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posted by martyb on Wednesday November 23 2016, @05:25PM   Printer-friendly
from the you-can-go-your-own-way-♩♫♩♫ dept.

Supporters of a plan for California to secede from the union took their first formal step Monday morning, submitting a proposed ballot measure to the state attorney general's office in the hopes of a statewide vote as soon as 2018.

Marcus Ruiz Evans, the vice president and co-founder of Yes California, said his group had been planning to wait for a later election, but the presidential election of Donald Trump sped up the timeline.

"We're doing it now because of all of the overwhelming attention," Evans said.

The Yes California group has been around for more than two years, Evans said. It is based around California taxpayers paying more money to the federal government than the state receives in spending, that Californians are culturally different from the rest of the country, and that national media and organizations routinely criticize Californians for being out of step with the rest of the U.S. 

Could California go it alone?


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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Thursday November 24 2016, @01:12PM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 24 2016, @01:12PM (#432371) Journal

    It's not because of the election results, but what the new administration of white nationlist racist fuckwads PLAN on doing.

    You equate that with capitalists, greed, and so on. It's yet another reminder of how bankrupt those phrases are these days. I think what's most telling here is that they aren't any more racist than you are. Should we similarly discount your beliefs and interests?

    What the limited government people forget, is that the vast majority of it falls under the simple fact that unless we tell corporations to act like human beings, and EXACTLY how to act in the best interests of the public (We the People), they never fucking do it. Regulations didn't occur in a vacuum, but originated first by the refusal of some corporations to do the right things.

    Follow the money. At least half the US budget is social programs not regulation. So right there, the "vast majority" doesn't fall under regulation.

    I greatly suspect that the vast majority of people running around today don't realize that the regulations that Trump and small government people hate include the 8-hour day and overtime pay. All the coal miners being told to vote Trump is fucking rich when he and his vile cronies will give the coal baron back all of the power. We won't go back to the inhumane conditions of before will we? No chance? LOL. Get ready.

    Let us recall that the most powerful tool of the large business and cartel is barrier to entry [wikipedia.org]. Complex and onerous regulation is a key part of the current US approach to creating such barriers to entry. I think the thing I despise most about politics are the people who create the problem they claim they want to fix.