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  • jbm1955 commented on the blog post Give the Texas Secessionists a Boat!

    2012-11-26 05:53:46View | Delete

    Also, in terms of people being slaves:

    Glen states that the primary motivation for these petitions is the racial animus the signers have towards President Obama. We can only imagine what sort of government such people desire.

    The Latino and African-American minority Texans would be forced to choose between keeping their homes and property in Texas, staying and living under whatever sort of oppressive, arpartheid government would be set up there and keeping the rights they have as citizens of the United States.

    So I’m saying it’s not your call, and it’s not the call of the white-Anglo majority in Texas (unless you’re implying that minority Texans are slaves to them). I’m willing to fight for them. Guess you’re not.

  • jbm1955 commented on the blog post Give the Texas Secessionists a Boat!

    2012-11-25 21:51:14View | Delete

    The Supreme Court case is “Texas v. White” (1869). Here is a quote from the decision.

    “When, therefore, Texas became one of the United States, she entered into an indissoluble relation. All the obligations of perpetual union, and all the guaranties of republican government in the Union, attached at once to the State. The act which consummated her admission into the Union was something more than a compact; it was the incorporation of a new member into the political body. And it was final. The union between Texas and the other States was as complete, as perpetual, and as indissoluble as the union between the original States. There was no place for reconsideration, or revocation, except through revolution, or through consent of the States.”

    I’d say it’s not your call.

  • jbm1955 commented on the blog post Give the Texas Secessionists a Boat!

    2012-11-25 12:38:38View | Delete

    A state may only secede with the consent of Congress and confirmation of all other state legislatures– or by revolution.

    A Supreme Court case confirmed this after the Civil War. Doesn’t matter what 31% of Texans or Ron Paul thinks.

    Perhaps Texas could negotiate that consent, but I imagine we’d demand some pretty harsh terms (e.g., we’ll keep all mineral rights, the port of Houston, etc.).

    Texas doesn’t like it, they and what army are going to do anything about it?

    I lived in Austin for five years; traveled widely around the state. Many wonderful people there; think we ought to keep them.

    Also, I seriously doubt that we, the people of the United States, would want to abandon our fellow citizens who are Latino and African-American residents of Texas to the tyranny of what would be the Republic of Texas.

  • Don’t forget the biggest one of all

    Making you pay taxes on what your employer pays for your health insurance.

  • Oh yeah, though they didn’t put a dollar amount on it the AEI article also whined about the Tax Policy Center not using “dynamic scoring”.

  • Some wingnut posted a comment to the NY Times article you’ve linked to. He had a link to an article from some website that the American Enterprise Institute has. And the wingnut said that based on the findings of the article, the Tax Policy Center had revised their analysis. He ended with a snarky remark that the author wasn’t interested in reporting, just on repeating Obama talking points.

    So I went over and looked at the article. And, it was true; the Tax Policy Center did them the courtesy of rerunning their analysis using the assumption that a large dollar amount of “tax expenditures” would be eliminated that they had not used their first analysis.

    What made up the biggest part of those “tax expenditures” that would be eliminated?

    The interest on Municipal bonds would no longer be tax free.


    I returned to the NYT comments and set everyone straight.