The Confederacy of Takers
The White House, in one of those astro-turf efforts that make people feel warm about small-d democracy, launched a “We the People” program on its Web site last year, allowing Americans to petition their government for a redress of grievances. Any petition that receives 25,000 or more signatures within 30 days is promised a response (though not necessarily a favorable one) from the Obama administration.
And so a large number of patriotic Americans, mostly from states won by Mitt Romney last week, have petitioned the White House to let them secede. They should be careful about what they wish for. It would be excellent financial news for those of us left behind if Obama were to grant a number of the rebel states their wish “to withdraw from the United States and create [their] own NEW government” (the petitions emphasize “new” by capitalizing it).
Red states receive, on average, far more from the federal government in expenditures than they pay in taxes. The balance is the opposite in blue states. The secession petitions, therefore, give the opportunity to create what would be, in a fiscal sense, a far more perfect union.
after thinking about it, letting red states go is the ultimate in deficit reduction-- the drain on the federal budget will ease and the collective IQ of the remaining states goes up...that's a win/win....
New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.
thanks for the article from the constitution...it's sad to think how many people are familiar with the most important document regarding how this country was formed....
He started a thread on it here.
See this for what it is - people are pizzed. We are on the verge of financial collapse and re-electing the buffoons that got us here is only going to make it worse.
"The trouble with SOCIALISM is that eventually you run out of other people's money."
Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister, Great Britain (1976)
From the Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. --Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world."
The Bernanke reinflation of the housing bubble, on extant trendlines, means another year or two in the PRCa. The first stop is a much lower cost of living state in which actual fair share is present though sales tax and no income tax. Should actuary hold (or not hold should the 604 HP MBZ end up in my stable sooner rather than later) there will be nothing tying me to this country for the last half of my life. One that is responsible for oneself makes one's own light (there is no light to be found suckling on poisoned dole teat of the government).
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