Sunday, July 05, 2009
Montana and North Dakota facing expulsion from the United States?
President Obama and Vice President Biden plan to convene a White House "fiscal irresponsibility" summit on Monday, July 20, with its intended purpose to launch a national conversation, the results of which will hopefully pressure the fiscally responsible states of Montana and North Dakota to get in lock step with the other states of the nation and practice national fiscal irresponsibility.
Montana and North Dakota senators are conspicuously missing from the list of 96 senators who have been invited by the White House to attend the summit along with economists, policy specialists and special interest group representatives.
One Montana representative, speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed grave concern this intentional snub of Montana and neighboring North Dakota's invitation to attend this unusual and rarest of high level White House summits may signal dire consequences for the two fiscally responsible states. "There are rumors," he said, "that this may be a prelude to the expulsion of Montana and North Dakota from the Union."
An Obama spokesman said, "Societally, forty-eight states, as led by California's blue-ribbon example of political, economic and social irresponsibility with its resultant total collapse, are the gleaming examples of the model for successful capitalism. Everybody in those states is living for today.
"Unfortunately, there exists two rogue states that are taking steps to create a better tomorrow for themselves, and this was never the intention of a free capitalistic society. It sets the wrong example," said David Wilkerson, former comptroller and CEO of the Foundation for Federal Fiscal Irresponsibility.
President Obama, overwhelmed by both short- and long-term economic responses by the states in support of capitalism and its march toward a complete economic meltdown, is not expected to go easy on Montana and North Dakota.
"We are a Union of fifty states," he sternly reminded, "united with a long history of purpose and vision. There IS no room for division by rogue states who refuse to act irresponsibly in unison with the rest of the nation. By acting divisively, they are a weight on the growth of our burgeoning national debt -- an act I consider nothing short of seditious. The fiscal responsibility being demonstrated by Montana and North Dakota is a mutinous act against an otherwise cohesive and united America," Obama warned.
Experts concerned over Obama's strong language are worried should the summit ultimately result in articles for expulsion of Montana and North Dakota from the Union.
"We all know what happened the last time states voluntarily tried to secede from the United States. But we don't know what would happen if states were to leave by forced secessions," one historian worried nervously out loud.