Don’t call it a comeback, they have been at it for years. #Calexit has returned.
On Monday, the California Secretary of State’s Office announced that a secession ballot proposal has been cleared to begin gathering needed signatures. It comes amid other efforts that seek to split up California.
“Calexit is left — we are progressive, and that’s why we don’t like Trump,” said Marcus Ruiz Evans, one of the leaders of the Yes California campaign seeking California independence.
“But there are some very hardcore Republican concepts to Calexit, including the group saying don’t waste our tax money.”
#Calexit is not alone in the desire to carve up the golden state.
Businessman Tim Draper has revised his previous plan of breaking California up from 6 partitions to 3. His version “Cal 3” movement has permission from the California Secretary of State to begin collecting signatures
The culture of disruption is getting out of hand.
Silicon Valley venture capitalist and Bitcoin evangelist Tim Draper has revived his proposal to carve our fabulous state into smaller parts. His current proposal, Cal 3, is a minor improvement over his 2014 scheme, which was to break the state into six parts.
“With three states, we’re going to be able to govern for the next millennial,” Draper told the Associated Press in a video interview two weeks ago. “It’s going to be awesome.”
You know what else would be awesome? If you knew the difference between “millennial” and “millennium.”
Of Course, there is this tidbit of information that doesn’t make the #Calexit flyers:
Yes California says its main policy concerns include education reform, universal health care, fighting climate change, localizing immigration enforcement and keeping the state’s tax revenue in the state.
Here’s what else you should know about it.
Marinelli, the main person behind the initiative, has been reported to be an American who has also lived in Russia. In 2017, he announced his intent to move to Russia for good and cut ties with the Calexit movement.
And yet he’s back again, listed on the current initiative, and reportedly living in California again.
What are the odds? Any such push for independence faces an extremely difficult road, as we’ve written before.
Seth Kaplowitz, a finance lecturer at San Diego State University, told CNBC that he thinks the effort will fade away.
All of which makes for good theater, but probably not an actual “movement”.
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