California continues to make headlines. For good reason. Its toxic, liberal government just keeps baffling us.
As real Americans struggle to survive, California Democrats waste billions on worthless programs.
The sanctuary state puts illegals and dangerous criminals ahead of citizens. Their leaders’ shocking lack of insight leads to yearly droughts, mudslides, and wildfires. Because of epic failures, the state now claims 25% of the nation’s homeless.
And it just keeps getting worse.
But things might change big time. A proposal to alter the state, once and for all, has made it through another hurdle. It’s in the people’s hands now.
From The LA Times:
California’s 168-year run as a single entity, hugging the continent’s edge for hundreds of miles and sprawling east across mountains and desert, could come to an end next year — as a controversial plan to split the Golden State into three new jurisdictions qualified Tuesday for the Nov. 6 ballot.
“Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes,” Tim Draper, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist who sponsored the ballot measure, said in an email to The Times last summer when he formally submitted the proposal. “States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens.”
The proposal aims to invoke Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, the provision guiding how an existing state can be divided into new states. Draper’s plan calls for three new entities — Northern California, California and Southern California — which would roughly divide the population of the existing state into thirds.
If voters agree to split up the state, a long process would begin. It could culminate in the Golden State being chopped up into three major regions.
This isn’t unprecedented. West Virginia broke free from Virginia in 1863, on the eve of the Civil War. It’s clear the values and traditions of Northern California are very different from those in the South and Bay Area. Breaking up the state could give freedom back to many, who right now feel ignored and abused.
What could the fallout be—nationwide? The dynamic of our federal government would change in many ways. California would lose considerable impact in Congress. But more senators would be added. There’s also the Electoral College to think about. Right now, California carries tremendous weight during presidential elections, thanks to its large population. If broken up, all that goes away.
Splitting California into three states could strike a blow into the Democrats’ plans for decades to come.
But can it happen?
Polling suggests that most Californians aren’t interested in breaking up the state. But we know how flawed polling can be. If Draper can mount a successful campaign, perhaps he can win over enough residents. If so, the West Coast will soon look a lot different.
Source: LA Times