Bad News for Texas: Thanks to Republican Leadership, the State’s Headed for Trouble

facepalm-perryFor years Rick Perry has championed Texas as the “example” Washington should follow when it comes to creating jobs and running an economy. And, to be fair, Texas has done fairly well economically the last few years, even during one of the worst recessions in nearly a century.


Though that has almost nothing to do with any sort of “genius” move championed by Perry or the Texas Republican leadership. Texas is a coastal state with a massive amount of natural resources, two big factors as to why Texas’ economy has done so well the last several years. When your state is sitting on top of a massive amount of oil, and oil prices have been high for nearly a decade, it’s going to be a massive boost to your state’s economy.

But oil prices aren’t high anymore. In fact, most experts are saying that they don’t expect them to go up for years. Heck, maybe even more ominous for those who rely on high oil prices, members of the Saudi royal family have come out publicly and said that they don’t believe we’ll ever see $100 oil again.

And without the “oil boom” to be the foundation for Texas’ economy, the state’s likely in a lot of trouble. Being that the state has relied heavily on tax revenue from oil production, lower oil prices means less revenue for a state budget that’s already stretched thin in many areas, especially when it comes to highways and education.

And just in case you were wondering, yes, Texas Republicans are still pushing for more tax cuts. Though at least a few members of the GOP in the state have said that the party needs to be realistic when it comes to tax cuts and Texas’ newest budget.

So, with oil below $50 a barrel and new permits for oil drilling down 50 percent, Texas is facing a fairly uncertain economic future. Especially in a state where raising taxes would be about as popular as President Obama becoming governor in 2018.

But without all that tax money coming in from oil revenue, where’s Texas going to turn?

Odds are they’re going to do what Republicans always do: Refuse to raise taxes, push for spending cuts.

But this is the issue I’ve had with the entire Republican economic stance on taxes: at some point you can’t just keep cutting them. There is a threshold at which eventually a government cannot continue to cut taxes and still function, and Texas might be at that point. Because it’s not just oil revenue that the state is losing, it’s jobs as well. And when people lose jobs, naturally that hurts the economy. Fewer jobs also means that consumer spending in the state will be down, which then leads to lower sales tax revenue that local governments also count on to run their cities.


The truth is, Republicans don’t have a “job creating ideology.” Nothing Republican leadership in Texas has done has “boosted the economy.” Texas would be just as poor as Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama if it weren’t for the massive amount of natural resources the state has.

Sure, Republicans here will go on and on about “low taxes and fewer regulations create jobs” – but that’s complete nonsense. This state is largely dependent upon jobs created thanks to its plethora of natural resources (especially oil) and if that’s down, the state’s economy is going to go down with it.

And at the end of the day, when that oil revenue starts to dry up, what’s the state really left with? Fewer jobs, huge shortfalls of revenue needed to adequately run the state, millions of people who still don’t have health insurance and no real plan to fix any of it.

They can’t magically make oil prices go back up and they damn sure aren’t going to raise taxes to help pay for anything.

So, what’s the magic cure? Cut taxes? How’s that gong to fix the “oil recession”? How’s that going to help pay for education and roads? How’s that going to provide health insurance to millions of Texans?

I’m just kidding about that last part. Republicans in Texas couldn’t care less about providing health care for the nearly 5 million (32 percent of Texas residents, highest uninsured rate in the nation) who don’t have any.

What Texas needs to do is take a good long look at what the tax cut-loving tea partiers did in Kansas, because that’s exactly where the state is headed under Republican leadership that doesn’t have a booming oil industry to fall back on.

Because at the end of the day, political rhetoric and propaganda won’t create jobs. You have to have a plan, and that’s something Republicans don’t have.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • wendy

    Feel so sad for all those rich oil tycoons 🙁

  • ‘Plan’ is a four letter word.

  • Johns.Opinion

    Dam, you can bet the undocumented workers will suffer for it.

    • Matt

      Oh my goodness, lawbreakers will have to suffer? That would be a first for them wouldn’t it John? It’s cute how by changing their names you feel better about them breaking the law and taking our resources. Can we start calling rapists unsolicited sex addicts, or meth dealers chemist entrepreneurs?

      • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

        Boy you are just a bundle of pent up anger and objectionable behavior aren’t you. Obviously you are one of the people who don’t think of anyone’s situation but your own. Don’t ever think about people who are alone and suffering and can’t get health care and no one gives a sh– about it. If it doesn’t affect you then the hell with them right? Enjoy your self centered life.

      • LMB

        Are you talking just to Matt or all conservatives here???

      • Abe

        Wait wait wait….. how come they cant get health care. Y’all said Obama care was designed to help those who couldnt afford it or get it to have it. You did. Since you jumped on that bandwagon your sympathy ploy is no longer valid about health insurance. Sorry you trumped yourself. Try again

      • Matt

        I have sacrificed more than you could ever imagine and risked even more for the values of this country! So don’t come at me with this holier than thou’ bullshit about how I don’t put the situation or suffering of other above my own just because I don’t believe in the policies of an administration that is slowly bankrupting us both financially and ethically and destroying the values that this country was founded upon!
        I believe in helping some one when they are down and standing up for the little guy but at some point that person needs to take individual responsibility for their own actions. And if they are lawbreakers (John- I’m speaking to you too now) then they should lose many of the societal comforts until they can prove that they are ready to become a contributing member of that society. That is why we have things like immigration laws…so we can document those undocumented people and find out what kind of potential impact they will have on our country

      • Johns.Opinion

        your right forget about the law breakers and rapists unsolicited sex addicts, or meth dealers their just trash people and deserve to get shit on. What I should of say is” Dam, you bet the poor legal workers will suffer for it. This is much better for you right?

