Reagan: Don’t let U.S. turn into California

Published 11:19 am Friday, October 14, 2022

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

I know it’s a stretch.

I know it’s a false analogy.

I know it probably has something to do with the way my mind and body have been messed with for the last two years by the people in charge in Washington and Sacramento.

But honestly, I’m having trouble seeing much difference between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin.

Putin is talking tough and firing cruise missiles into Ukraine to destroy the Ukrainian economy.

Biden is talking tough, telling countries like Saudi Arabia not to screw with him and firing executive orders into the United States to destroy our economy.

Biden has already hit us with his most destructive economic weapon — the A-bomb of 9 percent inflation.

And his green-blinded administration’s assault on America’s oil and gas industries has quickly flipped the country from being energy independent to energy dependent.

Now, he’s shamelessly — and desperately — abusing his executive power to try to buy votes for Democrats in the Nov. 8 midterms.

The panderer in chief has promised to cancel $10,000 of college debt for millions of students — which would cost future taxpayers at least half a trillion bucks.

He just made a big deal out of pardoning low-level drug offenders — though his political stuntsmanship actually affects only about 6,500 people in federal prisons who’ve been charged for marijuana possession, not the far greater number of drug offenders in state prisons.

And now, taking a page from California’s “progressive” playbook, Biden is pandering to labor unions by trying to impose AB5 — one of my state’s dumbest and most unfair laws — on the whole country.

This week his Department of Labor announced a new rule that may make it likely that companies in every state will have to copy AB5 and classify part-time gig workers as full-time employees, which means that by law they will be guaranteed higher wages and benefits.

That also means many gig workers — who have chosen to work part-time driving for Uber as contract workers or as actors or self-employed freelance writers — will be laid off or never hired in the first place.

California, they correctly say, is where most of America’s new ideas come from.

But unfortunately, as Gov. Newsom proves every other month, ideas hatched out here that have to do with government, transportation, immigration, the environment and public health are usually expensive, dumb and semi-tyrannical.

For Biden to be copying anything the former Golden State does is a really good way to harm the rest of the country.

I’m afraid it won’t be long before the president is telling us that to save the planet from burning up we won’t be able to buy a new gasoline-powered car in the United States after 2030, as Newsom recently told Californians.

It really amazes me that Californians — and all Americans — are not marching in the streets to protest what Newsom, Biden and the Democrats in Congress have been doing to make our lives miserable for the last two years.

Whether it’s the bungled war on COVID-19, the war on fossil fuels, the war on gun rights, the war on cops, the war on parents of school kids or the war on plain common sense, Biden and his handlers seem intent on doing their best to make America less great.

Our president thinks he’s a tough guy, but deep down he’s really a mean guy. A mean guy who’s spent half a century selling his political power to anyone who’ll pay for it — and who still can’t stop.

Everyone knows his serial executive orders are all about affecting the elections coming up in less than four weeks.

Democrats are right to be terrified of Republicans, independents and ex-Democrats severely punishing them on Nov. 8 for their mistakes and crimes against the country.

Let’s pray that the results of the mid-terms save us from two more years of the Democrats’ reign of incompetence, wars, woke stupidity and lies — and from making America any more like California.

Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, is an author, speaker and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation. Send comments to and follow @reaganworld on Twitter.