In response to Donald Trump, state politicians are considering California tax resistance.
If California tax resistance is pursued as a strategy, it will be… well… HUGE!
The local CBS affiliate in San Francisco reports,
Officials are looking for money that flows through Sacramento to the federal government that could be used to offset the potential loss of billions of dollars’ worth of federal funds if President Trump makes good on his threat to punish cities and states that don’t cooperate with federal agents’ requests to turn over undocumented immigrants, a senior government source in Sacramento said.
The federal funds pay for a variety of state and local programs from law enforcement to homeless shelters.
Up until now, tax resistance has always been condemned by the establishment as right-wing and racist. If California does this, they will change American politics forever. California tax resistance will mean that it will become an acceptable option.
The story mentions that California is one of the few states that sends more money to the federal government than it receives from the Federal government. That is true. Having access to a long coastline is an advantage in trade revenue.
But if that is the premise of California tax resistance, the voters had better look at the trend lines. California is one of our future equivalents of Greece. All that economic productivity has been used to take on an impossible debt burden. California pension obligations will dwarf California revenue. As a result, businesses are fleeing to other states.
In fact, probably all Donald Trump will have to do to get Californians to abandon their plan is to remind them that they are soon going to have to lobby for a bailout. They are in no position to survive on their own.
Thus, the California secession movement isn’t realistic either. Californians don’t seem to realize that. According to AFP,
A campaign for California to secede from the rest of the country over Donald Trump’s election is gaining momentum, with supporters allowed to start collecting signatures for the measure to be put to a vote.
California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla gave the green light on Thursday for proponents of “California Nationhood” — also known as Calexit — to start collecting the nearly 600,000 signatures needed for the measure to qualify on the November 2018 ballot.
The 585,407 signatures required by July 25 represent eight percent of registered voters in California — the most populous state in the country with nearly 40 million residents and the world’s sixth-largest economy.
Should the initiative make it on the ballot, a “Yes” vote would repeal clauses in the California Constitution “stating California is an inseparable part of the United States and that the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land,” a statement by Padilla’s office said.
Voters would then need to decide in another referendum in 2019 whether California should become a separate country.
Again, being the “world’s sixth-largest economy” won’t help if they are drowning in debt.
I hope they go through with it anyway.