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Texas Could Secede: Rick Perry Moots

Secession Likely?

Secession Likely?

Texans are tired of federal tax policies and might decide to secede from U.S federation, Governor Rick Perry informed reporters. He also warned that the financial breakdown might cause the U. S to dismantle like the USSR and made a declaration of Texas’ Sovereignty after he attended an anti-tax party rally in Austin.

When Texas acceded to the union in 1845 it was with the understanding it could pull out.However, according to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Texas negotiated the power to divide into four additional states at any future time but not the right to secede.

Mr. Perry said, “I believe that our federal government has become oppressive.” He also added that Texas does pay a greater amount of federal income tax than it receives in services when compared with other states and for that case, Washington shall not mortgage its future. He is profoundly concerned over the swelling tax burden that is levied on all Texans.

US FED Crisis

US FED Crisis

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, also Republicans, have been candid against the economic stimulus expenditure and encouraged tea parties in their states. The protests were being held throughout the country on federal income tax deadline day to imitate the original Boston Tea Party of American revolutionary times.

At the Texas Capitol, Perry joined state lawmakers in pushing a resolution that supports states’ rights protected in the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Tenth Amendment gives those powers not expressly granted to the federal government nor prohibited by the Constitution. There are many ways the Constitution limits state powers – the supremacy clause, the dormant commerce clause, the privileges and immunities clause, the 14th Amendment, etc.

As Mr. Perry is racing for re-election, it is hard to find whether this is a legitimate threat or an election stunt. His anti-Washington remarks have become more strident in the past few weeks as that 2010 race gets going and since Perry rejected $550 million in federal economic stimulus money slated to help Texas’ unemployment trust fund, mooting the stimulus money would come with strings attached.

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April 16, 2009 - Posted by | Global Politics | , , , ,

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