  • Socialmedic

    Have you not heard, right now the “plan” is to steal the shirts of the backs of disabled people.

    • wendy

      Yup, opposite of Robinhood. Steal from the poor to give to the rich! Republican mantra..let’s see how that plan works for em

      • Jim Valley

        Well, they are the opposite of Jesus, and they WORSHIP him! Might as well reverse Robin Hood as well. Next up: Evil Johnny Appleseed.

      • wendy

        Isn’t hypocrisy grand?

  • PitoDaddy

    Our progressive writers and pundits are so naive. These are not just bad policies for bad policies sake. GOP politicians are doing exactly what the oligarchs have instructed them to do. What were seeing in Texas (as well as what has already happened in Kansas and other red states), with regard to tax cuts and cuts in social programs is absolutely intentional. It’s a march to contemporary feudalism for America by draining state treasuries of funds needed to support basic programs for their citizens. The average voter out there has no clue about this concept. That’s one of the main reasons that tens of millions of people never vote. They’re uninformed, distracted by sports and entertainment, lazy, and complacent. The oligarchs, however, are planning and executing. It’s going on at the state and federal levels.

  • wendy

    Good time to secede Texas!

    • Matt

      I COULD NOT AGREE MORE!!!

    • rossbro

      Right !! ADIOS, ASSHOLES !

      • kevan_mericle

        Hey we aren’t all assholes!

      • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

        Exactly!! There ARE those of us that aren’t thrilled with the way our state has turned into whatever the hell it is now. The religious thing absolutely amazes me and the republican thing is even worse because they vote how they are told or how their families vote and don’t think for themselves. We aren’t ALL stupid!!

      • Matt

        Unlike those democrats who vote like they are told to by unions, lobbyists & international governments! They all take money and vote how they are told to vote…. different side of the same coin!

      • Maureen

        Smarter for me to know a union cares more about me than a billionaire. Interesting, all the paycheck to paycheck conservatives who go absolutely insane if anyone suggests the wealthy don’t pay their share. It’s like they are BFFs

      • Matt

        Oh I see so it’s not about the fact that they are getting paid off it just the supplier…. got it. Sounds hypocritical enough! Notice you didn’t have a problem with foreign government donors contributing to democratic elections! No conflict of interest there

      • DavidD

        We have a modest example here in Matt.Cluelessly parroting silly propagana while cutting his own economic throat.

      • DavidD

        They love to kiss the boss’s ass thinking it will rub off on them.
        They are heartlesly used by people who will steal their pensions and social security if not stopped and will be kicked to the curb when no longer needed.

      • DavidD

        Please move back to California and take all your snowbird mid West RV driving tax cheats with you.They are flooding our rural counties and won’t support our local schools.
        They leave when the weather gets hot but come down in the fall to vote in our local elections and many are rude pushy people with no respect for our local ommunities and our our need to fund our local schools.
        They lecture us on how great it is where they came from but refuse to live there .
        They drive 40 miles an hour with their left blinkers on and clog up our rural roads.

      • Matt

        David – Thank you for your drunken ramblings. I do appreciate a good laugh first thing Monday morning. I have no clue where to even begin with any of your “comments” so I’m just going leave them where they are. Your addition to the debate is much like a child stumbling into an adult conversation and interrupting with how much they like chocolate milk. You have provided no facts nor, at minimum, a counter argument except that I’m stupid. My friend, I have been called much worse by better people and it still didn’t hurt my feelings so nice try. You have not displayed any instance where you are able to think for yourself and have resorting to name calling which is typical but I’m not bringing myself to your level.

        But I will make one thing clear (which I thought was apparent from my earlier comments which you and Jack Daniels seemed to have overlooked) I AM A TEXAN AND NOT FROM CALIFORNIA!

      • DavidD

        Actually most people about 75% here don’t vote.Both parties do not represent the average voter and we know it
        People are tired of being used and don’t like to feel like tools for being used by people who care nothing for them.
        Puerile catcalling from trolls is expected.Every group has them and they thrive on hate and disunity.
        Their comments about my native state and home reflects worse on them and those that support such hateful behavior than it does Texas.

      • DavidD

        Slamming my state and calling us assholes is pure trolling worthy of the divide and conquer nihilism of the GOP..

  • Donna Berg

    Unfortunately it not Texas that will ultimately pay for the un-insured it is the Federal Government as the hospitals will just bill the Feds for the uninsured. So everyone else in the US will foot Texas’s uninsured cost. 🙁 Way to go Texas.

