Towns in New York’s Southern Tier are banding together in a far fetched attempt to secede from New York and join Pennsylvania. New York recently banned fracking whereas Pennsylvania allows it.

Something about this article makes me smile…what is it? Or yeah, it’s the ideas of democracy and economic freedom.

Here’s a thought, New York: rather than banning fracking and thereby destroying billions of dollars of wealth, why not just buy the land and not frack it? A far fetched idea, you say? Not so. With the amount of money these people have and could raise – and have already spent trying to outlaw tracking – they could have readily bought vast tracts of land throughout the Marcellus Shale region. They chose the tyranny of law when they could have chosen the free market. Now how’s that for “democracy” and situational irony?

-JD Cross