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What would happen if
Texas actually seceded?

The Week, by Staff

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Posted By:StormCnter, 11/27/2012 4:52:31 AM

"Talk of secession is in the air," says Brett Arends at MarketWatch. At least a small number of people in each of the 50 states have filed petitions on the White House website "We The People" asking that their state be allowed to leave the Union. Under rules laid out by President Obama, any petition that gets 25,000 "signatures" in 30 days earns an official response: At least seven states have more than 30,000 signatures, and the Texas petition had more than 117,000 as of Nov. 26. All of this secession fever "comes 150 years after the Civil War,


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tehtriggerman, 11/27/2012 5:34:44 AM     (No. 9035380)

Time to move to Texas! Ive had it with Michugan. HAD IT.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bkt23, 11/27/2012 5:46:08 AM     (No. 9035390)

Let´s say Texas did secede peacefully (which could never happen)...people from all over the country would move there. The well-armed, self-reliant and productive people, that is.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: pliades, 11/27/2012 6:23:18 AM     (No. 9035418)

Just like Ross Perot said, ´that giant sucking sound´ would be American citizens moving to Texas instead of NAFTA jobs going to Mexico.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Socio, 11/27/2012 6:50:52 AM     (No. 9035444)

Independent Texas could just lower corporate tax rates to half of current US rate and businesses would be lining up to come here from other States.

If they did this Texas would end up with a minuscule unemployment rate, an abundance of tax revenue at lower tax rates.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mws50, 11/27/2012 7:07:54 AM     (No. 9035462)

First, other states would join the Republic of Texas. We could adopt most of the US Constitution (The US is not using it, so someone should...).

We have enough oil and gas to meet our energy needs and if we could get a coal State to join, we would be good with that commodity. We would start out with the 15th best economy on this planet. We would understand the "general welfare" clause in the Constitution applies to the entire population, not just the special citizens. If it will not benefit everyone, it is not meeting the "general welfare" definition.
And we would give all the people that rely on welfare a bus ticket to their State of choice.

This is do-able.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: LouD, 11/27/2012 7:10:41 AM     (No. 9035466)

No, if Texas could secede you would see millions of liberals moving there for the low taxes and better overall lifestyle. And then they would start demanding the government provide them with all sorts of goodies, and in the end ruin what was once a livable state. Much as they did in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire, among others.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: LadyVet, 11/27/2012 7:16:49 AM     (No. 9035476)

Why does Texas need to secede? Why not just re-draw the U.S. boundaries so that NY City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago and the whole state of Hawaii were excluded? Can we vote on that?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 11/27/2012 7:28:41 AM     (No. 9035493)

The Metsikans would find a new place to enter.

Oklahoma would become a border state.

Louisiana is already just barely a part of the union, anyway.

There are still dozens of foreign embassy buildings in Galveston, remnants of the days when Texas was an independent nation. Several are great B&B´s BTW.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: AltaD, 11/27/2012 7:53:08 AM     (No. 9035526)

The deeper this country sinks into debt the more I wish the secession talk was real. I´m tired of the bailouts - auto, banks, the free-phone crowd and next up will be billions to NY and NJ post Sandy and I´m sure we will eventually bailout IL and CA´s pensions. I´d love to leave it all behind and move to the Republic of Texas.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: chumley, 11/27/2012 8:01:30 AM     (No. 9035536)

#6, that´s what Kalifornians do now, pretty much everywhere they go.
The article´s tone suggests the country would be lost without all the wonderful services the federal government offers (forces). I disagree. I think we would be just fine without most of those services, and with my money in my pocket.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: MattMusson, 11/27/2012 9:12:26 AM     (No. 9035672)

#8 is correct. Don´t seceded. Start kicking some states out!

But, I have my birth certificate ready in case I have to move home to Texas.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Daisymae, 11/27/2012 9:14:59 AM     (No. 9035681)

So much wisdom shared by all the posters here. My initial reaction would be that Texas would lead the charge and many states would fall in line--and oh please don´t think it can´t happen.

Drive around DC for a half hour or 45 minutes, building after building, whole campuses nothing but bureaucratic squalor.

And with all these people sitting on their thumbs all day long--Nancy Pelosi has the nerve to say we have to pass the health care bill to see what´s in it.

A thing to remember too is the bureaucratic squalor I mentioned was not people pulling down minimum wage--no, no, no--these would be our most expensive courtesans surely 100K+

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Achilles, 11/27/2012 9:40:17 AM     (No. 9035736)

All the libs say: go ahead Texas, but you take part of the debt, too. If that is the case, then Texas is also entitled to a carrier or two, some subs, jets and NUKES! The argument that the question of secession was settled fails. The civil war of the 1860´s only settled the last attempt at secession. The next attempt at secession has not been settled. Yet.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: JoniTx, 11/27/2012 9:48:03 AM     (No. 9035755)

Haven´t seen a bumper sticker yet, but here´s an article concerning them:


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Reply 15 - Posted by: Stopstoreload, 11/27/2012 12:57:54 PM     (No. 9036155)

The 1860´s military defeat of secession does not render the concept illegal.

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