Ok, I make my share of spelling mistakes when I am in a hurry, but come on - Is this for real??
"Show support for rational, anti-racist and pro-scientific thought but severing all ties with Texas.
The state of Texas continues to be a drag on the national economy as well as human rights by trying to impose non-scientific doctrine as well as anti-gay, anti-Semitic, and anti-femine policies on America. Their dependence on oil and gas holds back scientific advancement in clean tech and represents a clear and present danger to national security via-a-vis China as well as the health and well being of our children. Additionally the subsidies they receive for that industry are also a huge drain on the economy. Finally the money used to protect their borders could be better used elsewhere. Texas' pro-gun stance will help them deal with drug cartels on their borders. Pro-knowledge Americans agree it is time for them to go. Free thought and free the the US by freeing Texas
This is kind of ironic. When Bush II got re-elected after deliberately starting an unnecessary war under false pretenses, I complained to a friend who pointed out that California could seceed and its economy would still be among the biggest on earth.
So I proposed it, and was immediately supported by some guy from Texas. He politely agreed that California and Texas just don't have that much in common and should perhaps go their separate ways.
This time, Obama got re-elected and the Texans want out. I heartily agree that Californians should support Texas in that.
The whole issue of state cession is mute. The federal government owns every state's ass. The federal government is the true owner of all the land and all the natural resources in the state and it ain't gonna give up that wealth. No nation gives up land unless desperate for peace or money, and even rarely in the later case. The federal government isn't going to give up the land in Texas.
If Texans want to secede from the union, their only option is to emigrate. They can't take their land with them. Texas could move to Mexico though. Plenty of unused land there.
As for Urban Dallas anyway, there are many non stereotypical, 'left' leaning, friendly people. As an example, not my thing, but there are literally dozens of strip clubs in the city, more so than here in Los Angeles (I have a witness who will verify :) )
True, I could not find work there in 2008, but didn't something happen around that time? And had it not been for the experience I gained there before that, I would not have the job I have now.
As for the oil subsidies, not disagreeing, but isn't a similiar situation going on with the banks and Fannie Mae? That is the real problem I think, there is not just one, two, or three problems that need to be addressed.
Oil subsidies.. no there no oil subsidies.. the cost of finding and drilling an oil well are spread across the life of the well.. no different than that of Lumber or other precious metal mining. This is part of simple cost accounting principles matching costs to revenues.
"Texas has three main oil and gas taxes: a 4.6
percent oil production tax, a 7.5 percent natural gas
production tax, and a 3/16th-of-one-cent tax per barrel
of oil produced in Texas. Oil production and regulation
taxes are expected to generate $2 billion in fiscal 2010-
11 and $1.9 billion in fiscal 2012-13, according to the
comptroller. Natural gas taxes are expected to generate.."
I'll treat this like I treat technology.
Let them be the first to try it.... see if they like it. They will find out what's wrong with it. Maybe it will be a "Lemon"... maybe not. They may get a lifetime of enjoyment out of it.
The result will tell the rest of those sitting on the fence to embrace it or let it go for something better down the line.