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Regional Thinking Pt. 3 Six Californias and (Six New Yorks, Texas’s and Florida’s)

This is a great idea after the first two proposals (1 and 2) for reforms to the government and economy of the U.S. This is the best idea to advance democracy and strengthen the republic at the same time. The left/right debate has been vaporized in the election of President Trump where the body politic was expecting someone out of the political world but got something that was totally unexpected. The destruction of two political dynasties which was the Bush and Clinton political families. Gov. Jeb Bush in the Republican side and Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton on the Democratic Side.

I don’t want to dwell into the 2016 election any longer since it was last year and it was an election that I wanted to end very quickly. Instead of the political left/right crap but actually, reforms and ideas to help the coming generation come into its own. This is the way to actually make the institutions of government respond and reflect the will of its citizens. The problem with American Democracy is the same old theme that many people are saying. It’s not tyranny, dictatorship, or Neo-Hitlerian thoughts (Alt-right, White supremacy, or Neo Confederacy) and I not saying there are no racial problems in the country. It’s taxation without representation.

I argue the question that is on the public, political scientists, historians and politicians mind is that why is the public will is never reflected in the outcome in bills.

Michael Lind is going deeper into the debate that needs to be started and solved:

“Nobody should underestimate the power of inertia in American politics.  But we will never have any progress, if we accept stupid things just because they are old.

At this point, to the tune of “Yankee Doodle” on a fife and drum, somebody in the peanut gallery will object that our system represents the “genius of the Founding Fathers.”  Sorry, peanut gallery patriots — the major Founders hated the overrepresentation of small states in the Senate.  For most of their political careers, Alexander Hamilton favored more centralization, while the “Father of the Constitution,” James Madison (except early in his career), was for states’ rights.  But these two co-authors of the Federalist Papers agreed that states should be represented in the Senate on the basis of population and that the compromise in the Constitution that gave each state two senators, no matter its size, was a mistake.

In the guise of denouncing the Articles of Confederation, Hamilton made his feelings clear in Federalist No. 22:

The right of equal suffrage among the States is another exceptionable part of the Confederation. Every idea of proportion and every rule of fair representation conspire to condemn a principle, which gives to Rhode Island an equal weight in the scale of power with Massachusetts, or Connecticut, or New York; and to Delaware an equal voice in the national deliberations with Pennsylvania, or Virginia, or North Carolina. Its operation contradicts the fundamental maxim of republican government, which requires that the sense of the majority should prevail…. It may happen that this majority of States is a small minority of the people of America; and two thirds of the people of America could not long be persuaded, upon the credit of artificial distinctions and syllogistic subtleties, to submit their interests to the management and disposal of one third. The larger States would after a while revolt from the idea of receiving the law from the smaller.”

Michael Lind –Break up the states! The case for the United Statelets of America

We need to reform the Senate and allow the big states to be fully represented in the Senate where democracy has been missing for about 240 years. (241 if you include July 4, 2017) Michael Lind goes deeper into the into the sanity of representation of big states population in the Senate:

“If we assume that microstates like Wyoming are not going to give up their two U.S. senators, then macrostates like California, Texas, Florida and New York should voluntarily divide themselves, in order to boost their representation in America’s upper house.  Under the Six Californias plan, for example, residents of present-day California would send 12 senators to Washington, not two.”

“And because they are smaller, the successor states to the Former California would be more citizen-friendly.  A citizen of Wyoming, Vermont, North Dakota or Alaska — the four least populous states — has a much better chance of influencing the legislature or arranging an appointment with the governor than does a citizen of California or Texas who is not backed by an army of lobbyists or hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

“Why not form new states within the jurisdictions of the existing megastates? Why not divide in order to rule? This is not as crazy as it sounds. Commentator Walter Russell Mead has suggested that no American should have to live in a state with more than 4 or 5 million citizens. If the 4-million-population rule were applied to the large states, California might be subdivided into eight new states; Texas, five; New York and Florida, four; Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Ohio, three; and Michigan and New Jersey, two.

Eight Californias? Five Texases? Four New Yorks? Why not?

That includes four Florida’s in this new way of thinking. Redistricting is going to have a new meaning where instead of not only congressional districts but also regional governors for manage these new areas. The only thing that I disagree with Michael Lind is the creation of new states. You could keep the same states but treat the new “statelets” as regions within a state like a district.

Let evolve our institutions and perfect the union! Mr. Draper is on to something big!!!!

This is the third article in a three article series on Regional Governance.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/empire/empire-threeuscities/2013/11/2013112417488309525.html

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/28/break_up_the_states_the_case_for_the_united_statelets_of_america/?utm_content=bufferc7041&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2013/07/economist-explains-21?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/how_did_estonia_become_a_leader_in_technology_

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2014/07/15/theres-a-plan-to-split-california-into-6-states-heres-what-it-might-look-like/?utm_term=.487a2e7ecb28

http://www.fixcal.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Californias

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2014/03/california-politics?utm_content=buffer9d61f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2014/07/15/331694432/plan-to-make-6-states-out-of-california-may-head-to-ballot

Why venture capitalist Tim Draper wants to divide California into six states (interview)

Founding Purpose: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

The mechanism for achieving this goal is Capitalism and Democracy.

