How to break up California

Nov. 24, 2012

By John Seiler

California obviously is a preposterously large state. Its 38 million population is greater than the population of 209 of the 242 countries listed by Wikipedia.

It’s greater than Algeria, Canada, Uganda, Iraq, Peru, Venezuela, Saudia Arabia, Afghanistan, etc.

Here’s an obvious way to break up the state: by presidential vote in the recent Nov. 6 election.

The adjacent map shows the Nov. 6 vote. Red counties voted Republican, Blue counties Democrat.

The Democratic areas would be renamed the new state of Jerrytopia.

The Republican areas, which include Orange County and most inland counties, would be renamed the new state of Reaganland.

Jerrytopia then would be free to increase taxes ad libitum. (A little Latin as Jerry likes to use. Translated, it means: tax everyone to death.) The California Teachers Association could sentence opponents to CTA Reedukation Kamps.

Reaganland then would be free to end all income and sales taxes, like New Hampshire; abolish government education; and repeal collective bargaining with government unions.

The only problem would be that refugees from repressed, depressed Jerrytopia would flock to free, prosperous Reaganland. Then the refugees would vote for Jerrytopia-style policies in Reaganland, wrecking it as well.

I guess if you’re a small-government advocate you’re doomed to always be right, and always lose.

(Note: This has been corrected to note that Republican counties are Red, Democratic counties, blue.)





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  1. Tom Tanton
    Tom Tanton 24 November, 2012, 05:42

    John, your map color key is off, I believe (at least as of 530 Sat morning.) More importantly, we already have seen some of the effects you suggest in last two paragraphs…the “fishook” has been ‘broken.’ But there is also a countervailing feature to always-growing-government: when the big government socialists run out of o.p.m., invariably the system collapses one way or another. A return (temporary perhaps in geopolitical timelines) to sanity is as inevitable as the swing to the left. Don’t dispair. The irony is that the fishook has been broken by economic refugees from coastal communities, who’ve made loads o’ cash in the very capitalist free market they damn today.

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  2. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 24 November, 2012, 07:03

    But there is also a countervailing feature to always-growing-government: when the big government socialists run out of o.p.m., invariably the system collapses one way or another.
    Hasn’t it already collapsed??? Do we not run $10-$28 billion deficits annualy, and have been for over a decade????

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  3. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 24 November, 2012, 10:08

    the majority of our states residents live within 5 miles of the coast, and with the exception of OC and that northernmost county-it is all blue.

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  4. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 24 November, 2012, 13:36

    In the small Red states, everyone has the same ideology and the same extreme political/social views. Splitting up CA is a fairy tale, if you want to dream about it–it will never be more than that. CA has diversity of ideologies–thank god! And, best of all–it is magnificent in landscape–and we are going to keep it all in one piece!

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  5. RightCowLeftCoast
    RightCowLeftCoast 24 November, 2012, 15:05

    As a resident of Chula Vista I must say it is a damn crying shame that Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties have turned Blue. We must have taken for granted our tenious hold of those counties, furthermore it doesn’t help that our fellow conservatives and right leaning libertarians are escaping for greener lands out of state.
    It is still salvageable but when an openly gay, socially moderate, reform minded, fiscal conservative cannot win in San Diego it is definitely an uphill battle!

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  6. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 24 November, 2012, 15:18

    “In the small Red states, everyone has the same ideology and the same extreme political/social views.”

    Boy, what a typically smug, self serving opinion. Which small Red states are you talking about? Most Red states are geographically large. Most of the small states are on the East Coast and tend to be ideologically uniform and distinctly left-liberal. I guess your definition of extreme is anyone who disagrees with you.

    “Splitting up CA is a fairy tale, if you want to dream about it–it will never be more than that.”

    Yes, Crazyfornia will remain a giant swirling vortex of political dysfunction and economic foolishness for the foreseeable future. Splitting it up is obviously a fantasy. I think John was just trying to illustrate the geographic distribution of the partisan divide in the state. I doubt he really believes the place will be broken up.

    “CA has diversity of ideologies–thank god!”

    Not in any functional sense it doesn’t. The “Progressive” ideology is clearly the only one that matters anymore in this State. If we had any real political diversity the Demogoguecrats wouldn’t have complete and unfettered control of the place. Being able to choose how far to the left you like your politics isn’t my idea of diversity.

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  7. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 24 November, 2012, 18:17

    I came from WY which is a small Red state, a state I love, by the way, and I was speaking mainly about population–not geographic size. Smug, self serving? I am just speaking on the basis of what I have observed of all the citizenry throughout the country throughout my life. I would never live in a state that I did not like or one in where I do not want to live. What keeps a hater like you in CA?

    As far as my own politics go–I am closer to the center than I am to the left. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to spot extremism –I dislike it at either end of the ideological spectrum.

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  8. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 25 November, 2012, 10:48

    You keep losing elections because the voters who decide elections in California are not ideologues. The more Rabid Right candidates and parties become, the more irrelevant they become. It happened nationally, and it happened in California. Homophobic, anti-Hispanic, anti-government rants will not win elections here.

    The Democrats have gained control in California because the Republicans have failed to put forward reasonable candidates who are willing to put blind partisanship aside to help solve our state’s problems. If you are a moderate voter in our state–the voters who ultimately decide elections–what choice do you have if the Republicans keep moving further and further to the right? You either hold your nose and vote Democratic or you stay home. That’s not rocket science.

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  9. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 25 November, 2012, 11:01

    BTW, even Carl DeMaio, the Republican mayoral candidate from San Diego, said that he was done in by the hard-right political stance of the California Republican Party.

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  10. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 25 November, 2012, 11:11

    seesaw, you ARE SMUG and self serving 🙂

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  11. BGR
    BGR 25 November, 2012, 12:16

    Who gets the nukes?

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  12. Hondo
    Hondo 26 November, 2012, 11:26

    So are you saying the Democrats put forth a ‘reasonable’ candidates. The end result of 30 years of ‘reasonable’ democratic leadership is a state with a built in 10% unemployment rate, the worst in the nation when you look at its size. For gods sake, we can’t even beat North Dakota. The highest number of people on welfare and in poverty. The highest paid teachers resulting in being 48th in test scores.
    By your reckoning, the Jets beat the Patriots this last weekend, too.
    Ps Tebow is god!

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  13. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 26 November, 2012, 13:00

    It’s amusing that StevefromSacto keeps referring to the “Rabid Right” in California when there isn’t any Right here at all. It’s your state. Take it … please.

    (To paraphrase the late, great Henny Youngman.)

    — John Seiler

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