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Uploaded on Jul 11, 2011
A politician in southern California wants his community to break away from the nearly bankrupt Golden State and form the 51st state.
Jeff Stone, a Republican who serves on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, wants to host a summit for southern California's political leaders to decide how to secede.
He wants a state that's focused on secure borders, balanced budgets, an improved school system and a flourishing economy.
It was not immediately clear how seceding would help.
"California was once the world's fourth largest economy and now struggles to hold on to eighth place," he said in a statement. "Our taxes are too high, our schools don't educate our children well enough, unions and other special interests have more clout in the Legislature than the general public. It has to change.