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Why Texas Is Growing (and Illinois Isnít)
nat review ^ | 1/17/14 | m barone

Posted on 01/17/2014 5:43:23 AM PST by bestintxas

The Census Bureau’s holiday treat is its release of annual state-population estimates, to be digested slowly in the new year.

The headline from this year’s release is that population growth from July 2012 to July 2013 was 0.72 percent, lower than in the two preceding years and the lowest since the Great Depression 1930s. This reflects continuing low, below-replacement-rate birth rates and lower immigration than in 1982–2007. Net immigration from Mexico evidently continues to be zero.

The nation’s economy may be growing again, but Americans — and potential Americans — are not acting like it. There’s a parallel here with poll results showing that majorities still believe we are in a recession that the National Bureau of Economic Research says ended in June 2009, nearly five years ago.

Sluggish population growth is matched by sluggish geographic mobility. The Census Bureau reports that only 4.8 million Americans moved across state lines in 2012 — about half the percentage that did so in the boom years of the 1990s. Americans were similarly immobile, indeed even more so, in the 1930s (the Okies fleeing the Dust Bowl for California were a picturesque but demographically minor exception).

Numbers can seem cold and impersonal, but beneath these numbers is a picture of a pessimistic, risk-averse people. But not uniformly, and not everywhere. Population growth has been accelerating in states that depend heavily on the private sector and declining in states with relatively high dependence on government.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: texas
Wanna work? Come to Texas.

We let you keep the money you earn too.

Good luck on turning this place Blue, libs.

1 posted on 01/17/2014 5:43:23 AM PST by bestintxas
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To: bestintxas

Why isn’t Illinois growing? Let me count the ways....

Abortion, homosexual marriage, legalized pot, Comprehensive Sex Education, corruption in government....


2 posted on 01/17/2014 5:49:03 AM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: bestintxas

Notice Indiana is growing too. I wonder if it has anything to do with being next to Illinois, Michigan and Ohio?

I kind of wish the liberals fleeing Illinois would go west instead of east. We’ll take the rural tax paying producers though.


3 posted on 01/17/2014 5:49:46 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (Liberals can afford for things to go well, to work, for folks to be happy. They'd be out of work.)
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To: bestintxas

Oil and gas jobs have grown 40 percent since 2007
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/08/09/oil-and-gas-jobs-grew-40-percent-since-2007/

Oil and gas jobs soar to new milestone
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/10/11/oil-and-gas-jobs-soar-to-new-milestone/

Oil industry jobs, dealmaking expected to rise
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/11/14/survey-oil-industry-jobs-dealmaking-expected-to-rise/

Many oil field jobs rank among best in US
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/11/15/oil-field-jobs-rank-among-best-in-us/


4 posted on 01/17/2014 5:51:34 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: bestintxas

Texas is getting the Mexicans, Illinois wisely is not. Illinois also has an older aged population.


5 posted on 01/17/2014 5:52:19 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: bestintxas

A century ago my state, Pennsylvania, had 38 electoral votes and 36 congresstional districts after the 1910 Census.

It was second in the country in those stats.

After the 2010 Census PA has 20 electoral votes and 18 congressional districts.

Now its Texas that had 38 electoral votes and 36 congressional district, second in the country in those stats.

The Progressive Republicans dominated politics in this state to the Depression and later on Liberal Democrats came along to share power with them and together they have driven this state downward trying to protect business and labor interests instead of promoting economic growth.


6 posted on 01/17/2014 5:55:17 AM PST by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: Tenacious 1
Notice Indiana is growing too. I wonder if it has anything to do with being next to Illinois, Michigan and Ohio?

Yes. Another factor is that Indiana is a right-to-work state, so it is experiencing accelerated industrial growth as well. But don't worry, Indiana, Illinois pols are too stupid to figure out the problem.
7 posted on 01/17/2014 5:57:36 AM PST by railroader
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To: bestintxas

“From September 2007 to November 2013, when the nation lost 1.8 million jobs, Texas gained 1.1 million. Texas’s public policies — low taxes, light regulation — have clearly paid off.”

...this would play a major role and resonate with younger white males that continue to be taught the opposite in public schools. Simple and to the point. Compare to NY, any New England state, CA, any state owned by dems. Not even econ 101.


8 posted on 01/17/2014 6:00:12 AM PST by albie (ve`)
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To: bestintxas

One bad component is illegals.


9 posted on 01/17/2014 6:12:45 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: railroader

I have extended family on the “in-law” side that I am embarrassed about (who doesn’t, right?). They are useless leeches... drug users, unemployed and unemployable, collecting “entitlements”, stealing prescriptions from family, living with family sympathizers, etc. They regularly post on FB to keep us updated on the depravity and shame. They bred recently and introduced another weapon to threaten grandparents with. They cause a lot of misery.

