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California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Reparations Experiment Completely ‘Backfires’ on Him

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Reparations Experiment Completely ‘Backfires’ on Him

Newsom’s lack of enthusiasm for writing reparations checks has given California Republicans a rare opportunity to pounce. And they are pouncing, like Tigger on Winnie the Pooh.

As I noted last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom was less than enthusiastic about writing massive reparations checks recommended by the racialist panel he was responsible for forming.

The governor’s response can be partially attributed to an ever-expanding state budget deficit, estimated at $31.5 billion.

If the state legislature fails to approve the California Reparations Panel suggestions, proponents have called on Newsom to use his authority as governor to enact the panel’s proposal unilaterally. This means that Newsom is in a lose-lose situation as the presidential primary season is beginning to heat up.

Newsom’s actions have also given California Republicans a rare opportunity to pounce. And they are pouncing, like Tigger on Winnie the Pooh.

“This futile reparations exercise exposes the non-serious nature of Governor Newsom‘s leadership,” Republican Assemblyman Bill Essayli told Fox News Digital. “Rather than dealing with the problems of California head on he prefers headlines and do-nothing commissions. It might work in a Democrat super-majority state like California, but the rest of America will see right through him.”

“Creating this committee was yet another half-baked ploy for votes & accolades that has landed him in dangerous waters with no path to safety,” said Elizabeth Kolstad, Chairwoman of the Fresno County Republican Party. “What is clear, is if Gavin’s committee’s recommendations are implemented, CA is going to financially sink faster than the Titanic; only the Titanic’s lights were on when it went down.”

The debate comes as Newsom continues to be floated as a possible 2024 Democrat alternative to President Biden, whose job approval ratings have sunk to a career low. Newsom has publicly backed Biden for re-election, but his actions have sparked questions about how committed he is to the president.

Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher also noted Newsom’s predicament.

“No matter what he does, he’s going to anger part of his base,” Gallagher told Fox News Digital.

“It will take an absurd mental gymnastics to require California taxpayers, including new immigrants, low-income workers, and even some African Americans to pay for a wrong committed by other states more than 150 years ago, but that’s the position Newsom put himself in,” Gallagher said.

The Republican leader then slammed Newsom for making “big promises he can’t or won’t keep.”


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The Democrats are going to use Reparations as a perpetual carrot. Like free college and a pathway to citizenship, they will be promises that are never fulfilled. They are just there to control the gullible voters.

    CommoChief in reply to MattMusson. | May 15, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Yep. How about we declaw that? The Bureau of Land Management has about 250 million acres. Let’s hand out 40 acres and the present value of a post Civil War mule to folks who can show ancestry and residence as of 1923. That would clean up the application process for submitting birth certificates and genealogy records.

    Of course that 40 acres would be divided up among the various members of that family. So a great Grandfather’s 40 acres is split proportionately among his descendents. Just the land though, no mineral rights. Still have to homestead it and ‘prove’ the claim under same strictures as the homestead act. Could sell once proven, not before.

      MattMusson in reply to CommoChief. | May 15, 2023 at 11:00 am

      The Reparations suggested in California are not about Slavery. They are addressing issues that are more current. They are supposed to address things like the impacts of redlining, poor access to healthcare, inequality in schools, etc.
      To be eligible you merely need to prove residence in the state for a certain number of years.

      But, these are all things that Hispanics could claim they suffered from as well.

        CommoChief in reply to MattMusson. | May 15, 2023 at 12:05 pm


        The point is to defuse the issue at the National level by pointing to a concrete program. A program which, let’s be honest, is unlikely to have many takers who will apply for, move to the land, improve the land IAW the Homestead Act.

        Further it gets the land out of the grasp of the Federal govt which is itself a good thing. Any day in which the Federal govt is reduced in size, scope and power is a good day.

        If CA wants to go beyond what I proposed they are free to do so.

      Actually, they only ever promised the 40 acres. The mule was thrown in because there were some spare mules.

        CommoChief in reply to Neo. | May 15, 2023 at 12:09 pm

        Yep. But hell, why not go ahead and throw it in? It’s not the worst expenditure of Federal tax dollars by a long shot and it, along with land granted to applicants for an attempt to Homestead, is a good way of shutting down the issue.

          henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | May 15, 2023 at 5:13 pm

          Let’s go whole hog.
          Give them the overwhelmingly raw, unelectrified, un-utilitied federal land.
          (Bonus: the signs already say “BLM land,” you won’t even have to change them.)
          Give them total self-governance, like a reservation.
          Arbeit macht wohlhabend.

          CommoChief in reply to CommoChief. | May 16, 2023 at 10:51 am

          Henry – yep, that’s what I called for above.

