My Op-Ed: California-The Golden Bear Nation-State

Dear Everyone;

As part of my op-ed rotation with the writers bureau of the California Libertarian Party I wrote this thought provoking piece based on Governor Schwarzenneger's statements from his inaugural address. In it he had a couple paragraphs about California the nation-state.

I therefore used this as a basis for - why not! what if? Due to the fact the words he used were throroughly gone over ahead of time and vetted for what he wanted to say it's obvious he is looking to become President of California if he can't become President of the USA. I of course have no such problem in viewing California as the Golden Bear nation-state with secession included especially if it means a whole passel less in taxes..... :slight_smile:

Enjoy - the thought of a whole lot less taxes and more of your earnings in your pocket not the state pockets!

Ron Getty
SF Libertarian

Ron Getty
The Libertarian Perspective #92Mon, 19 Feb 2007

California—The Golden Bear Nation-State

Gov. Schwarzenegger in his second Inaugural Address said, "I call California a nation-state because of the diversity of our people, the power of our economy and the reach of our dream. Ladies and gentlemen, my dream is that California, the nation-state, the harmonious state, the prosperous state, the cutting-edge state, becomes a model, not just for the 21st century American society, but for the larger world."
Let's explore Gov. Schwarzenegger's dream for California as a nation-state and the implications for us Californians.
Our gross state product of $1.62 trillion ranks us as the seventh largest country worldwide, and constitutes 17% of the United States gross domestic product. Our manufacturers export $95 billion of products. Our fertile agricultural fields generate $35 billion in produce sales. Tourists bring us another $35 billion in revenue. Hollywood's $47 billion dollar movie industry is the icing on our cake.
Our 36 million people have this enormous cornucopia of wealth while we are rich in cultural diversity and dynamic creativity, which does makes us an economic powerhouse beholden to none.
On the other hand, our "fair share" of the national budget between personal and corporate taxes is $300 billion. If we could keep this $300 billion, the economic impact on our manufacturing and agricultural industries would be phenomenal. Furthermore, the billions in venture capital made available for creative entrepreneurs would spawn new industries and create employment.
If our state were to be released from Congressional laws, rules, and regulations and the imposed federal red-tape ridden administrative bureaucracy, we could breathe free. We could do what was best for us—not what Washington dictated for us.
We would be freed from paying for wars of aggression on foreign soil with our taxes and the lives of our young men and women. We wouldn't see our taxes lent by Washington in foreign aid—with much of those aid funds disappearing into private Swiss bank accounts or shaky economic projects.
We could become the leader in enlightened education without the mandates of the Department of Education and its various attempts to force questionable educational programs on our children. These mandated education programs rob our leaders of tomorrow of the knowledge foundation necessary to be able to build a better California for our future generations.
We approved Proposition 215 allowing personal possession of marijuana for medical reasons with a doctor's prescription. Washington still classifies marijuana as a controlled substance. As a result, the Drug Enforcement Agency constantly raids our state-approved medical marijuana dispensaries.
Worse, the War on Drugs skews our law enforcement priorities. Last year, this resulted in 160,000 misdemeanor drug offense and marijuana possession arrests against 125,000 arrests for homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Our California nation-state law enforcement would shift its priorities to pursuing dangerous felons, not pot smokers.
Medicare, Medicaid, and the HMO Act of 1970 caused the costs of medical care to skyrocket. Today a third of health care costs go to administrative red tape and paper processing without any benefit to the patient—just pay for insurance bureaucrats. California without these administrative costs would have less expensive patient medical care.
If California were a nation-state, our personal income and payroll taxes sent to Washington would cease. Our average personal income is $35,000. On this we pay $10,000 a year in federal income and payroll taxes. Think about what keeping this $10,000 for your personal use would be like.
If only Gov. Schwarzenegger's dream of a 21st century world-class model nation-state and economic dynamo could happen. Then self-directed people from around the world, attracted by the opportunities in the Golden Bear nation-state, would flock to California. They would bring their vibrant visions and energetic strength to further build our thriving nation-state of California.
Yes, there are huge obstacles in the way of California becoming a nation-state. However, it never hurts to dream and think of ways to make this dream happen. I'm reminded of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said; "I have a dream . . ." We can have our dream as well, of California as a free nation-state.

To Everyone,

Here are the latest details for those of us going to our fun in the snow
weekend at Tahoe. Even if you don't plan on skiing, there are plenty of
things to do. We plan to leave Friday evening March 16 and return on Sunday
March 18th. Saturday will be spent at Sierra at Tahoe. They have a great
beginner run for snow boarding and skiing. Innertubing is $10 for a few
hours (you can use their's and the tow rope to pull you up). The cost for
skiing or snow boarding is $60. Sometimes we can get a discount through the
real estate for $50. There are learner packages that would lower the price
even more. Ski or snowboard rental is around $20 and if you don't have any
snow gloves, coats or pants, they rent all that as well.

Once I give my credit card to the rental place there are no cancellations,
so I won't book the package until I have enough cash. These places fill up
2-3 weeks in advance, so please Pay Now if you possibly can. If we don't
have enough people, you will get a full refund then we can stay at the local
motels. Whoever pays in full first gets first choice of beds, then couches
and parking. If we have enough people confirmed, we can lower the cost to
$125 per person plus $25 damage deposit. Our total now is $150+25 per
person. The places I've looked at so far have 3-4 bedrooms with 4-8 beds
from $600-$850 for the 2 nights, economy to moderate. is one.
Parking is limited to 2-4 cars per place. I plan to rent an SUV for 4-5
persons to help solve some of the parking problem. This will be $75 per
person for 4 or $60 if we have 5. This is for 3 days and gas. Figuring our
cars cost us at least $0.55-65 cents per mile including gas if your car was
$13,000-18,000 and if you drive less than 20,000 a year, at 400 miles round
trip that would be $220. For those of us paying last, over flow parking will
either be at the cabin rental office or at the casinos several miles away.

Other activities available for non skiers are snowmobiling, casinos, the
Lake Tahoe Dinner cruise or catching up on homework at the cabin with the TV
on. The cabins have towels, dishes, and washing machines, but bring extra
towels, soap, and shower shoes along, and any food you may want to snack on
or cook for dinner or breakfast. Some of us may choose to go out to dinner
that night or see a show. Starting at 10PM Fri and Saturday night is the
Improv for $27.50 per
person or the Party Girls Topless revue for $38 (includes tax; both events
require only ages 21+ to attend). These shows are 1.5 hours long.
Unfortunately, the concert they're having that weekend is already sold out.

Sunday we plan to have all you can eat brunch at Harrah's on the top floor
with a view of town (providing it's not foggy). This runs from 8:30 a.m.
-2:00 p.m. and costs $21 including tax for adults and $10 for children.

Bring along sunblock, driver's license and credit card for rental, gloves,
snow pants and jackets, lots of sweaters and hats. Food, laptop computer (if
you're bored) and cell phone (most cell phones work just fine on the
mountain). Whatever you forget or left at home can be bought or rented up

Call me (Peter) to make arrangements for payment. The sooner we book, the
better places we can reserve.

Peter Schoewe