Texas was its own nation before joining the United States, and many jokes have been made about some Texans still not recognizing that “other government” with which it is now affiliated.
But lawmakers there are drawing attention by considering a law that would have Texas review how it would respond should the U.S. government no longer be there to send federal tax revenue back to the state.
The proposal would set up a committee to study what the state gets from Washington (http://legiscan.comTX/text/HB568). “the effects on the state budget IF federal fiscal policy necessitates a significant reduction in or elimination of federal funding” and “a plan to address the loss of federal money.”
The plan, HB 568, has been introduced by Rep. James White, who said in a statement Texas Self-Sufficiency Act “creates a select committee to evaluate the effects of a possible reduction in or elimination of federal funding on the state budget due to federal fiscal policy.”
“Due to the fiscal dysfunction of Washington, D.C., and the fact that more than a third of our state’s budget revenue comes from the federal government, Texas needs to study what it would mean if the federal government couldn’t meet its obligation,” he said.
The plan directs the governor, lieutenant governor and other officials to assemble a committee “to analyze not only our state’s dependence on federal funds, but the impact of federal funding on Texas’ economy.”
Said White: “My district in South East Texas, for example, has a higher proportion of seniors compared to the state overall percentage. What would happen in the event the federal government eliminated the funds normally allocated to them? In the current economic climate, exacerbated by out of control spending in Washington, Texas needs to study possible responses to federal financial turmoil and our readiness to adjust to such an event. Texans MUST GOVERN Texas and Texans need to be concerned about Texas.”
On the website for the state GOP, David Bellow blogged about the idea:
“State Rep. James White has proposed a bill that will require the leaders of Texas to start crunching the numbers and figure out what Texas would look like if it had to be self-sufficient … limited with no federal support … OUR OWN COUNTRY … I didn’t say secession but that certainly comes to mind when thinking about the federal government having a financial meltdown and cutting off most or all support to the states.”
Bellow asked, “What would Texas do in the event that the United States of America defaulted? It is a very real possibility that one day the MASSIVE U.S. debt will become so large and unsustainable that it causes a financial meltdown. Texas, and pretty much everyone else, would all of a sudden be faced with no more federal funds (which is really just Texas tax dollars given to the feds which is then given back to Texas). Texas is already a sovereign state, but what would we do if faced with COMPLETE SOVEREIGNTY and no federal money?”
He explained: “State Representative James White is thinking ahead. He does not want to have to wait until Texas gets cut off from the federal government. White wants to start planning now.”
Texas Prepares to Secede if U.S. Defaults
What would Texas do? That is actually a GREAT question. It is something you might not have really thought of before because government is mostly reactive and not pro-active, so they wait until something is a problem and then they try to deal with it.
Bottom line, this is a GREAT BILL, and it is really thinking ahead. With the way America is going, it is a very real possibility that federal funds to Texas could be drastically limited or even cut off completely in the event of a financial collapse. Texas needs to be ready and know what to expect.
May God bless the decision making in Austin, Texas!!!
Christians need a place to be safe from the New World Order. (Revelation 12:12-16).