Yes California Releases eBook Outlining California’s Path To Nationhood
The Yes California Independence Campaign today announced that it has released an eBook entitled California’s Future: Your Guide To An Independent California. Subjects Covered Range From Legislative Reorganization To Expanding the State Budget by $100 Billion Without Raising New Taxes.
The eBook specifically outlines not just why California should be an independent country, but how that can be achieved in our lifetime, and what an independent California would mean to Californians and the rest of the world. The public can download the eBook for free here.
“We created this eBook to help us explain what Yes California seeks to achieve economically, socially, and politically,” Louis J. Marinelli, President of Yes California said. “The eBook is 13 chapters and 165 pages, and it is supported by 195 citations and ten appendices.”
The eBook focuses on many points, the two largest being that:
1) Californians never had the chance to vote in a referendum on statehood, and
2) California is treated like a colony, forced at our detriment to contribute significantly more into the national system than it receives from it.
In addition to an Introduction and Conclusion statement, the book’s chapters are entitled:
* Chapter 1: America’s History Repeats Itself
* Chapter 2: A New State Of Mind
* Chapter 3: California’s Independence Referendum
* Chapter 4: California’s Critics Are Wrong
* Chapter 5: The New National Economy
* Chapter 6: Financial Independence
* Chapter 7: America’s Exploitation Of California
* Chapter 8: International Affairs & Military Defense
* Chapter 9: Domestic Affairs
* Chapter 10: Water & Environment
* Chapter 11: Building A Modern Democracy
* Chapter 12: Our Ballot Initiatives & Candidates
In total, there is a plethora of issues covered in these chapters. The subject areas range from the growth of the U.S. Empire and California’s status as a de facto “colony”, to establishing a transcontinental water pipeline, and building solar panel roadways. The book also outlines a new economic system including a new stock market and market index, and a complete overhaul of the legislative process as well as the apportionment of representation in Sacramento.
“California paid $369.2 billion in federal taxes in 2014 and received just $248.3 billion in federal funding that year,” Marinelli continued. “This imbalance has been the norm since about 1986, meaning California has lost over a half trillion dollars to the United States in my lifetime. That money has been used to support states like Mississippi, which not only generally receives more federal funding than it contributes to the federal system but that state also approved a half billion-dollar state tax cut this year. In other words, the United States is forcing California to pay for tax cuts in other states while our taxes here are constantly rising. The time has come to end this exploitation.”
“With the $50.5 billion we lose each year on average, we could use it to rebuild our infrastructure, establish a single-payer universal healthcare system, restore free-and-tuition-free college for high school graduates, improve public services, pay down the debt, and save for a rainy day – all while cutting taxes across the board. We may even be able to eliminate the state income tax altogether.”
Michael Ross, one of the books’ contributors, worked with the group to establish and solidify a variety of economic, international, and consumer-related ideas and principles that helped bring the specifics of the program into focus. Overall, the economic plans clearly state what can be done to help California expand its economic reach and continue to dominate the world’s economy.
“Depending on who you listen to, California is one of the top economic bodies in the world, and our competition is China, the United States, Russia, Brazil, France and the United Kingdom, not the other states,” Ross said. “California is the tail that wags this Nation, and it’s clear that we are not getting our money’s worth when compared to other states and their contributions.”
The book also makes a point to remind Californians that California is a state today as a result of a “compromise” the Americans made about California's future in 1850, whereby slavery was permitted in the New Mexico and Utah Territories, and the Fugitive Slave Act was passed, forcing Northerners to return escaped slaves to their owners upon capture. Yes California doesn’t think that bodes well with California values.
“The circumstances behind California’s path to statehood are not pretty, nor voluntary, and not only has that has hurt us economically over the years but it is a stain in California history. By the way, today California’s status as a state is still not pretty. California is overtaxed and underrepresented, and the federal government owns over forty-five percent of our land and resources.” Marinelli said.
With that background in mind, the Yes California Independence Campaign was created. Although there is no mechanism in the U.S. Constitution to allow a state to unilaterally leave the Union, Marinelli pointed to Catalonia for inspiration. “The Spanish Constitution also does not allow for a region to secede from Spain, yet that notion is not stopping them and it ought not to stop us. It is the policy of the United States to support the right of self-determination and we are going to hold them to that.”
Finally, the book tackles a variety of strategies on achieving independence. One strategy centers around a constitutional convention, such as the one recently endorsed by Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio. “Anything is up for debate at a constitutional convention, and the Supreme Court has ruled that California could obtain its independence by the consent of the states.”