California is not only rapidly exiting mainstream U.S. culture, it is forging its own distorted and unethical version of right and wrong.
Three alarming examples:
1. Forging ahead with single payer, and reality be damned.
The Sacramento Bee pointed out that by replacing current state-run health programs with a single-payer system, the state would still need to come up with an additional $200 billion annually.This year’s state budget in California is about $180 billion. Yes, implementing a single-payer health care system would require doubling California’s current tax burden.
Oh, never mind! voted 23 to 14 this month in favor of SB 562, a single-payer proposal that would guarantee universal health care to all Californians. “What we did today was really approve the concept of a single-payer system in California,” declared state Senator Ricardo Lara following the vote.The state Senate
No, what they did was reaffirm the fact that progressive cant refuses to yield in the face of cold, hard facts, math, reason and common sense. The cheerleading from the Left is mind-numbing. Writes the Nation: f health care is a right—and it is—the only honest response to the current crisis is the single-payer “ IMedicare for All” reform that would bring the United States in line with humane and responsible countries worldwide.”
Well, let’s see: health care is NOT a right except in Left-Wing Fantasyland, and all of those “humane and responsible countries” have crushing tax burdens, reduced liberty, economic instability, crushing debt and completely different values, priorities and responsibilities than those of the United States.
Ethics is only ethical when it is practical and practicable in the real world. The ethical response to the fact that single-payer doubles the state budget is to say, “Oh. Well, obviously we can’t do that, then. On to plan B.”
2. That minimum wage increase that Gov. Brown said was based on principle rather than economics? Yeah, about that…
This was the Ethics Alarms Unethical Quote Of The Month in April:
“Economically, minimum wages may not make sense. But morally, socially, and politically they make every sense because it binds the community together to make sure parents can take care of their kids.”
—–Governor Jerry Brown on April 4, as he signed into law a phased state-wide increase in the minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour.
As Commentary wrote in reaction to this jaw-dropping admission following an irresponsible act, “Good intentions have always inoculated the left against criticisms of the consequences of their policy preferences.” This has become a culture-wide, self-destructive malady during the Obama administration…
The mass insanity of raising the minimum wage is the apotheosis of this mania. Note that I am trying to attribute the best possible motives with this: I have read many conservative writers who believe that the left knows the policy will be catastrophic economically, but because it will be politically useful in the short-term, they don’t care about the long-range consequences. Admittedly, statements like Brown’s makes this difficult for me not to agree with them, except that it is usually considered stupid to tell voters that what you are doing makes no sense.
To state what should be obvious, if large minimum wage increases don’t make sense economically, that means they are bad policy, incompetent, and thus unethical. And we know–know—that they do not make sense economically.
Surprise! From the Fresno Bee (The LA Times has the same information, but will make me mess with my ad-blocker, so to hell with it);
As the East Bay Times reported in January, at least 60 restaurants around the Bay Area had closed since September alone.A recent study by Michael Luca at Harvard Business School and Dara Lee Luca at Mathematica Policy Research found that every $1 hike in the minimum wage brings a 14 percent increase in the likelihood of a 3.5-star restaurant on Yelp! closing. Another telltale is San Diego, where voters approved increasing the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hour from $10.50, this after the minimum wage was increased from $8 an hour in 2015 – meaning hourly costs have risen 43 percent in two years.
The cost increases have pushed San Diego restaurants to the brink, Stephen Zolezzi, president of the Food and Beverage Association of San Diego County, told the San Diego Business Journal. Watch for the next mass die-off there.
Oh, but the minimum wage hike must be ethical, because the motives behind it are so pure!
Wrong. Wilful stupidity and deliberate avoidance of facts is never ethical. Just Californian…
3. Decriminalizing despicable acts because the criminals are a favored class…and victims be damned.
This is, perhaps, the worst of all. The California Senate has voted to no longer make it a felony for someone infected with HIV to knowingly expose others to the disease by having unprotected sex without telling his or her partner about the infection.
It really did.
What possible logic or ethical standards support this? How can this be squared with governments duty to protect the public?
The crime would be downgraded to a misdemeanor, and the bill would even apply to people who donate blood or semen without telling the blood or semen bank that they have AIDS, or have tested positive for HIV, the precursor to AIDS.
The measure now goes to the State Assembly for consideration, where if it is as shrewdly considered as other recent California policy decisions, it will soon be law. This irresponsible idiocy was introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), whose reasoning is that it is unfair to make HIV/AIDS the only communicable disease given such harsh treatment by prosecutors.
The obvious remedy for this, to the extent that it’s true, would be to increase the penalties on those who willfully infect individuals with other infectious diseases. But this is California, Ethics Bizzaro World, where progressive cant eats ethics, common sense and responsible policy, and spits out the bones.
Pop Quiz: I have a provocative observation to make that is tangential to this post, but I have declined to make it.
Can you guess what it is?
Pointer and Source: Reason