Sometimes what sounds like a wonderful idea, turns out to be an ill-conceived political scam …
There is no doubt that Tim Draper is a smart guy (Stanford BSEE and Harvard MBA) and has made tons of money as a venture capitalist. He is a rich guy, maybe not a billionaire like progressive socialist democrat Tom Steyer, but rich enough to back an initiative designed to split California into three parts. But, Draper has also had some spectacular mistakes like being the among the first investors in the massive fraud that was the blood-testing revolution known as Theranos.
So why is this smart, rich, progressive so blind to the political realities of what he is proposing?
“Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes,” Tim Draper, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist who sponsored the ballot measure, said in an email to The Times last summer when he formally submitted the proposal. “States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens.” <Source>
Let us examine this foolishness …
1. Most of California’s infrastructure is location-dependent, crumbling and in need of repair, replacement, or build-out. It appears that there are certain infrastructure items that transcend boundaries, such as the distribution of water and electricity that would now need to be privatized or some form of political joint venture. Looking back on how those regulatory agencies and oversight groups worked, Californians are in for a world of hurt – not to mention massive financial obligations to deal with infrastructure issues.
2. How will three Californias have better education when all three state educational institutions will be controlled by the politically active teachers unions who fight tooth-and-nail against transparency, accountability, and competency testing. What will happen to those dilapidated and marginal schools that already exist in the inner cities? What will happen to our major universities when they are no longer resident in a single state?
3. Lower taxes? What has Draper been smoking? Who is going to pay for those duplicative bureaucracies, not to mentioned those massive unfunded pension liabilities?
4. As for competing for citizens, Draper simply looks like a fool. California’s aging population is not about to sacrifice their jobs, their homes, their family, their friends, and long-term community roots just to move to another part of the state. In fact, if they were that mobile, they probably would move out of state to somewhere with little or no taxes and a thriving business culture. Yes, “residents will be free to move to whichever version of the state they think is governed best,” but that is no guarantee that they will move to one of the Californias.
Bottom line …
As I told one of my long-time readers, tongue-in-cheek of course, if there are to be three states, let them be constructed as follows …
All the progressive socialist democrats should move to the bay area in and around San Francisco and call their state New New York.
All of the illegal aliens should move to central California near the agricultural areas they are said to favor – and call their state New New Mexico.
And the rest of us can live in peace everywhere else called California.
So let’s look at a real solution.
Investigate corrupt politicians, their families, and special interests to see how certain politicians have used inside information or sold their vote to benefit themselves, their families, and their special interest friends.
Abolish all current public employees unions and provide the same pension systems that are available to the private sector – and make members pay their fair share of the actuarial costs to make the system solvent.
Prioritize all spending on public safety, sanitation, and the other infrastructure costs before funding vanity projects or social experiments.
Delegitimize all illegal aliens. Give them 90-days to register, after which they will be given 5-year renewable state work permits that can be renewed only if they pay their taxes and do not engage in criminal activities. Anyone not registered after 90 days will be turned over to ICE for deportation proceedings. There will be no public benefits – other than emergency health care – paid to illegal aliens.
Reduce welfare payments to quit acting as an attractive magnet for more freeloaders.
It is most likely that any elected representatives would pander to their most populous constituency
Forget this elitist claptrap that would be next to impossible to implement.Remember Draper is simply another rich progressive who believes he is not only smarter than everyone in the room, but he has the right and duty to tell Californians how they must live.
We are so screwed.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius