“Anyone you ask has a horror story. At some point we have to decide enough is enough and deal with it in a radically new way.”
— Jeff Stone
As the followers of this blog are well aware, I have many such stories.
Jeff Stone, a Republican county supervisor, has proposed that thirteen southern and eastern California counties secede from the state.
And Los Angeles is not invited.
According to The New York Times, this little movement is starting to strike a chord with many Californians. Stone claims “his office has been inundated with thousands of e-mails, letters and phone calls supporting his call for secession.”
Apparently, this is not the first time California counties have discussed breaking away from the Union. There have been more than 200 proposals since 1850.
However, there is one key problem with Stone’s proposal. The counties that want to secede likely contribute to a much smaller percentage of California’s overall GDP than “Blue” California, which would retain the dual dynamos of Silicon Valley and Hollywood.
All kidding aside, the best way to solve California’s problems is to call a statewide Constitutional Convention, in which everything is in play.
That means potentially doing away with California’s referendum system, which has been a failed experiment in direct democracy. It also means potentially abolishing the “popular” Proposition 13, which is effectively a wealth transfer from the poorer, younger generation, to the wealthier, elder generation.