God Bless Texas

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Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. I’ve spent a lot of time right here at PersonalLiberty.com as a prosecutor laying out the indictment of Barack Obama. But now it’s time to see the glass as half full. It’s time to light the way to prosperity. Now I’m going to paint a picture of how a country should be run. That example is the great State of Texas. If you want to see how a country should be run; if you’re interested in seeing your citizens succeed; and if you’re interested in creating opportunity, mobility and the pursuit of happiness, all you need to do is look at Texas.

Facts don’t lie. It seems like everyone is moving to Texas, the land of “Wild West Cowboy Capitalism” –especially residents of high tax-and-spend States like California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Illinois and Michigan. From 2000 to 2010, a staggering 3.4 million people moved out of New York, resulting in a net loss of 1.3 million residents. California was a close second with a net population loss of 1.2 million during the same decade.

During that same time, Texas led the Nation in net population growth. A remarkable 551,914 new Texans came from one State: California. They brought with them $14.3 billion in income. In just one year (from 2009 to 2010), 48,877 Californians moved to Texas, bringing with them $1.2 billion. But even that paled against the almost $1 trillion in assets and income that relocated New Yorkers brought to the Lone Star State. Wow!

So why is everyone running for their lives from New York and California? And why are so many of them heading to Texas? The answers are taxes, regulations and quality of life — in other words, government interference in their lives or, in the case of Texas, minimal interference. It’s no coincidence that New York has ranked first or second in the Nation for tax burden every year since 1977.

In addition to State income, property and sales taxes, New York has a whopping 49 cents per gallon gas tax and the highest estate and gift taxes in the Nation. After grabbing more of your money than any State while you’re alive, New York also steals more of your money after you’re dead — with estate taxes. I should know; I left New York 25 years ago and never looked back.

But California couldn’t stand to be No. 2. Those Hollywood socialists are so competitive. Not to be outdone by New York, last November, California passed the highest State income taxes in America. You can almost hear the liberals shouting: “We’re No. 1!” Yes, the State is No. 1 in taxes, but it’s also No. 1 in people running for the exit — especially high-income earners and high-net-worth individuals. Be careful what you wish for.

California not only leads the Nation in taxes, it is also the worst State for excessive rules and regulations. It’s no wonder so many people are escaping California. I should know; I left California, too.

Lest you think this is some kind of fluke or that taxes are not the determining factor in this “escape from New York and California,” it isn’t just Texas that is gaining all these fleeing residents. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that all of the top 15 States for population growth during the past decade are no-tax or low-tax States. And since the 2010 census, Texas dominates the list for fastest-growing cities, with eight of the top 15. Remarkable.

It seems Americans are smarter than politicians give them credit for. They are voting with their feet for lower taxes, pro-business attitude and more economic freedom.

Because no State in the union has a better economy, let’s look “up close and personal” at the Texas miracle. What exactly is “Wild West Cowboy Capitalism” and why does it work?

Texas has zero State income tax, zero capital gains tax and zero death tax. It is a “right to work” State where employees may choose to join a union, but are never forced. It is a pro-business and anti-lawyer State, passing both landmark medical lawsuit reform and America’s first “loser pays” lawsuit reform. The results of the medical reforms? Lawsuits dropped by 70 percent. Twenty-five thousand doctors moved to Texas. Medical liability insurance rates dropped by as much as 50 percent. Texas is also one of the most difficult States in which to file class action lawsuits.

Quite simply, Texas treats businesspeople and taxpayers nicely. The State offers more business incentives ($19 billion) than any other State.

On the other hand, Texas is tightfisted with taxpayer money. They pay the least generous welfare and entitlement benefits. California is the exact opposite. They are the welfare capital of America. California has one-third of the Nation’s welfare recipients. Why? Because California pays the most generous welfare benefits in the Nation: $179 per citizen compared to $32 per citizen in Texas.

Texas is also tightfisted with its government employees. California government employees are paid 25.2 percent more on average than State employees in Texas. California has the highest-paid teachers in America, while Texas pays its teachers far less. Yet the high school graduation rate is higher in Texas than California. Texas runs its government far more efficiently.

Texas has a balanced budget amendment. By contrast, California owes an astounding $167 billion. The result is people with high incomes, assets and ambition are moving into Texas, while those who lack work ethic and feel entitled to handouts are moving out. Good luck to New York and California. We’ll see you in bankruptcy court.

One of the ways this has been made possible is that the Texas State constitution limits the time politicians can meet to 90 days every other year. That explains everything. Texas, like my adopted home state of Nevada, has low taxes and the fastest growing population because politicians aren’t allowed to sit in their seats all year long thinking of new ways to redistribute income, impede business and destroy jobs.

Just look at the remarkable results of favoring hard-working business owners and job-creators over entitlement addicts and lawyers. The annual Texas economy has passed $1 trillion, accounting for 8.3 percent of the entire U.S. economy. It is second largest in America and 14th largest in the world — equivalent to Russia.

How about jobs? Feast your eyes on these statistics: Since 2007, one-third of all jobs in America were created in Texas; and in the past decade, more jobs were created in Texas than in the other 49 States combined. Texas is where three out of every five jobs created in America since 2007 were created.

Even more amazing is the kind of jobs Texas has been creating. They have created the most private-sector jobs in the Nation and eliminated government jobs — the kind that cost taxpayers big money.

According to CNN/Money, Texas for the first time has more Fortune 500 headquarters than New York. Texas is also home to six of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies.

At the same time, Texas displaced New York as the second largest economy in this country. Texas’ economy had the most explosive growth in all of America for the past 50 years, while California’s economy has been among the worst.

