Never let anyone forget that this is what we are up against nation-wide -- especially given the (green light) flasher residing in the White House.
In California the earlier government's cronies are also the current government's cronies. So they continue on course depleting the "gold" through robbing those who once "mined" the state's immense resources and unmatched favorable climate. And by over-regulating those who would like to "mine" the (formerly) Golden State they have put immense restrictions on further production.
IOW, these clueless cronies keep piling more stress upon the goose that lays the golden egg. They have not a gander of a notion that they are killing the very hosts they need to survive. As a result, as the goose has reduced her output, the cronies are looking to pass the blame on to every other cause they can imagine, never placing the blame on their piggish demands. Long gone is their old rationalized notion of needing to behave like rational symbionts in order to survive instead of a plague of out-of-control parasites.
Update from comments that I think adds some home-spun poignancy:
The government puts me in mind of a story I heard years ago.
There was an old farmer who had a mule who he had hitched up to a mill. One day he had the idea that if he held back a bit of the mule's feed, he could save money. He tried it for a week, and the mule kept working, so he tried holding back a bit more. The mule kept working. He tried a bit more, but this time, after a couple of days, the mule fell over, dead.Sound familiar?
"That SOB," said the farmer, "and just when he was getting used to it."
The Earlier Government's Cronies. There's a politically charged phrase worth repeating often.
Americans, wherever you are, try to remember that those rotten cronies are all part of the mechanism that will kill you if you let them overturn your revolt.