State Senator Jackie Speier “Does it make any sense that at the same time this state is slashing, cutting and burning higher education, highway repairs, and health care we’re sending $50 billion each year to the feds to pay for those very services in other states?
Does it outrage anyone else that we’ve been doing this for more than 10 years, racking up a total loss of $360 billion? Secession from the union is beginning to seem like a sound financial move.”
(“Speier Calls on President Bush to Pay $6.5 Billion Tab” by Jackie Speier, 03 October 2006, California Progress Report) http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/site/speier-calls-president-bush-pay-65-billion-tab
Comedian Will Durst “California has the economy, the weather, the entertainment, the wine, and the right ideas. Why not start our own thing?”
(“The Case for California Secession” by Will Durst, Working for Change.com) http://www.alternet.org/story/14531?page=2
Author "Being essentially in all forms except for name, a Nation State in its own right, but still being overseen by a larger nation state, California deals with a limitation that other large clusters of people around the world don't deal with. This situation has always hampered its running effectively as a government, and as a people, and as the population increases, the awkwardness of this situation will only continue to increase."