In response to my post about the Medieval state of Texas, some have suggested that the extremely poor figures on the minimum wage, poverty and the uninsured were due to lots of Mexicans living in Texas. Texas has one of the worst poverty rates in the US, has one of the nation’s highest rates of uninsured people who lack medical insurance and has one of the nation’s highest rates of people working at the minimum wage.
There is a problem with this analysis. Look at California. White nationalists like to trash California by saying it has gone downhill ever since it has become heavily Hispanic. However, California’s economy, last time I checked, was the 8th largest economy in the world. It’s quite a stretch to say that 8th largest economy on Earth is an economic basket case. I for one don’t buy it.
We have budget problems now, mostly because the Republicans refuse to raise taxes. The budget crisis is similar all over the country, and Republicans at the federal level have made it worse by constantly slashing federal money to the states for unknown reasons. What are they trying to do? Crash state governments?
The cause of the economic crisis in California was the housing crash, caused by neoliberal economics and lack of regulation. It was particularly bad in California since our housing prices had run up so high.
The thing is that I do not believe that California has horrible rates of poverty, people working at the minimum wage and persons without medical insurance. These are problems all over America these days, but I don’t believe that California has these problems to any profound degree. At least I have not heard that it does. We have a very liberal Legislature, and if these problems got very bad, they would probably try to do something about it.
Further, Cuba is an Hispanic country. Everyone has health coverage, everyone has a job at a reasonable, non-poverty level wage, and the poverty rate is very low. I think it is 1%. So having lots of Hispanics does not inevitably lead to having lots of poverty, minimum wage workers or folks without health coverage.