    • Matt

      Yes b/c Texas is the ONLY state in the union with un-insured residents going to the hospitals… wait wasn’t Obama Claus supposed to fix that by giving everyone free healthcare? Go blame that stupid genie in the White House for not granting your wishes!

      • kristofer725

        You need to get your facts straight. The healthcare law wasn’t going to fix everything nor was it intended to do so. It certainly wasn’t to be free. What it did do was give insurance protection to thousands who needed or couldn’t get covered prior to its passage. Donna was correct when she said that uninsured people go to the hospital. They are not charged but the cost is passed on to the people who have insurance. Therefore we are paying for their healthcare. I’m not against charity, but I am when something can be done to alleviate the situation.

      • Matt

        OK so sarcasm is something we obviously need to work on.
        Oh I know uninsured people go to hospitals…. but they aren’t all in Texas like Donna so kindly pointed out. Let’s talk about fact checking there kris

      • kristofer725

        And you need to read more closely. I never said that they were all inTexas. That would be a completely stupid statement. I knew personally several people here in my state that did just that. Now they finally have insurance.

      • Maureen

        Texas.has the largest number of uninsured children in the country. Also adults.
        The rest of us pay for that.

      • Matt

        B/c this administration dumped them here when they opened the border last summer. Talk about not paying attention to the news! hahahahaha

      • Maureen

        That’s funny. Texas has been the champs in the uninsured Olympics for years.

      • DavidD

        If you live in that county you do
        .If you live out of state you don’t pay anything for uninsured children or adults..

      • Maureen

        Wow – have you ever read a flipping newspaper
        Wow. 1. It was never meant to be ‘”free”. if you are on welfare them you already have “free” healthcare. The ACA is meant to help millions of Americans who work and can’t afford insurance.
        2. Do you really, really, have no clue about Governor Perry keeping millions of Texans from BUYING insurance??
        Try watching the news tonight. Moron.

      • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

        And he won’t expand medicaid either and I’m sure that will continue with our new governor “Perry”.

      • Matt

        Again sarcasm is something we need to work on… but anyway!

      • DavidD

        No joining reality is something you need to work on.Shut off your TV and think for yourself preferably back in California.

      • DavidD

        There you go again parroting nonsense written by people much smarter than you.Perry shot down medicaid expansion.not the President.

    • Donna Berg

      I did not say only Texas has uninsured people, but Texas has one of the highest rates of uninsured, and apparently thinks it’s just fine. If hospitals can not collect from the uninsured they bill the federal government. I find it amazing that Texas is constantly bashing Obamacare (oh BTW this was actually a Republican idea) when it would allow millions to gain insurance and reduce the Federal assistance to hospitals. Aren’t Texan’s against federal government intrusion into health care? May the great state of Texas should reimburse the hospitals directly. While Obamacare is not perfect it has given 10’s of millions of people access to health insurance. Insurance that will allow those with pre-existing conditions to have insurance, forbidding insurance companies from dropping you if you get seriously sick, allow your children to stay on the family health plan longer (especially in this job market), standardized coverage, etc. So far the Republicans have done nothing but bellyache about Obamacare. If there is something that needs to be tweaked with Obamacare then put forward a viable bipartisan solution. Oh and BTW I am a proud liberal and would have much preferred true national health care too bad that wasn’t possible.

    • DavidD

      The countys are responsible for uninsured patients and Texas unlike many red states pay more in taxes than they recieve.
      Our taxpayers pay benifits for other states who recieve ACA for medicare patients.
      The local hospitals county officials and many of the doctors here are furious with Perry whose grandstanding will now kill thousands here.
      In your haste to blame all of us you obviously got your “facts” wrong.
      It sounded good and was emotionaly gratifying I’m sure but inaccurate.

  • Bill Rubin

    Texas will get what Texas deserves in the end: karma. The people of Texas want lower taxes and less regulation, and that’s what they’ll get…along with terrible infrastructure, terrible education, and a hammering of their economy outside of oil when oil prices are high, and even worse when oil prices plunge. Only when the citizens of a state or country wake up to the truth and realities of the propaganda they’ve ignorantly and cluelessly believed for decades or longer will anything change. California was prosperous because of its natural resources and higher taxes until the citizens tax revolt in the 1970s, which then caused the state’s education and infrastructure to decay through the 2000s, even with the 1990s defense cutbacks and then the tech boom and dot com crash and concomitant cycles that inevitably happen. But Californians woke up to the realities and passed tax increases on themselves (sales tax) and the richest (income tax), passed spending programs for high speed rail and medical research, and stopped the bleeding caused by the false ideology of GOP lower taxation solving all problems and improving the economy. Now California has the highest tax rates in the country and again is leading the economy for the entire USA. California learned its lesson and now votes overwhelmingly Democratic. Texas hasn’t learned its lesson and still votes overwhelmingly Republican. You get what you deserve. For all those who moved to Texas for the “better” economy and lower taxes, watch how quickly things can go downhill when the Texas oil economy turns Texas into Russia.

