“Ain’t no palm trees…Ain’t no movie stars…From the part of California I come from.”
– Cracker, from the song California Country Boy
As we asked last year, “Should we just cut the big cities loose?”
It looks like some in California agree that it might not be such a bad idea. Introducing: New California.
It works for everyone. The urbanites can enjoy their high taxes, welfare, and government “services.” The suburbs and the rural areas can enjoy low taxes and something close to representative government. Sounds like a win/win to me.
I have to say however that though I like the New California idea, I like the State of Jefferson idea too, which breaks off the northern 1/4 of California and the bottom 1/3 of Oregon. Believe it or not Jefferson was actually on the edge of happening at one point but the movement was derailed by World War 2.
(From Sacramento CBS)
With the reading of their own version of a Declaration of Independence, founders of the state of New California took the first steps to what they hope will eventually lead to statehood.
To be clear, they don’t want to leave the United States, just California.
“Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California,” said founder Robert Paul Preston.
The state of New California would incorporate most of the state’s rural counties, leaving the urban coastal counties to the current state of California.