Rick Perry secessionist...Now wants help-

Discussion in 'Soap Box' started by MeAndYou, Apr 27, 2009.

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  1. MeAndYou

    MeAndYou Well-Known Member

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/26/rick-perry-after-secessio_n_191521.html

    I think most people are pretty annoyed with the governor of texas calling to secede from the union because apparently Obama is too commie socialist for him. But now he is asking for help from the federal government in dealing with the swine flu.

    Now i think for anyone that doubted before...its pretty obvious this stance to secede is purely political...but he got a LOT of very conservative very bitter republicans to jump on the band wagon.

    So i guess my question is...should those that wanted to/still want to secede from the union deserve to ask for any help from the federal government or the Center for Disease Control? (a commie socialist program might i remind everyone..you know..taking peoples wealth from taxes and spreading it around for the people).

    I guess i just dont think most people who are behind this call to secede know exactly what that means. It means all those military bases, all those naval bases, all those air force bases, and that f-16 factory go bye bye...because those are government facilities. So does the coast guard bases because god forbid taxes pay to help our country during natural disasters, as well as NASA. And how about the corps of engineers and the border guards......
     
  2. Esmeralda

    Esmeralda Well-Known Member

    Actually, Texas would do fairly well on its own with its oil reserves and pipelines and the Texas National Guard, not to mention the entire Gulf of Mexico for shipping. If Texas wants to secede, what's wrong with that?
     
  3. MeAndYou

    MeAndYou Well-Known Member

    Im not saying its wrong i just find it funny they want fed help. Obviously not every Texan is for seceding though..

    plus who is to say the us wouldnt forcefully take control of the off shore oil. Who would stop them? Texas with its ...navy?.....
     
  4. Esmeralda

    Esmeralda Well-Known Member

    Well, unless Texas actually does secede (highly unlikely), then I guess they are entitled to federal funds. It's probably in the best interest of the country anyway considering its proximity to Mexico.
     
  5. shades

    shades Staff Alumni

    They can't secede unless the "Union" lets them. The rhetoric and instigation of anger among his constituents is most likely a political ploy as another said here earlier. But, they will continue to receive benefits from the government as they should. I also understand that Texas is quite high on the list of states (heard it the other day, can't prove it right now-will look for link) as to how much they receive from the federal government in ratio to what they pay in.

    They're just pissed off because the many wealthy people there stand to lose some tax breaks they enjoyed under Bush. This type of rhetoric was almost identical in its tone as to what the southern states were screaming about before the Civil War. i.e. "the government is trying to take away our rights". What a crock!
     
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  6. jameslyons

    jameslyons Well-Known Member

    I have a simple solution: The coasts should become one country and the rest of American can stick with its corn.... Actually I'd like to keep Illinois too
     
  7. bleach

    bleach Well-Known Member

    Fine.

    But does Mr. Perry also have a plan for Texas to take on a proportionate amount of the federal debt, which they have helped and are helping to spend, if they secede?
     
  8. Zurkhardo

    Zurkhardo Well-Known Member

    Interesting claim on Perry's part (who claims he was misunderstood), given that Texas--by national standards--isn't doing all that bad in terms of finances and employment. Even if it weren't hanging in there, it'd hardly do better on its own any more than other big states like California. Not only is it illegal but its economically unviable.

    Funny enough though, some experts claim that Texas can technically break off into 4 or 5 other states if it wanted to. While I think that's unlikely, the prospect of it is rather amusing.

    Either way its all just a lot of vented frustration and/or political distraction away from more pressing issues.
     
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