Thursday, February 24, 2011

Not as Nuts as it Sounds.

What, you thought I was talking about Arizona? No, Arizona is every bit as nuts as it seems, and then some. Action by the state legislature in the last 48 hours that might have escaped your attention includes committee approval of bills that would make it illegal for illegal immigrants to drive motor vehicles or enroll in state universities and community colleges, and require the eviction of everyone living in a rented unit if one of them is discovered to be illegal, and require schools to gather immigration status data on their students and report any illegals they find to ICE, and deny citizenship to babies born in Arizona whose parents can't prove they are citizens, and name the Colt revolver the official state firearm in honor of Arizona's Wild West heritage (a heritage of gunplay dating back to the 1800s and continuing up though at least January 8 of this year, apparently), and abolish AHCCCS (Arizona's program for administering Medicaid, especially fun because it is projected to serve 1.8 million people next year, and the Republicans' proposed replacement program will cover 80,000 people. Yes, 80 thousand.). Oh yeah, and two more people who have gotten kicked off the transplant list for being poor will probably die soon.

What do reasonable people who still want to live in Tucson despite the insanity emanating from Phoenix do? Baja Arizona, that's what.
A political committee made up of attorneys, including the former chairman of the Pima County Democratic Party, has been formed to try to get Southern Arizona to secede from the rest of the state.
My goodness, just imagine. Pima County and Santa Cruz County consolidating into a long, narrow border state, and we could probably recruit Coconino County up north to be our excellent Upper Peninsula, ya hey dere! We do have the population and the acreage to do up a respectable state, but, as much as Frank Antenori would certainly delight in jettisoning Tucson from his consciousness, I'm not sure this will go anywhere. But still. Imagine.

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