Texas’ fiscal condition is sound. California, New York, Illinois and all these other high tax-and-spend States careen from crisis to crisis, always on the verge of bankruptcy. Business flourishes. Here’s an example why. California-based CKE Restaurants has more than 3,000 restaurants, including Carl’s Jr. and Hardees. Its president, quoted in The Wall Street Journal, called his home State of California business-unfriendly and noted that opening a restaurant in California takes two years and costs $200,000 more than opening one in Texas, where it takes only six weeks. Is it a surprise that CKE has stopped opening new restaurants in California, but plans to open 300 in Texas? Chevron must have gotten the same memo. It recently announced it is moving 800 high-paying employees (one quarter of its workforce) from California to Houston.

Still unconvinced? Ask the CEOs of America. In Chief Executive magazine’s annual poll (the one that ranked California dead last in America for business for eight consecutive years), Texas has been ranked No. 1 for those same eight straight years. And CNBC just ranked Texas as the top State in America for business for 2012 — the third time it’s been ranked No. 1 in six years.

Texas recently passed its 2013 budget. Texas cut taxes and spending, and it wound up with a record-setting $8 billion budget surplus. Congratulations to Governor Rick Perry.

Now you know why all my exes live in Texas. I’ll bet all your ex-business partners and ex-friends do, too. Now you know how to save America. Just follow Texas; it’s that simple. Now you understand that businesses, as well as people, choose States that treat them better, give them more economic freedom and allow them to keep more of their own money. Imagine that?

The results of smaller government, restrained politicians and lower taxes is dramatically increased wealth, job creation and citizens with a higher quality of life. God bless Texas. The solution to saving America is to do the opposite of everything Obama does. Texas proves it works.

By the way, my Texas friends want everyone to know: “Come on down, ya’ll are welcome. Just leave your socialist politics at home.” I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you next week. Same time, same place. God bless America.

Wayne Allyn Root

Wayne Allyn Root is one of America's leading Libertarian-conservative authors. Wayne's new book is The Murder of the Middle ClassWayne is a Capitalist Evangelist, serial entrepreneur, conservative media commentator, and proud champion of the middle class. He is a former Libertarian vice presidential nominee and Fox News regular. Follow Wayne on Twitter and visit Wayne's web site: www.ROOTforAmerica.com

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  • peter

    What are you doing in Nevada Wayne? Just curious.

    • Alex

      He will never leave—he has a “star” on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame, right between Bugsy Siegel and Carrot Top, on the sidewalk outside Teabag KKKween Sharon Angle’s Liquor & Handgun Emporium….

      • Don 2

        Founded in 1866, the Ku Klux Klan(KKK) was a vehicle for Democrat white southern resistance to the Republican Party’s Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for blacks.

        • http://batman-news.com samurai

          True that! True that! Keep up the good fight fellow patriot. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
          You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.

        • Chester

          Sounds good until you realize that Lincoln would make a better Democrat than Republican nowadays. Seems the two parties have pretty much switched places over the last hundred plus years. The “good old boys” who formed up the KKK would be right at home with today’s Tea Party players.

          • Don 2

            Chester, here is why you are an ignorant low-information voter:

            Tea Party Platform

            Eliminate Excessive Taxes
            Eliminate the National Debt
            Eliminate Deficits Spending
            Protect Free Markets
            Abide by the Constitution of the U.S.
            Promote Civic Responsibility
            Reduce the Overall Size of Government
            Believe in the People
            Avoid the Pitfalls of Politics
            Maintain Local Independence

            http://www.teaparty-platform.com/

          • Chester

            As a loyal Tea Party member, you certainly have the platform memorized. First thing, do away with all rules and regulations on business the feds ever put in place. Second thing, do away with all support for anyone who can’t, for whatever reason, afford to pay more for everything than you do. IN other words, do away with all welfare programs and reinstitute poor houses and poor farms, where those who are broke can work for the county and, maybe, get enough to eat and a half decent bed to sleep in. Oh, yes! Do away with social security, medicare, and medicaid, as those people who failed to plan far enough in advance deserve NO help from you.

          • Don 2

            Chester, you are showing off your ignorance again. First, I am not a member of the tea party. Second, none of your idiotic ranting is in the Tea Party Platform.

          • Chester

            Sir, if you are NOT a Tea Party member, you certainly have the language down pat. Granted, what I stated probably isn’t in any publicly acknowledged Tea Party agenda, but very few will deny every point I hit on is one of their big wishes.

          • Don 2

            Chester, every point that you hit on is a fictitious lie that you made up, and cannot back up with factual information.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            If we did those things, Chester, our economy would be so robust that people like you would have a comfortable living and retirement. And we would be a much happier society with little racial strife, because the Leaders wouldn’t be able to use the minorities as pawns to satisfy their Lust for Power.
            Medical care would be less than 1/4 the cost it is now, and so would everything else be.

          • Don 2

            Chester, here is why you are an ignorant low-information voter:

            Tea Party Platform

            Eliminate Excessive Taxes
            Eliminate the National Debt
            Eliminate Deficits Spending
            Protect Free Markets
            Abide by the Constitution of the U.S.
            Promote Civic Responsibility
            Reduce the Overall Size of Government
            Believe in the People
            Avoid the Pitfalls of Politics
            Maintain Local Independence

            http://www.teaparty-platform.com/

          • Bill

            Chester the molester
            What a dumb comment. Explain how the tea party is similar to a racist organization. Is it because fiscal responsibility will not give enough freebies to the selected few?
            And John Kennedy would have made a better republican than democrat

          • Chester

            Bill the Shill, you really can’t see the similarity between the triple K and the Tea Party? Has nothing to do with racism, and a whole lot to do with “My way or the highway” thinking. That kind of thinking is how and why the Tea Party has stopped congress dead in its tracks for the last four years, and was how the triple K managed to keep the “carpetbaggers” from changing the South. No argument some of the carpetbaggers went south with the sole intention of making as much money as they could and running back north, but a large number of them went there to try to help everyone, not JUST the rich white element.