        Frogger42 in reply to Neo. | May 15, 2023 at 3:43 pm

        “Diffuse the issue on a national level” This has already happened from 1861 thru 1865, at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives, and the reduction of the CSA to dust.        “But I lived to see the institution of slavery into which I was born and of which I was for many years a victim pass away. I wore the uniform of those men in Blue, who through four years of suffering wiped away with their blood the stain of slavery and purged the Republic of its sin”
        Testimony of former slave WILLIAM HENRY SINGLETON 1835-1938. Atonement is complete. Nothing more.

          CommoChief in reply to Frogger42. | May 16, 2023 at 7:16 am

          You and I may agree on that point, clearly the hucksters, grifters and tribalists don’t. IMO the easiest way to deal with this issue is to follow through on the mythology of ‘forty acres and a mule’ by providing that.

          This way the folks demanding ‘reparations’ would have to prove their qualifications via genealogy. Then go and homestead the land grant. I doubt a majority of the folks demanding reparations are willing to do that. Even if willing homesteading isn’t easy and many will fail.

          Either way that mythology and reparations is removed from the board.


Now what? I thought he was moving to Pennsylvania Ave.

The Gentle Grizzly | May 15, 2023 at 7:52 am

“Newsom’s lack of enthusiasm for writing reparations checks has given California Republicans a rare opportunity to pounce.”

Yes! The Republicans can give them the money instead! Vote buying is vote buying.

/cynical, aren’t I?

Sure, give all these people money from reparations, but do you think anything would truly be different in five years? Studies of lottery winners show that the money goes away quite quickly with people often times worse off. It wouldn’t be any diffent here. Tis is nothing more than something else to demand and complain about.

It’s not the budget deficit, it’s most likely the Democrat party telling Newsom to back down. Reparation payments is no different than California’s idea to universal health care for the state. The question is who is eligible, and that is the problem Democrats need to avoid. If the eligibility is limited to CA residents to stop outsiders from benefiting, then how does one prove CA residency.

And why can’t that proof be used to vote? Catch-22. Hence the reason it’s being dropped.

    Neo in reply to George S. | May 15, 2023 at 11:23 am

    Plus, the West coast is the center of woke, so does anybody think there won’t be a few million “black conversions” as people identify as a “black slave” (granting 1st in line status) ?

Sorry, we already wrote a $30T check for LBJ’s Great Society. It’s not our fault you squandered it.

E Howard Hunt | May 15, 2023 at 10:30 am

He can kill two birds with one stone. If he quickly finishes up the High-Speed Rail, he can preferentially hire blacks as highly-paid Pullman Porters.

    Taking a ride on a high speed train to nowhere… the perfect metaphor for black America’s relationship with the Democrat party for the past 60 years.

    henrybowman in reply to E Howard Hunt. | May 16, 2023 at 4:19 am

    The work is steady — 400 hours a month (that’s 13.5 hours/day, seven days/week) — and some of those guys earn as much as 19.5¢/hour!
    Movin’ on up!

“And they are pouncing, like Tigger on Winnie the Pooh.”

Sorry … but this is just plain BS. Time after time I see such statements … with the general sentiment of … “Boy are the Republicans gonna get ’em now”.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. Virtually nothing the Republicans do in this state caries any weight what so ever.

Newsom wants to give reparations and so does the CA Legislature. If a law in favor of it it vetoed … with a 4 to 1 ratio of D’s to R’s ,,, the Legislature can overturn any decision Newsom makes with little effort.

Don’t think for a minute that reparations will not become law … Newsom wants it … the Legislature wants it … and there’s nobody to stop it … voters included.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to PODKen. | May 15, 2023 at 6:11 pm

    I seem to remember that Tigger is a plush, stuffed animal with no claws. Kind of like the GOPe. The last thing that they want is to defeat the Democrats on anything.

    Subotai Bahadur

    I agree. There will be “reparations”, meaning well-connected Democrats and Democrat political groups will get gobs of cash. A few poor blacks will see some money, but it will be strictly a performance and most will not see even a single dime (the Joseph Goebbels media will lap it up, though).

    Newsom will get the fawning headlines he craves – don’t think for a moment he won’t get a tongue bath by the media! – and in a few years we get to do the Reparations Roundabout all over again.

Tyrus on The Five put the whole reparations charade in perspective. He opined that reparations were never about money, but rather were about opportunity. 40 acres & a mule were provided to be able to make a living if you were willing to work. He noted that thanks to having the opportunity available to all Americans he was able to become successful. The opportunity is there for everyone if they are willing to use their God given ability to get ahead.

Appears the only thing holding them back from writing reparations checks this year is that $32 billion budget deficit.


Where be my check Whitey?

texansamurai | May 15, 2023 at 3:45 pm

imagine…all them incarcerated “millionaires” in ca–“eyes be a millionaire but my black ass is still locked up”

henrybowman | May 15, 2023 at 5:04 pm

“The Republican leader then slammed Newsom for making “big promises he can’t or won’t keep.”

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Because of MSM bias and ingrained fraud in all State and Federal agencies this useless, moronic creep will be president.