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Will Texas Secede?

May 1, 2009

At the New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg has an editorial on the Texas Governor’s recent comments indicating that the state holds open the option of seceding if it dislikes the policies coming out of Washington. The sincerity of that threat aside, that process is more difficult than he appears to recognize:

The Governor is mistaken about Texas having been admitted to the Union with an opt-out provision; the actual deal was that Texas, with Congress’s permission, could theoretically divide itself into five states. Exiting the United States is not as simple as resigning from a restricted country club. Since “the Constitution, in all its provisions, looks to an indestructible Union” (Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase, Texas v. White, 1869), Perry would need either a constitutional amendment or a Supreme Court chock-full of Scaliaesque “originalists.”

Hertzberg also has a nice little analysis of the tax increase that ostensibly angered so many hard-working, blue collar Americans into protesting at the Tea Parties:

The partygoers’ main target was President Obama’s plan for an enormous tax hike, under which, starting in 2011, persons with incomes in excess of a quarter-million dollars could see their top marginal rate go from thirty-five per cent to 39.6. This means that a fellow making, for example, three hundred grand could see his tax bill go up $34.62 per week. (In a typical liberal trick, most people making under a quarter mil, which is to say ninety-seven per cent of us, are getting a reduction.)

One Comment leave one →
  1. john permalink
    May 1, 2009 10:22 am

    Very Swiftian, I like it. Nice example of how irony can be used to do something besides show everyone how jaded and clever you are.

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