To our Red/Blue dissension is secession the answer? VT could become a Canadian Province. Texas could invade Mexico. The possibilities are intriquing.
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It doesn't really seem like they've thought things through. I'm sympathetic to the idea of limiting federal power, or a massive re-alignment, but I worry that parts of the United States might become less accessible to me and others who don't "fit in".
I wonder if all but a few split off and joined Canada or created new more limited federations, what would become of the debts and obligations of the USG. What about public lands and parks?
Keep in mind also that the blue states plus Canada would leave a confederation that would be far from an economic powerhouse. It wouldn't be a "developing nation" but a handful of EU nations would have larger total and per capital GDPs.
Posted by: Gerry | October 03, 2007 at 06:57 PM
Interesting points, Gerry. Need a visa to get into TX. I doubt they would let you in. You are a Blue and as such a present danger. You are a Yankee, and a liberal. On the other hand you have needed skills. We might give you a green card or let you work illegally for $5 an hour.
Posted by: Phil | October 03, 2007 at 07:02 PM
Jive talkin', Gerry. Canada is a powerhouse in all ways under the sun, and our loonie has just bested your greenback .. so there ;-)
Posted by: JJ Commoner | October 03, 2007 at 07:03 PM
I think you misread me JJ. I'm saying the remainder of the US when the blue states go their own way or join with Canada wouldn't be worth much.
Texas might send both you and W back to New England as well. And BTW, you can keep AT&T (was SBC) we don't need it or want it.
Posted by: Gerry | October 03, 2007 at 07:37 PM
When I read "..that the blue states plus Canada would leave a confederation that would be far from an economic powerhouse... " that doesn't compute to "what is left over of the USA .. " for my brain. But I get your point. I would probably insert the word "behind" after the word "leave" but why beat our respective rumps about a quibble in wording or syntax between friends ?
Chicago is of course welcome to become part of Ontario.
Posted by: JJ Commoner | October 03, 2007 at 09:17 PM
Could you get Ottawa to invade Dallas?
Posted by: Phil | October 03, 2007 at 09:41 PM
Is Phil looking to be rescued?
Posted by: Gerry | October 04, 2007 at 12:20 AM
I think we would have to start by liberating Austin from Texas.
Posted by: Gerry | October 04, 2007 at 12:21 AM
No .. Phil is trying to create the possibility of a perceived threat that will allow Texas to justify preemptively invading Canada, so as to liberate its maple syrup, oil sands and good manners and privatize its health care. Texas' ex-governor, now your nation's Preznit, said today he totally believes in privatized medicine.
Aside from premptive invasion based on a ginned-up premise, there is no clearer statement of a nation's values than how it addresses the needs of its sick and infirm. So, now things are very clear. I understand there may be a bill tabled in Congress to make credit card machines an essential aspect of every ambulance's equipment ?
Posted by: JJ Commoner | October 04, 2007 at 01:19 AM
Socialists will be extradited to Canada when and if we find any here in TX.
Posted by: Phil | October 04, 2007 at 08:01 AM
Gary works ass off for 50 years loses job goes homeless
Gary drinks ass off for 50 years loses heart goes homeless
Gary screws ass off for 50 years loses lift goes homeless
Homeless guy on the grass unconscious ticketed for sleeping
Homeless guy in the ambulance sneaks peek at his universal health care
Homeless guy gets mail at his friend's house all unanswered not forgotten
Off the street he made it how?
Persistence with paperwork Not his
No longer "homeless" now "disabled" stable a category buster
Seems he worked his ass off somewheres paid in like a citizen
Having lost his ass he's now paid back like a citizen touched for the very first time
Flying without a net will be dangerous neighbor trust me on this Even so watch:
City sues Gary for ambulance rides to no where wins applies interest to his payments
County dogs Gary for universal health care case open who knows
He frets a lot in a very stable way behind his door to no where
He stands on his head so the blood will flow
Having a home can be dangerous bucko
Having a home can be fine
You pays yer knickle and you takes yer chances
Posted by: Gary Assoff | October 04, 2007 at 11:09 AM
Gary, sounds like you know what homelessness feels like, either that or you have incredible empathy.
Posted by: Phil | October 04, 2007 at 11:24 AM
Oh boo freakin hoo
Sounds like the system worked. What's the problem?
Posted by: O Lucky Man | October 04, 2007 at 11:44 AM
The solution to social undersirables works but may not yet be final. The market takes time to cleanse itself of parasites.
Posted by: Phil | October 04, 2007 at 11:57 AM
Nice po-um. I think you should call it, "Look! He has a Legacy!"
BTW, check the new laws. Each government entity is entitled to a fifteen percent bite of Gary's ass without the necessity of a civil judgement.
Best to address your debts before they address you, eh, bucko?
Posted by: Cantinjurya Milkshanks | October 04, 2007 at 12:05 PM
Well, tax cuts need to be offset with user fees, otherwise things get out of whack.
Posted by: Phil | October 04, 2007 at 12:21 PM