Recently, Governor Gavin Newsom of California has launched a series of attack ads on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
However, these ads have achieved little more than laughter and bemusement, given the principal purpose of the ads: urging Floridians to relocate from a largely free state to the notoriously lockdown-happy land of California.
Needless to say, the COVID measures alone undertaken by Newsom, coupled with his complete and total hypocrisy, are enough to turn most individuals off from moving westward.
Even barring the lockdowns and borderline communist governance, California features a number of other unattractive characteristics, relative not just to Florida, but most of the nation’s other states.
For starters, California bears the dubious honor of having the highest income tax rate of all 50 states, standing at an eye-watering 13.3 percent.
In comparison, Florida features 0 percent income tax, with residents only responsible for federal income taxes.
In addition, California has also soared to the top of lists for most expensive gasoline in the nation, with most gas stations selling petrol at well over $6 per gallon.
Other factors include an exorbitant cost of living, with San Francisco and Los Angeles rivaling even New York City in terms of astronomical costs.
These costs are further compounded by California’s general absence of public transportation, which means most residents, unlike New Yorkers, are forced to own cars, thereby incurring additional expenses.
Unsurprisingly, California ranks near the bottom of all 50 states in terms of cost of living.
Economic factors aside, the state is also well known for violent riots, “smash and grab” robberies, widespread homeless encampments, prolific drug use, and a completely porous border that actively encourages illegal immigration, much of which is motivated by the desire to pervert local, state, and national elections.
As a result, DeSantis and his team are rather bemused by pitiable efforts to sway Floridians to leave sanity, freedom, and relatively reasonable cost of living for the cesspool that California has become.
In remarks to The Daily Wire, DeSantis spokesman Dave Abrams remarked that “[Floridians] pay no mind to the pathetic smear campaigns from the Democrats and their allies in the corporate media,” adding that “Gavin Newsom might as well light a pile of cash on fire” in his efforts to persuade Americans to trust him over DeSantis with their lives and livelihoods.
“Pass the popcorn for his desperate attempt to win back the California refugees who fled the hellhole he created in his state to come to Florida,” Abrams chortled.