Saturday, September 13, 2014

Six Californias, Zero Chance

Remember "Six Californias", the ridiculous plan of glibertarian Silicon Valley billionaire Tim Draper to split the state into six smaller ones (while creating both the richest and poorest states in America as part of the process) and how he declared back in July that he had the signatures needed to get the issue on the November 2016 ballot?

Looks like Timmy came up short.

A quixotic proposal to split California into six states failed to qualify for the November 2016 ballot, officials announced Friday.

The initiative, the brainchild of Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, did not have enough valid petition signatures, according to the California secretary of state's office.

Draper argued for his proposal by saying California is too large to have a properly functioning government. He called the initiative an "opportunity to reboot and refresh our state government."

Opponents said the plan was an embarrassing distraction that would cause political chaos and greater inequity.

“Six Californias was a solution in search of a problem that didn’t address any of our state’s challenges," said a statement from Fabian Nuñez, a former Assembly speaker.

The plan never really had a chance, but it's interesting to see that Draper's such a jackass that he couldn't even find enough people to sign up correctly.  I won't miss it either, it would have been a disaster politically for Democrats...and that was the point.


KenStarr said...

Oh, did that one ever hit home. Pearce is a racist idiot and a stupid one at that. I thought I recognized those "solutions", went looking in my files and I was right.

There were from a Reich-wing email that went viral, a letter to the editor of the Waco (Where else - Texas!) Tribune-Herald in November of 2010 by a retired Army Sgt, Alfred W. Evans, who sucked on the government teat for decades and now has his "solution" for everyone else. Here's a snip:

Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.

Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we’ll test
recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and piercings. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, smoke or get tats and piercings, then get a job.

Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks?

Sound familiar?

Was Pearce too lazy to come up with something himself so he just read that shitty email?

Zandar said...

Oh really. So Pearce cribbed that whole thing. Not surprising.

KenStarr said...

Yes. And it came around a second time, the second one attributed to a "21-year old female".


As you read it, note the last paragraph, one I think Pearce did not read to the empty cranial cavities known as "the base":

"AND while you are on Gov’t subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov’t welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job."

Said the guy who gets monthly checks (plural) and free health care - from the government! Maybe that too is a "conflict of interest" eh, Sgt. Evans?

Zandar said...


chuck said...

Conflict of interest? That is an illegal level of hypocrisy there.

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