    • Matt

      I have no idea what you are getting at by Texas turning to Russia but in reality world…. I actually moved here from a blue state and have enjoyed actually being able to spend the money I make and not be a victim to inflated prices and unreasonable housing costs and I don’t work for the oil industry.
      If we are whipping out our states and comparing than let’s compare based on current facts Bill: Cali’s poverty rate is 42% higher than Texas (must be all those great taxes!), the cost of living in the suburbs in Texas is 1/3 less than living in the burbs in Cali, 4% job growth in texas last years as opposed to almost half that in Cali, gas is 7-80 cents higher in Cali and because of your “renewable energy mandate your electric bills are 55-80% higher than mine (just in case you didn’t know, that’s not a good thing), property taxes are two times higher in the Golden State and the list goes on.
      I’m not building a time machine to decide on living in 1970’s Texas or 1970’s Cali… welcome to 2015 Bill. We live here now and now, in 2015, TEXAS is a much better place to live than California. Now maybe in a few years since El Presidente’Obama has opened the boarders and isn’t interested in where they end up, yes this place could end up in a pretty bad spot and look a hell of a lot like LA. But today you can keep your high taxes, low economic growth, high poverty and low job growth and can go to hell and I’ll enjoy being a Texan!

      • Bill Rubin

        Matt, I think it’s great that you enjoy living in Texas. But let’s not be confused that the reason for California being more expensive is far more about the higher housing costs in California compared to every other state–an example of the free market force of supply and demand creating an environment wherein demand for housing in California is higher than the supply, especially when compared to most states, including Texas. That also is the one of the biggest reasons why California’s poverty rate is higher–housing alone accounts for the biggest component of the expenses for any household. Of course, California also has 1/4 of all immigrants in the USA, about 10 million, accounting for a large proportion of the households living in poverty in California, which further exacerbates the poverty numbers for California. Still, even with all of these challenging factors, California alone still has the 8th biggest economy in the world–so it requires far more job growth to account for any proportional increase in private sector employment here than in any other state. California doesn’t have low economic growth as you stated–it simply has a lower growth RATE compared to Texas currently, something that is expected when California’s economy is so much bigger than that of Texas. Texas has impressive job growth–until you look at where the new jobs are coming from, mostly in the minimum wage sector of service jobs. That doesn’t make Texas a much better place to live than California, but it does make Texas a much more affordable place to live compared to California–and that is a difference that you obfuscate in your comments. As for my Texas becoming Russia comment, I am talking about the fact that the oil sector accounts for a large share of the Texas state and municipal government revenues, just like in Russia, since Texas has such low taxes in all other arenas. With falling oil prices, as the article suggests, that is much less revenue for government services in Texas, and that will impact housing, job creation, and other important economic segments in Texas–just as it is doing in Russia. Texas is more diversified than Russia, thankfully–I don’t want Texas to go under any more than I want any state in the USA to suffer, since we’re all in this together. But it will cause Texas pain, and the Texan reliance on oil revenues to shore up its finances will become more problematic. You like living in Texas because it’s more affordable, and that’s great. But that doesn’t make Texas “better” than California. Texas is a great state, and it has enormous potential–which is great for our entire country. But it also has a political stripe of white Christian voters who have relied on oil to buttress their political preferences that otherwise wouldn’t stand up to any semblance of reasonable economy of scale, and they continue to attempt that political preference to our nation overall even when it is obvious that is not reasonable or effective to do so. THAT is what we’re truly discussing here, and in that regard California is in MUCH better shape on most fronts when compared to Texas.

      • Matt

        Bill California is seeing a downward economic trend of almost 2.6%; I was being generous when I said Cali has low economic growth! You want me to be blunt ok the state has negative economic growth! Compound that with high regulations and taxes which is why major companies are fleeing Cali. They aren’t just leaving there is a mass exodus! 60 companies in one year; over 30,000 jobs and employees! And you know what… we aren’t relying on oil! Since we are so business friendly other industries are coming here by the droves. Did you know that about 36% of our industry is actually based on software? NOPE… your speculation like that of the author of this article are making you look foolish! real estate, healthcare, and educational services still make up a greater share of the industrial workforce than the apparent production and reliance of oil. But I get it…it’s easier to just categorize people and put them in little boxes right? (White Christian Voters) I’m sure you are picturing me typing this on some ranch with a huge cowboy hat on and riding on the back of horse right now while a bunch of illegal immigrant are drilling for oil all around me. Pull your head out of your fourth point of contact. We are not all “White Christian Voters”. And the reason we vote for conservatives is b/c conservative values have worked for us and will continue to work b/c we believe in hard work and making something for yourself and keeping the money you earn and building something instead of everything being handed to you. We don’t believe we are entitled to anything except life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with minimal gov’t intrusion!
        You don’t have to pray for Texas becoming like Russia…. we got this. You should pray that Cali slows its descent into becoming like the Soviet Union b/c with all the regulations, marxist leadership and high taxes that is exactly where you are headed…enjoy it comrade

      • Melania Gulley

        you are so full of it. I was born and raised in that backwards ass, everyone for themselves state. when the oil prices stay at low levels they will not be able to maintain the revenue period. and having lived in one of the Oilfields” Midland/ Odessa they are freaking greedy as hell. they price gouge housing like an SOB. they have no concept f anything but greed. Education is one of the worst in the country. Teen pregnancy.. ditto and there are more homeless everyday which is not being reported because truth sucks

      • Matt

        I’m sorry your experience here was so traumatic but it doesn’t sum up the entire economy of Texas. That’s the beauty of a free market economy is that when one industry takes a dip there are others in place to counter that. So oil prices fall…. that means people will be traveling more, companies will be shipping things good, people will be flying more, consumers have money for other items and can invest in other places. Companies still go on.
        By the way homelessness isn’t a problem unique to Texas.

