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MEASURE TO DISSOLVE THE U.S. IF DEBT TOO HIGH IS INTRODUCED

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Should the United States cease to exist if the federal debt passes $6 trillion? Rep. Michael Waddoups, R-West Valley City, isn't so sure, but he introduced a resolution Tuesday that calls for such action to appease a constituent.

"Joe Stump wanted this, and I agreed to introduce it. Will it pass? I have no idea," said Waddoups. Stump is a conservative constitutionalist who takes on various public causes, including an effort to dissolve the Union if the debt gets too high.The resolution tells Congress that if 37 other states agree, if and when the national debt hits $6 trillion all powers in the Constitution become null and void and all powers revert to the individual states.

"I said I'd run this for Joe if the governor agrees to concur. (Gov. Mike Leavitt) hasn't yet agreed and if he doesn't I doubt this resolution will even be heard," said Waddoups.