While Democrats nationwide are licking their wounds and trying to regroup, California liberals are pissed and want nothing to do with the rest of the country.
Progressives in the Golden State have formally submitted a plan to secede from the U.S. following Donald Trump’s victory. According to the L.A. Times, activists have submitted a proposed ballot measure to the state’s Attorney General with the hopes that the state will vote in 2018 to become its own independent country.
The group Yes California has been spearheading the movement for the last two years and is very excited about its prospects of Trump’s election.
This is far from the first time that the state has tried to break up. Just last year, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper attempted and failed to get a ballot proposed that would have split California into six different states.
An independent California run by progressives may seem like a dream, but it would end up being a total nightmare. Places like East L.A. would look more like East Berlin.
First and foremost, the state would need to be divided into the 24 counties that voted for Donald Trump. Also, an additional five counties only supported Clinton with a plurality of a vote — they’d probably like to stay in the U.S. as well.
The independent nation of California also runs into the problem that it’s dependent on other states for water. Large portions of Southern California gets its water from the Colorado River; the biggest reservoirs are located in Arizona and Nevada.
Rain and bottled water are not enough to keep SoCal going. An independent California means importing water from a foreign country and tax on the source.
Given the state’s tendency to have massive wildfires and earthquakes, a natural disaster would also impose an even greater strain on the new country.
After the problem with natural resources, you’ll also face an economic difficulty. The middle class is shrinking, and the California Department of Finance reported on November 16th that there’s a tax shortfall of a billion dollars this year.
Liberals love to whine about income inequality, but California is a cesspool of problems. It’s not just expensive cities like San Francisco either where conditions have worsened.
According to an August 2016 study by the Public Policy Institute of California, income inequality has skyrocketed in the Inland Empire, Sacramento, and the Central Valley.
California’s social welfare, economic, and amnesty policy traded in middle-income taxpayers for low-skilled agricultural workers. A nation of California would have an unstable tax structure: wealthy tech billionaires, millionaires from the entertainment world, a small middle class, and millions of people who pick their fruit and clean their houses.
It should go without saying that the progressive plan for open borders, higher taxes, and a generous welfare system will only be exacerbated going into the future.
The independent nation of California may sound like a lovely idea, and for those who can afford it, it will be. Yet, for a large majority of Californians, it will be a nation with a woeful lack of resources, funds, and opportunity.