          • Bill

            Chester,
            You seem to be on two different pages. If you have drive and you want to better yourself, why are you whining about what some politician or political party has done or not done.
            It is up to you and has nothing to do with your race, gender or any other label that is used to limit yourself.
            Stop thinking about the news and start creating your own reality

          • Chester

            Sir, I am in a position where POLITICS has decided what MY reality is. In fact, I am doing a bit better than some who push the politicians would have me doing, in that I am still alive and walking around a more or less free man. I have been told several times that a place would love to have me work for them, but politics and insurance fears prevent them from allowing me, and others like me, to work there. I don’t have the financial backing to go out and start up a brand new business, and am a bit too far out of practice to pursue what trades I used to work in. Even then, I am very restricted on where I could work, and have no comebacks, legally, at least, if someone tells me to take a hike, as they don’t want my kind around. Now if that isn’t someone else setting rules I MUST live by, and limiting what I can do, I don’t know what else to call it. Seems that that bugaboo of the right wing, the ACLU, has declared me to be a member of an unprotected minority.

          • Bill

            Sounds to me like you are limiting yourself. “I can’t get ahead because they won’t let me”. “I can’t get ahead because I am a (pick one) and the white people won’t let me”.
            What a cop out. I don’t have any sympathy for whiners. I only help people that are willing to help themselves. Why don’t you go sit in a corner and cry.
            We have nothing further to discuss

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Are you talking about age discrimination, Chester?

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            They are both just different sides of the same Progressive Coin.
            For Individual Liberty, Personal Responsibility, Limited Government, Free Markets, and the PEACE that ensues from those principles — Vote Libertarian!
            http://www.lp.org/

        • Dave

          And after the 1960’s, the Southern democrats moved to the GOP which is where the white racists in the south are today.

          • Don 2

            I guess that would explain why black Americans like Michael Steele, Tim Scott, Allen West, Hermain Cain Clarence Thomas, Condoleezza Rice, Alan Keyes, 50 Cent, and Alveda King, to name just a few, joined the Republican Party. They all wanted to join a party of white racists, right Dave? You have more spin than brains.

  • marcus johannes

    Great article , I have been saying this for years , I was born in Mexifornia and now live in Mexizona , I could not possibly move back or live in Mexifornia ,The only People that can afford to live there these days are Filthy Rich Liberals and illega aliens , I recommend that Comrade Chairman Obama retire in Mexifornia ,He would definately fit right in , Filthy Rich Liberal and illegal alien ,Let us not forget Communist Muslim ,But that is another story folks ,Hello & Greetings from Arizona to the NSA and DHS

    • Alex

      So go then, and move to Texass, or Mexass as you prefer. You will fit rigt in with the other Teabaggers…

      • http://batman-news.com samurai

        Argument to ridicule. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
        You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot. This leave you out.

      • Don 2

        Tea Party Platform

        1. Eliminate Excessive Taxes
        2. Eliminate the National Debt
        3. Eliminate Deficit Spending
        4. Protect Free Markets
        5. Abide by the Constitution of the U.S.
        6. Promote Civic Responsibility
        7. Reduce the Overall Size of Government
        8. Believe in the People
        9. Avoid the Pitfalls of Politics
        10. Maintain Local Independence

        http://www.teaparty-platform.com/

        • Bill

          Don2
          I am with you, brother. The above list are things the liberals/socialists will never do. That is why they make up stories and try to demonize the tea party

        • nc

          Dan 2. if that is their steadfast platform why is there so much confusion about who should lead their group?
          Believe in the people? Even those women (people) who believe they know best what is best for them???
          Eliminate the national debt(?) Like Reagan and daddy’s boy bush. Would you believe a Tea Party candidate who told you he or she (as in Michele Bachmann) could eliminate the national debt????? really??
          Eliminate excessive taxes? to eliminate the national debt? Wasn’t that the promise of the Heritage Foundation to Americans and Congress what would happen if bush was allowed to decrease “excessive) taxes? He did “reduce taxes” AND THE RESULTS WERE??
          HOW CLOSE IS THE TEA PARTY WITH THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION???? IS THAT THE ADVICE THEY WILL USE??
          Abide by the Constitution(?) Whose interpretation?? Michele Bachmann”s or the one that gave us Roe v Wade? Let me guess! Michele Bachmann’s!!! Right???
          There you have it America! The Tea Party at it’s very best!

          • Don 2

            There you have it America! Another non-factual, baseless rant from nc. When liberals cannot make a logical argument, they resort to gibberish.

        • KG

          Tea Party Members

          1 Klansmen and women
          2 Conservative Republicans
          3 Nazi Sympathizers
          4 Anti-government Militia types
          5 members of the John Birch Society
          6 Former Military men who want a military dictator
          7 sunshine ‘patriots’
          8 Benedict Arnold types (royalist or torries)
          9 police who fear minorities
          10Flag wavers

          • Nadzieja Batki

            Typical Americans but no obvious Dems/Progs/Leftists/Marxists who could not join for obvious reasons.

          • Don 2

            No freedom hating Muslims KG?

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          Don 2 says — “4. Protect Free Markets”.
          First we have to implement them, Don.

          • Don 2

            It’s a platform(with goals) Dave. You could say the same about all 10.

      • marcus johannes

        Alex , I hope you realise that Liberalism is a Mental Disorder ?? I also did not mention I had a desire to move to Texas , And by the way ?? What is a Teabagger ?? You may wan`t to consider putting down your Crack Pipe and that Glass of Obama Kool Aid and the Video Game Controller , Liberalism -Parasites and Moochers Electing Thieves and Looters to Steal from Workers and Producers , It is apparent you are a Liberal DimRat ,But which are you a Parasite or a Moocher ???

