You’ve probably heard that California, or at least a few of the 39 million people in California would like to leave the United States and form their own country. The group “Yes! California” is trying to get over 580,000 signatures on a petition to put the secession movement on the 2018 ballot. They’ve currently got 53 chapters set up across the state, and have about 39,000 “likes” on their Facebook page.
How nice for them! By the way, 580,000 signatures is about 1.5% of the population. 39,000 “likes” equals one person liking the page for every 1,000 residents. Not exactly what one would call an overwhelming response. My idea? Let them go!
California does indeed pay more out in taxes than it receives. They are totally out of step with the rest of the country on most issues, and feel that they get the raw end of the deal when it comes to presidential elections, because they only have 55 electoral college votes for its 39,000,000 people. They think that’s unfair. Actually, they are looking at it totally wrong.
If California were to leave the union, they’d be taking with them 53 members of the House of Representatives, 39 of whom are Democrats, 13 of whom are Republicans (there is one vacancy at the moment). They would lose two Democrat Senators, and they would lose 55 electoral college votes. The end analysis would be that the Republicans would pick up 26 seats in the House, 2 seats in the Senate. How would it effect the presidential elections?
Not at all.
Going back to 1916, if you took out the times California voted for a Democrat and subtracted that out of the total, it would have changed Woodrow Wilson’s win over Charles E. Hughes in 1916. Other than that, it wouldn’t have made a difference in ANY presidential outcome.
Of course, we’d lose Disneyland, Pebble Beach, and the Petrified Forest. Hollywood leaving would probably be viewed as an asset from most of the country, and we wouldn’t have to worry about funding their rebuild when the San Andres Fault finally hits with the big one…they’d be on their own with that! We’d also not have to worry about their continued left leaning policies that do nothing but suck money out of its citizens. We wouldn’t have to worry about their “sanctuary cities” or their weird education system, or their fruit & nuts approach to life. No…overall, I would definitely be one to sign that petition! After all, we can always get our avocados from Mexico. Other than that and the other stuff they grow between Lost Angeles and San Francisco, there’s really not much California offers us. We could move the TV and movie studios east a little bit, just keep the actors out of the country. Who needs another Charlie or Martin Sheen series anyway?
If California really wants to leave, I can’t really think of a good reason for keeping them. And to make sure they stay there, we can build a wall from the Mexican border to the Oregon border! After all, we wouldn’t have to worry about building one from the Pacific to Arizona, would we?
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!