Saturday, November 8, 2014

Divided they stand: How many petals make a California Golden Poppy?

Hidden agendas may lurk behind proposals to divide Californian into multiple states:
Accumulating concentrated political muscle in Washington DC, for one. Proponents also may want to give to various regions, political power equal to southern California's big cities.
Before jumping in feet first, one should ask about other, inevitable consequences. 


The state plant of California is the golden poppy, abundant along roadsides and ditches, a symbol of California's sunshine, and of her prosperity. Speaking metaphorically, California's water wars prompted my question: "How many petals does it take to make a golden poppy?"
Californians have been discussing various ways to redraw the state's boundaries. 
The hidden agenda behind dividing Californian into multiple states, as many as six states as one proposal suggested, may be aimed at grabbing more political muscle in Washington, but what will be the other consequences?
If California were divided into six states, California would suddenly own twelve seats in Congress rather than two. Essentially, California would be multiplying her representation by six. Six times as much clout in Congress for issues common to California, and the power of a state for each small cluster of counties.
Does anybody reading this think that other states would fail to notice the shift in power? Nope, not a chance. Suddenly all states would be looking at how they could divide in order to gain more power in Washington DC. The trend might be to ever smaller and smaller "states," as cities and counties fight to gain more representation. But is this a good idea? I am just asking, okay?
Will California become mostly a feuding wasteland withholding water from cities? Cities that wither like dead flowers? . And how about the rest of the country when they wake up to the new reality, a perverse spiraling trend of "divide and conquer"?
How many petals does it take to make a flower? And how many buds does it take to make a nation bloom?
#politics #California  #water #boundaries #redrawingstateboundaries #goldenpoppies #poppies

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