LINCOLN —After an election slugfest over debt reduction, a new effort has sprung up to draw attention to the issue — a push to secede more than 30 states, including Nebraska, from the Union.
Over the past couple of days, petitions have been filed on a suggestion board on the White House website to “peacefully grant” requests for the State of Nebraska and more than other 30 states to withdraw from the Union because of the federal government's “neglect” of the nation's spending.
Such suggestions on the “We the People” section of the web site work like this, according to the White House: if more than 25,000 signatures are received within 30 days, the petition will be reviewed by the Obama Administration and a response will be issued.
“C.R. of Grand Forks, N.D.” is listed as the creator of the Nebraska petition, which had received 2,286 signatures via the White House web site as of noon Tuesday.
Signers, identified by only their first name and a last initial, were from all over the country, but included a few from Lincoln, Grand Island and Haigler, Neb.
The White House's website also lists another recent petition to deport anyone who signs one of the secession petitions. Another petition asks that citizenship be stripped from anyone who signs one of the petitions.
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