[QUOTE=chirorob;4500223]Texas legally can. And there are a large number of people down here who are all for it. I don't think it can happen, but at this rate, I wouldn't be opposed to it the way things are going.[/QUOTE]
No, no it can't. See the Supreme Court's decision in [I]Texas v. White[/I] as a good example of why not.
The bottom line is, admission to the Union carried with it an irrevocable commitment to the Union. Otherwise, states would be free to join the union when it benefited them to do so, take advantage of those benefits, and then leave as soon as the balance shifted in the other direction. There would be no reason for any state to enter into such a union.
Think about it. I come to you and offer you this deal: Let's go into a partnership. You support me, build me up, and then when the partnership will benefit you more than it benefits me, I'll leave.
Of course not. The Constitution has no exit clause, because with an exit clause there would be no Union [I]ex ante[/I].