California Gov. Newsom Less Than Enthusiastic About Reparations Checks
Newsom, who created the reparations panel in the first place, is likely building up his “middle of the road” bona fides, perhaps anticipating wading into the 2024 presidential race.
Legal Insurrection recently reported that the California Reparations Task Force formally recommended that the state offer payments of up to $1.2 million to every qualifying Black resident.
Apparently, the thought of writing checks that exceed the California budget was more than super-progressive Governor Gavin Newsom could take. He has declined to endorse the reparations panel’s payment plans.
“The Reparations Task Force’s independent findings and recommendations are a milestone in our bipartisan effort to advance justice and promote healing. This has been an important process, and we should continue to work as a nation to reconcile our original sin of slavery and understand how that history has shaped our country,” Newsom said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
While the Democratic governor applauded the task force’s work, he declined to endorse any specific recommendations, though he pledged to continue to “advance systemic changes that ensure an inclusive and equitable future for all Californians.”
Newsom also asserted that the state has already addressed many of the panel’s recommendations.
“Dealing with that legacy is about much more than cash payments,” Newsom said in the statement. “This work must continue. Following the Task Force’s submission of its final report this summer, I look forward to a continued partnership with the Legislature to advance systemic changes that ensure an inclusive and equitable future for all Californians.”
“I think he’s setting a realistic expectation there probably won’t be check payments in the amount we’ve bannered around,” said State Senator Steven Bradford, who is also a member of the task force. “I’ve tried to temper people’s expectations that it might not be a check”
Bradford noted reparations payments are more likely to come in the form of education, housing, land, and access to other resources that have been out of reach for a group of people that have been harmed by the societal impacts of slavery.
“There’s a lot of stuff we can do, and I just want people to be open and accepting to the fact that reparations could take many forms,” Bradford said.
This attitude from Newsom may seem shocking. However, there are two reasons the normally super-woke governor is cool with writing checks. To begin with, with Big Tech banking troubles and residents fleeing the state (along with their businesses), the Golden State is a bit cash-strapped.
Newsom in January released a $297 billion spending plan for 2023-24 that projected a $22.5 billion deficit, a sharp swing away from last year’s $100 billion surplus. A week later, the Legislative Analyst’s Office warned of “a good chance” that California revenues would come in lower than the governor forecast and that additional cuts would be needed to fill the gap.
Since then, the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates and moved up the expected date that the U.S. will reach its debt limit. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its key interest rate to the highest level in 16 years.
California also extended its tax filing deadline to Oct. 16 to align with the Biden Administration and ease burdens on Californians hit by major winter storms.
Those factors all make it more difficult for California’s budget officials to accurately predict the state’s fiscal future.
The second reason is purely political. Newsom is likely building up his “middle of the road” bona fides, perhaps anticipating wading into the 2024 presidential race (depending on what happens to the current occupant of the Oval Office).
Reconfiguring himself as the champion of all Americans is going to be hard to do if this recent poll of California voters is any indication.
Seven out of 10 said they would not like to see him make a bid for the White House in the next election, per a new Quinnipiac University poll of registered California voters. Even a majority of Democrats (54 percent) still say he shouldn’t run next year.
“A resounding thumbs down from the home team as California voters tell the governor: if you have designs on the big job beyond Sacramento, we’re not on board,” said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.
The smooth move is a classic Newsom maneuver. However, many of us will not let Newsom forget that he was the one who created the reparations panel in the first place.
So, let me get this straight. Calif. Gov Newsom signs bill to establish a ridiculous first-in-the-nation task force to study reparations for blacks—then rejects its ridiculous recommendation for reparations for blacks? Demonstrating, yet again, how Dems pimp blacks for votes. pic.twitter.com/DNO9yNruON
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I find it hard to believe that he has realized california is running out of other people’s money.
It’s not that, it’s that the amount they demanded is so utterly ludicrous that even committed Democrats were saying ‘what the ****?!?!?’
$1.2 million is utterly insane, even for the smoothbrains that think reparations is a good idea. It’s more than any of them will see for most of their entire lives.
