Bigger in Texas
Growing Pains in the Lone Star State
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  • AllanDale

    The North American continent west of the Rocky Mountains is a coastal desert, which is why California requires water from four adjacent states to be pumped over two mountain ranges to make the place habitable. When the first humans came across the Bering land-bridge to the North American continent 15,000 years ago, they chose to settle in the southwestern corner of the continental steppe on the border between Texas and New Mexico near the modern settlements of Clovis and Folsom. That fact alone tells you all you need to know about the difference between the two states and their long-term prospects. When the plug is pulled on the military-industrial complex, California will revert to being the reserve of lazy, self-satisifed Europeans with nothing on their mind except warming their fat bodies in the sun as they wait for a ticket to the next world.

  • Andrew Allison

    I can’t figure out the point which is being made in this post. Is it that Texas has the same traffic and water problems California does (nonsensical), the suggestion that a small-government loving State can’t fix them, or just another plug for telework?

  • Bruce

    Another problem is that with all the growth, the school Districts are always requesting property tax raising bond issuances to build more Taj Mahals…………er school buildings for “the children.” As referenced, water rates are going up as finding and purifying additional water is not as cheap as the initial easy sources that are no longer sufficient. The roads are constantly under construction. That said, would you rather have growth or no growth? Most will opt for the growth, recognizing that it’s not a panacea, but is better than the alternative.

  • Breif2

    [Warning: The following comment may contain some traces of sarcasm.]

    It is an indisputable fact that Texas governor Rick Perry is a dumb hick, but he sure is a lucky dumb hick. How frustrating that our wise and learned leaders in Washington do not enjoy such luck.

    • Boritz

      Perry practices common sense which the learned point out is not a political philosophy so they have no use for it. That may be the genesis of luck good and bad.

  • Bretzky1

    There’s also the issue that Texas’s success has largely been achieved on the educational systems of higher cost states. As Texas gains economically, its citizens are going to demand a better public education system than now exists in the state (which is at best average by US standards), which is going to increase the cost of doing business and living in Texas as property taxes start climbing.

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