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Please Don’t Secede, Texas—We Need You
The American Interest ^ | 02/13/2013 | Russell Mead

Posted on 02/12/2013 9:48:31 AM PST by SeekAndFind

The Lone Star state boasts all-star status when it comes to job creation and economic growth. Writing for City Journal, Wendell Cox brings us a great in-depth look at one of the healthiest state economies in the U.S. Texas job creation is well above the national average, with the number of jobs having grown 31.5 percent since 1995. Even more impressive, many of the new jobs were high-paying, coming from professional and technical fields. Cox explains why:

A pro-business climate has unquestionably been a substantial advantage. In its annual ranking of business environments, Chief Executive has named Texas the most growth-friendly state for eight years in a row. (California has been last for the same eight years.) The reasons included low taxes and sensible regulations; a high-quality workforce (Texas ranked second only to Utah in that category in 2012); and a pleasant living environment….

Part of the explanation for the high living-environment score is doubtless Texas’s low cost of living…. More than three-quarters of the cost-of-living difference between Texas and California can be explained by housing costs….

Read the whole thing. Cox makes well-supported points about why this particular state is doing so well.

Other states should be looking to Texas for inspiration. It’s no coincidence that Cox compares Texas and California so frequently in his article. California may still have the biggest economy, but at the moment Texas has all the momentum.

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To: FlingWingFlyer
If Texas does secede, I’m outta here. I’ll be on my way to Texas in a heartbeat.

We have been telling our out of state kin, including our daughter and SIL, that they had better make sure their passports are current when visiting us in Texas.

41 posted on 02/12/2013 12:48:15 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, period. End of conversation.)
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To: GraceG

“If Texas was really careful there could be no reason for the US to attack them.”

We all love them, but “Texan” and “Careful” are not 2 words I associate :)

Rather, let’s pray that we can right this republic.

42 posted on 02/12/2013 12:54:54 PM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: Owl558; Gaffer

The difference is that as usual, Texas was the real deal, created in war, with it’s own Navy and consulates, a real nation. Texas had to continue fighting and defending itself during it’s period of Sovereignty.

TEXAS-*”Formed as a separate nation after gaining independence from Mexico in 1836, the republic claimed borders that included all of the present US state of Texas as well as parts of present-day Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico based upon the Treaties of Velasco between the newly created Texas Republic and Mexico.”

CALIFORNIA-*” Six days later, Fremont learned that American forces under Commodore John D. Sloat had taken Monterey without a fight and officially raised the American flag over California. Since the ultimate goal of the Bear Flaggers was to make California part of the U.S., they now saw little reason to preserve their “government.” Three weeks after it had been proclaimed, the California Republic quietly faded away.”*

VERMONT-*”The term Vermont Republic has been used by later historians[1] for the government of what became modern Vermont from 1777 to 1791. In July 1777, delegates from 28 towns met and declared independence from jurisdictions and land claims of British colonies in New Hampshire and New York. They also abolished slavery within their boundaries. The people of Vermont took part in the American Revolution and considered themselves Americans, even if Congress did not recognize the jurisdiction.[2] Because of vehement objections from New York, which had conflicting property claims, the Continental Congress declined to recognize Vermont, then called the New Hampshire Grants. Vermont’s overtures to join the British Province of Quebec failed.[3] In 1791, Vermont was admitted to the United States as the 14th state.”*

43 posted on 02/12/2013 7:19:39 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: ansel12

Thanks for the background. It is all facinating history.

44 posted on 02/13/2013 12:56:55 PM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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