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I don't know what to think about this.

On the one hand, I think it's a stupid idea.  On the other hand, I can see the point.

Jeff Stone is a member of the Riverside County Board Of Governors in California.  He is spearheading an effort to get several counties to secede from California and form a 51st state, South California.  Here's what the map would look like:

Notice Los Angeles and other notable bastions of the Political Left are not included in the proposed new state.  Oh, did I mention Stone is a Republican?  What?  You guessed that?  I don't know how, you must be psychic.  In point of fact, eleven of the thirteen counties at the center of this typically vote Political Right.

Anyway, Stone told the LA Times, "Los Angeles is purposely excluded because they have the same liberal policies that Sacramento does. The last thing I want to do is create a state that's a carbon copy of what we have now.  Los Angeles just enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags. That put three or four manufacturers out of business."

The secession is supposedly going to be formally proposed at a session tomorrow.  If it goes through, it will take away a third of California's total population.  Population-wise, South California will be larger than Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.  California, meanwhile, would become the second largest state after Texas.

Like I said, I have mixed feelings about this.  People don't feel represented by the government.  At the same time, though, they can get in through local councils and state leges.  Instead of cutting themselves off (it just seems so, "I can't win, so I won't play anymore"), they should be trying to work with their opposites.  It's the "poli" in politics -- it means, "many."  And creating a monoculture isn't the way to do it.

Just wondering about the ability of this to actually happen.  I'll be right here, waiting for the lawsuits to settle.


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Jul. 12th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)

Think about this: Chicago and the burb counties do the same thing and become North Illinois. Don't know if it would help the states fiscal crisis or not but it already feels like Ch-Town is the true Capitol. Food for thought.

Jul. 12th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
I know it is a barely related subject, but that thing with the grocery bags really irritates me. It was the tree hugger environmentalists that INSISTED that we use plastic bags instead of paper ones, now the same people are insisting that we use canvas bags (made in China) that contain lead that can leech into our food. Meanwhile, I know of someone that uses canvas bags that she bought at WalMart, and she has gotten sneers from WalMart check out clerks for using them.

Damnit, I want paper bags back... and soda pop in bottles... that you can get a per bottle refund.
Jul. 12th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
Interesting. If it goes through, and I hope it doesn't but if it does, I'll be living on a state border...
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