Anytime they want
Bad times only
I don't know
MOST LIKELY? Nuclear weapons are involved and the answer is MOST LIKELY?Nuclear weapons would most likely be returned to the federal government.
Right. Texans get everything, and everyone else can suck it.That makes no sense. They are citizens of the United States and if they live in another state they naturally would not lose it.
One the federal government give it up.
Two they keep it and provide Texas with revenue
Three Texas buys it from the federal government.
The US debt is the debt of the United States. Texas debt would 0 at the start of their country unless they accepted to pay a share of the debt of the US.
They are programs by the United States and if Texas left the union these programs would not apply to them. There is no further theft taking place by not respecting laws of other countries like their welfare programs.
The rest I can't even think of how it would be theft.
from Centinel on the practical impact of Texas leaving the USA
Q: What happens to the federal land and buildings and workers in Texas?
They should not be allowed to leave unless they pay in full for what they keep.A couple of options: They could remain federal property indefinitely. Or they could remain federal property for a specific period of time, after which they would revert to being owned by texas. They could immediately be made texas property (not a very friendly option, in my opinion). Or they could be purchased. Leaving them as property of the US might be a good option, as they would then provide a good source of tax revenue for texas.
Again, they must pay their bills BEFORE being allowed to leave. That money is owed to the American people and I as an American citizen would not trust someone who is spitting on the nation and turning traitor.Q: What happens to the share of the national debt that Texans owe?
If I were them, I would do something like this. Since they are appx. 7% of the US population, they owe about 7% of the national debt. They should take on roughly 7% of this debt, relieving the US gov't of paying this amount. Essentially, 7% of the debt would transfer as an obligation to Texas.
Q: What happens to Texans and Social Security and Medicare?
I would go much further. Anyone staying in the foreign nation of Texas would be renouncing not only their citizenship in the USA but all benefits as well.Those Texans who renounced their US citizenship and become citizens of Texas would no longer be entitled to these benefits. Those who chose to remain US citizens and reside in Texas as visitors would still be entitled to their benefits.
Q: What happens to citizens of Texas who still want to be part of the USA?
Nope. Not good enough. If they stay in Texas - they give up the USA.They could remain in Texas as visiting US citizens, or they could emigrate to the US.
Q: What happens to citizens of the other 49 states who now want to move to Texas and their Social Security and Medicare and share of the debt?
It should not be that easy. It should be punitive. It should discourage other states from simply leaving willy nilly as the mood hits them. This should be something not done easily. It should be something that comes with a high price tag both in dollars and in the loss of other benefits.I suppose it would be the same as a US citizen moving to any other foreign nation. They could either live in that foreign nation as a visitor, remaining a citizen of the US, or they could become a citizen of that foreign nation and renounce their US citizenship. After that, the would not longer be entitled to the benefits of being a US citizen, such as social security and medicare.
Texas would indeed be a foreign nation. But it would be unique in that it spit in the face of both America and the American people by leaving our union and giving us the middle finger salute. The rest of us should not be nice about this. The rest of us should make this as hard as possible. Texas would be a foreign nation and we should treat them as a pariah and the people of Texas should know the price they will pay for their insolence.
And that would apply to any other state which wants to go that way.
There must be a price to pay and that price should be a high one.
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