These secession petitions, as far as I know, are not official petitions by state governments nor supported by them. It's just individuals doing this and the media is promoting it as though these petitions are coming officially from the States.
Aside from that, you mention the loss of all sorts of benefits from the federal government if States were to secede.
Where do you think the fed gov gets the money in order to provide all of those benefits?
If a state secedes do you think that they will continue to allow the fed gov to force taxation upon the state's citizens? My guess is that the flow of resources out of the state to the fed gov would be the first thing that stops.
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