By Assemblyman Kevin Kiley – November 4, 2022
|Last night, Gavin Newsom graced the Twitter-verse with this gem:|
No one could figure out what he was talking about. But let’s take his advice. Let’s look at the facts.
FACT: Newsom opposed my bill to suspend the gas tax and the Supermajority killed it at his behest.
FACT: California’s 54-cent gas tax is the highest in the country.
FACT: The price of gas in California is $1.70 above the national average.
FACT: The national price of gas is $1.40 higher than when Biden took office.
FACT: Inflation has gone from 1.2 percent to 8.2 percent since Biden took office.
FACT: The United States is officially in a recession.
FACT: The U.S. homicide rate is at its highest level since the 1990s.
FACT: There were 2.76 million illegal border crossings in the last year – 1 million more than ever.
FACT: Student test scores have plummeted nationwide, especially in California.
The facts are precisely what Newsom and Biden do not want us to look at. That was clear from Biden’s angry and sanctimonious “Democracy is on the Ballot” speech on Wednesday.
But Biden is right in one sense. When Americans – looking at the facts – hand him a resounding defeat, it will be a triumph for democracy indeed.
From the darkest days of the lockdowns, our movement has been propelled by an abiding conviction: that a free people always has the power to make tomorrow better than today.
So let’s get out the vote and create a better tomorrow. Let’s push the momentum of history back towards freedom. Let’s declare, earnestly and urgently, that California is worth fighting for and America is worth saving.