April 7, 2013

WHERE WAS HE WHEN GOVERNOR PERRY WAS TANKING?:

How Texas Became Texas and Why It Matters (BRYAN BURROUGH, 4/07/13, NY Times)

AS a Texas-raised journalist, I can tell you two things with confidence about my native state. One, its economy has been humming nicely for years. Two, this appears to greatly offend a certain breed of Northern writer, several of whom have descended on the state in an attempt to rebut stories of a "Texas miracle." Their reports, Erica Grieder writes, have contributed to "a widespread impression that Texas is corrupt, callous, racist, theocratic, stupid, belligerent, and most of all, dangerous."

This is nothing new, as most any Texan will tell you. But Ms. Grieder, a onetime correspondent for The Economist who now works at Texas Monthly, and a Texan herself, has written a smart little book that counters much of this silliness, and explains why the Texas economy is thriving. It's called "Big, Hot, Cheap and Right: What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas" (PublicAffairs, $26.99). The sad truth, alas, is that it's probably a lot easier to understand the successes of Texas than it would be to duplicate them.

What might be copied, Ms. Grieder indicates, is the so-called Texas model -- that is, a weak state government with few taxes and fewer regulations and services. 

Posted by at April 7, 2013 1:03 PM
  

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