It is amazing that even lo0king through all that Bryl Cream in his hair he was still able to see the hard reality of this. This is not playing well in California and is not going to play well in any other state in the country. Not a person alive today was a slave owner and there is not any living person in America who was a slave. This is an Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson shake down pure and simple. The black race baiting professionals will end up with more of the money than anyone else if any is ever paid.
I’ve never read such anti-black rhetoric. It is yet another example of the systemic racism inherent in Democrat political leaders. Is it any wonder that The name Newsom sounds like Noose ‘em?
Ron Coleman.. the guy in the right column here, all the time, simple said
“He is running”
Gavin for president? God help us all.
Question for any lawyers here, The Federal Statute of Limitations for a civil suit is 4 years. The civil suit of Carrol v Trump was held in Federal Court, so how can a state statute of limitations law override?
The SOL is based upon NY state law.
Carrol was part of the lobby for NYS to create a one-year window to file SOL expired sexual abuse cases.
You mean the dapper and fragrant Newsom is walking it back? If this clown is going to seek a middle of the road way, rest assured he will occupy the left lane.
My bet is that he will occupy the left and right lane by driving the middle of the white line. Like al leftists, he knows he gets half the road, he just wants the middle half. Then no one can pass.
“with his pretty eyes and his perfect hair”
“He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.
And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
“Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked.”
The poem has a happy ending, too.
“The Reparations Task Force’s independent findings and recommendations are a milestone in our bipartisan effort to advance justice and promote healing. This has been an important process, and we should continue to work as a nation to reconcile our original sin of slavery and understand how that history has shaped our country,” Newsom said.
Ummmm, Gavin. Note to self. It takes the entire nation to have that conversation. Having left wing ass kissers in California who abuse blacks for votes is not working as a nation.
One more point for you. When blacks step up and use their God given talents to excel in school, take responsibility for their own actions, and realize that they have NEVER been slaves and their future depends upon themselves, then and only then will the systemic racism they have caused themselves can be repaired.
I repeat: A state that never had slavery, willing to pay people who have never been slaves, with money from people who never owned slaves, is not the right approach.
With respect to your last paragraph, Gavin should just come out and say that under those circumstance we will take into account benefits received under LBJ’s Great Society and subsequent programs, including Affirmative Action and doing nothing about many crimes. Considering those benefits, you have long since gotten your due. Bye.
He’s surely the wrong man to have THAT conversation.
And don’t forget 300,000 Yankees dead in Southern dust.
If ANYONE (or organization) owes reparations, it is the Democrat Party, the party of slavery, segregation, and Jim Crow, the party that had a 1924 political convention that was nicknamed the “Klan Bake” because of all the involvement of the KKK.
I don’t think it is ‘tempering expectations’ to reject the recommendation of the committee. The expectations were raised by the establishment of the committee and by the framework of what was released along the way, culminating in this final set of recommendations. There are folks who believe that ‘reparations’ has already become a promise in law and that this committee is working on the details of the amount of the checks. The blowback when checks don’t show up isn’t going to be pretty.
Kinda like the promise of 40 acres and a mule. Never happened.
Because someone (in this case Sherman) promised blacks 40 acres and a mule as a decree that didn’t have the force of law.
Now a bunch of hacks in California promise millions of taxpayer $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ that exceed the revenue of California.
So, blacks will now complain that they had a promise, didn’t get what was promised, and spend the next 150 years complaining about oppression because they didn’t get what was promised.
At some point, my hope is that blacks will begin to understand that their climb out of poverty and dependency on the government will only be achieved when they decide to stop depending on the modern day plantation master – the government.
Black people have become so infantilized by loyalty to the Democrats that they may not know how to escape. The Plantation has no walls and no fence and no guards, just in the conditioned minds of those inside. .
Good luck with that happening. All it takes to control blacks is for Democrats to constantly accuse Republicans of being racist. And they’ll get nothing for their votes because they are an easy mark.
There’s a whole bunch of Federal land under control of the Bureau of Land Management available to be distributed. How about 80 acres and the present value of a post Civil War mule, seeds and basic tools? Homesteading, much less farming, ain’t for the feint of heart or slackers.
Giving land to the lame, limp, and lazy isn’t the same as being productive with it.
