A member of California’s Riverside County Board of Supervisors, Republican Jeff Stone, has proposed that 13 counties in Southern California secede to form their own state.
Those counties are in the largely rural, Republican-leaning southeast of the state, and include Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono counties. That would leave Los Angeles to remain with the liberal coast and northern part of the state.
RedState.com reports that the response by a spokesman for Governor Jerry Brown, 34-year-old press secretary Gil Duran, is:
“If you want to live in a Republican state with very conservative right-wing laws, then there’s a place called Arizona.”
In effect, California’s governor is telling conservatives to leave the state!
Already, California’s unemployment rate is 11.7% compared to 9.1% for the nation as a whole. Even the NY Times says California’s budget crisis may be the worst in the nation, with a $26.6 billion budget deficit comprising nearly a third of the state’s budget. California owes $2,362 in debt per resident of the state, and pays a 20% premium to borrow money compared to better-run states; its A- credit rating from Standard & Poor’s is the worst in the nation. All of which would only worsen if conservatives really leave or secede from California.
Liberals are such warm and fuzzy and tolerant people! Way to go, Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown!
H/t beloved fellow Tina.