  • Alex

    You get to breathe lots of poison in Texass, but money is much more important than quality of life for speculators like Wayne Newton Root….

    • TexasOlTimer

      Excuse me? I’m a life long Texan and have lived in or been in all parts of our state – and our air is as clean if not cleaner than in other states. I’ve been in a lot of them as well so I’ve something to compare it to.

    • http://batman-news.com samurai

      I beg your pardon. Have you ever lived in Texas? Sook Young and I were stationed at Fort Hood for 3 years and we liked it. The people there were friendly, helpful, and always willing to tell us anything about Texas. They had a good Korean community there and Sook Young had many friends, plus I was able to catch my first ever rodeo. I have an uncle who lives in Victoria, Texas and he also likes the state. The only thing I had to tolerate was the oppressive heat and dodging tornadoes in the summer. Texas BBQ is the best. Here is some news about Obama bin Laden possibly having 3 sons.
      http://www.theblacksphere.net/2013/08/breaking-obama-has-3-more-sons/
      FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
      You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot. This leaves you out.
      “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
      Ronald Reagan
      40th President of the U. S.

      • triplet granny

        Victoria is a nice little town. I was raised there.

        • http://batman-news.com samurai

          I liked it too, but I couldn’t stand the summer heat. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
          You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      TX will be happy and breathing less foul air because you won’t be moving there.

  • Alex

    The few times Eye have scene Wayne Newton Root on television, he is getting his hat handed to him by much smarter people….

  • Alex

    Eye never saw Wayne Newton Root at Columbia. Ever. He is probably lying about attending….

    • Bill

      Alex,
      It was because he was too busy studying and trying to complete his education. Unlike you, who wanted to make a career out of being a student and living off of mommy and daddy

    • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

      You confused Wayne with barry.

  • Cinquetta38

    The word is that Rick Perry will not seek another term as Governor of Texas. Maybe we overlooked him in the previous Presidential election. Maybe he is worthy of another look.

    • Txblackjack

      Rick Perry has the most experience governing a Republic. Gov Perry was labeled another cowboy from Texas (like Pres Bush). He is a true conservative, a good honorable man. He is not a RINO, he is not part of the GOP (Grand Old Progressives).

  • FreedomFighter

    GOTTA LOVE TEXAS WISDOM !

    Rattlesnake Logic

    After the Boston bombing the news media has spent days and weeks trying to determine why these men did what they did. They want to know what America did to make these brothers so angry with us. They want to know why these men were not arrested before they did something so terrible. The media is in a tizzy about this new era of home grown radicals, and about why they could live among us and still hate us.
    A friend of mine from Texas explained it all to me:

    “Here in west Texas I have rattlesnakes on my place, living among us. I have killed a rattlesnake on the front porch. I have killed a rattlesnake on the back porch. I have killed rattlesnakes in the barn, in the shop and on the driveway. In fact, I kill every rattlesnake I encounter. I kill rattlesnakes because I know a
    rattlesnake will bite me and inject me with poison. I don’t stop to wonder why a rattlesnake will bite me; I know: It will bite me because it’s a rattlesnake and that’s what rattle- snakes do. I don’t try to reason with a rattlesnake.I just kill
    it.

    I don’t try to get to know the rattlesnake better so I can find a way to live with the rattlesnakes and convince them not to bite me.I just kill them. I don’t quiz a rattlesnake to see it I can find out where the other snakes are, because (a) it won’t tell me, and (b) I already know they live on my place. So, I just kill the rattlesnake and move on to the next one.

    I don’t look for ways I might be able to change the rattlesnake to a non-poisonous rat snake…I just kill it. Oh, and on occasion, I accidentally kill a rat snake because I thought it was a rattlesnake at the time. Also, I know, for every rattlesnake I kill, two more are lurking out there in the brush. In my lifetime I will never be able to rid my place of rattlesnakes. Do I fear them? No!

    Do I respect what they can do to me? Yes! And because of that respect I give them the fair justice they deserve…I kill them….”Maybe as a country we should start giving more thought to the fact that these jihadists’ are just like rattlesnakes, and act accordingly!

    “I live this country, it’s the damn government I’m afraid of”
    ===A Texas Email
    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

    • violet angel

      Great analogy!

    • Bill

      Great story, Freedom Fighter
      I have rattlesnakes on my property and I think the same way

  • TexasOlTimer

    Thanks for your article, Mr. Root. But…. y’all isn’t spelled ya’ll. It’s a contraction between ‘you’ and ‘all.’ Since the apostrophe takes the place of missing letters, it’s ‘y’all.’

    • triplet granny

      I’ve lived in Texas 68 years and always saw it written as ya’ll until the last few years when it became y’all. Go figure!

  • KG

    The shine that Mr Root wants to put on the lone star of Texas is not a bright as many would believe. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I relocated from California to Texas in 2008. Needless to say, It was like being on a different planet. While there is no income tax per se, Texas has a sales tax rate of 6.25%. And local governments can add 2% more to that. So most towns and cities pay an effective sales tax of 8.25% on EVERTHING you buy. That includes Food and Medicine (California doesn’t tax food and medicine). And the biggest ‘hidden’ tax in Texas is the local Property Taxes which are higher than they were in Los Angeles. Whats most interesting is the Austin Area. For a state that many claim to hate ‘Government’, there is an awful large amount of government in Texas. Texas has a multilateral law enforcement structure that dates back to the days of the Texas Republic. There is a police for the town, then there is something called a ‘Constable’ (who seems to spend the most time at bar b que restaurants). And there is the longest surviving terrorist organization in America – The Texas Rangers. And don’t forget the county Sheriffs. As well as the full police of the various Universities that were put there after the Whitman Tower shooting at UT in 1965. And that’s NOT including all of the Federal law enforcement (FBI, Marshals, etc)

    However, the most revealing part of Texas is the fact that Texas has the largest Minimal wage work force in the nation. The vast bulk of new Texas jobs in the last 5 years has been in fast food and retail – not your ‘great job’ category. And if you dare to drive anywhere off the main roads you will see some of the most pitiful living conditions in the country. Just a few kilometers from the fancy lakeside mansions on Lake Travis there are people living in houses built in the late 1800’s. You can drive along in the daytime and say ‘no body lives there’, but drive by at night, and you will see a light on or a TV flashing.

