[FoRK] Fwd: Letter to Orange County Ca. newspaper
sdw at lig.net
Sun May 9 19:28:06 PDT 2010
On 5/9/10 7:03 PM, owen at permafrost.net wrote:
> Except of course that we don't get to vote. Which is why the
Just like residents of Washington DC and the territories aren't really
represented in a serious way in Congress.
> the US won't annex either Canada or Mexico, because they get everything they
> need without adding millions of socialist-leaning voters.
I'm pretty sure that Canadians could pretty much just vote themselves in
by agreeing to a petition to the US or something. Perhaps the next time
the Quebecois are agitating to secede ... Besides, Canada could buy
their way in with oil and other natural resources at this point. Or a
working health care system. ;-)
Of course, Mexicans are voting with their feet. If it gets any more
blatant, it should be entertained, or threatened, or something. How
about: "We need to annex Mexico to get a tax base to pay for the social
services for all of those illegal immigrants." Seems like a logical Tea
Party suggestion. (I'm not convinced that they're actually getting
social services to any great degree, other than public schooling, but
it's an interesting (in the sound bite sense) argument anyway.)
It has probably been good in all kinds of ways that the "add a state"
mechanism broke at 50. I'm guessing it was because 50 was such a nice
round #, plus the map is reasonably clean. Hard to see why it should
always be broken.
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