Even if they could secede, they wouldn't last 30 seconds, even with "the 15th largest economy in the world".
Who subsidizes student loans for college students in Texas?
Who subsidizes the interstate system in Texas?
How many times has Texas filed for federal money due to natural disasters?
And the piece de resistance: What do you think is going to happen to all the citizens and businesses that are located there solely because of relaxed state tax laws?
I hope they secede, to be honest. That way all the rest of the idiots in the south and the GOP can actually see firsthand what the federal government does for them.