Actually, if Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida leave and take the Dakotas and possibly Alaska with them, it would be very bad for the rest of us. For one thing Texas alone is the either the 13th or 15th rated economy on earth (depending on who is rating). Texas isn’t broke and they have NO INCOME TAX. Imagine if they didn’t have to send in income taxes to the feds? Also, the gulf states could shut off some very important harbors (as well as access from the upper Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio rivers to the sea) and they could take the gulf oil with them. If the Dakotas leave, where will the US place their nuclear missile fields, outside of Boston? And the Dakotas and Alaska have lots of oil and natural gas reserves (let alone Texas and the Gulf of Mexico). Be careful what you wish for. Think strategically.