    Texas is a little like Southern California. There are two seasons – summer and February. However, since 2008, Texas has been in a terrible drought. The dry dirt farmers only grow the corn so they can grow cotton the next season. So huge fields of dried-up cornstalks are everywhere.

    But the best part of Texas is the beer. Shiner brewery produces the most fantastic mothers milk I have ever had! And if you want real BBQ, then you have to go to Lockhart, Texas. That’s where the Chisholm trail started. And the fishing is tremendous, as well as the White-tail Deer hunting. A city boy now has a collection of guns to hunt deer! Only in Texas! Or as they say in the Lord’s Prayer “…on earth as it is in Texas.”

    • triplet granny

      Food from the grocery store is not taxed, just fast food and restaurants. There is no tax on prescription medicine, maybe on some OTC drugs? The Whitman tower shooting was 1966, not 1965. Having worked in law enforcement for 35 years, I can agree that there is some duplication and overlap in the system but each layer serves a purpose. All states have city, county and state levels of law enforcement and for the most part, it defines their area of jurisdiction. Your complaints seem awfully nit-picky and you only like beer and guns.

      • KG

        quote: Having worked in law enforcement for 35 years, I can agree that there is some duplication….

        Why is a ‘greedy Government Worker with a lavish retirement’ even browsing on PLD?

        Some duplication? Texas is a virtual police state. It’s only to keep the Mexicans and Indians in their place. The white folks like to keep it traditional.

        • triplet granny

          Lavish retirement? Police state? Mexicans and Indians? What the hell are you talking about? On second thought, don’t try to explain. Finish your beer and go to bed.

          • http://batman-news.com samurai

            Hello granny. It is just good to ignore KG, for he is the sites communist. Keep up the good fight fellow patriot. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
            You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.

          • KG

            So where are those verses in the Bible where Jesus says he likes religious people – like yourself.

          • triplet granny

            Yeah, I decided to ignore him. I have better things to do than read his drivel.

          • Karolyn

            As I said in a previous statement, I see stories every day about Texas cops being out of control. Also, there is much info online about the Texas prisons, corruption and outrageous number of people incarcerated for minor offenses. Sounds like police state to me. Just because you have no personal experience with the problem does not mean it doesn’t exist. Wish I had links to some of the stories. If I find them, I will post.

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            First FIND and POST the links with the FACTS, and then you can DISTORT them as you please.

          • Karolyn

            You can see in another post where I did post a recent link. Unlike you, I do not have copious amounts of time to find links to educate people about all the ills of the police state. I do my share on FB. I also have other interests that keep me busy.

          • Karolyn

            Here’s the most recent I can find so far. It seems like these things are happening mostly in the west oddly enough – where people are supposed to be more free?

            http://www.policestateusa.com/2013/police-shoot-therapy-dog-as-they-raid-wrong-home-looking-for-man-with-expired-vehicle-registration/

          • TheOriginalDaveH
          • Bill

            Kg forgets to take his meds and then he posts his communist diatribe on this site. He does not know what it is like to work for a living, he wants someone else to support him

          • S.C.Murf

            Go get em Granny. Like kg said he HAD to move to Texas, seems the gay rights movement needed one more sodomite to fill their staff. You have a good day girl

            up the hill
            airborne

          • triplet granny

            I think his mama moved here so he had to follow.

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            No, he would not follow his mama. He followed his husband.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      cagey, If you don’t like TX don’t stay there.

    • wandamurline

      I can see where you would be in a different country coming from one of the most liberal progressive socialists states in the US. And, for your information, I have lived in Texas for 65 years….they do not charge sales tax on food or medicine….where you got that idea, I don’t know. Yes, we have law enforcement….city police, country sheriff, and DPS (state) officers….along with the Texas Rangers whose primary duty is to investigate certain crimes, etc. Maybe that is why we don’t have school shootings in Texas, and be aware that Texas is a state that permits concealed carry without having to beg for the right. Maybe you should return to your beloved California. Personally, I would like to give California back to Mexico.

    • Txblackjack

      Food is not taxed here in Texas. Snacks, candy, soft drinks, etc are.

  • native blood

    Texas is home to all those thousands of displaced Katrinites who never went back to Lousyana. Now they live off the generous welfare of the Lonestar taxpayers. Texas is a launchpad for northward bound Illegal alien invaders to find all those jobs Americans don’t want. You know, the jobs that don’t pay enough to pay the bills. If you are a tax refugee, It won’t do any good to move to Texas because the sales and property tax burden is very high in any community where welfare is given out to a large percentage of the population as in larger communities. Avoid Houston, like the plague.

    • Frank629

      BS YOU MUST BE A BLOOD.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Care to tell us where there is Utopian state all you Dems/Progs/Leftists would be happy to live in and bypass TX.
        Frank629, native blood may be telling the truth in a roundabout way.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Care to tell us where there is Utopian state all you Dems/Progs/Leftists would be happy to live in and bypass TX.
        Frank629, native blood may be telling the truth in a roundabout way.

