Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Yeah, No Kidding...

A lot of people make assumptions about the state of Texas and Texans in general that stray pretty far from the truth. While I was looking at the Rasmussen polls on the Tea Parties (as references by pb in an earlier post) I saw a poll indicating that 71% of Texans wish to remain in the Union. The only thing surprising about this poll is that anyone bothered to do it. To give you the background from the article:
Texas Governor Rick Perry, in response to a reporter’s question about secession at a protest "tea party," said Wednesday, "We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that? But Texas is a very unique place, and we're a pretty independent lot to boot." The comment was widely reported in the media.

Texans have absolutely no problem talking about seceding from the Union. They're proud of their state. But when push comes to shove, they don't really want to drop out. And there's quite a bit of historical evidence showing that would be a bad thing. By the time Texas joined the United States in the first place, they were on the verge of insolvency and in another war with Mexico. By the second time they rejoined the Union (after the Civil War), they were on the verge of insolvency again and recovering from a war with the North.

1 comment:

patsbrother said...

Nineteenth century financial matters aside, Texas would be on better footing than other States, should it choose to stand alone.

I refer to two sources (which, due to my ineffective html skills, I do not list here; if you want to know, ask, and I'll scrounge them back up for you).

First, yesterday I read a list of the greatest Amercian cities (small, medium, and large) for jobs. As in, places with sustained job growth and job growth as of this year. Texas was by far the one State that was disproportionately well-represeted.

Second, one website refers to Texas as one of only seven States to enter 2009 without a budget deficit. Considering the whoppers out in California and New York, I'd say that's slap-dash amazing.