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.