Jul 15, 2014
commented on If There Can Be Six Californias, There Could Be Two Washingtons
@11 is on the right track here. As long as we're asking for the impossible we should be nailing together the empty states. Any state with a population under 2.5 million is a candidate for merger. Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana qualify. Nebras-kotas. Alaska as Washington's 40th county. 81% of us live in cities. There's no reason to consider giving more Senators to the empty spaces.
Jan 30, 2013
commented on Mugabe and the White Farmers
Almost a guaranteed outcome when you take export oriented large farms and convert them to subsistence and small holder market farming. These may feed your family. They may even pay school fees for your kids. But they're not going to pay back loans made to the displaced farmers. Add in the balance of trade issues that follow a switch from tobacco to maize and your banking crisis deepens as other sectors that require hard currency inputs start to fail.