Opinion by Patricia L Johnson
“We the People” is a website created by the White House where U.S. Citizens can create petitions on any subject of interest to them. 25,000 signatures are necessary for the petition to receive further attention from the White House.
Since President Obama’s re-election this website has been bombarded with petitions from various states wanting to secede from the Union and I say “Good Riddance”.
To date, there has only been one state that has reached the 25,000 threshold and that is the State of Texas with 93,972 votes as of November 14, 2012. According to the Census Bureau the estimated population for 2011 for the State of Texas is 26.7 million, so although 94,000 is a pretty fair number, its minute when it comes to total population. 267,000 signatures would only amount to 1% of the population.
The petition reads as follows:
Seems the folks in Texas can’t make up their minds because while the State of Texas is requesting to secede, citizens in the City of Austin have a separate online petition to remain part of the United States.
So what happens now? Probably nothing. In 1869 the Supreme Court ruled in Texas v. White that it was illegal for Texas to secede from the Union which is probably good for the people in the State of Texas. No matter how much they dislike the fact that President Obama was re-elected to a second term, the fact remains that Texans do not do a very good job of supporting themselves.
$163 billion dollars was the amount paid to the IRS from Texans in fiscal year 2009, while the State received $224 billion in federal funds, or to put it bluntly U.S. taxpayers from other states paid $61 billion dollars to residents of the State of Texas.
Is it any wonder Governor Perry’s office made the following statement on Tuesday, November 13, 2012:
"Gov. [Rick] Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it," his press secretary Catherine Frazier wrote in a statement. "But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government."
Texas may be the largest state in the Union, but it’s also the state that has the highest number of natural disasters requiring FEMA assistance as follows:
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