Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The 51st State? Independence Declared From “Commiefornia”

An effort to stand guard over liberty is taking shape in the least likely place I know of─California.
Four years ago, a venture capitalist named Tim Draper sought to split Commiefornia into six parts.  The effort failed miserably.
"The current state of California has become governed by a tyranny," the founding group’s Vice Chairman Robert Paul Preston declared.
“After years of over-taxation, regulation, and mono-party politics the State of California and many of its 58 Counties have become ungovernable. The nature of the State becoming ungovernable has caused a decline in essential basic services such as education, law enforcement, fire protection, transportation, housing, health care, taxation, voter rights, banking, state pension systems, prisons, state parks, water resource management, home ownership, infrastructure and many more.”
Claiming the authority of Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, the aspiring 51st state plans to convince California's legislature to split the state before submitting the resolution to Congress.
Despite obstacles, doubters, and obvious long odds the group stands united in their statehood dream. “We have to demonstrate that we can govern ourselves before we are allowed to govern,” Tom Reed, a founder, told CBS.
The list of dysfunctions crippling “Commiefornia” would easily fill a volume: a  dysfunctional legislature that has been gerrymandered to protect virtually every seat; a dysfunctional proposition system enables special interests to craft protected fiefdoms via the ballot box; recalcitrant public unions who don't see anything wrong with public servants getting 90% of top-pay in pensions while still earning big bucks as "contract employees", an enormous population of undocumented workers who pay only sales taxes and whose employers pay no payroll taxes only scratches the surface.
I’m rooting for these courageous citizens and hope their dream of statehood is realized.

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