Give Texas Its Proper Weight In The Electoral College

As Austin Powers points out in a WSJ Opinion Journal - Extra column, The Lone Star State has for 159 years had the legal right to split itself into 5 pieces, each entitled to 2 Senators and its fair portion of Congressmen:

[Congress] granted its consent to Texas's potential subdivision 159 years ago. This made sense, as those had been the terms that Texas, a sovereign nation at the time, had negotiated for entering the Union. One provision of the 1845 Joint Resolution for Annexing Texas, passed by Congress and signed into law by President John Tyler, reads as follows:

"New States, of convenient size, not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas, and having sufficient population, may hereafter, by the consent of said State, be formed out of the territory thereof, which shall be entitled to admission under the provisions of the federal constitution."


So what are y'all waiting for? Can anyone think of a good reason why we shouldn't mess with Texas? For the good of America, for the good of Austin, for the good of the GOP, now's the time for Texas to become five Texy-Tots. Yee-haw!

What Mr. Powers failed to note is that splitting into 5 pieces would also give Texas 8 more votes in the Electoral College, another reason all Texans, even expatriate Texans like me, should be in favor of standing up for their rights in Washington.


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