For John, BLUF: Given the mood of voters these days, Californians could vote to split up. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From Hot Air, by Captain Ed Morrissey, 12 June 2018.
While the topic of a California breakup is interesting (and is as old or older than Captain Ed suggests) I wanted to look at this issue:
Everything they claim about California is true, of course. It’s an economic wreck, where regulation has strangled small business and where income inequality is fourth-highest in the nation, right behind New York, Connecticut, and, er … Louisiana.So, for all the whinging about income disparity, three of the most progressive states, New York, Connecticut and California, along with Louisiana, are the four highest in the nation for income disparity.
As to the breakup itself, I am not sure Congress will look with favor on such a split-up. For me, if it knocks folks off top dead center WRT Puerto Rico it will be worth it. Regarding Puerto Rico, I say make them a State or kick them lose (over five years, to allow their economy and government to adjust). End that vestige of colonialism.♠
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Yes, I would allow the Commonwealth of Guam, where America's day begins, to remain in its current status, if it wishes. If it ain't broken, don't fix it.