      • Maureen

        Glad you like it – but I would live in a box on the street in my blue state before any Red state because in the end you get what you pay for – if rock bottom taxes are your priority then go for it –
        But google State Rankings in education. Then health, income,divorce rates, on and on…..it amazes me how proud you all are that your kids can’t read. Keep it.

      • Matt

        Sweetheart the only reason my child can’t read is b/c he’s four months old! Education begins at home with the parents! I’m not going to depend on some gov’t based curriculum that changes every time the wind blows to be the cornerstone of their education. How terrible must things be for you that you require gov’t assistance in all aspects of your life; good luck with that. I’m sure big brother will take good care of you!
        You’re right, I do like the idea of getting what you pay for and being rewarded for your efforts not this entitled attitude of getting a participation ribbon. I believe in individual’s right & responsibility as well as minimal gov’t not rock bottom taxes. But since all you can seem to do is classify and categorize and label these are probably things that are outside the scope of your thought. These are concepts of what this great country was founded on; individual freedoms and rights. Making your own way and not being harnessed with regulations and bureaucratic red tape.
        Just remember we fought a war for our individual freedoms b/c parliament raised the tax on our breakfast drink the modern day equivalent of 1 penny. It seems like today people are yearning for subjugation b/c they feel like they are entitled and that the gov’t owes them something. You can keep it! I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees

      • Maureen

        Oh sweetheart, that was so beautiful that was beautiful but you shouldn’t have.
        Why on earth are you lecturing me about government entitlements?
        THIRTEEN CENTS of every dollar in federal taxes paid in my blue state goes to subsidize others – almost all red. Do any of you ever think before you regurgitate this self congratulatory BS?
        And you can save the family values advice – 35 years of marriage and counting – three college grads, two little grandchildren (life’s best gift ever) .
        Peace.

      • Maureen

        Lol
        What a drama queen. Get over yourself you idiot

        “Die on my knees”. WTF

      • Matt

        WOW…talk about self congratulatory attitude!!!! That is obviously a self-imposed stigma b/c I never denigrated you or your family nor have I ever implied anything about you or your family. Anything that you have misinterpreted as such is apparently brought on from some narcissistic need to get a pat of the back for what you have and have done. Well good job Maureen; I’m proud of you! You have accomplished a lot!

        As far as state’s paying we are currently rated the #14 largest economy in the world by the world bank which stands in stark contradiction to the authors point! (you know my entire argument before you decided to take us down this insurance rabbit hole). Sure we have some places that need work much like any state but I’m pretty certain we are not only doing ok but thriving!

        Oh and btw that quote (dying on my knees) wasn’t dramatic like you so snidely quipped, it was actually classical Greek philosophy but I’m sure you weren’t expecting that from us uneducated narrow minded simple southerners, right?!
        Y’all take care now ya hear!

      • Kevin

        California was home to a robust expansion in 2014, and the current economic forecast suggests 2015 will be even better. Jobs will continue to expand 2.5% to 3% over the year, while the population will expand in the 0.8% to 1.0% range. Housing construction will remain a driver of growth, though there won’t be enough of it to alleviate the housing shortage we still face.

        The state outpaced the nation on jobs last year, adding 12.6% of the jobs created nationwide. Venture capital investment raised by California firms was also up more than 70%. Income and spending are growing, the mortgage markets are loosening and tourism is booming. The state even managed to attract more high-wage residents than it lost to migration.

        Not only are our current indicators faring well, forward momentum is building.

  • FD Brian

    Can you imagine the surprise when all the corporations that moved there for lower taxes get a bill for more taxes. And that’s not job creation, that’s job stealing.

    • Eg Kbbs

      And tie in the news that Cruz (who is one of the ones who want to shrink govt and doesn’t think science is that important) will now oversee Science committee and NASA.

      Just think of a crippled Texas economy loosing the Fed funds for NASA – and it is their own hero (Cruz) who will be doing it to them. Add in all the businesses that are in Texas to be close to NASA having to close shop. For that matter, think of the corner grocery where a NASA employee no longer stops by for a loaf of bread on the way home. We’re talking Detroit-level crash.

      • Ink

        Ummm… you are aware of who was and is running things when Detroit turned into Bosnia right?!

      • Abe

        Wow…. you’re really reaching. Shutting down NASA. Maybe if that happens they can open up shop in whatever dream world you’re living in.

