The blow-dried Texas governor, who at times makes W. look like a Mensa candidate, stepped in it when he spoke at a Tea Party rally on Tax Day in Austin. Gov. Perry seems to think that Texas has the right to secede from the United States.
Um, Rick, might I point out to you that there was this war that was fought about 145 years ago that pretty much settled that question. Once Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse, the issue of whether the individual states had the right to leave the Union at their whim was pretty much settled. I believe the answer was a resounding "No."
What Texas does have the right to do, thanks to the 1845 treaty annexing Texas into the United States, is divide itself into five separate states.
Perry has railed against the Obama administration's stimulus plan and the bailout of Wall Street (that his ol' boss rammed through Congress) Yet, despite his protests that Texas would not take any of the stimulus money, Perry has already budgeted some $16.5 billion - including $101 million for law enforcement. Perry's opposition to the stimulus plan seems to center on $555 million in unemployment insurance that would require the state to change its unemployment laws.