Regional Thinking Pt. 2 – Regional Mayors and Govenors

The greatest challenge to the United States Post WWII and the Post Cold War era where the U.S was in a deep competition with the Soviet Union. The issues of threats changed from being external to now being internal. The evolution of Globalization/Americanization has contained threats and challenges. Challenges that the United States had to call upon its population to enlist/commission in its armed services and sometimes tragically giving life and limbs to values that are enshrined today. In the first post, I explained the net gains of consolidations of institutions to expand the power of markets in the Continental United States.

With the transforming and evolution of the global economy in the 21st Century. Reforms are needed to keep up with the pace of change and adapt to the world where changes are happening whether you like it or not. The U.S. is at a point in its history where if the right decisions and investments are made. We could be talking about the next American century and the concept of the true pax americana where the world is less focused on warfare and the concept of commerce, eCommerce, and science. This will help the U.S. compete in the next coming century with more players in the game. (China, India, Latin America, Middle East/North Africa, and Africa)

The concept of Regional Mayors and Governors will help the economy change where political infighting has shown that the politics and lawmakers are holding back the progress of the U.S. Polls after polls showed that people do not see each other and politicians and natural disasters, and terrorism as threats to their livelihood. The last eight years and another four to maybe another eight years showed that the U.S. cannot have political incompetence. This will continue to bog down future administrations where the list of things to do adds up and the crisis always bring the political deadlock.

Regional Mayors will help to expand cities that would help to harmonize laws, public works, and investment deals where instead of one city looking for cluster placement. A series of twenty or thirty cities will bring attention to these areas with a large pool of customers, human capital, and financial capital. This would increase of hitting power of American cities, towns, and rural areas that are seeking investments. This should make it easier for Regional Governors to collaborate with local and county officials.

 

Regional Governor will help dissolved the political deadlock by bringing business, trade, and cultural differences to expand the market. Public Health, Public Services, Infrastructure and working business will help develop these areas into mega regions. With differed districts, one for commerce and another for military/law enforcement will assist and enforce the commercial consolidation. The website for the Council of Governors states the following and research should be put into this Council:

“The Council of Governors (Council) was created by the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008 and formally established by Executive Order 13528, issued on January 11, 2010. The Council is intended to serve as a mechanism for governors and key federal officials to address matters pertaining to the National Guard, homeland defense and defense support to civil authorities.” 

Military/National Guard/FEMA/                                  Commerce consolidation based on the

Law Enforcement Districts                                                      U.S. Federal Reserve Districts

This should help with help institutions with adjusting to not only the commercial realities but includes a law enforcement/military institutions for white collar, cyber crimes, and natural disasters that will certainly take place.

This is the second article in a three article series on Regional Governance.

http://www.rpa.org/article/what-us-map-should-really-look-like

https://www.nga.org/cms/CoG

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/12/the-radical-new-map-that-would-really-reflect-life-in-the-u-s/?utm_term=.de2459fc269c

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/story/news/local/clarksville/2016/10/06/city-mayor-kim-mcmillan-lead-regional-mayors-caucus/91708566/

http://www.sanantonio.gov/DotGov/Full-Article/ArtMID/2621/ArticleID/8547/Mayors-to-meet-for-regional-growth-summit

Regional Council of Mayors

Founding Purpose: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

The mechanism for achieving this goal is Capitalism and Democracy.

Improving Police and Communities Relations

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This post I’m not going to use any references or links to other pages to discuss this post. It’s a post on an issue that is not unsolvable or doomed to repeat for generations. The Police are needed and to be respected but we need better policies to prevent peace officers becoming tactical 24/7. The free market approach to the criminal justice system is now an anti growth policy. This affects the economy, communities, and the reputation of the United States. This blog post will lay out a way to resolve this issue for once and for all.

Ferguson, Baltimore, and the tragic losses of Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and Freddie Gray. The first issue is the (suppose) pathological nature of black men and communities that are a pumped through the media. The issue with black neighborhoods is the absence and leaving of individuals who would comprise the black middle class. The black middle class is 1 trillion dollars but none of that s going to revitalize black neighborhoods, black schools, black colleges, and forming black corporations.

The second issue is the heavy metal contamination in the black community such as lead, mercury, and arsenic. Children born in these neighborhoods are unable to compete in the economy which that creates a lower, inferior, and different mindset that affects inner city black communities (especially black men). This breeds (why should I try) in the minds of at risk black youth. If an environmental and renewal program that hires these youth to knock down and rebuild their communities. The effect on the black unemployment will drop and the skills acquired by youth will help them move on to other fields.

Crime Prevention

The government paying people not to shoot each other, paying schoolchildren to get “A’s” and staying on the honor roll, dean’s list, and going to college will help get young children into these new technological clusters will destroy the chronic unemployment which cannot be absorbed by the economy. This will help drop the inmate recidivism rate where because of how the penalty for felonies is defined. You cannot get certain jobs, can’t vote or re-educate yourself. This how you can reconstruct black neighborhoods where you could return the black middle class to further reduce the disparity.