  • Matt

    There was not one single fact in this entire opinion piece. It was all speculation and conjecture and the sad thing is you people are eating it up like it’s actual news! BAAAAAAAH….. keep on following any Sheppard sheep-ple.
    Here’s some actual numbers for you: 60 companies have now left the people’s republic of California for Texas, the unemployment in Texas has been and remains below the national average since this recession started (currently below 5.1%),we only have an 8% tax burned as opposed to a 67% personal income growth and so on. But some yahoo with a liberal ax to grind decided to blog his opinion, with no basis on fact or evidence mind you, and then calls it progressive you guys just jumped on that bandwagon!
    Watch I bet I can get you guys to like what I’m saying…. Obama Claus, progressive, education, Republican bad, free healthcare & education, Rush Limbaugh = the devil, church dumb, values stupid, coexist, Hilary. See not one fact and already you like me more!

    • FD Brian

      kind of like trickle down economics is an opinion but the right wing eats it up.

      • Matt

        No I wasn’t talking about trickle down economics and no it’s not an opinion it’s a economic theory…..
        Oh wait you’re making a joke and talking about fairy tales like free-healthcare, free college, Bengazi, shovel ready jobs, IRS targeting, fast & furious, Veterans literally DYING to be seen at the VA; cute.
        But seriously let’s stay on topic here…

      • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

        But seriously you think ALL of that stuff you just mentioned just started with the Obama administration??? Surely you jest!

      • Matt

        But seriously…stay on topic. I’m not going down some rabbit hole on all this stuff. It doesn’t matter who started it, he’s sitting in the big boy chair now he’s the responsible party. End of story.

      • Maureen

        Matt. / you cannot possibly believe this country will
        Have Free college. We won’t. No fear. Handout!!!!!

    • Kuzimo Gardner

      No we don’t!

    • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

      Unemployment may be lower but the jobs a lot of people have are very low paying and that’s a fact!!

      • Abe

        Curious…. what makes more sense? No job and no income or a job and some income? Personally I’ll take a job with some sort of money coming than nothing at all. That sweetheart is good economics.

      • Matt

        God forbid we create jobs and then create motivated employees…. next thing you know we will have independent thinkers on our hands! OH NOOOOOO

      • Maureen

        Seriously, WTF are you talking about? Like we aren’t creating jobs ? We are

  • Recoloniser

    Whatever the intentions of the various parties may be, one thing is certain: it is not the level of taxation, whether private or business, that is the limiting factor in the American economy. It is weak consumer demand and lack of productivity in certain sectors such as manufacturing.
    All stories about regulation, taxation or health care being an issue limiting growth are complete b.s. As for wages: think Henry Ford.

    • Maureen

      Tax rates mean nothing? It must be a mistake or a wild coincidence that there is such a disparity in education, income, health and overall standard of living among the states – year after year after year.

  • LMB

    Not seeing many cited facts in this article. Mostly opinion and speculation. I just read an article last night about Austin’s economy that sounded pretty damn amazing actually. Granted Austin is a liberal city in a conservative state and things are done differently there.

    So slightly off topic question. I am so confused right now and just need some outside opinions… I grew up in North central Texas, went to college near Austin and mistakenly moved to Phoenix almost 7 years ago. We really want to move out of this awful state and really want to live in a blue state. For about 6 months we have been planning to move to Oregon, but I have anxiety and after reading about SAD (Seasonal Anxiety and Depression), I am not sure if living somewhere that is gloomy for 6 months straight would be the best idea for me, but all the southern states are red, except California and Hawaii, which are way too expensive for us. We are thinking of moving back to Texas, probably Austin, even though my smothering herd of in laws live in the area. I don’t know if ill be truly happy there. I am tired of being surrounded by conservatives, but need sunny weather. What would you do?

    • Matt

      Have thought about Cuba….no conservatives, lots of communism and plenty of sun. Plus if you act now I’m sure the state will issue you new in laws with your daily ration of rice! But yeah you should stay out of Texas

      • LMB

        Geez… I knew I should have specified that if you can’t be nice, then don’t respond, but I thought the seriousness of my situation implied it. Pretty sad that I would have to tell that to adults.

      • Abe

        You’re a grown man talking shit about a state, asking for advice on moving to the state with which you were just talking shit about because you have SEASONAL ( keyword ) anxiety and depression. We are really supposed to take that seriously? I think you have seasonal bouts with delusional hopes and expectations. You dont tell a man his home is a dump and then ask for a spot in the guest bedroom so you’ll feel better. Want an alternative plan? Go to Colorado. Weed is legal. You can stay high and happy and those hopes and expectations wont seem as ridiculous

      • LMB

        You are a mean person who can’t read very well. My comments about Texas were brief and actually didn’t fully agree with the article posted. I love Texas, just not the ridiculous politics. I DON’T have seasonal anxiety, but people who live in places that are gloomy for months at a time are prone to SAD, which could make things worse for me.
        Seeking outward advice and opinions is a grown up thing to do. Jumping on a decision without research and viewing all the angles is childish. And I’m a woman, not a man. I also said if you can’t be nice dont respond. Don’t be a jerk.

      • Abe

        You’re right I am an asshole. It keeps the stink of sensitivity off me.

      • Matt

        You come to a social forum, empty your personal baggage about your in-laws, say you want to live in a blue state but want the sunny weather and that you are tired of being around people with conservative ideas… you are seriously limited yourself when it comes to good ideas and are exposing yourself to ridicule. If you don’t like the answer ask better questions! Given what you are looking for though Cuba might be the best place for you. Maybe Venezuela…. or you can buck up and shell out the money for Cali.

    • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

      I would move to Austin but maybe don’t tell your “smothering herd of in laws”!! Actually my brother who lives in Calif and is happy in his blue state, and I, who lives in the absolutely reddest state ever of Texas, think we should move to Australia. If I had the money I think I’d like to live in Sweden or Denmark. They speak English and they are smart and even though it isn’t warm there a lot I think I would like it. It’s clean, education is important to them and the government knows that and acts on it. I guess I’m stuck here in this state where I am the lone ranger among my friends both religiously and politically!

      • LMB

        We seriously looked into moving to New Zealand. Norway and Sweden sound amazing too, but they are just so damn far away!

        Arizona is incredibly red too. It likes to make the news over racism and homophobia, lol. I had a nice group of friends for a few years, but during the elections I dared to share my opposing views (online only as we don’t discuss politics at play dates) and they slowly went away and now I don’t see them anymore. Seems silly to me, but if they only like like-minded people, I won’t beg them to hang out with me ha ha.

        The expense of California scares me, because we are a one income family and will be for 4-5 more years.

        I have a feeling we will end up in Austin, though I wish we didn’t have to tell them ha ha.

    • Nancy

      Austin does seem to be the coolest place in Texas, aside from the in-laws. I like sunny California but housing is ludicrously expensive. If you did move to Oregon, there is a lot that can be done with interior lighting to help with the SAD issue.

      • LMB

        I will research the lighting. Thank you!

  • Omar Spence

    This Texas panic is just a foretaste of what will happen when those oil wells run dry. With regressive state leadership with no plan for maintaining revenues or diversifying the economy, Texas will quickly collapse.

    • Abe

      Texas will quickly collapse? Your business is coming here. We aren’t going anywhere. So we take a minor hit to our revenue for maybe 5 years. We’re still sitting better than most.

      Quickly collapse….. you’re killin me smalls

      • benC

        It`s a changing world ,Abe,and Texas isn`t changing with it.Pridefully puffing your chest isn`t going to change facts.There`s a lot of things brewing you don`t seem to be aware of.
        See you in 5 years time,when Texas is on it`s knees from having followed wrong headed policies,then you`ll see what we mean

      • Matt

        It obviously is changing Ben. It’s your narrow thinking what isn’t changing. For you to actually believe that the state’s entire economy is solely based on oil is not only idiotic & uneducated but also pompous. While you and your ilk are trying to discredit our economy we have steadily prospered while most states collapsed under this last economic downturn. Our unemployment numbers are lower than the that of the nation average and while you are puffing your chest at how great we aren’t Texas has recruited at least 60 companies to move their headquarters from whatever economic train wreck of a state they currently reside (mostly from Cali & New York) and now call Texas their home. Over 30% of our industry actually comes from software. Education, real estate & healthcare still make up a bigger piece of the pie than oil.
        Maybe if you took some time and stopped reading garbage that people like the author of this rag write and actually develop your own opinion you’ll be surprised.
        (PS I won’t hold my breath)

      • Maureen

        New york’s schools rank in the top ten. Their kids can read. And California is making great strides in overall recovery.

      • Abe

        Ahh but you have mistaken my lack of caring for being ignorant. Y’all can sit here and quote studies and polls and whatever else you feel like quoting and none of it means a thing.

        The true facts are this…. no matter who is elected into any office above secretary for head crossing guard for schools, they’re all going to screw it up in one way, shape, form or fashion. The higher up the bigger the screw ups. The bigger the screw ups the less people do about it. Point in case…. Eric lost how many guns to the border jumpers down south? Where did that end up? Isnt that illegal too? Nothing happened. Now let a man carry his personal rifle around in the woods for snakes and a cop sees it and end result its confiscated and the man put in jail over something that should have never been questioned to begin with citing texas chl 16. The community came together, the NRA put in their 2 cents, all over the news and crap when the guy went to the judge. Doesn’t matter…. the elected officials will never get it right. Never have.

        You may ask if I dont care why jump in. Thats simple. A few of you spoke of unity and empathizing with your fellow man but look at you. Yall are all talking shit to each other and to those of us here in Texas under the general agreement that texas and its leaders are crap and dont know what they’re doing. Which brings me to fact number 2. Its fine and lovely to talk about empathy for each other and point out character flaws of a man defending his state when you’re the one looking down from the outside in. However it is a fact that lets say shit hit the fan right now society shut down, 2 things will happen. First is all you tree huggers that are hanging onto your fellow tree huggers not knowing what to do arent going to be putting up much resistance and will be the first to die. Second is Texas has the largest number of firearms of any state as well as the largest number of conceal weapons holders. We are gonna hang in there a while longer. So while I may not believe in the useless bickering of hypocrisy I would much rather fight beside someone who is going to fight to stay alive rather than someone who just wants to point fingers and tell everyone what they’re doing wrong.

  • Nancy

    People with no feeling for beings beyond themselves should, at least, be motivated by enlightened self-interest. Current Republicans have lost this concept and seem willing to dig their and our graves, before giving a thought to anything that, seemingly, doesn’t directly affect them.

