Texas: another country

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Bud Kennedy’s tongue-in-cheek Wednesday column on Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman (“Republican ready in case Texas bolts”) may have drawn guffaws from liberals, but don’t think the increasing groundswell of opposition in our state to U.S. domestic, economic and international policies is going away.

Texas, according to current statistics, would be the 14th-largest economic power in the world. This would be ahead of such countries as Iran, North Korea and Sweden. The GDP of Texas is twice as high as the fourth- and fifth-ranked states, Florida and Illinois.

Texas’ economy over the past 10 years has outgrown the U.S. economy by more than 50 percent. Only one state had more economic growth than Texas last year and that was North Dakota.

You may think it a laughing matter, but Mexico thought that in 1836.

Texas has access to ports, grows her own food and produces enough textiles to clothe everyone in the state. We are a leader in developing technology and business, not to mention gas and oil production.

If Texas were an independent nation, she would be an exporting bonanza.

Texas doesn’t owe the U.S. The U.S. owes Texas.

— Cliff Sims, Dublin

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