I began researching for this post with the intent of addressing any doubts people might have about whether Texas could go it alone. Well brother, you can stop doubting. Even I was surprised at our state’s accomplishments and began to wonder why we have allowed ourselves to be the red-headed stepchild for so long.
Clearly, the issue is not whether Texas needs the United States in order to survive. We do not. The issue is that the United States needs Texas, could not afford to let her go and would fight to keep her. But we will deal with that later.
For now, let me ask and answer some questions which illustrate clearly that unlike any other state (except maybe AK and CA), Texas is self-reliant enough to go it alone.
Did you know that Texas has a population of over 24 million people? This is higher than the population of Australia and dozens of other countries.
Did you know that the Texas economy is the 15th largest in the world? We are the largest exporter of goods in the U.S., currently grossing more than $100 billion a year in trade with other nations. Our Port of Houston ship channel is the sixth largest sea port in the world, and the largest international commerce port in America.
Did you know that Texas has enough oil and gas to supply ourselves with energy for the next few centuries? In fact, Texas is the number one producer of oil and gas, refined products and chemicals in the nation. Our state has the largest amount of oil reserves and we discover more all the time. We supply over one-third of America’s natural gas. Something you may not know is that Texas is a leader in alternative energy sources, producing the most wind power of any state in the union.
Did you know that the Texas electric power grid is self-sustaining? The electric power industry in Texas has the highest generating capacity in the U.S. We are the only state with our own power grid and enjoy one of the best functioning electric markets in the world. Texas ranks fifth in the nation for coal production and first for lignite coal, the one most commonly used in electric generation plants.
Did you know that Texas is easily capable of feeding and clothing her population from resources within our own state? Texas happens to be the most productive agricultural state with the most farms both in number and acreage than any state in America. Texas also leads the nation in number of cattle, which typically exceeds 16 million head. We are also the nation’s largest cotton producer.
Somewhat less well know is the fact that we have a huge grain industry, producing over $2.7 billion in corn, wheat and grain sorghum every year, which helps to keep our livestock industry thriving.
Not only is our state the largest sheep producer in the nation, we have a sizeable poultry industry, ranking sixth in broiler production, and seventh for eggs. We also rank 15th in the nation in pork production, with hog farms dispersed throughout the state. The Lower Rio Grande Valley is home to our state’s citrus producers where we grow oranges and grapefruits. And finally, we have an open buffet of seafood available to us from the gulf.
Did you know that Texans receive some of the best medical care on the planet? The Texas Medical Center in Houston is the largest medical center in the world and home to The University of Texas Health Science Center which trains thousands of medical students and residents for the health care industry. Texas is home to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, a global leader in cancer research and treatment. Baylor College of Medicine is one of the top medical schools in the nation. Texas Children’s Hospital is the largest children’s hospital in the U.S. We also have some of the best burn and trauma units in the world.
Did you know that the term “Don’t Mess With Texas” really speaks to the fact that our defense and aeronautic/aerospace industries are some of the largest in the world? The Dallas/Fort Worth area is home to a large number of defense contractors, including Bell Helicopter, DynCorp, AECOM, Lockheed Martin and others. The DFW Airport is the second largest in the U.S., and the fourth largest in the world. Four major airlines are headquartered out of Texas. And oh yeah, we also have NASA.
The United States military has some of its largest facilities in our state, not only for the Army, but also for the Air Force and Navy. Texas has the largest membership in the Army National Guard, and we are known specifically for our exceptional aviators. And just in case someone needs another reason not to mess with Texas, I just read that Texans possess over 20% of America’s guns.
Did you know that the shit-kicking rednecks in Texas actually rank second nationwide in the technology industry? We have the second highest number of high-tech workers and high tech companies in the U.S. We also rank second in engineering services, communication services and semiconductor manufacturing employment. But when it comes to high-tech employment gains, we are the highest in the nation, surpassing California. Austin is known as Silicon Hills and North Dallas is known as the Telcom Corridor. Just a few of the tech companies that call Texas home are Dell, Compaq, EDS, and Texas Instruments.
Did you know that Texas is home to some of the best and brightest industry and business leaders in the country? Texas boasts more Fortune 500 company headquarters than any other state in the union. There are over 35 billionaires currently residing in our state.
So you see, Texas is quite capable of going it alone. In fact, Texas has for years been what is called a “donor state”, meaning Texas gives more money to the federal government than it receives back.
The issue Texas Conservatives need to think about is how best to achieve independence before our healthy and thriving economy is pulled down by a bloated and flailing federal government. Moreover, Liberal states all over this nation are going belly-up and who do you think will be called upon to foot the bill?