Meet America’s 51st (Broke) State

by Tyler Durden

(Editor’s Note: This would actually be a story with some legs if the Southern Californians wanted to secede and actually become a new nation, separate from the USA. But mostly it’s just an amusement piece.)

It is only fitting that a few days after South Sudan became the newest independent country to join the roster of IMF and World Bank “modernization and industrialization” targets, another Southern version of something should break apart, although some may be surprised that this latest secession is not somewhere in the middle of Africa, but in America’s own insolvent back yard. Meet Southern California. “Accusing Sacramento of pillaging local governments to feed its runaway spending and left-wing policies, a Riverside County politician is proposing a solution: He wants 13 mostly inland, conservative counties to break away to form a separate state of “South California.” Supervisor Jeff Stone, a Republican pharmacist from Temecula, called California an “ungovernable” financial catastrophe from which businesses are fleeing and where taxpayers are being crushed by the burden of caring for welfare recipients and illegal immigrants.” Ah yes, the heart of prosperity that is the Inland Empire, known for such great achievements as Hell’s Angels, the most ridiculous excesses of the housing bubble, Del Taco, and… that’s pretty much it. This sounds like yet another Swiss Watch plan.

This is what the 51st state would look like:

South California

This will make a great diversion for the country over the next week while the world burns. Unless, of course, Osama is killed for third or fourth time.

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4 Responses to Meet America’s 51st (Broke) State

  1. Excellent and posted.

  2. Dave says:

    Early stages of “the Great Divorce”. More of us need to realize we have irreconcilable differences. Better to peacefully go our separate ways then rip each other to shreds!!

    • Dutchy says:

      Shades of 1861 all over that comment, Dave… How’s it gonna play out this time, with the Empire teetering at the brink of the precipice, when even a notion as lame as secession from a state but remaining in the union gathers strength? Every day, ever so slightly, they weaken and we strengthen.

      I am reminded of the old cartoon of two buzzards perching on a power line and one saying to the other, “Patience my ass – I’m gonna kill something!”

      Nonetheless, I still advocate PATIENCE, Grasshoppers!

      “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Churchill

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