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James Woods Spots Epic Traffic Sign About Illegals, Instantly Goes Viral

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Hollywood icon and Twitter conservative par excellence James Woods is one of the few very openly conservative celebrities in La La Land. He’s not the only one saying some wonderfully politically incorrect stuff out there, mind you — but he’s probably the only one famous for reasons aside from punditry.

However, when he finds someone else saying something else brilliant about the mess that California is in thanks to liberalism, he’s more than happy to share it, especially in 280 characters or less.

For those of you who haven’t visited Los Angeles recently, the roads are (predictably) a mess.

This isn’t just because one of the most ostensibly eco-conscious cities in the world is also filled with tons and tons of cars. It’s also because the penurious state doesn’t exactly have the money to fix them.

However, as one group of street artists noted in this recent work, the state has plenty of money for other priorities — and Woods decided to tweet it out for the world to see.

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Yes, Los Angeles has the second-worst streets in the country, according to a 2016 report from TRIP. That’s just behind San Francisco-Oakland — which, I bet you can guess which state that’s in, too.

What’s ironic is both of those areas are in climates that don’t experience harsh winters, which are the usual cause of potholes.

According to KPCC, potholes cost Los Angeles-area drivers nearly $3,000 a year in both auto damage the associated costs of bad roads.

Do you think the state of California needs to get its priorities in order?

Yet, Los Angeles seems to find other ways to spend money besides repairing its broken roads. In 2015 and 2016, Fox News reported, Los Angeles County made $1.3 billion in welfare payouts to illegal aliens.

Los Angeles currently has the second-largest population of illegal aliens in the country, with an estimated 1 million, right behind New York City with 1.2 million. So, why would any city or state want illegal immigrants? Well, just ask James W. Lucas, who’s studied the issue.

In a piece over at National Review written after California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the Trump administration over its plan to ask people whether or not they’re citizens on the 2020 census, Lucas argued the answer is that it provides cities and states who have large numbers of illegal immigrants with greater political power — so long as the census counts them.

“Immigration has a profound effect on politics at the intra-state level as well. As between states, non-citizen immigrant populations are unevenly dispersed within states. They generally concentrate in urban areas, where they distort the apportionment of state legislatures and congressional seats even more than nationally,” Lucas wrote.

In research for his new book, Lucas said he found “New York City has at least ten more seats in the 150-member assembly (the lower house of the New York State legislature) than it would if apportionment were based on the citizen population. In Illinois, Cook County (Chicago) has at least one extra seat in the U.S. House of Representatives based on counting its large non-citizen population. This pattern is found across the nation.”

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Perhaps not surprisingly, these locales are those that have fought Trump hardest on the issue of immigration. Of course, this power comes with a tradeoff — that being paying for residents who don’t pay most taxes.

So, if you live in Southern California and you’re tired of L.A.’s potholes, you know who to thank — all courtesy of some enterprising street artists and James Woods.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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