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Why Texas Is Our Future (Hurl-tastic)
Time Magazine ^ | October 28, 2013 | Tyler Cowen

Posted on 10/27/2013 4:12:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

They say the Lone Star State has four seasons: drought, flood, blizzard and twister. This summer 97% of the state was in a persistent drought; in 2011 the Dallas-Fort Worth area experienced 40 straight days in July and August of temperatures of 100° or higher. The state's social services are thin. Welfare benefits are skimpy. Roughly a quarter of residents have no health insurance. Many of its schools are less than stellar. Property-crime rates are high. Rates of murder and other violent crimes are hardly sterling either. So why are more Americans moving to Texas than to any other state? Texas is America's fastest-growing large state, with three of the top five fastest-growing cities in the country: Austin, Dallas and Houston. In 2012 alone, total migration to Texas from the other 49 states in the Union was 106,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Since 2000, 1 million more people have moved to Texas from other states than have left.

As an economist and a libertarian, I have become convinced that whether they know it or not, these migrants are being pushed (and pulled) by the major economic forces that are reshaping the American economy as a whole: the hollowing out of the middle class, the increased costs of living in the U.S.'s established population centers and the resulting search by many Americans for a radically cheaper way to live and do business.

To a lot of Americans, Texas feels like the future. And I would argue that more than any other state, Texas looks like the future as well — offering us a glimpse of what's to come for the country at large in the decades ahead.....

(Excerpt) Read more at content.time.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: economy; taxes; texas; welfare
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That doesn't jibe with my experience. You?
1 posted on 10/27/2013 4:12:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not to worry. Neither of Time’s readers are technically (or anything else) literate.


2 posted on 10/27/2013 4:14:05 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isn’t it humid there?


3 posted on 10/27/2013 4:16:13 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://www.stopthemagnet.com/survey/immigration-vetting-project/texas-state-races

Texas Governor Race
Tom Pauken Gov. / Patrick or Patterson for Lt. Gov.


4 posted on 10/27/2013 4:16:36 PM PDT by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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To: BunnySlippers

Only on the coast. Been here for 46 years and will never leave. Had a great time helping elect Cruz and can’t wait to dump Cornyn.


5 posted on 10/27/2013 4:19:43 PM PDT by MisterArtery
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To: BunnySlippers

Texas is a huge state. It’s humid in some places, like Houston. I’m up in Denton, which isn’t so bad. Can get hot, but that’s what air conditioning is for. We run it all the time when it’s hot and our power bill is reasonable.


6 posted on 10/27/2013 4:20:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, I run AC all year 24/7 in Los Angeles. It’s hot here.


7 posted on 10/27/2013 4:23:08 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

I grew up in Chino.


8 posted on 10/27/2013 4:23:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Really, Yankees and Californians, Texas is even worse than reported by Time.

True, the weather is awful, but so is everything else. The welfare system here is atrocious and it is a right-to-work state. There are no income taxes, so social services are sadly deficient. They actually expect immigrants to earn their own living. And don’t get me started on how the state refuses to honor gay rights and abortion rights. There’s church on every corner, and many Texans still say “Bless you!” when you sneeze and “Merry Christmas” during the winter holidays. Most Texans are too stupid to understand that free enterprise is a horrible economic system, and they voted against Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Texas is really horrible, Yankees and Californians. Please stay away for your own good. Don’t even visit, much less consider moving here.


9 posted on 10/27/2013 4:24:20 PM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Really, Yankees and Californians, Texas is even worse than reported by Time.

True, the weather is awful, but so is everything else. The welfare system here is atrocious and it is a right-to-work state. There are no income taxes, so social services are sadly deficient. They actually expect immigrants to earn their own living. And don’t get me started on how the state refuses to honor gay rights and abortion rights. There’s church on every corner, and many Texans still say “Bless you!” when you sneeze and “Merry Christmas” during the winter holidays. Most Texans are too stupid to understand that free enterprise is a horrible economic system, and they voted against Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Texas is really horrible, Yankees and Californians. Please stay away for your own good. Don’t even visit, much less consider moving here.


10 posted on 10/27/2013 4:24:32 PM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Really, Yankees and Californians, Texas is even worse than reported by Time.

True, the weather is awful, but so is everything else. The welfare system here is atrocious and it is a right-to-work state. There are no income taxes, so social services are sadly deficient. They actually expect immigrants to earn their own living. And don’t get me started on how the state refuses to honor gay rights and abortion rights. There’s church on every corner, and many Texans still say “Bless you!” when you sneeze and “Merry Christmas” during the winter holidays. Most Texans are too stupid to understand that free enterprise is a horrible economic system, and they voted against Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Texas is really horrible, Yankees and Californians. Please stay away for your own good. Don’t even visit, much less consider moving here.


11 posted on 10/27/2013 4:24:41 PM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I've been to Texas a few times and I really like the super wide highways and all the great steakhouses. It might be hot as hell but it sure feels good to walk into one of those air-conditioned steakhouses for a big juicy porterhouse along with a few mugs of cold beer.

