Tuesday, November 22, 2016
California Seceding? Don't Make Me Laugh!
The latest manifestation of butt hurt, crybaby lefties are threats from Democrat owned California to secede from the United States.
Here's a sample of what the#neverTrumpers at Bloomberg have to say:
Immediately after the election, state Senate President Kevin de León and his Assembly counterpart, Anthony Rendon, both Latinos from Southern California, sent out a scathing statement in English and Spanish assuring all 39 million Californians that they were ready for political war. “Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California,” they wrote. “We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution.”
With the largest economy in the U.S. and the sixth-largest in the world, the state enjoys greater independence from Washington than most. It was the first state to adopt its own vehicle emissions standards, in 2002. In 2012, California created the only state-level cap-and-trade system for limiting greenhouse gas emissions after Republicans in Congress rejected a national model. California, which has more undocumented immigrants than any other state, offers them driver’s licenses as well as financial aid for college. It has imposed some of the country’s strictest background checks on firearms purchases. It’s one of three states to provide paid family and medical leave and one of five that require employers to offer paid sick leave. “This is unlike anything we’ve seen in modern political history,” says de León. “We’re going to do everything in our power to protect our people and our values as Californians.”
State Democrats say there’s plenty they can do short of leaving the U.S. California has long been a net contributor to Washington’s coffers, receiving an estimated 78¢ in federal spending in return for every dollar it sends, according to a study by the Washington-based Tax Foundation, a nonprofit think tank that provides analysis of federal and state tax policies. That gives state leaders potential leverage when it comes to complying with policies it doesn’t like, starting with the deportation of undocumented immigrants.
From January 2014 to September 2015, California released immigrants considered deportable under federal law in more than 11,000 instances, rather than keeping them in custody for federal agents, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement data obtained by the Texas Tribune. The next state on the list, New York, released people in fewer than 2,000 cases.
The article's certainly correct about that last part. One of these 'immigrants' they refused to hold for ICE (let's be more honest than Bloomberg and call them illegal migrants instead) was a career criminal murdered Kate Steinle in San Francisco. And that's after he was deported five times.
Let's examine this bolshoi in detail, shall we?
The reason for the uproar among California Democrats has nothing to do with values. It has to do with maintaining their political power. California is a solid blue state today simply because the electorate was deliberately changed by the state's Democrats using a combination of open borders,extremely generous social welfare benefits and high taxation to pay for it that caused a lot of the sort of people who used to vote Republican to leave the state.
California, which has the largest population of illegal migrants in America is arguably the easiest state in the union to commit voter fraud in. Democrat President Clinton's 'voter-motor' legislation automatically registers to vote anyone getting a driver's license or registering a vehicle who checks a box asking to be registered to vote. California changed that slightly by automatically registering them to vote unless they checked a box asking not to be registered to vote.
The state gives driver's licenses to illegal migrants and not only does it not check immigration status, but it allows illegal migrants to obtain California driver's licenses with a matricula consular card issued by one of the numerous Mexican consulates in the state as their only identification. Needless to say, the consulates don't check anyone's data too closely, and if there's a problem, $50 0r $100 cash to the right clerk will get you a matricula consular ID with any name or details you want.
The state has no voter ID laws at all, and a recent Univision poll that the station quickly suppressed and took off the internet showed that a third of the respondents who admitted to being in California illegally also admitted they had voted. And why wouldn't they? There's nothing stopping them, they're duly registered and the president of the United States encouraged them to vote in the last election!
So now you know exactly why many California Democrats are up in arms over actually enforcing our immigration laws. And a big part of what's behind the recent secession fervor.
Right now, as I write this there's an organized group submitting a proposed ballot measure to the state attorney general’s office for a 2018 vote.
It's unlikely to go anywhere for a number of reasons. The national Democrat party will fight it tooth and nail because without California, they lose two senate seats and 39 House seats, and they're doomed to minority status forever. A large part of the state would likely refuse to leave the United States. And November 2018 would take place almost two years after President Trump takes office. A fair amount of those illegal migrant votes the proponents are counting on to shove this through will likely not be available by then. Finally, as we'll see, the cost would likely bankrupt the state.
But just for giggles, let's assume it gets on the ballot, is put to a vote, and passes. How exactly would that work out for California?
As secession proponents are fond of repeating, the state is the world's sixth largest economy and contributes $1 to the federal treasury for every 78 cents it receives in federal funding. What they aren't looking at is the nature of what California contributes and where it comes from, or the nature of that federal spending.
California's large economy primarily derives from the fact that it can ship things like high tech and agricultural products to the rest of the United States tariff free and receive imports from the rest of America duty free. If the new nation/state of California expects to receive the same deal after a hostile secession, they're kidding themselves.
Just imagine how quickly most of Silicon Valley would relocate faced with a 25% tariff on what it exports to the rest of America! Not only that, but things California now gets for free would be things the state would now have to finance, like defense, the Coast Guard, airport security, Medicare, MedicAid (that's $15 billion for the exchange alone) a merchant marine to ship its good overseas, various regulatory agencies...it's a long and costly list.
Another thing secessionists aren't calculating astounds me, given that it's California we're talking about...that divorces always cost money.
California has millions in Federal infrastructure. There are office buildings, highways, post offices, military bases, armories, dams, national parks, prisons, VA hospitals, communications networks and terminals, fire watching stations,and railroads among other things that the Federal government will rightly demand to be reimbursed for since they were paid for with federal funds.
Also, much of what California contributes to the federal treasury is in the form of taxes. This includes excise taxes on gasoline, communications, the internet, and all sorts of other things. A lot of this stuff would have to be imported to the new nation, and the cheapest and nearest source is Red America unless the new California government wants to enrage its powerful environmental lobby by drilling offshore near those pretty beaches. Setting up an oil or natural gas infrastructure is costly too. And so is importing it. Goodness, they'd actually have to build an oil refinery! And put desalinization plants on the coast to be able to stop buying Colorado River water from Red America. Imagine how high the taxes would have to go to support all that!
Californians thinking about whether to secede will be shocked at how much freedom from America is going to cost.That ratio of dollars paid out versus federal funds received would change really quickly.
The socialist coastal elites have been running - almost wrote ruining, Freudian slip- California for some time now. You won't get any argument out of me that they're insane. Whether they're crazy enough for this, especially since a lot of their tax base - the folks that aren't working for state and local governments would move away to avoid the inevitable sky high taxes that would result is anyone's guess. Mine would be no, but like I said we're not dealing with rational people here.