The reforms being proposed for the U.S. Criminal Justice system are good and a start but it is a beginning process of undoing decades of harm and injustice. Another option no one is talking about is having black business people join the Fraternal Order of Police. The problem in black neighborhoods is the perception of just thugs, drugs, and prostitutes. One credit I give Fox News and the conservative media is the highlight of black businesses during Ferguson and Baltimore. No one talks about building loans, grants, credit to develop these businesses in black neighborhoods.

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This will help get at risk communities all over the country into this new technological age where no one can say that no one cares.

Founding Purpose: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

The Sinaloa Corporation (Bringing the Narco State into the global economy)

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The Hamilton Institute has taken a real detail look at its last post and made this post to counter the criticisms of one area that is fueling the insecurity of the United States. Integration and decriminalization will help with co-association of all elements in System D in the overall economy to help alleviate poverty. The drug war is not working and is causing unneeded harm to the most vulnerable in society. The Hamilton Institute calls for a detailing of specific strengths of each cartel and pay them not to kill, deal, and retrain the members to end the horrific violence that is going on.

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The Hamilton Institute calls for the creation of the Sinaloa Corporation from the elements of the Sinaloa Federation. The 2016 election is showing the changing marijuana climate in the U.S and the research of Columbia University Neuroscientist Carl Hart. The drug war has only produce insecurity, shrinking of the economy, and removal of voting rights for at risk communities. This further creates a cycle that destroys normal people who would live their life. The Sinaloa Corporation would be a marijuana, opioid, energy conglomerate that is publicly traded. Even El Chapo said he wants out of the drug business:

“I give in to the sense of security offered by the calm of Chapo and his men. There is the pervasive feeling that if there were a threat, they would know it. We eat, drink, and talk for hours. He is interested in the movie business and how it works. He’s unimpressed with its financial yield. The P&L high side doesn’t add up to the downside risk for him. He suggests to us that we consider switching our career paths to the oil business. He says he would aspire to the energy sector, but that his funds, being illicit, restrict his investment opportunities. He cites (but asks me not to name in print) a host of corrupt major corporations, both within Mexico and abroad. He notes with delighted disdain several through which his money has been laundered, and who take their own cynical slice of the narco pie.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/el-chapo-speaks-20160109#ixzz3y0UNB5x4
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The model is the Prohibition era which you had the same murder, mass shootings, and conflicts in the 1920’s with the mob. Many who made their money that way moved away from the illegal activities when they began to integrate with society. The best way to end the illegal activities is to dissolve System D and begin the process of normalization towards some sectors of it. El Mayo of the Sinaloa Federation said it best in 2010:

“The problem of drug trafficking involves millions [of people],” Zambada said. “How do you control that? As for the drug lords, whether they’re locked up, killed or extradited, their replacements are already there lurking.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ismael-el-mayo-zambada-sinaloa_us_56a0becce4b0404eb8f05313

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/el-chapo-speaks-20160109

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/a-billion-dollar-narco-junior-cuts-a-deal

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2650616/Mexican-Kim-Kardashian-lookalike-takes-boss-drug-cartel-hit-squad-uses-personalised-pink-AK47.html

Founding Purpose: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

The mechanism for achieving this goal is Capitalism and Democracy.

Bringing back the War on Poverty (Ending the war on poor people)

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The war on poverty is often debated, praised, and criticized in the United States. I’m going to take a different approach to the war on poverty that is never really talked about. The fundamental restructuring of the U.S. economy by exporting the old industries out of America. Replacing them with new industries in space, telecommunications, computer technologies and computer languages. This was in the 1960’s, the whole war on poverty was to raise the standard of the population(wages, salaries), create new industrial clusters, and exploit old industries to newly freed colonies to help them develop their economies in the struggle against the Soviet Union.

This is a first of a two part series on the attempted transforming of the U.S. government to better support the economy.

Founding Purpose: We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

The mechanism for achieving this goal is Capitalism and Democracy.

Entrepreneurial Spirit -Inconvenient Product

When someone looks at the video with the young woman that is going around social media I was thinking that we have to do better. When I began to take a closer look at what she was saying and her mentality is no different than the young entrepreneur who creates a start up in a new industry, a stockbroker on Wall Street, a young athlete training hard to go into the NBA or NFL.  The mentality is the same and The Hamilton Institute wants to redirect their efforts in the right direction. The benefits of redirecting the economy from indirect to formal will unleash untold benefits not only these communities but for the economy in the whole.

Transforming the community’s economy from indirect to formal will help these communities being able to reduce poverty, repair schools, reduce crime and generally improve the outlook for the members of the community. The products of an indirect economy (drug, gun running, prostitution, numbers, and others items) become the first and sometimes last option for many underserved communities.

The Hamilton Institute offers options that create a better alternative than going to prison, horrible runs in with police, and the criminal justice system.

This is the best way to combat inequalities.

Founding Purpose: We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

The mechanism for achieving this goal is Capitalism and Democracy.

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