Here’s a question you don’t think of everyday; What if California became its own country?
There’s a political party in California that believes it can do just that.
National California Party leader Louis Marinelli joined The Jon McComb Show to discuss the group’s ideas.
Reasons are mainly economic
“We’re doing this mainly for economic reasons. Like you mentioned earlier, we do have a great economy here in California. We’re the eighth, seventh largest economy in the world depending on the statistics you look at. We believe that California has the capacity to do it independently, and we here in California want to do it independently because we disagree with what’s going on in the world, with the United States as a leader in the world, we don’t want to be a part of America’s imperialism”.
41% polled by his group support independence
Marinelli also says they want to be a nation among the nations, and a peaceful nation.
This isn’t the first time California has floated around the idea of becoming their own country, but the numbers seem to suggest it could be a possibility.
“We have always been our own people here. We’ve always had our own culture and identity. There hasn’t been any official polling on the issue yet, but we did commission a poll, about nine thousand of Californians, we got 41% saying yes to independence, that was about two weeks ago.”
A change of this magnitude could have a big impact on Californians, something Marinelli doesn’t deny.
“It would be huge changes, because when we talk about the economic problems here, we’re talking about on average over the last 30 years, or every year of my life, California has paid on average 50 billion dollars more to the Washington government then it has received in federal funding.”
He also says that if the money came back to California they could have universal health care, universal education like they used to have, and they could save money and also pay down debt while eliminating the state income tax.
Marinelli says numbers have been growing with them reaching more people in California, and thinks now is the right time.
“I think it’s the right time because America is on the decline. Personally, I don’t believe America’s going to get its act together. That’s what I think this campaigns about because I’m thirty years old, so I’m not that old, but in my lifetime I can’t point to any specific act or time period in my life time where I can say I’m proud to be one.”
He says its better to break away, handle things themselves, and put California’s future in California’s hands.