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Just Because California Is Terrible, that Doesn’t Mean Texas Is Perfect.

jmonaco Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 10:48 AM
The biggest contributors to Texas' state and local debt seems to be "education bonds" and "economic development". Citizens are zombie-like when government school boards request bonds to build, upgrade, or maintain (new) facilities "for the children". In my county, I have yet to see a bond fail in 30 years. The state education agency's interference with local boards has grown bureaucracy. Standardized testing is a disaster - students are being taught to "take tests" not master curriculum. Textbook content reflects surrender to a perceived ADD epidemic. No school choice has wastefully driven up spending with no positive effect. Government should not build athletic stadiums & racetracks for "economic development", but even Texans allow it.
talltexanoilfieldtrash Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 6:25 PM
That is all part of the Lib government in DC pushing garbage out to the states and making them suffer if they resist. We need to take edcation back from DC and return to "reading, writing, and arithmatic" like the old song goes.

Texas is in much better shape than California. Taxes are lower, in part because Texas has no state income tax.

No wonder the Lone Star State is growing faster and creating more jobs.

And the gap will soon get even wider since California voters recently decided to drive away more productive people by raising top tax rates.

But a key challenge for all governments is controlling the size and cost of bureaucracies.

Government employees are probably overpaid in both...

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