While BigKahuanaBurger is asking about adding states (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?threadid=107976), I’m feeling a little Bud Seligish and wonder if it wouldn’t be in the best interests of our nation if we contracted our great country and eliminated a few of those states that are, well, more of a drain than a plus, overall.
After elimination of a state, its citizens and any significant cultural sites (e.g. South Dakota’s Corn Palace) would then be distributed in a draft, with the selection order determined by the remaining states’ rank in Forbe’s list of most liveable states.
Really, the last useful contribution Rhode Island made was providing a useful area comparison to the size of the Ross ice shelf that sloughed off into the sea.
Any other nominations?