Texas and California Have Disappeared.

Note: I wrote this long ago, but it is still true, today, except the number now is 55,000,000. That’s 55 millions. Look around you, folks; who’s missing?

Twenty-seven years ago, our Supreme Court nullified enough states’ laws that it effectively provided for the killing of the equivalent of 52 million US citizens. What kind of number is 52,000,000?

Try thinking about 17% of us missing.

Nearly the entire populations of California and Texas.



More than all of New York, Florida, and Illinois.

Wiped out.


All of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, and North Carolina.



New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, Massachusetts, Indiana, Arizona, Tennessee, and Missouri.


Or, Maryland, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana, Kentucky, Oregon, Oklahoma, Connecticut, and Iowa.


This is about whole states missing. All the people who built, spoke, taught, laughed, cried, worshiped, drove cars, doctored, nursed, grew trees, or developed technology, gone from more than one state. A wilderness, untouched by man, not even one firefighter to combat the effects of lightning.

And we don’t really notice.

They were enough to have replenished our teachers 2 or 3 times, our doctors, 78 times.

And lost tax revenue? $153 billion.

We’re shooting ourselves in the foot.

Published by Katharine

Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married over 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

6 thoughts on “Texas and California Have Disappeared.

  1. This is very disheartening to me. Thank you for enlightening us with these statistics. We all should care more and DO more.

    1. It is extremely disheartening to realize some of the missing people could have been our neighbors. To realize everyone I see around me could have been gone. To realize all the homes in entire states could be empty. Thanks for your comment.

  2. So you are against abortion because of the loss of tax revenue?
    Think of all the government employees wages saved (teachers, DMV, garbage collectors who did not have to be hired) the savings in unemployment and Social Security. Imagine the costs of those people added to today’s recession
    By the way, a fetus is NOT a citizen…

    1. I am against abortion, but not for that reason. This post is part of a series aimed at those who object to home schooling, for monetary reasons. Sorry I have been so confusing.
      One of the main objections to home schooling is that the schools, themselves, lose revenue. (Which, of course, does save tax dollars, but our opponents fail to see that, I’m afraid.) The argument I present, here, is sort of tongue-in-cheek, in that it joins them in trivializing a life, for the sake of money. I feared I might have trouble communicating that and I see that was the case. Thank you for assuming I would appreciate the chance to explain!
      As I hope I have now clarified, you’ve made my exact point. Any child we remove from a public institution, even if by home schooling, does save the State money, from $5000 to $10,000 per year, per child. Two million home-schooled children per year are saving a ton of money.
      No, a fetus is arguably not, yet, a US citizen, any more than, say, a Canadian is. But, barring any killing, they are both alive and human. And one of them is living in the US. My point was that if they are pre-born, the schools do not want them or their money, but once they are born, then they do. Hmm.
      Perhaps my use of the word “equivalent” was the problem here. Perhaps “potential” would be better. Thanks!

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