Agreed, Mr. Faris,
I, being a Texan by birth and a citizen of the greatest state in the union, would totally welcome the opportunity, if given, to leave the Union. Here's why:
1. We don't want the bailout money cause we can overcome this "depression" on our own. There is no such thing as free money, there are always strings attached. People have become obsessed about free money without any regard to the consequences. I prefer to earn mine and do with it what I please.
2. Contrary to popular belief, most Texans love the United States and what it and its Constitution stand for, else I doubt we'd have joined the union in 1845. Gov. Perry reaffirmed his belief, along with the vast majority of Texas Senators and Legislature in the United States Constitution's 10 amendment.
3. Also if you believe for one second that Texas leaving the Union is good for the country, let me remind you that Texas is the second largest state in the Union. Not to mention the second largest population, meaning a lot of the beloved federal government's tax dollars would disappear. We have no income tax, and the seventh lowest per capita in the United States. Which means the majority of our money stays where it belongs, in the hands of the people who earned it. I would also like to point out that Texas is a tax donor state meaning that for every dollar a Texan paid to the federal income tax the state receives approximately .94 cents in tax dollars. Can Pennsylvania say that?
4. Texas alone has a gross state product of around 1.09 trillion, which happens to be the second highest in the nation. We also happen to have the most fortune 500 companies in the country headquartered in Texas.
5. Our universities are some of the best in the country. University of Texas and Texas A & M, just to name a few of the best known.
6. Texas also happens to be the nation's leader in having the most farms and highest acreage of farms, as well as the leading livestock producer in the country. Cattle being the most valuable livestock, but we also lead the nation in sheep and goat products. We also grow the most cotton in the country, and vast quantities of both cereals and various produce. Texas also leads in creating cement, crushed stone, lime, salt, sand and gravel. Without raw materal it will be difficult to build buildings and roads.
7. Unlike most states, Texas has its own alternating current power grid, not to mention our electric services are deregulated allowing for power companies to compete with each other. Another example of free market economy which probably disgusts you.
8. Texas has petroleum deposits of around 5 billion barrels, which is roughly a quarter of the entire United States reserves. I think you'd miss that when you can't drive to school when you get ready to start the 28th grade at the University of Pennsylvania.
9. As far as "green" energy, Texas is a leader in renewable energy by producing the most wind power in the country. So you'd be missing all that wonder green energy, you blue folks talk about all the time.
10. Our technology sector and well as commerce, airports, highways, railroads, culture, arts, sports are some of the best in the country.
So yes sir, I'd believe we'd be just fine without "Blue" America, most of which isn't blue to begin with. Oh yes, our president has promised change, but as far as I can see he is continuing the practices of the Bush administration by spending money the government doesn't have. He wants to have a civilian defence force to protect us from terrorist? I think our FBI and first responders do a heck of a job. He wants to triple the size of Americorps through the "GIVE" act? Why? Americans give more money to charitable organizations and volunteer more then any other nation on earth. That's tax payer money that can go to the deficit. I don't even remember what his budget is supposed to run except that its the largest in our nation's history, so he tries to convince Americans that if he cuts 100 million of a several trillion dollar budget, that he's actually trying to save money? We aren't stupid, well most of us aren't. I see it right through him as do most Texans. I also saw through the Bush administrations decisions as well, just so I can prove to you this isn't about President Obama.
I also believe you need to check your geography because Alabama is not a bordering state. But hey, if you and your buddies don't want Alabama either we'd be more then welcome them to join us. I think you'd be surprised most of the south feels the way Texans do about whats happening in our country. We just happen to be a little more vocal, and we believe in free speech. I suppose you didn't notice the tens of thousands of tea party gatherers all around the country, even in your blue states. You didn't notice because you "blue" people think the tea party concept is anti - Obama. The concept is based on uncontrolled government spending, misuse of tax dollars, and the slow erosion of freedoms we enjoy as Americans.
If you want big brother Obama to hold your hand all your life that's fine with me. Here in Texas we take care of ourselves, and if forced, we'll show that we can.
Mr. Faris' article can be found here.
*all information was taken from wikipedia and its sources.