Friday, August 11, 2017

Calexit

I don't live in California anymore, but I figured I would check in on my birth state. Have they finally finished the high speed rail? I was living in the state in 2008, when they voted to start the project. It's a train that runs from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and it's awesome!

*checks*

Oh, hey, they've barely even started construction. It looks like the most recent development was being sued by environmentalists in LA. You keep on trying, California.

In other news, some people are trying to have California leave the United States of America. Called "Yes California", or more commonly, "Calexit", they got permission to gather signatures from citizens. If they get enough signatures, it will be on the ballot in 2018. This group stopped their work in April, but another group has picked up where they left off.

It's an interesting idea. California has the 5th or 6th largest economy in the world, by various counts. It's certainly possible that it could exist as its own country, although there would have to be some big restructuring. My first reaction, though, is that this will NEVER happen. It sounds like it's just a load of sour grapes, from people who dislike President Trump. People in Texas, who disliked President Obama, started a similar campaign to have Texas leave the United States, after the 2012 election.

As you may know, both California and Texas are huge states. One is Republican, the other is Democrat, and they more or less cancel each other out in every Presidential election. If one of them leaves the United States, it pretty much guarantees that the other political party will win. Take the 2016 election, for example. Hillary Clinton got about three million more votes than Trump, but eight million of her votes were from California. If California hadn't been part of the United States, Trump would have won in a landslide. Similarly, if Texas wasn't part of the United States, Trump wouldn't have won.

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