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A 51st state

by Adam Russett on July 12, 2011

Conservative and liberal policies have come to a head in California and the clash has been characterized best by a Riverside County politician named Jeff Stone, according to The Los Angeles Times. He has pinned the weak economy and deficit woes of the state on Democrat's policies, and recently proposed that there be a "South California." 

"[My proposal] has struck a chord with a lot of people in the state who have suffered economically,'' Stone told The Times. "We know it's going to be a challenge to form a second state, but it's not a impossible. We're sending a message.''

The countries that would be included in the 51st state are overwhelmingly Republican and home to around 13 million people. Stone believes that the current situation in California is "ungovernable" and businesses are leaving the state, while taxpayers are being economically drained by payments to welfare recipients and illegal immigrants.

The publication reports that, since the 1850s, there have been more than 220 different initiatives aimed at splitting California in two, or in some cases, in three.

"It's a supremely ridiculous waste of everybody's time," said spokesman for Governor Jerry Brown, Gil Duran."If you want to live in a Republican state with very conservative right-wing laws, then there's a place called Arizona.''

The unemployment rate for California has been persistently higher than the national average, hovering around 11.7 percent, and is tied with Georgia for the worst teen unemployment rate in the country, at 34.6 percent.

These systemic problems could only prove to worsen California's economic outlook, despite the news that recently-passed legislation will grant the state around $4 billion in revenue, according to CA Independent Voter Network.  

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