Texas Session: Petition to Withdraw from United States of America Reaches Enough Signatures for Obama Administration to Comment
Nov 14, 2012 10:53 AM EST
A petition to withdraw from the union of the United States of America has reached enough signatories to garner comment from the Obama administration. Although, the state of Texas is not the only state involved in the petition, it has the most signatories.
According to ABC News, a petition of such nature must have at least 25,000 signatures within 30 days of submission in order for the administration to make a comment. On Wednesday, the petition surpassed this requirement. But according to the White House official website, it is unclear whether President Obama will address the petition.
A statement released on the websites "To avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition."
Currently, the petition has 81,000 signatures from Texas, 15,617 signatures from Louisiana. There are 17 other states whose citizens are participating in the petition, these states include New York, Colorado, New Jersey, Montana, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Oregon and Michigan.
The petition lists a number of policy changes it requires from the administration in order to dismiss the threat to secede. These policies include largely the Obama administration's tax policies, changes in the Affordable Health Care law.
The Texas petition reads as follows: "Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government," it goes on to detail "The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it's citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government," according to the official petition that can be found on the White House Petition site here.