Frank B. on October 13, 2006, 04:52:27 pm
Something I've wondered about regarding our story's Texas, vs our actual Texas history.  In our history, Texas opted for state hood to get protection from Mexico AND to get out from underneath a large ($10M) debt.  With the death of Santa Anna in our story, a concern for protection from Mexico could be claimed to have been mitigated.  However, there was a real fiscal problem at the end of the revolution.  Did the survival of the heroes at the Alamo lead to a better financing of the war?  Can Rex and/or Neil comment on how this was dealt with in the history of our story's Texas?

Zen Redneck on October 15, 2006, 09:31:30 am
The basic idea is that Crockett as President, trying very hard to make Texas an independent nation that wouldn't have to join the US, cut a deal with the Brits to take over the Texan debt in exchange for Crockett coming up with a plan to end slavery in Texas.
The British motivation was to lessen slavery, and to keep Texas viable as an impediment to US expansion West. And, tho this hasn't been thought about too much, the slave tax (which is the plan Crockett came up with to tax slavery out of existence), of course provided money to the Government, and the ending of slavery brought in immigrants from New England and Europe who would not have come otherwise, and who had economic expertise, or at least some swell new ideas, that influenced Texan development.
William Graham Sumner is an example. Perhaps the most famous individual from that period is Frederic Bastiat, a French immigrant who was Secretary of the Treasury for both Houston and Crockett, author of several books on economics and politics, and Professor of Economics at Crazy Horse University.

Frank B. on October 15, 2006, 02:00:31 pm
Perhaps the most famous individual from that period is Frederic Bastiat, a French immigrant who was Secretary of the Treasury for both Houston and Crockett, author of several books on economics and politics, and Professor of Economics at Crazy Horse University.

And thus "Crazy Horse" economics was born?

Zen Redneck on October 15, 2006, 02:23:13 pm
Yes. "Voodoo Economics" came much later from Professor Sowell at the University of Haiti.

 

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