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Would you like to invite twenty thousand poor people to come here?
This kind of logic drives me crazy. . ."Why do you live in a shitty place where no one cares about you?"
"Oh, I don't know, because I LOVE IT! WEE!"
No, it's because they are stuck. Because if they had the resources to move, they wouldn't be in a situation to need those services.
and rick perry thinks he's going to ride this to the white house?
While many poor people will be stuck in Texas, the the most able bodied/minded thousands if not millions will spend their last $500 on a bus ticket out. And the remaining poor people will be the most docile, beat down servants.
Your claim is bogus.
Why vote for someone who again and again shows every intention of fucking you over? Why vote so obviously against your economic interest? Is boys kissing so yucky that you'd rather grandma be destitute and johnny share a class with 40 other kids to make doubly tripply sure Jake can't visit Tom in the hospital?
whatever they are doing, it isn't driving people away. Quite the opposite actually.
The worst (for the US)/best (for Republicans) thing the Republican machine ever did was start pandering to religious fears.
Ditto what several other commentators have said: Moving is expensive. Also, there are often familial roots that resist people moving, perhaps the grandparents providing essential childcare while both parents work shitty jobs.
Seriously Charles, you know this already.
As to Texas, my big worry is that in 20-50 years the withered education system will result in a couple generations of "Christian" fanatics in control of the gummit there... and the nuclear weapons that Texas harbors.
Texas *does* still reserve the right to split into five different states, if that happens, it's control of the Senate goes up appreciably. I doubt that's a likely scenario, but weirder things have happened.
Good job, Texas. Way to boost the your economy by fucking over your residents.
Of course, then I left Texas to move to Colorado and it felt like utopia all over again.
Not sure where I could go from here to get it again... Europe?
"If I owned Texas and Hell, I'd live in Hell and rent out Texas." -- General Philip Sheridan.
Redistricting hasn't helped. That fiasco of several years ago led to watering down of the few liberal strongholds in that state.
What's more likely is that liberal counties and cities will be left holding the bag. They'll have to either preemptively increase spending on social services or pay on the back end as local hospitals, prisons, and jails are swamped with people who can't pay for medical care or who are desperate enough to resort to crime.
And I'm sure liberal Texan cities are already paying more than their fare share of taxes.
All I'll recount here is that, you guys, for fuck's sake, Texas is a cultural battleground and the regressive dickheads are the only ones bothering to fight for it! A backwards Texas is a recent historical phenomenon that has resulted directly from extremely deliberate strategic political maneuvering by national conservative organizations. The days of Lyndon Johnson - who forced through the Civil Rights Act - and Ann Richards - a keynote DNC speaker while she was the governor preceding Dubya - are not that far gone.
Texas is a great place to live, or at least it was and will be again if we can break the assholes' stranglehold on it. Stop sitting smugly on the coast and bashing it and start figuring out how to reach out.