It is a long time to the next election.
Bills and laws are presented prior to elections.
Now is the time to organize. I ran across an idea of how to force the hand of the politicians to vote for change. It seems the cannabis industry is hindered by the federal laws. How can you pay federal income taxes and live up to the law if cannabis is still not legal federal. You can’t use banks and to live up to the local laws you have to document yourself and pay their fees.
People in the business are at risk of the feds coming after them and their assets in a future date based on what they have made.
It makes sense to support any laws that will bring change. You can help. The answer for the cannabis industry is to support The campaign for California independence or Calexit. The reason is the idea of California leaving would cause so much fear in the federal government they would have to make changes and listen to to wishes of the people. We are in a catch 22 situation and need a solution. Even if the was never passed the idea that it could happen could make government change laws in favor of what people want. Cannabis has become a force in bringing about change. We are working to help people realize the political power they have become. In California our home base 60% of the people voted to make it legal. The same type of person is interested making it legal nation wide or at lest not a schedule one drug. States have made it legal in some areas but to ensure the freedoms of people everywhere it needs the help of all people everywhere to take action. An America product that can bring attention to many problems that plague the world today.
Here are the main points.
The U.S. Government spends more on its military than the next several countries combined. Not only is California forced to subsidize this massive military budget with our taxes, but Californians are sent off to fight in wars that often do more to perpetuate terrorism than to abate it. The only reason terrorists might want to attack us is because we are part of the United States and are guilty by association. Not being a part of that country will make California a less likely target of retaliation by its enemies.
Is an independence referendum even legal?
The Constitution says that each state in the Union shall retain every power which is not by the Constitution given to the federal government. The Constitution does not give the power of secession to the federal government, nor does it expressly prohibit the states from exercising this power. Therefore, the power of secession is reserved to the states, or to the
people, per the Tenth Amendment.
Further, the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution says that treaties ratified by Congress are the supreme law of the land. In 1945, the United States ratified the UN Charter, a treaty that guarantees peoples the right to self determination in Article I. Thus, by ratifying this treaty, the United States adopted the right of self-determination as the supreme law of our land. Lastly, Aristotle wrote that the state “is a culmination of widening circles of human association based on human wants,” and that it is “the highest form of human association.”
This is important because in 1948, the United Nations adopted its Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 20 of that Declaration provides that “No one may be compelled to belong to an association.” This campaign takes the position, as Aristotle argued, that the state is an association and therefore we Californians may not be compelled to belong to the State, or the country, that is the United States of America.
Regardless, if the original 13 American colonies didn’t pursue their independence from the British Empire because King George and the government in London said they had no right to do so, then the United States wouldn’t exist today. Therefore, when a government says to its people that they have no right to seek their independence, history shows us that has not deterred the cause of freedom or self-determination.
What are the overlying political principles?
No. Without California, every single president elected since 1880 would still have been elected, and even though there have been 84 Congressional elections since California became a state in 1850, the balance of power in the House of Representatives and the Senate would have only been different three and four times, respectively. And remember, California already does not get to vote for 382 of the 435 members of the House or for 98 of the 100 members of the Senate so our impact on the composition of the House and Senate is very minimal regardless of our economic strength and population.
On top of that, the U.S. is a center-right country. A recent Gallup poll showed that just 21% of Americans identify as liberal – and that’s with California in the equation. Conservatives are the largest ideological group, at 38% nationwide. So an argument could be made that we wouldn’t be abandoning the rest of the U.S. to right-wing governments, we would be making it easier for them to have the governments they want, too. A win-win!
How will independence impact our economy?
The economy is such an important part of this debate. The choices that the country of California makes, and whether those choices will be easier or harder than those faced by the state of California, will greatly depend upon how much money is available. For that reason, the United States Government and California’s critics desperately want you to believe that California would be poorer as an independent country, be greater in debt, and that it would therefore have to raise taxes even more to make ends meet. But that simply isn’t true.
In fact, it’s not even close – California is a donor state which means that we have been subsidizing many of the other states with our federal taxes. This has been happening for decades now and we lose generally tens and sometimes hundreds of billions of dollars in a single year because of this. For example, the Federal Government’s own figures show in 2014, the last year for which data is available, that Californians collectively paid $369.2 billion in federal taxes and received federal payouts totaling approximately $355.8 billion. That’s a loss of more than $13.5 billion in a year when California was still working its way out of the recession. Since 1995, California has lost about $16 billion each year.
To put that in perspective, California’s entire state budget in 2014 was $156 billion. So when we talk about how much money is available in our budget, California as an independent country would have about 10% more without any additional taxes and before adjusting our budget priorities. By keeping all the taxes you pay in California, we will be on our way to budget surpluses instead of deficits. By remaining part of the United States, not only will the 49 other states ensure that we keep subsidizing them but California will always be in debt, will always be forced to borrow money that puts us deeper into debt, and will always have a massive national debt hanging over our heads.
I heard the U.S. Government spends more money in California than any other state, what about that?
Yes, in sheer dollar amounts, but in reality, no. In FY 2015 federal spending in California was $6,452 per person, lower than the national average of $6,649. That may not seem like a lot but there’s more than 39 million people in California. It’s been worse. For example, federal spending in California per person was $800 below the national average in FY 2014 and $994 below the national average in FY 2013.
As far as U.S. Government spending in California as a percent of California’s GDP goes, the State of California actually researched this in 2015. They found that federal funding is equivalent to less than 16 percent of California’s statewide economic activity, which is lower than the national average of 19 percent. Mentioning California’s GDP brings up another important point, though: Did you know California’s economy is the 6th largest in the world? California is more economically-powerful than France.
Will my family lose our Medicaid, Medicare, and/or Social Security entitlements?
Medicaid is administered by the individual states but subject to federal requirements. This means California already has the infrastructure to continue running this important healthcare program and delivering its benefits as an independent country. While the program is funded jointly by the state and federal government, independence means the taxes you pay to the U.S. Government that fund Medicaid today will simply be diverted to Sacramento to continue funding it tomorrow. Indeed, while this healthcare program may continue under a different name in an independent California, the program itself certainly will continue – with the added benefit that federal requirements will no longer apply to it, putting complete control of the program exclusively into our hands.
Medicare is administered entirely by the U.S. Government and paid for with your federal taxes. While this important Social Security program provides health insurance coverage to persons over the age of 65, it does not cover 100% of all costs. As is the case with Medicaid, an independent California will be able to administer a program to continue this important health coverage with the federal taxes you currently pay to the federal government that will instead be paid to Sacramento. By doing so, California (instead of the federal government) will have control of who, what, when, where, and how much is covered by the program.
Remember, California’s independence will never deprive you of your U.S. citizenship – you will simply become eligible for dual citizenship in California and will be living in a foreign country. The good news is that won’t affect your retirement benefits. The Social Security Administration says that U.S. citizens living outside the United States may continue to receive retirement payments “as long as you are eligible for payment and you are in a country where we can send payments.”
By the way, collecting your Social Security retirement benefits as a U.S. citizen living in another country also means you will still be automatically covered by premium-free Medicare Part A if you visit the United States and need additional coverage while there. You will also be eligible for coverage under Part B. In short, you will not lose your citizenship, your health insurance coverage or your Social Security retirement benefits by voting yes on the California independence referendum.