Monday, April 20, 2009

Texas Secession?

Last week, during all the hoopla surrounding Tax Day and Tea Parties, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, suggested that Texas just might have to secede if they are not happy about taxes.

Picking up on that note, FiveThirtyEight.com has created a little map to illustrate this possibility, and suggest that only Republicans would be sorry to see them go...



In fact, it would seem that Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has already jumped the gun on that notion. The Huffington Post noticed that the State Department had listed Texas as a foreign country. After it came to their attention, the error was corrected, but not before HP got a screen capture of the list.

This is of course not the first time that an independent Texas has been mentioned here at Cartophilia. (See Roswell, Texas.)

On a related note, the bloboganda blog, tries to explain the name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, by describing a scenario wherein a portion of Mexico declares independence and calls itself "The Republic of Texas". Would Americans stand for that?



Of course the solution to that scenario could simply be resolved. The United States could sell the State of Texas to the Republic of Texas, and pay off some of the National Debt...

UPDATE 4/21: Black Maps: For the love of God, let Texas have her way!

UPDATE 4/23: The Electoral Map on Texas Secession: would scenarios be like North Korea or Slovakia?

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3 Comments:

At Monday, April 20, 2009 , Blogger paintandink said...

I wonder if that State Department lest was really a mistake? Or someone's little joke? Either way, it's funny.

As for Texas, I was always under the impression that Texans already thought of themselves as a separate country...

 
At Monday, April 20, 2009 , Blogger La Gringissima said...

That was my impression when I lived there.

 
At Wednesday, April 22, 2009 , Blogger Shawna Gambol Woodard said...

Texas is like Utah. They both do their own thing...but Texans marry less often (except in FLDS Eldorado, Texas).

 

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