Plus the land isn’t located in Los Angeles, but more likely Outer Bumfuck Nevada or WheredaHellamI Utah.
80 acres and a roto-tiller is much better than 40 acres and a mule.
The anti-racist California voters should demand that Newsom immediately raise taxes sufficiently to pay $1.2 million to each black CA resident. What’s the holdup??
Give them land?
“This land is
yourmy land and this land is my land
From California to the New York island
From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for
youme and me…”
I seem to remember both Bill and Hillary Clinton polling poorly in Arkansas. Terrible California poll results won’t slow down Newsom.
It sure didn’t slow down that ignorant c*nt Kamala Harris.
Of course he’s be backing out. Blacks are the perpetual Charlie Brown trying to kick the football from the woke white Leftist’s conniving Lucy. And they have no one to blame but themselves and their intransigence of voted more 90% of the time for woke white Leftists.
Listen to Newsom between the lines. What does that 1.2 million in cold hard cast buy in return? If you said “more votes, of course” then the logical follow up is why Newsom is risking not only taking those extra votes away but also taking away sure legacy votes by angering the targeted demographic?
You can only conclude that votes don’t matter anymore. Food for thought for the upcoming 2024 elections.
If Newsom doesn’t deliver that money, to whom will go his votes? To someone who promises to deliver the money. Don’t be surprised if there appears a candidate for governor in CA who will do exactly that.
It doesn’t matter what the voters do. All that matters is, who counts the vote. Six weeks, in secret, using mail-in ballots, based on the list of drivers’ licenses, where illegal aliens are entitled to licenses, and changes of address can be ignored.
Sounds like Newsom remembered he’s white
I guess that means he is a White Supremacist. Literally taking money from blacks who, according to his hand picked Reparations Panel, are deserving of this money in order to heal the racism in this nation.
Now, these well deserving people will be deprived of up to $1.2 million per person that could be used to satisfy their needs and put them on the path to recovery and success. Without this money, none of them can be assured that they can climb the mountain of oppression and slavery that has been holding them back since their birth.
No, he just wants the usual contracts and kickbacks scheme, where friends and family get the contracts and of course the little people never see either the money or the benefit.
“been out of reach for a group of people that have been harmed by the societal impacts of slavery.”
Nobody alive has been harmed by slavery!
“Nobody alive has been harmed by slavery!”
Except white people who have to hear every day how we are the oppressors of those of African descent.
When do we go after the slave traders in Africa? You know, the bush people who went slave hunting to sell at the slave auctions?
As I recall, none of those were white, but they sho’ did keep the auctions open with plenty of slaves.
“Newsom is less than enthusiastic about reparations”
He should’ve thought about that before he opened Pandora’s box by creating the reparations panel in the first place. What was he thinking—there was any way on this green earth that they would come back and not recommend reparations?
Good luck on trying to close that box now that’s it’s been opened.
The essence of a con job, like comedy, is timing.
As I’ve said here before, this farce accomplished its mission, will be now be allowed to fade into a dark corner, and be dusted off when needed again to con blacks out of votes again.
Another interesting aspect of it to me is that if you read it closely, it had little to do with slavery reparations per se but built more on the myth of “‘mistreatment” of blacks in modern times such as “over-representaion in prison populations”. Do they really think the Hispanics and Asians in California are going to let that one slide without demanding their goodies as well?
Just how many boxes did Pandora have and how curious are the Democrats to see what is in them all?
“The Reparations Task Force’s independent findings and recommendations are a milestone in our bipartisan effort to advance justice and promote healing.”
Now I know how to say “Bless your heart” in Californian.
1. Free college tuition
2. Remedial education to enable qualification for admission to college)
3. Guaranteed jobs that must be held by actual productivity/work (for those who don’t qualify for admission to a college) – you get three chances to find work for which you are suited, after that you’re on your own (there was no guarantee that the freed slaves would make good with that forty acres, there should be no guarantee now)
That “forty acres and a mule” implied a lot of hard work. If they really want that promise fulfilled, there’s no need to just hand out money.
Promises get votes, defaulting on debt doesn’t.
He doesn’t have the money for this insanity and reality is biting him in his 4th quarter point of contact.
Don’t believe him … Newsom will do it eventually …