Fixing the Golden State
For Now, No Six Flags Over California
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  • rheddles

    Is Texas too big to work? What’s the difference? Let me ponder that awhile.

    • Boritz

      Texas doesn’t have a border with Mexico and a large influx of undocumented immigrants, or else it’s the politics.

  • wigwag

    Professor Mead and team, please find a psychiatrist and have him or her give you a prescription for
    prozac or zoloft; you’re surely in need of it. You are all such downers! Does the glass ever look half full to you or does it always seem half empty? Why does everything seem so gloomy to your otherwise hardy band of intrepid bloggers all the time?

    If California were a nation, it would have the ninth largest economy in the world; on a per-capita basis, it’s GDP would place it at number 6 on the planet. Since 2011, California’s economic growth rate has exceeded that of every large nation in the EU including Germany.

    California is far from perfect, but your desire to split it up into cantons makes about as much sense as independence for Scotland.

    Besides, it doesn’t matter what Californians want; Congress would have to permit a break-up of California and the chances of the GOP permitting that is zero. Under the scenario you described in your post, California would have 12 Senators instead of 2; the vast majority of these would surely be Democrats.

    I know California depresses you; it’s a Blue State that is extraordinarily prosperous and works reasonably well. It’s far from perfect; but then most American states and foreign nations are far from perfect.

    Cheer up and stop kvetching about California. You’ll feel better. I promise.

    • MartyH

      Based on results, California’s economic policies are objectively anti-jobs. The state has-by far-the longest continuous string of monthly unemployment numbers above the national average. The last time the state’s unemployment rate was at or below the national average was mid 1990. Every month since then-for two dozen years, through the dotcom boom and bust, the real estate boom and bust- the state’s unemployment rate has been above the national average. the only conclusion one can reach is that the state’s policies do not lead to job formation.

      In 1989, California’s inequality was 37th worst; now it is 44th worst.

      Water is foundational to society; California faces chronic and growing water shortages, causing economic and ecological damage.

      Likewise, cheap energy is foundational to modern society. California has some of the highest electricity and gas prices in the country, and these will be going up as AB 32 implemented.

      In the meantime, the state is spending billions it does not have to build a “bullet” train to solve the non-existent problem of getting between the two major population centers.

      One state Senator was recently convicted of felony voter fraud; two others are under indictment for other crimes.

      That does not fit my definition of “working reasonably well.”

      Regarding your assertion that the majority of new Senators would be Democrats, Jefferson and Central CA send Republicans to Congress and so would send Republicans to the Senate. Silicon Valley and West CA would have Democratic Senators. South and North CA would be contested. Of the ten new Senators, the Republicans would probably expect to get 5-6 seats.

  • Great post. The schizophrenic state of utility regulation in California is compelling evidence of the need to break up the Golden State. That break up is probably not within the realm of political possibility – at least for the foreseeable future. Given this political reality, what to do in the meantime?

    • rheddles

      Emigrate.

  • Andrew Allison

    By the logic of this post we should focus on downsizing the Federal government by strictly limiting its powers to those enumerated in Article 1 Section 8 the Constitution. With much less scope for mischief, er legislation at the federal level, we could also significantly downsize the House. The trouble with California is not that it is too big to work but that it is a poster child for the problems of deep Blue states. Dismembering it would simply create more of them.

  • Guest

    Dear Mr. Draper,

    Just thought you would like to know, many of your contractors who
    had the poorest validity on your project are now blaming your press
    comments for the failure of this petition. They are saying that your
    comments brought their validity down. I find that odd, considering
    that Riverside and Ventura were able to pull in very high validity
    and good numbers under any circumstance. You petition could have
    qualified if the poorest performing contractors had simply done their
    job right like the other contractors. Unfortunately, Arno hasn’t paid
    these high validity people yet, while apparently the low validity
    people were paid because his brother was working in the office.

    I have even seen a statement from a petitioner who says they saw
    these contractors accept a 40% turn in with their own eyes. Their
    performance alone can account for the 17,000 signatures that the
    sample count fell short on for a full count.

    The good people on this project are still waiting for their money
    and beginning to grumble that the client ripped them off. I
    personally believe that you paid Mr. Arno in full. They are also
    upset that Mr. Arno was the highest paid contractor in the state and
    yet he hasn’t paid his bills yet. Some that were paid in full are
    saying that they never trusted Mr. Arno to pay them and that’s why
    they quit the project early instead of seeing it through and that if
    Mr. Arno had a track record of paying his people, this petition would
    have qualified.

    Others are seeing these facts confirmed because the people who
    stuck this project out to the end are still waiting for their pay,
    pay that they desperately need to pay their rent and other bills, and
    are wondering if they will ever get paid at all. They think it’s
    unfair that Mr. Arno got to keep his profit, but they are behind on
    their own bills.

    Please help, Mr. Draper. Many of us worked tirelessly in support
    of your cause despite the fact that Mr. Arno brought in people who
    undermined us, lied to the voters and cheated. We really wanted to
    see this qualify, and now we have nothing to show for it but unpaid
    bills and empty promises from Mr. Arno.

    Condolences to all of us on this loss, especially to you,

    A very sad petitioner

  • angryaboutballotfraud

    This is a message that a petitioner asked me to share:

    Dear Mr. Draper,

    Just thought you would like to know, many of your contractors who
    had the poorest validity on your project are now blaming your press
    comments for the failure of this petition. They are saying that your
    comments brought their validity down. I find that odd, considering
    that Riverside and Ventura were able to pull in very high validity
    and good numbers under any circumstance. You petition could have
    qualified if the poorest performing contractors had simply done their
    job right like the other contractors. Unfortunately, Arno hasn’t paid
    these high validity people yet, while apparently the low validity
    people were paid because his brother was working in the office.

    I have even seen a statement from a petitioner who says they saw
    these contractors accept a 40% turn in with their own eyes. Their
    performance alone can account for the 17,000 signatures that the
    sample count fell short on for a full count.

    The good people on this project are still waiting for their money
    and beginning to grumble that the client ripped them off. I
    personally believe that you paid Mr. Arno in full. They are also
    upset that Mr. Arno was the highest paid contractor in the state and
    yet he hasn’t paid his bills yet. Some that were paid in full are
    saying that they never trusted Mr. Arno to pay them and that’s why
    they quit the project early instead of seeing it through and that if
    Mr. Arno had a track record of paying his people, this petition would
    have qualified.

    Others are seeing these facts confirmed because the people who
    stuck this project out to the end are still waiting for their pay,
    pay that they desperately need to pay their rent and other bills, and
    are wondering if they will ever get paid at all. They think it’s
    unfair that Mr. Arno got to keep his profit, but they are behind on
    their own bills.

    Please help, Mr. Draper. Many of us worked tirelessly in support
    of your cause despite the fact that Mr. Arno brought in people who
    undermined us, lied to the voters and cheated. We really wanted to
    see this qualify, and now we have nothing to show for it but unpaid
    bills and empty promises from Mr. Arno.

    Condolences to all of us on this loss, especially to you,

    A very sad petitioner

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