Call them anything you lie as long as it doesn't have the word French it in. And don't forget good old gravy for dipping your chips ;)
Nick, I hear what you're saying about having states on board that take more than they give back to the economy. It is a problem world-wide. You only have to look at the EU to see the effects of a downturn in world economy on member states. None of the options are very appealing for dealing with such a situation. One option is for those who still have jobs to pay ever increasing taxes, which the tax payer is naturally not happy about. Other options for government to increase the qualification requirements for welfare, whether that be increasing the age of retirement, reducing health benefits, reducing the amount paid for each welfare subsidy, and of course cracking down on free-loaders who just don't want to find tax-paying employment. Of course, the US could try to kick California out of the union too. I guess this would mean California would run as it's own country, with it's own currency, passports, etc...The problem with most of the schemes that decrease benefits is that it also increases the already very wide gap in socio-economic inequality. This inevitably leads to more violence of all sorts (burglary, domestic and child abuse, drug abuse, fraud, and generally poorer parenting), thus also more guns and more gun violence. Of course, the best solution is to find ways to stimulate the economy, give everyone a job that pays the bills AND taxes to keep those that truly still need welfare (sick, injured, elderly folks) in a reasonable position. Maybe California could secede and then turn into a world supplier of arms of all sorts to boost it's economy. I think, given the current economic situation, it could make quite a good living out of supplying Texas, Israel and the middle east with with arms.