Obama 2.0: John Chiang Might be California's Next Governor (As Long As Voters Don't Think Too Hard)
Obama's election campaigns were wildly successful. In 2008, he won the Presidency by seducing 52.9% of the population with promises to revitalize the nation's economy, healthcare and education systems. In 2012, Obama repeated the feat, winning 51.2% of national support.
Despite President Obama's campaigning success, his Presidential term was an unmitigated disaster. The economy tanked as over 600 new trade regulations (each costing $1.6 billion on average) stifled growth and innovation. Health insurance premiums rocketed under Obamacare, adding $1.6 trillion to the national debt and leaving millions with no coverage. Educational quality plummeted with federalization and student loan debts doubled, adding another $1 trillion to America's debts.
Still, liberals cling to Obama's simple messages of "hope" and "change," pining for his return, praising his "legacy" and castigating anyone that even slightly dislikes him as racist bigoted anti-Americans. To the left, ideas are more important than actual results.
Flash forward to today, where a new report is suggesting California Treasurer John Chiang may be California's next governor thanks to a campaign chock full of feel-good ideas and the same grandstanding we witnessed during the Obama years.
From NBC News:
Obama's campaign relied heavily on identity politics, as does Chiang's. You can bet that in the coming months, any white voter that doesn't kowtow before Chiang will be labeled racist by progressives; Asians that refuse to drink the communal kool-aid will be similarly denigrated.
Chiang is currently second in fundraising, thanks in part to donations from developers that received millions in tax breaks from Chiang. This is the very definition of government corruption, a clear-cut case of quid-pro-quo cronyism.
From the SacBee:
Taking a close look at Chiang's positions on hot-button issues reveals disturbing similarities to Obama's flawed reasoning, where optics and political correctness takes precedence over actual effective measures. He supports affirmative action despite its direct impact on Asian Americans. He encourages the dream of a "tuition-free education," despite the failing education system in California. He opposes President Trump's crusade against illegal immigration but has the nerve to say "We can't have a brilliant future with an empty wallet" while illegal immigrants cost California taxpayers $30 billion annually.
John Chiang doesn't care about the facts. He cares about the message.
Chiang's endorsements have come from similarly dubious individuals, in particular LA City Councilman Jose Huizar, who misused $1.5 million in public funds and Congressman Ted Lieu, a paranoid conspiracy theorist.
23-year-old Kevin Hayakawa is a California college student who attended a meet-and-greet with Chiang earlier this month. What he had to say about the candidate reflects the heart of identity politics and self-declared victim status:
Looks like California will have its very own Obama come 2018. All Chiang has to do is make sure voters don't think too hard.
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