    • LMB

      It’s so true. Lack of empathy is ruining this country. They (conservatives) want everyone to fend for themselves and think that is the best method, but in reality, countries where citizens and their government help each other are the ones doing well and advancing past the good ole USA. It’s a shame too, because the amount of money this country has could do a lot of good and we could be the best in the world again.

      • Nancy

        I know. With what we have right now, we could be great. Instead, we are ruining ourselves.

      • Abe

        Then maybe we should tell all those countries that care so much about their citizens and have such a great relationship with their people that its time they start fighting for their people and shipping some war money back to us. If we can stop being the world police to all these empathetic countries you speak of….. wait for it….. the government and the US wouldn’t be so broke.

      • LMB

        What countries do you think I’m talking about? The USA isn’t broke. Your republican politicians just have their priorities very very wrong.

      • benC

        Abe The U.S. wanted to play world policeman when nobody ask them to,The U.S. pays for it.Stop Whining over your country`s bad choices by blaming others.

      • Matt

        Ok so we are obviously dealing with some one from outside of the US but who is an expert on our country! Got it.
        Well BEN let me enlighten you with a little American History lesson….. in the 1900’s there was this thing called World War I and the European Nations of England and France , who built an alliance with Russia, asked for our help. Then in World War II they asked for it again! So actually yes, we have been asked on several occasion to be world police. Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, South Korea, Vietnam. The list kinda stretches on and on.

      • Matt

        I know right…. look at China! They are advancing well past us with all their “terrific” communist ideas and socialist market place. You don’t have to worry about finding a job they just give you one…and human rights, if you have time to think about those than you have too much time on your hands and need to put it to work for the betterment of the state

    • DavidD

      So many people here do not vote and the 23% that do are split about 65%GOP to 35% Democrat.
      That leaves a GOP electorate in it’s teens population wise.
      Most of these people’s ties to reality were tenous in the best of times but with Fox news dominating their very lives the politicans can say the stupidness most godawful nonsense and it really doesn’t matter anymore.
      Reality and truth don’t matter anymore because they are not necessary any more in the political process.

      • Nancy

        Also, I know seemingly decent, sensible, older, people, who have always identified as Republican. They are incapable of seeing that the current GOP has changed and they continually vote against their own and all citizen’s interests.

      • DavidD

        I guess when the whole corrupt ediface collapses and the feds have Dan Patrick cornered up in the Danny bunker is when they will take notice.
        They will just say “We didn’t know.” and “You can’t hold us to blame.” like a lot of people say when once popular mass delusion’s obvious contradictions work out.

  • Pipercat

    Where’s Texas going to turn you ask? Bonds!!

  • Dr. Dee

    Wait a couple decades for the effects of climate change to become more prominent. Texas and the SW won’t do so well when water supplies are severely rationed.

  • Travis Hamilton

    Texas is an intellectual and moral desert outside of Houston and Austin. Indeed, Texas probably would be eligible for third-world foreign aid from the World Bank if not for the federal military bases, cost-plus defense contracts, university subsidies and federal money that built the state’s highways, farm to market roads, airports, gulf ports, and even all except one of its fresh water reservoirs.

    Bragging about corporations, most of whom moved from their birthplaces in the North to South for low-wage and low-skilled non-union labor, weak regulations, and cheaply bought state and local governments, is not only ignorant but very amusing.

    Texas is a Taker, never a giver. The Southern red states may be the most parasitic “welfare queens” in the history of the planet.

    • Abe

      You’re an idiot and I didnt even finish the first sentence

    • Matt

      Jesus… I bet you have people following you around all day reminding you to breath b/c obviously basic human functions like thinking are so far out of your grasp!

  • RabidVT

    How’s the drought going? When was the last time it rained in Texas? I understand that California is also in the midst of a drought but I don’t remember seeing large groups of people in California standing in a giant prayer circle begging Jesus for water. Did it work?

    • Abe

      Been raining close to a month straight. Thank you for your concern in our water table. Means a lot. Im gonna guess whatever prayer circle you’re talking about is gonna say yes it did. I’ll try to get you the memo

  • BobJThompson

    The plan is to push for US exports of oil again. Tax cuts and deregulation are just short term shots in the arm for an economy. They work for a few years then they need more. If they get cuts and deregulation then all the funds a government needs comes from the poor.

  • Gabriel Ismael

    States that don’t have our natural resources but do provide better health coverage, transportation and education, do so by raising taxes. Its that simple. Raise taxes as gas prices plumeth. That or be faced with a poor state.

  • James Sweitzer

    And I bet all of those illegal aliens that the Dems let in are NO burden on the State at all.

  • Simeon Namore

    Perry is a drunken imbecile who couldn’t think his way out of a paper sack. Maybe he’ll team up with Boehner and they can run together on the sh_t-faced ticket.

    • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

      that would be “speshul”…………………. and may I add: I don’t know ANY repub at this point who wouldn’t be destroyed by sanders or Hillary in a debate

  • Outtanames999

    Well it seems manipulating oil prices down kills a couple of problem birds with one stone: Putin and Perry.