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    Posted: Nov 12 2012 at 8:56pm

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White House may respond to Texas secession petition

By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News

White House Correspondent

By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News | The Ticket4 hrs ago

Looks like the Obama administration may have to respond to a petition seeking the green light for Texas to secede from the United States—one of 20 such requests filed on the official White House website since Election Day.

At the time of the writing of this post, the Texas secession petition had garnered 25,318 signatures—above the White House's self-imposed rules for requiring a reply.

(A "Recount the election!" petition filed Nov. 10 had 16,238 signatures. "Regulate Internet Pornography"? Not a big winner. It was filed Nov. 4 and had only 501 signatures.)

The White House may opt out of replying. Under its own rules, "To avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition."

Other secession petitions include requests for Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey, North Dakota, Montana, Indiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama and New York. (Spoiler alert: No, the White House won't approve secession.)

Here's the text of the Texas petition:

The U.S. continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the U.S. suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect its citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.



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For a state that wants to "leave the building" they sure don't mind taking federal dollars.  Funny how that works.  $1.2 billion in a 2005 state bailout?  Hmmm.  They want to leave, they just can't afford to.

http://swampland.time.com/2011/08/17/rick-perry-aggressively-pursued-federal-aid-he-now-decries/
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At the time of the writing of this post, the Texas secession petition had garnered 25,318 signatures—above the White House's self-imposed rules for requiring a reply.

About the Same amount of folks that went to the Kid Rock & Romney show. Thumbs Up
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My band, Used Toys, used to play Texas alot in the 80's and 90's, and I remember a local telling me that this was a tradition that had been going on for years.
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Yes, a simple google search will show that Texas has pretty much been trying to leave the building ever since entering the building. That's one long, drawn out exit.

Also, these petitions happen after every single election. Look it up.
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eh... the White House doesn't have to respond. They said that they would for any over 25k signatures but there are some caveats in that. 

I hope they just respond and say "No"
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So if Texas succeeds from the union, we will be down to 56 states according to Obama. Wink

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eh eh eh John, Puerto Rico wants to be a state, so we might get back up to 57 after all
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