I found a silver lining that surprised me, however. They moved to Illinois 18 months ago (I didn’t know) and have been collecting IL subsidies! Woo Hoo! They are somebody else’s welfare case.

So I found something else that Illinois is doing to make Indiana better. Apparently, it’s more lucrative to be poor in Illinois than in Indiana.


10 posted on 01/17/2014 6:18:34 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (Liberals can afford for things to go well, to work, for folks to be happy. They'd be out of work.)
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To: bestintxas
Same reason why the USA did better than the Soviet Union in the 1960’s.
11 posted on 01/17/2014 6:27:53 AM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: Nextrush
After the 2010 Census PA has 20 electoral votes and 18 congressional districts.

13 are pubbies and 5 are demonRATs from philly and pburgh.

If the current group of PA congress critters changes the way we distribute electoral college votes, in 2016 PA will vote {for the President} 13-7.

The house has enough votes, the gubbernor said he will sign it, but the senators from eastern PA, have no balls.

My senator, Kim Ward, has bigger, brassier ones than any of those eastern pussies.

The game playing within the senate is maddening.

12 posted on 01/17/2014 7:13:04 AM PST by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: Tenacious 1

“I found a silver lining that surprised me, however. They moved to Illinois 18 months ago (I didn’t know) and have been collecting IL subsidies! Woo Hoo! They are somebody else’s welfare case.

So I found something else that Illinois is doing to make Indiana better. Apparently, it’s more lucrative to be poor in Illinois than in Indiana.”

You nailed what is perceived as one of this country’s biggest attributes: having the freedom to be where one chooses to live.

We need to keep the structure the forefathers envisioned for this country.

We are not so much a nation of states than a collection of individual states which choose to defend themselves, that align together on a federal level under the auspices of a Constitution which spells out ONLY those activities for the federal govt to address, not vice versa. States have been giving up their rights to the federal govt for years.

As long as things like welfare, taxes, abortion rights, gay marriage, etc. remain on the state level, we as a country will be fine.

Let me elucidate: Those states which choose to continue the existing spiralling-out-of-control welfare will see a flock of new citizens arriving in their state eager for the goodies, and an exit to other states of those who are productive. Soon those states stupid enough to keep these actions up(e.g. - California) will be forced to change their ways as there citizenship goes to pot and they go hopelessly into debt.

With the control of welfare in the hands of the feds, there are little alternatives available for the common man other than the difficult choice to leave the country.

That is why states rights, fought hard by the Confederacy, was so important for the national well-being.

We have been going downward ever since.

So let the Illinios and the Massachusetts go down the path they are going. We should instead spend our energies to fight hard against the intrusion of the feds into states’ sovereignty.


13 posted on 01/17/2014 7:30:14 AM PST by bestintxas (Obamacare = Obamascrewed)
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To: napscoordinator
Texas is getting the Mexicans...

Don't kid yourself. Illegals are now a scourge in the whole lower 48.

Naturally, the border states get more than their fair share due to where they are, but states like Texas are often just conduits for illegals to get to the blue welfare states.

It's also disingenuous to ignore the fact that red states like Texas are the destination points of choice for conservatives, businesses, and high producers, who are fleeing the imploding blue states.

14 posted on 01/17/2014 8:36:46 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: bestintxas

Texas sucks,


15 posted on 01/17/2014 8:47:31 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: stars & stripes forever

You can include New York in that answer. Cuomo is destroying the state along with other blue states like California.


16 posted on 01/17/2014 9:49:28 AM PST by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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To: Walkingfeather

“Texas sucks,”

That’s what President Santa Anna said too until he found out differently.


17 posted on 01/17/2014 11:14:29 AM PST by bestintxas (Obamacare = Obamascrewed)
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To: USS Alaska

The gubernor and state senators here in PA certainly did have the “balls” to raise gas taxes 28 cents a gallon so business and labor interests could be paid off and in turn give bucks to the politicians.

Tom Corbett and the RINO machine are trying to rig an open senate seat in York County with a special election to put the RINO in instead of the Tea Party candidate.


18 posted on 01/17/2014 2:16:10 PM PST by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: bestintxas
Good luck on turning this place Blue, libs.

I hope you're right. Somebody on here last night offered a pretty good thesis of how Abortion Barbie could win.

Once Texas goes, there's no hope of ever electing a non-Dem POTUS.

19 posted on 01/17/2014 2:20:50 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

“I hope you’re right. Somebody on here last night offered a pretty good thesis of how Abortion Barbie could win. “

As we say here in Texas “ No way Jose”

there is no way the bit*** makes it

After all, we are the home of Ted Cruz


20 posted on 01/18/2014 11:37:02 AM PST by bestintxas (Obamacare = Obamascrewed)
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To: bestintxas

I certainly hope you are correct. Originally I figured she would be a great sinkhole for millions of progressive dollars that wouldn’t go where they could actually influence the race.


21 posted on 01/18/2014 11:42:20 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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