As I write this, the U.S. national debt is about $9.17 trillion dollars. Don't for a minute think that you do not owe that money.
CA is well along the path to second-class status. All we need to do is visit our schools or drive on our roads to see what the drumbeat of anti-tax, budget-cutting propaganda brings us.
They don't want the government functioning, and if they must have it they want it doing their bidding -- funneling cash to their cronies and protecting the corporations from the citizenry.