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Texas Secession Petition A Hit On White House Website

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Aired 11/14/12

It may seem like a joke or political sour grapes, but a petition calling for Texas to secede from the union has gathered enough signatures for the White House to review and respond.

— It may seem like a joke or political sour grapes, but a petition calling for Texas to secede from the union has gathered enough signatures for the White House to review and respond.

The petition calls for the federal government to allow Texas to peacefully secede and create a new government. It was posted on Friday on the White House website.

On Monday there were more than 25,000 signees. That’s the trigger for the White House to review and respond.

On Tuesday there were more than 80,000 names, and by midday Wednesday the total was nearing 100,000. The author of the petition writes that out-of-control federal spending will lower the standard of living in Texas.

But there’s also the suspicion that President Barack Obama’s re-election may have something to do with this. He won 42 percent of the vote in Texas.

However, Governor Rick Perry does not support the petition. In a statement Perry said he "believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it."

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ronik145 | November 14, 2012 at 2:14 p.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

I wonder if the people who signed this understand that once they secede, they will no longer receive any federal aid - no education money; no money to maintain the interstate system; no money from Homeland Security; no money for social security, medicare, or medicaid; no unemployment money; etc. Oh, and you know that border security wall they want built to separate Mexico from the US? Well, once they secede, they will be a foreign country, so the wall can be built around them so they can't come into our country for vacations, jobs, visits to grandma, shopping, or anything else without a Visa and a current passport. They will also have to pay for their own border security along the Texas/Mexico border.

Of course, they will need to manage their own port system. And, since that port will no longer be in the US, chances are good that a lot of the port activity will move to US ports, leaving them with fewer jobs and higher unemployement.

In addition, all federal jobs will move to other states, including the military, and they will have to pay for their own military in order to defend themselves against invaders.

Somehow, I don't think they've given this enough thought.

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