    • wandamurline

      Yes, and if Texas could, they would deport the illegals that they caught….we have fought Obama on every turn on this and the EPA regulations…but the most important legislation that has been passed is the one that has outlawed abortion in the fifth month of pregnancy and also the abortion doctors must have admitting privileges at the local hospital and the abortions must be done in a surgical center….that way, if something goes wrong, the woman can have proper medical assistance. Due to this and the fact that Planned Parenthood fraudently charged Medicaid millions of dollars that they were found guilty of doing, a lot of the PP locations have closed. Good. Texas has its own Women’s Health Program.

    • wandamurline

      Yes, and if Texas could, they would deport the illegals that they caught….we have fought Obama on every turn on this and the EPA regulations…but the most important legislation that has been passed is the one that has outlawed abortion in the fifth month of pregnancy and also the abortion doctors must have admitting privileges at the local hospital and the abortions must be done in a surgical center….that way, if something goes wrong, the woman can have proper medical assistance. Due to this and the fact that Planned Parenthood fraudently charged Medicaid millions of dollars that they were found guilty of doing, a lot of the PP locations have closed. Good. Texas has its own Women’s Health Program.

  • Karolyn

    Fine if you want to live in abominable heat with out of control cops. I see stories online every day of cops in Texas trampling on peoples’ constitutional rights.
    I had a friend who moved from Jersey to outside Dallas. She felt like she was living in hell with the weather and the pretentious money-hungry people.

    • http://batman-news.com samurai

      Sook Young and I lived through that weather for 3 years, while I was stationed at Fort Hood. I understand what you mean by the weather. You talk about money hungry people, but don’t they live everywhere in this country? Here is an article about a good American show.
      http://www.clashdaily.com/2013/08/duck-dynasty-the-pro-god-guns-family-and-capitalism-reality-show-rules-the-ratings-roost/
      Here is something about the group that Obama bin Laden likes.
      http://www.joeforamerica.com/2013/08/the-million-muslim-mistake/
      FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
      You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.
      “Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God. We know not what prayer can do.”
      Charles Spurgeon

      • Karolyn

        You’re right. Dallas is just another superficial rich area. My friend grew up and lived her whole life in in rural NJ and could not get used to the superficiality of most of the people, as well as the well-to-do suburban housewife lifestyle.

        • violet angel

          One more thing to be grateful for – Karolyn doesn’t want to live in Texas – yea!!!!!

        • Nadzieja Batki

          You mean that Dallas expected its people to be productive and earn what they were paid.
          You are showing your envy and malice toward women who took pride and care of their homes and families. You couldn’t have this lifestyle so therefore no one should.

          • Karolyn

            Pride has nothing to do with greed and superficiality. They’re like the “Housewives of Beverly Hills.” (If there is such a show – I don’t watch them but have seen what they’re like. You read so much into what people post just because you do not agree with some of their beliefs and observations. If a conservative posted the same thing I did, you would not say a word.

        • ‘Barbara Messmer

          Just because your friend apparently didn’t know that Texas, along with a lot of areas of the world, gets hot during the summer, is no reason for her to say or think she was living in hell. As for the so-called “pretentious” and “superficial” that she found in most of the people, the answer is in “lived her whole life in RURAL NJ”. She would have found the same conditions in any large city, even in NJ.

          • Karolyn

            No – not in big cities in NJ (which it really doesn’t have), but there are some small towns that might be somewhat the same.

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          That’s funny, Karolyn, because Dallas is known for their high proportion of Liberal Progressives.

          • Txblackjack

            Amen. Austin is the other bastion for the rest of the Liberal Progressives.

    • wandamurline

      She could always return to the state from whence she came. Sure, there are a few rogue cops in Texas as there is anywhere, but if they do something wrong, they are dealt with… and where did you get money-hungry people? And, yes, in the summer, Texas is hot….just like Arizona, New Mexico, and Louisiana….but, wait, didn’t the northern states swelter this summer….we’ve had the nicest summer this year where our highes, except for one-uno-1 day of 100 degrees….it has been in the low 90’s most of the summer. But, I would not trade my hot summers for the high rise of snow in the winter any day of the week.

      • Karolyn

        She did move back. A few rogue cops, and they are dealt with? Not according to the story I posted. I live in SC, which is certainly not the best; however, I have not seen one story of cops busting into the wrong house and shooting people and pets. Sorry I can’t find the Texas stories, but they have been numerous. One of the good things ago FB – I get ALL the news all the time. My point is that everybody is always saying how free Texans are, but I am seeing more and more stories to the contrary, which is rather perplexing.

        • Vis Fac

          Wait a minute or two and you could witness first hand. Just because you never hear of “rogue cops” in your area doesn’t mean there aren’t any. And you never know when said abuse is suppressed by local authority. Small populations are less likely to have a video recording of abuse as larger metropolitan areas so consider this as well.

          The nature of law enforcement is to draw upon a pool of type A personalities those who are most likely to abuse power are selected to become LEOs it’s the preferred choice to have aggressive people doing the “dirty” work for the city, county, state, nation etc. Abuse under the color of authority is often swept under the rug and seldom prosecuted.

          Being naive is no excuse in fact being naive would be a good motivation to become more aware unless you believe ignorance is truly blissful.

          The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

          A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

          Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing
          we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

          Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
          contesting the vote.”

          Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est

          Semper-Fi

    • Vis Fac

      Out of control Cops are everywhere “trampling on people’s constitutional rights” If we were to listen to clowns like you we would be safe and secure living anywhere but Texas. You must be asleep 24/7 and not able to comprehend or face reality. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again; Facts to a liberal are those that are pulled out of thin air to swathe their ineptness on all things rational. Liberal one dimensional idiot-ology dictates they make things up as they go so they can blame others for their failures. Nothing is ever ODUMBO’s or the DUMBOCRITES fault right?
      So whenever they have trouble defending and/or nothing to substantiate their positions they simply fall back on the Federal Board for Blaming others. Then all their liberal inadequacies are soon to be forgotten

      Your friend must not have a well developed “constitution” and unable to adapt. Or have the sense to seek an air conditioned area. Sure it gets hot It gets hot everywhere at one time or the other. Soft people complain hardy people suck it up and move forward (not ODUMBO’S forward)

      The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

      A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

      Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

      Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

      Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!”
      shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est

      Semper-Fi

    • TML

      Texas can get pretty dang hot in the summer, that’s no doubt. The rest of the year is very nice though.

      Texas has its bad cops just like everywhere else; and quite frankly, those are the only cops you will hear about in news reports.

      Pretentious money-hungry people? ….Uh, try prideful entrepreneurs. Lots of pride and self-reliance minded people in this state, for sure. IT’s kind of like a warm blanket, lol

  • Progressives-R-cancer

    Texas also happens to be the ONLY state that could be truly independent of the rest of the US. It is the only state with its own entirely independent power grid, can supply all of its own oil and natural gas, and, if it had to, its own produce, poultry, cattle and fish commodities.

    • http://batman-news.com samurai

      It can also divide itself into 5 different states. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
      You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.

    • wandamurline

      Don’t forget our tourist programs, beaches, huge lakes, camping and fishing, mountains and plains….we got it all.

    • Dave

      LOL… yeah… I wish TX would secede… it will be hilarious to see them raise money for their military to protect them from Mexico or to have a wellfare system due to their massive wealth inequality in the state that they are quite proud of apparently. Hurricane hits? Love to see what Texas does then.
      Texas talks and talks… But when natual disaster strikes… Texas has their hand out to the Fed Gov just like anyone else… Just ask Rick “I want to abolish 3 Fed Gov Departments but I can’t remember” Perry.

      • Don 2

        Better yet, ask Barrack “I’ve been to 57 states, and I think I have one more to go” Obama. Sure he’s an American?

        • Dave

          He is more American than you are… Are you American NADS?

          • momo

            NADS is Dave’s football team, they always cheer GO NADS!

          • Don 2

            That makes sense how? I’m a Packers fan, so I should start referring to Dave as FudgeP*****?

          • Vis Fac

            Unfortunately DUMB DAVE has NO GO-NADS or brains for that matter. DD is pro gay where GO-NADS are a delicacy to be eaten. Then those with no GO-NADS become liberals unable to cope with reality. We all know it takes a considerable amount of GO-NADS to face reality!

            The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil
            is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

            A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

            Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing
            we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

            Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
            contesting the vote.”

            Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress
            is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est

            Semper-Fi

      • ‘Barbara Messmer

        Don’t know that his inability to remember all 3 is any worse than Obama claiming to have been in all 57 states. As far as expecting/requesting federal aid in response to natural disaster why shouldn’t they? JUst because there is no STATE income tax doesn’t exempt the citizens and corporations from paying FEDERAL income tax. Besides which our government aids even foreign countries with disasters. As far as the hilarity to be derived from watching them raise money for their military to protect them from Mexico, between the Texas Rangers (police, not ball team) and the other police forces that they are already paying for and the armed citizens it would probably be a lot easier than you think.

      • TheOriginalDaveH

        Do you have any evidence to support your “massive wealth inequality” claim, Dave?

        • Dave

          http://texaspolitics.laits.utexas.edu/12_3_0.html
          Sure thing, that coupled with the Atlantic article, it will give you a nice picture… But in Texas’s defense… its also happening country-wide.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            List of States by Gini Coefficient:
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_Gini_coefficient
            Notice that both California and New York have a higher coefficient than Texas does. Hmmm.
            Notice also that in Dave’s own linked article, it says — “The United States as a nation has a Gini Coefficient of around .47; this figure has been rising steadily since the 1980s.”.
            Rising since the 1980s? What else has been rising since the 1980s?
            1980 — Government Spending — $940 Billion
            2012 — Government Spending — $6447 Billion
            http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/spending_chart_1980_2013USb_13s1li011tcn_F1t
            Bigger Government leads to Bigger income inequality.
            Thanks, Dave, for your valuable assistance.

          • Dave

            Hmmmm
            I never said NY or CA was a utopia but here some facts that you conveniently left out… NY is the financial capital of this country and arguably the world… CA is the 7th largest economy in the world on its own. Its diverse and multi-faceted.
            Without Oil… TX is MS.
            Who is responsible for all that Gov spending DaveH? Reagan (Conservative), Bush 1 (Conservative), Clinton (Moderate democrat), Bush 2 (Conservative) and Obama (Moderate Democrat)
            But thanks for playing…

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            So you’re against Government Spending, Dave?
            You’re against local Governments spending money they don’t have?

          • Dave

            I am against waste as anyone should but I am not against Gov spending…
            I see the Boy Scot is chiming in with his mindless rants again.

          • Vis Fac

            Who is Boy Scot? You been hitting the bottle again?

            The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

            A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

            Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing
            we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

            Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
            contesting the vote.”

            Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est

            Semper-Fi

          • Dave

            Yawn…
            Get a new routine boy scout…

          • Vis Fac

            I welcome the Boy Scout label for a boy scout has character and is responsible all the traits a decent patriot possesses. You on the other hand are the antithesis so I expected nothing less from a cerebrally necrotic indolent liberal moron. You have nothing to offer as a rebuttal other than a yawn and a label. How progressive you are how progressive indeed!

            The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

            A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

            Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing
            we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

            Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
            contesting the vote.”

            Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est

            Semper-Fi

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Dave,
            How do you have so much time to comment on this board? I thought you were in International Technology or International Sales? Do you ever do any work?

