How are things in Ogallala? What about Atchafalaya? Or Nodaway?
These imaginary places represent the very real dissonance between the United States government and the people of America.
The Washington Post posted online a map by Neil Freedman showing these places and more under the headline, "This map shows what the United States would look like if life were fair."
The argument is that since the populations of the states vary from 576,412 people in Wyoming to 38,041,430 in California, it is "unfair" that small states get two senators just like California.
Since this affects the Electoral College, the mapmaker and the Post reason that new lines must be drawn to establish 50 states of 6,265,634 people each.
Seventeen people would be left over after the music stops in this political game of musical chairs.
Every 10 years the lines would be redrawn.
In the name of fairness, the people of Hawaii would have to travel 3,000 miles to fly to Portland, Oregon, which would be the capital of Shasta, a new state, not the soft drink.
The proposal is so loony that it is destined to become law some day.
But this proposal reflects a dissonance between people in Washington and the rest of the nation.
A Gallup poll in June found the economy is the No. 1 concern of Americans. Only 4 percent put health care as the No. 1 issue and only 2 percent said immigration.
So what is Washington working on?
Health care and immigration.
The names proposed reflect Washington's disdain for America.
For example, Ogallala, Neb., provided the name for a state out in the Dakotas.
The Atchafalaya River provided the name for a state along the Gulf Coast.
Parts of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska would be Nodaway.