If any state can secede, it's Texas

  • Article by: JEFF TURRENTINE , Slate
  • Updated: November 15, 2012 - 5:33 PM

The key is the arcane leverage it holds to divide and conquer.

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odb247Nov. 15, 12 5:54 PM

If there is a state America can do without its Texas.ts a money sewer!! They took over 6 billion dollars in stimulus money to balance there budget.And they have threatened to secede ever since.

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bear_32Nov. 15, 12 6:58 PM

Take a good look at the states who went republican this past election. How educated are their people? How wealthy is their state? I just don't want to be stuck supplying foreign aid to the land of "Duelling Banjos".

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mgmckeNov. 15, 12 7:08 PM

Good flippin riddance! The only question would be how much to charge them for that stupid fence. As a bonus, that would make George P. Bush ineligible for the Presidency.

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logician88Nov. 15, 12 7:24 PM

Finally! The Republicans in Texas come up with a good idea! Build that border wall Michelle Bachman was blabbering about on the NORTH border of Texas, and don't let anyone come into the country. Of course, letting Texas go would immediately put us on the border with another third-world country where people live in squalor. And they would probably declare war on us because of Obama's race. But otherwise, great idea! Can they take Arizona with them?

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fwallenNov. 15, 12 7:26 PM

Don't underestimate the breadth or depth of the dissatisfaction Texans have with Washington. Many Texans believe the only reason the state takes money from the Feds is to comply with needless federal regulations. I just returned from a visit and the economy is strong, the tax climate is attractive, people are moving in from the midwest, and a business would be foolish to start in Minnesota if the Texas location would work. So don't underestimate Texas!

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thunderNov. 15, 12 7:30 PM

Cut ties immediately. Pull out all Federal property and stop any revenue. Let the new Nation of Texas, a foreign country, begin.

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crystalbayNov. 15, 12 7:47 PM

"So don't underestimate Texas!"................The worst education system in the nation and the highest number of uninsured people is "underestimating Texas"??? I don't think so. Besides, within not many years, their population will be over 50% minority and, at this point, Texas will turn blue. This is coming and when it does, say good bye to the GOP because it cannot survive without the 49 electoral votes. If the GOP continues to denigrate half the nation and virtually all minorities, it will not survive as a party. It's as simple as that.

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lonestartexNov. 15, 12 8:25 PM

Texas and Texans are very well educated, Thank you. Our public schools have lost their way, not because of knowledge, but because of cut funding and the fact that over half of our students can't speak English. Three of our Universities are AAU Members (Texas, Texas A&M, and Rice.) When offered free money from the stimulus (that all states accepted) Texas accepted $6.4 Billion to balance our budget, what you didn't mention, was that while accepting that money, we STILL had $9.1 Billion in our "Rainy Day Fund." Texas has the 14th largest economy in the world, behind Russia and ahead of Australia. Our GDP in 2011 was $1.14 Trillion. We're leaders in energy, oil, natural gas, and wind power. We're leaders in agriculture, livestock, and lumber. We're the only state in the country that has our own power grid. We have the largest in-land port in the country. Texas currently sends $.94 in tax dollars to Washington for every $1.00 it gets back. When we leave (God willing) I can promise you that we'll more than makeup for that $0.06 when we lose federal taxes on gasoline, and we're no longer bound by federal regulations when it comes to drilling oil domestically, and in the Gulf.

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lonestartexNov. 15, 12 8:29 PM

crystalbay, Texas is already over 50% minority, Texas has been what they call a "Minority-Majority" state for over a decade. Whites make up 44%, Latino's make up 36%, Blacks make up 13%, and the other 7% is mostly Asian. Texas will NEVER go blue, if you look at this election alone compared to 2008, you'll see that Obama actually lost votes and the Republicans gained. For a state that's "going blue" they sure didn't have a good start (losing votes)

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ninetyninerNov. 15, 12 8:29 PM

Let Texas secede. It's not like they're adding anything to the nation as a whole and they seem to be a breeding ground for morons.

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