Some of those joints even have sawdust on the floor and one of those mechanical bulls in the back. I keep expecting to see somebody that looks like John Travolta riding it.


12 posted on 10/27/2013 4:25:02 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Remember the Sumter!”


13 posted on 10/27/2013 4:25:47 PM PDT by moovova
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe Time is working on kicking us out of the USSA. Boo, Hoo.


14 posted on 10/27/2013 4:27:05 PM PDT by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Two things:
1. I’m sure the Liberals dream of turning Texas into a blue state. If they can do that, it’s game over.
2. I will never live in Texas.


15 posted on 10/27/2013 4:31:01 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: rbg81

#2. Why is that?


16 posted on 10/27/2013 4:32:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: urtax$@work

say no to Patrick. He is the worst kind of transplant.


17 posted on 10/27/2013 4:34:36 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: MisterArtery

I am right in there with you.


18 posted on 10/27/2013 4:35:06 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Da Coyote

“Neither of Time’s readers are technically (or anything else) literate.”
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Is that rag still in print?


19 posted on 10/27/2013 4:43:44 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Same reason I’ll never move to Florida: I’m partial to four seasons.


20 posted on 10/27/2013 4:49:20 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: BunnySlippers

I notice you didn’t say how “reasonable” your electric bill is.

just curious....


21 posted on 10/27/2013 4:49:38 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Skepolitic

“Texas is really horrible, Yankees and Californians. Please stay away for your own good. Don’t even visit, much less consider moving here.”

Usually I would ignore an asinine comment like this but I am getting so fed up with some people spouting this garbage. I am a YANKEE, born and bred in Rhode Island. If you asked my Father what nationality he was he would just say he was a Yankee. When you make fool comments you insult the integrity of my Father, a life long Republican. My Father loved political discussions and always supported the conservative view. He once said he would vote for a Democrat but he could never find one worth voting for.

My Father was the youngest of six children and was 12 when his Father died. He enlisted in the Army at 17 and spent 4 years fighting the Germans in WWII. Upon his return he and my Mother married and were together until his death at the age of 74. He was pro life, pro marriage, and a strict Baptist. He didn’t say “Bless you”. He said “God Bless you”.

Texas would have been privileged to have such a man.

I moved to Texas 2 years ago and everything I hold dear I learned from my Father. I don’t care if you don’t want this Yankee here because I am staying.


22 posted on 10/27/2013 4:52:13 PM PDT by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: digger48

Well, I spent a couple of decades in my townhouse. The electric bill was very reasonable. I was in heaven ... house like an ice box.

I just recently decided to “go native” and bought a very cute Spanish Colonial built in 1924 that is 2 blocks from the LA River [great to walk the dogs]. The bill is off the charts. I’m clearly going to have to install better AC in this antique!


23 posted on 10/27/2013 4:55:44 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nope...looks like it is wishful thinkin’...From the author...


24 posted on 10/27/2013 4:57:48 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Yep, most people give into the “bad hair days” with a style all their own...


25 posted on 10/27/2013 4:58:27 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: heylady

I agree. We would have been privileged and blessed to have had your father live here.


26 posted on 10/27/2013 4:58:35 PM PDT by DallasSun
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To: Skepolitic

Gosh, I really wish EVERYONE, that means Texans too, to stay away from California. My family has lived here and farmed since the 1870s and hate having to host freeloaders.

We know we have it great ...but just leave us alone!!!


27 posted on 10/27/2013 4:58:50 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Skepolitic

That’s all true, and you didn’t even mention the Messicans.


28 posted on 10/27/2013 5:00:00 PM PDT by Dysart (Obamacare: "We are losing money on every subscriber-- but we will make it up in volume!")
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To: stevie_d_64

Humidity affects hair? My condolences.

My hair is still long and straight. :o)


29 posted on 10/27/2013 5:00:08 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Skepolitic
"Texas is really horrible, Yankees and Californians. Please stay away for your own good. Don’t even visit, much less consider moving here."

Thats right.... no one from up north or California would want to live here. Our food is terrible, our women are ugly, and we ran out of beer years ago.... I think they would be happier where they are.

30 posted on 10/27/2013 5:07:27 PM PDT by GregoTX (Keep Calm and Cruz On)
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To: BunnySlippers; All

You know something...I had my grandfather tell me once how they dealt with the heat...

It had to do a lot woth how houses were built, how it was ventilated, ceiling fans, lots of trees to shade certain parts of the house at certain times of the day...

Hedges planted and trimmed to keep the winter breezes from making things a little too chilly in the few days winter held onto the situation...

All in all it is a way of life, that is lived in many states in this union, so bottm line is the weather is just what you make of it...

If you live on the coast, well, those things they call hurricanes can be exciting for a few hours in your day, or night...I can’t sleep through them, never have...My wife sleeps like a lumberjack through them...But again, its just weather...

As for the issue of transplants, Texas has had some good ones, and some bad ones...Just because our states economy is the envy of those that live in states where their government screws the people over every chance they get, I recommend those folks get their own house in order before you come here riding the coat-tails of our hard work...

