populated state in the nation. Therefore the California legislation, which authorizes spending millions or even billions of tax dollars on vanity projects, could lead to severe ramifications for its people.
According to ABC7, Gavin Newsom has announced a task force that will study the proper method to pay monetary reparations to Californians of African American descent. The payments will be used to make amends between citizens and the nation’s history with slavery, though California itself never allowed it. The report states that “the nine-member task force on slave reparations was sworn Tuesday, in making California the first state in the nation to study reparations for African Americans.”
“With this bill, we’re bringing together some of the best, the brightest minds to chart a path forward, to move to a more equal California,” Governor Newsom said in the report.
Rob Bonta, Attorney General for California, cited the past sins of America as the basis for attempting to create economic “equity” for black Californians. “Although the horrors of slavery may have begun in the past, its harms are felt every single day by black Americans in the present.”
Bonta added, “Yes, there has been progress in this country, but it has been all too uneven, and it has not moved fast enough … We must move quickly. How much longer can we wait for justice? How much longer until we are able to truly fulfill the promise of the American dream that all are created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights?”
Newsom’s publicity project comes at a time when fervor for the governor’s recall has plateaued, courtesy of lifted COVID mandates and other state budget expenditures intended to provide citizens with an incentive to keep Gavin around.
As part of a COVID contest orchestrated by Newsom, Californians will be able to win $15 million in cash prizes for receiving a dose of the vaccine.
As homelessness rates sharply increase and violent attacks sweep California cities with reduced police forces, the body politic of California looks to become the first state to offer incentives based on race—ideal for the high cost of living.