Alright stop for a second and read a full post before you comment… Yes fort hood was brought up but read the line before it where I had said in a remark to another post saying that they can take all personel and equipment but they have to leave the bases and facilities alone… By disregarding that lil tid bit of info you basically ruin the entire meaning of what I was trying to say. Which ironically was a joke post for most of that but minor details moving on…
I am not disagreeing with anyone that trade would not be affected by a secession… I know damn well it would be affected, possibly for as much as 10 years after the transition. However if we look back on history (yes I know I only have 2 points to choose from and both were well over 100 years ago) But during the revoltionary war and the civil war trade flourished… Hell the french and the spanish joined in the revolutionary for exclusive rights to the fur and spice trades of the time… Now what does Texas have that is currently illegal for them to produce more of… I will give you a direct quote and 10 points go to whoever can tell me who said it first… “We can not drill our way out of this problem” Did you know that there are as many as 20 sites proposed for offshore drilling that under current us laws are not gonna happen… There are literally thousands of large scale drilling sites proposed within the state of texas itself that have been denied… And if I remember this correctly, Texas has untapped oil reserves larger than the entire middle east combined. You couple that with the fact that if you cut out texas from the rest of the US as it stands right now. It is in fact the 15th largest independent economy in the world it sits between china and india (google it I will wait).
Now that you are back if you think the state only produces oil then you are mistaken… Just to name a few the state also produces salt, sulfur, gypsum, gold, silver, coal, natural gas, and lumber just to name a few…. And lets not even go back into the manufacturing again
Now lets move away from the fact for a second and go into the philosophical side… What do you think would happen if there was no epa or us federal government to tell a new nation no you can not drill that there to bring down the cost for your own citizens???
And again the budget in the state and the books are black… They have a surplus of funds with money to spend, The education system may not be at the top of the list but it is still far above the 8th grade level and on top of that the tier one college schools within the state (Texas A&M University for example)
Again there is a low unemployment rate of about 6% vs over 8% for the rest of the country
Onto another issue I read in here somewhere….
The original plan for the US at its founding was that the states took care of all there own laws, taxation, infrastructure, and programs. It worked in theory that every state was in essence its own small country coming together to make up the overall country as a whole… THE UNITED STATES. However over time starting around the late 1870’s or so the federal government began taking more and more power. The people and the states disagreed with this practice which lead to the only known mass secession in our history and our civil war. The war was not fought over slavery as some would have us believe it was in essence a fight over a states right and the power of a large federal government and telling the states this is what you are going to do “END SLAVERY.” Now don’t misconstrue this slavery had to be stopped then same as it does now but thats a whole nother discussion.
There were some other things I wanted to comment on from what I read but I am doing this post very late and I am having trouble thinking straight