The Editorial Board’s Nov. 14 thoughts on a proposed Texas secession drew interest — in a negative way.
We erred, some people told us, when we pointed out that leaving the union would have left a $32.9 billion hole in the state’s 2011-12 budget but failed to note also that the Internal Revenue Service took $198.3 billion from Texans and their businesses.
Giving up the $32.9 billion but keeping the $198.3 billion would leave Texas ahead by $165.4 billion. That’s a good deal any day, these folks pointed out.
It’s important to point out that some people are very serious about this, and they have every right to bring up the idea and talk about it. By Tuesday, almost 116,000 people had signed a Texas secession petition on the White House “We the People” website.
It’s no joke, says U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Lake Jackson.
“Secession is a deeply American principle,” Paul wrote on his website. “This country was born through secession. Some felt it was treasonous to secede from England, but those ‘traitors’ became our country’s greatest patriots.”