El Centro, Calif., is the largest U.S. city to be situated entirely below sea level. At the moment, it's also home to the country's most underwater job market. Nationally, the unemployment rate sits at 9.5 percent. But in the El Centro metropolitan area, it's a staggering 27.6 percent. And as workers across the country struggle to navigate the anemic labor market, El Centro has emerged as a case study about just how fragile the economic recovery can be.
But they will probably re-elect Rep. Bob Filner (D-51) to a another term representing them in Washington. They will probably re-elect Democrats Denise Moreno Ducheny (a lawyer) and Manuel Perez (a co-founder of La Union Estudiantil de la Raza) to their State Legislatures. They have no clue that one of the reasons they are in such a depressed state is because of the socialist policies brought on by Democrats.
They are in a cycle of despair that cannot be broken by promises of more government programs, because the California and the U.S. governments are broke. They cannot pay the existing bills for the existing programs, which have not helped the people of El Centro one iota.
So keep it up El Centro. Keep sending the same tired people with the same old tired ideas back into office, and see if the outcome changes. Do that and we'll see if you can break the 30% barrier by year's end.