It's 2009. Time for Secession!

Posted by Steve on Wed, 06/17/2009 - 7:42pm
Every presidential inauguration year seems to kick off another round of local secessionist talk. In 2001, it was about New York City seceding from New York and becoming its own state. I admit to a certain degree of sympathy for that given the fact that NYC is the revenue cash cow for the state. But few people took the talk seriously. Short of NYC becoming a hostile nuclear power, there's no way Albany would agree to let us go.

In 2005, the local news was about Staten Island secession. Its promoters have a different plan. They want to leave NYC and become part of New Jersey. I didn't have a problem with that. For me, Staten Island is mostly just an obstacle to be navigated on the way to New Jersey anyway. If it became part of New Jersey maybe it would get better malls.

Now Long Island wants to secede and become the 51st state. What kicked this off is a $1.5 billion payroll tax to bail out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Never mind that the MTA is underwriting the money-losing Long Island Railroad which brings over 250,000 Long Island residents into NYC every day to earn their livings while they contribute little to NYC's tax base.

It was a set up for one of the funniest videos I've ever seen lately: a Daily Show piece with the sarcastic Samantha Bee.