Friday, November 20, 2009

QUESTION OF THE DAY

If the United States had to give one the fifty states away, which state's departure from the union would have the least impact on the nation?

7 comments:

Steve said...

Hawaii. We barely notice it now, and as I said back then, it'd fetch a nice price.

Rocket Surgeon, Phd said...

I think Hawaii must have a somewhat significant impact economically. It really comes down to Vermont and Wyoming (with the lowest and most easily relocated populations) but Wyoming has some real, tangible natural resources...so sadly, the loss of Vermont, with an operating budget barely scraping $1b, would make only a minor ripple...

barefootkangaroo said...

Definitely, VT.

Steve said...

You're being a little parochial here. The changes necessary to make a portion of the lower 48 another country (not to mention root out the rural hordes who would rather die than move or turn Canadian) far outweigh whatever taxes we collect from Hawaii. Most of that money stays in-state, after all.

The Fredricksons: Brian, Britney, Salty, and Jerry said...

I agree with Steve. It'd have to be either Alaska, Hawaii, or one of the border states. So as to not so significantly alter/affect the rest of the nation.

barefootkangaroo said...

It would be interesting to see a man-on-the-street-poll which shows what percentage of americans actually know that VT is one of the fifty states. I have told people here in CA that I'm from VT and they have said (with a straight face) "Is that off the 10?"

Hawaii is too important for reasons of national security. VT it is.

sharon said...

No... North Dakota.