Londoners wanted to do the same thing after brexit. lol.
democracy, democracy, democracy... until we dont get our own way.
i had to add this. fucking hell im dying with laughter.
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This sort of thing would require a Constitutional amendment, so, it's unlikely to happen without an actual civil war. So, thinking about it is basically like writing an "alternative history" novel.
That said... A couple of things are relevant here.
California is a MAJOR net payor of federal taxes.
On the spectrum from "PAYS more federal tax money" to "RECEIVES more federal tax money"... we're in 5th place on the "PAYS more federal tax money" side.
Also, keep in mind that those metrics are dollar for dollar -- and we're almost two-and-a-half times as big as the #1-4 states on that list COMBINED. (≈39 million people, versus a total of ≈16.5 million for Kansas + New Jersey + Connecticut + Delaware).
In other words... We're basically subsidizing tons and tons of *other* states with OUR tax money. Without California, the US federal budget would be FUCKED, and the federal government would have to slash all sorts of different programs to keep itself from going bankrupt.
Without California and its HUGE agricultural production, the diet of "the rest of America" would mostly be a bunch of nutrient-poor grains (corn, wheat, etc). We grow almost ALL the nation's fruit and vegetables...
... and so, if those fruits and vegetables became "exports", guess whose economy would benefit, and whose wouldn't.
If SOUTHERN California tried to become a nation, we'd be royally screwed by the water situation.
There's enough water in northern California to make us *REASONABLY* self-sufficient there.
Besides -- Lots of people forget this, but, **by far** the biggest consumers of California's water are agricultural conglomerates (= the companies that grow all those fruits and vegetables I mentioned in point #2). Our agricultural industry is basically a giant export of water out of the state.
So... if we *did* run out of water, we could just cut back the fruit and vegetable production. Or raise tariffs/prices on produce, so we could just buy more water from adjoining states.
Nevada would pretty much have to come with us. Otherwise, Nevada's entire economy would collapse.
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So did texas after the election in 08
except here in california we control 80% of all produce in the US, we are also the bread winners when it comes to all states giving californians enough money to succeed from the US and probably even repel an attack.