Disclaimer: This does not say I think this'll happen or agree or anything.. just adding to the previous conversation.. LOL!
9 Vermont state office candidates favor secession
SHELBURNE, Vt. – Peter Garritano thinks it's time for Vermont to call it quits with America.
The way the 54-year-old automobile salesman sees it, the "empire" is about to implode and tiny Vermont can lead the way by becoming its own independent republic. So he's running for lieutenant governor, topping a slate of secession-minded candidates seeking statewide offices this year.
This article examines the "big four" : CA, NY, TX, FL. "The most tax-averse states over the years are in the best shape in these times of foreclosures, layoffs, bankruptcies and negative economic growth. That’s because their lower taxes produced less tax revenue for lawmakers to spend. Those lower-tax states had fewer and less-expensive government programs, and therefore have a much smaller budget hole from which to dig out." Why Some States Are in Better Fiscal Shape - Capital Journal - WSJ
Ok. This is op/ed page, but has some interesting considerations: "We didn’t pay attention to the housing bubble. We closed our eyes to warnings that the levees in New Orleans were inadequate. We gave short shrift to reports that bin Laden was determined to attack the U.S. And now we’re all but ignoring the fiscal train wreck that is coming from states with budget crises big enough to boggle the mind." Op-Ed Columnist - Invitation to Disaster - NYTimes.com
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- "The same economic pressures that pushed California to the brink of insolvency are wreaking havoc on other states, a new report has found. The 10 most troubled states are: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
Other states -- including Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, New York and Hawaii -- were not far behind." Ten most troubled states in the U.S. - Nov. 11, 2009