Somewhat tongue in cheek as I know he has lots of reasons for wanting to move to Texas, but I found this interesting and a little bit amusing.
First of all, my thanks goes out to TOTWTYTR for thinking of me while reading about the constant doom and gloom that surrounds my home in the “Great State” of California. The truth is, the possibility of a secession would be a long shot and wouldn’t happen without long, drawn out legal battles. However, it goes to show the frustration that many of us in California share.
People that don’t live here often look at us as an extremely liberal state, and from a legislative standpoint, they are correct. However, what people don’t realize is that “majority” of the population is more or less made up of the large metropolitan communities like LA, San Francisco and Sacramento. Geographically speaking, there are more communities that closely resemble my town and are fairly conservative in nature. The culture differences between places like my town and larger areas such as LA and San Francisco are extreme. And what is frustrating to people like me, is that since they (the 3 major cities) hold the majority population-wise, our legislator always leans towards their beliefs and caters to their wishes.
Do I think that my way of life is right, or that their way of life is wrong? No. But what I do know is that it’s completely different and I’m tired of having to live by their rules and their believes while my opinions and beliefs are completely disregarded. Obviously, a split isn’t the only solution to this problem. As long as we have the freedom to come and go as we please, then we always have the option to move to a state that better represents our interests.
Splitting the states would obviously come with it’s share of problems. For starters, debt. Yea, it would be nice to cut and run, but whether we like it or not, we also share some of the responsibility. Would cutting the state in 2 mean the south would get away without sharing some of the current debt? I don’t know. But I would imagine the north would put up a pretty good fight over that. Another problem is water. I would imagine that we would find ourselves having to buy a lot of our water from the north being that droughts are a constant problem around here. And finally, we would have to establish a state government with a very small overhead as the counties mentioned don’t have near the tax base as the larger metropolitan areas. But then again, smaller government is the goal of this proposal.
I don’t think such a thing is impossible, but I do think that the general public doesn’t really understand what goes into such a change. I for one won’t be sticking around long enough to see what happens. As mentioned in TOTWTYTR’s post, my family will be moving to “The Lone Star State” as soon as possible.