California, where Hillary Clinton has a three and a half-million vote lead, is upset that Donald Trump is going to be our 45th president. So they’ve decided they’re going to take their ball and go home. A number of groups are working to get a measure on the 2018 ballot that would have California leave the United States and form its own country.
Unfortunately the path to independence for the Pyrite State has significant financial and political hurdles. For starters they have to persuade the Congress in 38 states to agree that they can form their own country and secede from the union. The group needs to gather more than 500,000 signatures and that’s an expensive proposition. The good news for the secessionists is they have two years to get volunteers to get those signatures and it’s not difficult to make a solid financial argument that America is better off without California.
People like to point to the fact that California has the sixth largest economy in the world and it would be silly for the other 49 states to let them leave the union. They also point to the fact that business interests in California are enormous, from Hollywood, to the agriculture industry, to Silicon Valley.
In fact, if Californians are given a choice it’s likely that the agriculture industry in California’s Central Valley and Northern California also would overwhelmingly choose to separate from that 25 mile strip along the coast that includes Los Angeles and San Francisco and is filled with nutcase liberals. The reality is that if California broke off into its own nation California residents would likely want the border with the United States on the western side of the Central Valley. That means America only loses Hollywood and Silicon Valley. I don’t see a net loss there.
There’s a huge amount of financial offset when California leaves the United States.
California is currently home to more illegal aliens in any other state, and allowing California to become its own nation would make it a magnet for illegals from the other 49 states. The savings to the federal government on deportation cost would be enormous, and the savings to the individual states – welfare cost, and the cost of educating illegal immigrant children – would dwarf that.
One third of all welfare recipients live in California. Let Nancy Pelosi and Barbara boxer pay for them.
Then there’s California’s public employee pension funds which, by some estimates, are over $1 trillion in the hole. You can bet that come judgment day Californian’s will expect the citizens of the other 49 states to bail them out. Having California form its own country instantly makes that trillion dollar liability go away.
There are certainly a lot of legal hurdles that California will have to overcome to leave the union, but I’m willing to do my part to help them.
If they’re planning on having a vote in 2018 I may even consider moving just over the border into California and staying there long enough to vote in favor of secession. I’ll be back in Phoenix within four hours of casting my vote.
What you think, would you be willing to support California secession from the United States? Let us know in the comments.
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