The "widespread impression" is that "Texas is corrupt, callous, racist, theocratic, stupid,...

The "widespread impression" is that "Texas is corrupt, callous, racist, theocratic, stupid, belligerent, and most of all, dangerous," writes Erica Greider in a new book. Greider sets out to counter this perception and explain why America should learn from the Lone Star State. The economy is thriving, helped by weak government, strict lending laws, Nafta, mass immigration and generous business incentives, not to mention lots of oil.

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  • june1234
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    Don't know how "widespread" that impression is(does make for a catchy headline though) but I do know in the "weak government lone star state " 3900 of the 8800 new jobs Texas posted last month were government ones.
    7 Apr 2013, 08:37 AM Reply Like
  • bbro
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    Texas today is 26.5 million people.....40% Hispanic...11% Black...
    44% Anglo....2024 it will be 33.4 million people.... 48% Hispanic...10% Black....36% Anglo...


    Today Hispanics make up 49% of Texas' 4.65 million public school
    students.Non-Hispanic whites now account for 68 percent of Texans 65 years and older, compared with Hispanics’ 20 percent share of that age segment.
    7 Apr 2013, 08:46 AM Reply Like
  • Lakeaffect
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    I have lived and worked in five different states, including Texas. Texas is a great place to live and work. There is an easy going "can do" attitude down there that can't be found anywhere else. As bbro points out, a highly diversified population and an education system that was cleaned up by Ross Perot in the '80's are part of the reason.


    The "widespread impression" is primarily held by those who live in the northeast, where they're always desperately trying to create an imaginary place that is worse than their own. Kind of like what N. Korea does.
    7 Apr 2013, 09:21 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Well said. I imagine much of this disinformation comes from northeastern and western states with a certain agenda. California has to explain away its low credit rating and high unemployment/taxes somehow
    7 Apr 2013, 10:48 PM Reply Like
  • Petrarch
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    Lakeaffect. Could not agree more.


    I live and work in Texas and have worked and lived in other states. I have friends in California and the Northeast. Don't worry the word is out.


    Texas. A great place to live and be in business.


    10 Apr 2013, 04:38 AM Reply Like
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    Your 2024 stats will probably apply to United states in general.
    If tax payer and welfare trends continue..we will have about 40% paying income taxes and 1/3 of population unemployed..on welfare-food stamps and disability (on gov payroll) by then.


    Give a man a fish and you've fed him for a day...teach a man to fish and you've fed him for a lifetime!
    7 Apr 2013, 09:24 AM Reply Like
  • Agbug
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    Or as I like to say "give a man a fish and he'll be back tomorrow".
    7 Apr 2013, 11:05 AM Reply Like
  • Drew Robertson
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    I just read the review (not the book). The Texan reviewer took a non-critical view of the Texan author's non-critical book about Texas. Surprise! IMO Texas success is primarily because it's big. Texans aren't that much different from people from LA,AR, OK, NM or even Chihuahua or Tamaulipas. Simply because TX is bigger it's been able to command much more attention from Washington and Wall Street than those other states (and Mexico) combined.
    7 Apr 2013, 09:24 AM Reply Like
  • Copious28
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    That's a bit narrow. Its also a huge producer of food, and has a large manufacturing base. But the biggest success factor is roads; we are constantly building and rebuilding roads, and most is paid with the excise tax on gasoline and the rest tolls. I live here and can't drive any where without driving through a construction zone. Think of the job creation!
    8 Apr 2013, 08:17 AM Reply Like
  • bbro
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    I will say the current political powers In Texas have yet to reflect the coming economic demands from the Hispanic community.
    7 Apr 2013, 09:26 AM Reply Like
  • AZ Desert Trader
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    Yes please come to Texas, where 125K of your neighbors no longer want to be part of the United States. Sounds like a great place to live.
    7 Apr 2013, 09:53 AM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    I live in TX and have lived outside of it. Like any other place on earth, it's a mixed bag.


    Pros -- cheap, can-do, pro-business, hot women ;-)


    Cons -- anti-science Christian fundamentalists nuts have taken over the school system. Any politician that's been in office for a long time (D or R) becomes corrupt and the Perry administration is no exception. Weather generally sucks.
    7 Apr 2013, 11:32 AM Reply Like
  • bbro
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    Summer is brutal...

    7 Apr 2013, 11:46 AM Reply Like
  • Philip Marlowe
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    The economy is mostly helped by lots of oil and, ironically, the enormous amount of federal spending the last corrupt president moved to texas. It is completely pointless for any other state to try to learn from Texas. The only thing they would learn is that it is good to have lots of oil.
    7 Apr 2013, 12:48 PM Reply Like
  • justaminute
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    Seems like a tunnel vision approach to evaluating Texas.
    7 Apr 2013, 01:12 PM Reply Like
  • et1212
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    These are my gut reaction to the topic too but I dared not post these because I cannot support the claim that a certain president made such a difference.
    7 Apr 2013, 03:27 PM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    Jan 2001 oil per barrel = $ 24.50
    Jul 2008 oil per barrel = $ 145.00
    7 Apr 2013, 05:41 PM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    No doubt, TX benefits whenever hydrocarbon revenues soar. But TX is a lot more economically diverse than the 80's, when it lived and died on swings in crude prices.
    7 Apr 2013, 06:07 PM Reply Like
  • Puddy
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    Since 1948, that I know of, Texas has never suffered from a recession like the rest of the country. Long, long before Perry.
    We are dead last in public education now, in the nation. And
    also in the percentage of people who have insurance coverage.
    Perry and the legislature have gutted our education funds and
    so far refused to put it back while giving millions in tax breaks
    for a racetrack to be built here. Cronyism is rampant here.I have
    lived here all my life and the only ones talking about secession is our untruthful journalists looking for a story. I consider Perry an embarassment.
    7 Apr 2013, 11:30 PM Reply Like
  • break the bank
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    Some years back a yaehoo asked Texans if they wanted to put "the Friendly State" on the license plates, most Texans replied " we aint that G.D. friendly". So if you don't like it here Leave, aint nobody keeping ya here. And if your thinking of moving here WE don't care how you did back where ever ya came from, so shut up, do your job, and drink yourself silly on the weekends. Otherwise stay in what ever Utopia your thinking of leaving
    8 Apr 2013, 12:54 AM Reply Like
  • justaminute
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    Proud of your first post I take it.
    8 Apr 2013, 01:12 AM Reply Like
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