The State of "Silicon Valley"

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Sydde, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. Sydde macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2009
    California is too big to govern, according to one Tim Draper. He has a "plan" to divide it into six states, to make it more manageable.

    One of the obvious issues with Draper's lines it that they are tailor-made to put more Republicans in the US Senate – at a time when the Republican party has shown itself to be sadly lacking in ideas or any intention to make the government actually function.

    Another problem is the notion that we would be better off in enclaves of mostly people who think like us. Diversity, IMAO, is a good thing, getting along with people you disagree with is where we should be headed, not getting away from them. And anyway, some of us do not make ideology our be-all-and-end-all.

    I concede that California has issues. Hey, so does Colorado, and Kentucky, and Texas. I am not convinced that full-on Balkanization is any kind of credible approach to dealing with them.

    Finally, Draper shows a serious lack of imagination in naming the new states. Jefferson, yeah that one I could accept, after all, we have no states that start with "J". But what about the other unused letters? The counties forming his "Silicon Valley" state should be called "Estancia", or maybe "Electronica", so that we could have a state that starts with "E", which has long been a major oversight in this country. The Sacramento Valley region, to Sonoma county, could be called "Zinfandel". The San Joachin region up to the Nevada border would be "Yosemite". And the big Southern California region could be the state of "Que" (either the Spanish word for "What" or, for the many Asian residents there, the English word for a Chinese braided ponytail). And no one really wants Orange County, it could be the state of BFE.

    Or we could just leave California be.
  2. zin macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2010
    United Kingdom
    California is (thankfully) the big Democratic stronghold that ends up kicking Republican presidential candidates off the map. It is no surprise some venture capitalist wants to get rid of it and split it up.

    One thing he appears to conveniently fail to note is that California, like almost every other U.S. State, has a very decentralised form of government. There is the State Government and incorporated City Governments, with school districts also having decentralised control. There is no state "too big to govern" if you use the right system.
  3. Sydde thread starter macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2009
    Which is ironic considering that the president who set this country on the path to decline 33 years ago was from California. (And Illinois.)
  4. Ugg macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2003
    The whole idea is pointless. The Jeffersonians only want to do this so they can create some sort of feudal, southern-style bastion of hate and poverty. As already mentioned, Draper only wants to dilute the demographics to give the party of hate a chance in the future.

    It's totally a waste of money.
  5. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    Only for dyslexic Chinese. It's a queue.
  6. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Hasn't northern California wanted to split off for decades.
  7. Southern Dad macrumors 68000

    Southern Dad

    May 23, 2010
    Shady Dale, Georgia
    The State of Jefferson has been proposed for years. They've even picked out the spot for the Capitol.


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