Saturday, April 18, 2009

The failed state

In what I hope is the last time I mention this secession silliness for a good long while, here's a take from Foreign Policy about what Texas might look like if it left the Union:

It would be the world's thirteenth largest economy -- bigger than South Korea, Sweden, and Saudi Arabia. But its worth would crater precipitously, after NAFTA rejected it and the United States slapped it with an embargo that would make Cuba look like a free-trade zone. Indeed, Texas would quick become the next North Korea, relying on foreign aid due to its insistence on relying on itself.

On the foreign policy front, a seceded Texas would suffer for deserting the world superpower. Obama wouldn't look kindly on secessionists, and would send in the military to tamp down rebellion. If Texas miraculously managed to hold its borders, Obama would not establish relations with the country -- though he might send a special rapporteur. (We nominate Kinky Friedman.)

Let's not nominate Kinky Friedman for anything. But here's the part that really matters:
In short: the state of Texas would rapidly become direly impoverished, would need to be heavily armed, and would be wracked with existential domestic and foreign policy threats. It would probably make our failed states list in short order. Probably better to pay the damn taxes.

Of course, it's important to remember that this is just a political stunt and will absolutely not happen. Even Rick Perry ain't that stupid.


Jack T. said...

I'm sure you saw this, but just in case you didn't:

blackink said...

Actually, I hadn't. Thanks for the link. But it's about time that Ron Paul gets exposed for the kook that he is.

Somehow, he got legitimized during the presidential election because he's said some relatively smart things about our occupation of Iraq.

But in general, Paul is out there, man. There's nothing American about defending talk about secession.

Jack T. said...

Yeah, his disdain for the Department of Education is plain ugly.

He got a little burn because he was the only one preaching any sort of fiscal conservatism coupled with a relaxed position on marijuana and such. Wingnuts who didn't have the stones to call the Bushies out for bankrupting the country backed Paul.

I'll say this for Ron, he doesn't cotton to the Bushies. And good for him. Doesn't make him any less of a nutter. This smacks of pandering to his constituents to me. Even Bob Barr wouldn't stoop to this though.