I was born here, and I expect to die here...So I believe there is loyalty in longevity, and if you come here, don’t expect to change things (politically) to your liking without a real fight...

It is not a perfect place to hang your hat, but it is not so much where it is with whom you hang your hat with that is important...

Bum Phillips had it right, Texas is a way of life, he lived it, his old boss “Bud” Adams passed away recently as well, but the outlook was completely diffferent, Bud Adams didn;t live it, he tried to buy it, and failed...

A lesson some need to consider before thinking this is something they can make fit their outlook on “things”...

Just my opinion...


31 posted on 10/27/2013 5:10:37 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It seems that to finish reading this, I have to set up an account, and I don’t want to do that.


32 posted on 10/27/2013 5:12:21 PM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: BunnySlippers

Move here, and I guarantee you that will change...;-)


33 posted on 10/27/2013 5:12:44 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: Dysart

Excuse me???


34 posted on 10/27/2013 5:19:05 PM PDT by DallasSun
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To: All

Texas has a great music and dance scene, too, don’t forget. If I were 30 years younger and healthier, I’d be there in a heartbeat.


35 posted on 10/27/2013 5:19:27 PM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: stevie_d_64

LOLOL!


36 posted on 10/27/2013 5:25:54 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As long as Texas stays red, we are in good shape. If it goes purple or blue, the United States is OVER.


37 posted on 10/27/2013 5:30:36 PM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: stevie_d_64

Yeah, our politician suck. But life in California is pretty great.

My dad, his 9 brothers and 2 sisters. All farmers except the two sisters who were nuns, lived here long and hardy. A good life with abundance which is the most that Americans can hope for.

I still not find the “good” of CA in any state ... except CA. It is wonderful here.


38 posted on 10/27/2013 5:32:00 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: rbg81

LOL!

I live in Dallas, and I happy to report there are four - most years.


39 posted on 10/27/2013 5:35:09 PM PDT by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Time Magazine?

Feeling old. I remember when people actually read it.


40 posted on 10/27/2013 5:41:12 PM PDT by Salman
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To: Salman

You must be my age, give or take.


41 posted on 10/27/2013 5:44:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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Rand Paul’s immigration speech
03.19.13 | Hon Sen Rand Paul (KY)
Posted on 03/19/2013 7:04:07 AM PDT by Perdogg
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2998395/posts

...The Republican Party must embrace more legal immigration.

Unfortunately, like many of the major debates in Washington, immigration has become a stalemate-where both sides are imprisoned by their own rhetoric or attachment to sacred cows that prevent the possibility of a balanced solution.

Immigration Reform will not occur until Conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. I am here today to begin that conversation.

Let’s start that conversation by acknowledging we aren’t going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants.

If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you...

This is where prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into being taxpaying members of society.

Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers.12 million more people assimilating into society. 12 million more people being productive contributors.

[but he’s not in favor of amnesty, snicker, definition of is is]


42 posted on 10/27/2013 5:50:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet. Time mag Partisan Media Shill Tyler Cowen:
As an economist and a libertarian, I have become convinced that whether they know it or not, these migrants are being pushed (and pulled) by the major economic forces that are reshaping the American economy as a whole: the hollowing out of the middle class, the increased costs of living in the U.S.'s established population centers and the resulting search by many Americans for a radically cheaper way to live and do business.

43 posted on 10/27/2013 5:50:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: John Valentine

I also like to snow ski. There are about four ski areas within an hours drive of my house. I won’t have that in Dallas.


44 posted on 10/27/2013 5:51:18 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: Skepolitic

:)


45 posted on 10/27/2013 5:54:39 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I recently moved to Texas from Mississippi. Mississippi is an ostensibly "conservative" State that talks "conservative" but acts Leftist. It's two Senators are Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, who speak with a Southern drawl and talk conservative while at home, but act like leftists when they're in Washington.

I am SOOOO happy to have Ted Cruz as MY Senator!

47 posted on 10/27/2013 6:00:10 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: rbg81

No, you will need to drive to Colorado or New Mexico for that - but you’ll need a fast car to make it in an hour.


48 posted on 10/27/2013 6:00:50 PM PDT by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: GregoTX

My liberal New York friends certainly complain at every opportunity that you can’t get a good pizza, or Italian food generally, or bagel here in Texas.

That’s because every Italian restaurant in Texas is either an Olive Garden or a Spaghetti Warehouse, and every bagel is of the frozen variety. The Texan’s idea of haute cuisine is barbequed armadillo on the halfshell.


49 posted on 10/27/2013 6:18:28 PM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: Dysart

The Mexicans working in Texas, and most of them are working, are mostly fine folks who mind their own business.

I really don’t mind many Yankees and Californians. They can come here and take our jobs, bid up our house prices, add to traffic congestion, and even marry our women. But Texans get really annoyed when outsiders come to Texas and complain we ought to do things the way they did back in their home state. (Like Wendy Davis, the abortion filibusterer, born in Rhode Island.) And some of them have really thin skins and seem unable to detect a tongue-in-cheek comment!


50 posted on 10/27/2013 6:43:14 PM PDT by Skepolitic
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