Mead's claim that President Jefferson would have blessed "the Siberian Purchase" is only half-right. Of course, he bought the Louisiana Territory on the cheap, yet remained skeptical that the Trans-Mississippi West could or should permanently be governed from Washington.
Given current discontents with inside-the-Beltway government, Jefferson may still be proved right.
Perhaps the solution is for California to secede and join with Alaska and Hawaii in buying Siberia. By "squaring the Pacific Rim," we could create the greatest trans-oceanic republic since . . . Atlantis.
Is Pete Wilson listening? All he's got to do is "face west from California's shore"--and rev up the printing presses turning out the IOUs.
HAROLD BRACKMAN, San Diego