New Amer­ica and Trump­is­tan

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - John Bar­rere, Bal­ti­more

Given the deep di­vi­sions in the coun­try, I think it is time to se­ri­ously con­sider split­ting the United States into East Amer­ica, West Amer­ica and Trump­is­tan. East and West Amer­ica would form a new fed­eral New Amer­i­can govern­ment based upon the pre­sent prin­ci­ples of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion. Trump­is­tan could have what­ever form of govern­ment they want.

Since res­i­dents of what would be­come Trump­is­tan (“Trump­sters,” which rhymes with dump­sters) cur­rently get more money from Wash­ing­ton than they pay in taxes as a group, New Amer­i­cans should see lower tax rates. Cit­i­zens of Trump­is­tan would then be re­spon­si­ble for their own costs of re­pair­ing hur­ri­cane and tor­nado dam­age, main­te­nance of their por­tions of in­ter­state high­ways, etc.

There should be a brief pe­riod (maybe a year) where no-fault emi­gra­tion from and im­mi­gra­tion into New Amer­ica would be freely per­mit­ted. Af­ter that, any per­sons wish­ing to em­i­grate to New Amer­ica would be sub­ject to “ex­treme vet­ting” and strict quo­tas would be es­tab­lished.

New Amer­ica would con­sist of the pre­sent states east of the Penn­syl­va­nia and Ohio bor­der and north of the Po­tomac as well as those por­tions of Wash­ing­ton, Ore­gon and Cal­i­for­nia west of the coastal moun­tains. For the first year up to 10 states in Trump­is­tan could vote to join New Amer­ica (“Trexit”). Re­ten­tion of any these “Trexit” states as part of New Amer­ica would be sub­ject to reau­tho­riza­tion by the New Amer­i­can govern­ment ev­ery three years. Hope­fully, these mea­sures would serve as in­cen­tives for for­mer Trump­sters to re­frain from elect­ing child­ish brats to serve as New Amer­i­can se­na­tors, rep­re­sen­ta­tives and pres­i­dents.

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