          • Dave

            Yep, somebody has to help support our society… it sure isn’t you doing it.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Exactly how are you supporting our society by not doing your job, Shill Dave?

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Not mindless at all, Dave. I’m just pointing out that you are inconsistent in your comments. You’re bad-mouthing Texas for their debt, yet you champion Big Government. Make up your mind, Dave.

          • Dave

            Again, you are a liar… TX is no utopia is what I am saying… They have their issues as well. I champion smart Gov that is reponsive to people and you can lie all you wish about me because you are a broken record like that. Gov should act as a check against corp and union abuses and against civil rights violations… You don’t, you think corporations via the “free market” (that doesn’t exist) are moral and good… That is your theoretical world vs reality at work.
            I have been in all parts of this country and parts of TX are nice… North Dallas, Austin.. Some very nice places.. On the other hand so on the more rural counties are some of the poorest in the nation. El Paso is the arm pit of the nation and Houston is a cess pool.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Shill Dave says — “you think corporations via the “free market” (that doesn’t exist) are moral and good”.
            No Dave, I don’t think that. I just know that neither are the people who populate Big Government. The difference? Those in Government have assumed the Power of Force. Those in Business cannot.
            The Business people can only ply their immorality with the aid of immoral Government people.
            You’re a naive shill, Dave.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Then why were you asking who is responsible for the spending, Dave? If you think it’s good, you must like them.

          • Vis Fac

            NY might be is the financial capital but only of worthless “ODUMBO BUCKS” that is,The PRC is driving wealth and jobs away at an astonishing pace and at present might be the seventh largest economy however less than a decade ago it was the third largest economy at this pace it (PRC) will be lucky to have the economy of Bora-Bora. You Liberals’ idea of economy is how much can you get through tax to put in your pocket.

            Once again cranial rectitus induced hypoxia has created liberal economics . Facts to a liberal are those that are pulled out of thin air to swathe their ineptness on all things rational. Liberal one dimensional idiot-ology dictates they make things up as they go so they can blame others for their failures. Nothing is ever ODUMBO’s or the DUMBOCRITES fault right? So whenever you have trouble defending and/or nothing to substantiate your
            positions you simply fall back on the Federal Board for Blaming Bush.. Then all your liberal inadequacies are soon to be forgotten.

            The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil
            is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

            A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

            Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing
            we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

            Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
            contesting the vote.”

            Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est

            Semper-Fi

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Dave says — “Who is responsible for all that Gov spending DaveH?”.
            So you’re against Government Spending, Dave?

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            California has almost perfect geography for a robust economy. It has excellent weather. It is port-side for International Trade. It has an almost unrivaled recreation environment — Oceans, Mountains, Deserts. There is absolutely no excuse for California not having the most robust economy in the country. Yet, California has an unemployment rate of 8.7%. Only 6 states have a higher unemployment rate. And their Government owes over $400 Billion. If they can’t quit borrowing money, how can they ever hope to pay it off?

      • Txblackjack

        Texas has its own Military and Governor’s Emergency Management Program for natural disasters.

  • dan

    …too bad BP destroyed (safe )fishing industry with cor-exit (?)
    and Obamas destroyed electric industry with the EPA
    (and force the importation of electricity from unregulated Mexico)
    …and the drought (chem-trails weather modification?) is killing farmers and ranchers…and the alien invasion and drug cartels are taking a bite…

    I’m thinking God HELP Texas !

  • Shorty Stuff

    I didn’t realize we had an economy equal to Russia!! In that case, we should secede from the (un)United Socialist States of America and bring back the Republic of Texas. I imagine all the surrounding states would be more than happy to join our Republic :-)

    • wandamurline

      Great idea….live in Texas myself and am tired of this corrupt administration.

      • Dave
        • TheOriginalDaveH

          So you’re arguing for Less Government, Dave?

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          So you’re arguing for Less Government, Dave?

          • Dave

            I argue for smart, responsive Gov to the people they represent DaveH, you should know that by now.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            No Dave, you promote Big Government which has proven throughout history to be synonymous with corruption, Crony Capitalism, and waste of the people’s wealth.

          • Dave

            And once again, you are a liar.
            You support crony capitalism by not favoring big money out of the political process and wealth inequality that comes from the crony capitalists being able to buy policy.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Liar? What exactly did I say that was a lie, Dave?
            Crony Capitalism can only exist in a symbiotic relationship with Big Government. In Free Markets, the Government has no Power to benefit their Crony Capitalists. Regulations, subsidies, price controls, quotas, tariffs, and other protective devices, are used by Crony Politicians to benefit their Crony Capitalists at the rest of our expense. Those devices would not exist in Free Markets.
            For those who would like to investigate what Big Government does to a country’s wealth, see here:
            http://www.heritage.org/index/ranking
            and here:
            http://www.freetheworld.com/

          • Dave

            That I am for “big Gov” for one…

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Sure you are, Dave.
            From the horse’s mouth:
            http://personalliberty.com/2013/08/08/say-goodbye-to-the-u-s-economy/#comment-993300151
            But giving you the benefit of the doubt, Dave, and considering that Government spent only 5% of our GDP in 1900, and now spends over 40% of our GDP, tell the readers how much you think Government should spend now as a percentage of GDP.

            Funny, it’s been 2 hours now and all I hear is the hot air gushing from Dave’s balloon.

          • Dave

            Again, you are a liar… I promote Gov to do its job… You ant to see Gov abdicate its responsibilities in trade, environmental regs, worker conditions, civil rights etc etc etc…
            You are a true corpoartist.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            LOL. You can’t even spell it. What a numbnuts.

          • Dave

            Sorry DaveH, I am actually working at the same time and not living off retirement that the big nasty Gov help set up for you.
            You are a true Corporatist. How much do you get paid on the side? Is it better than a Walmart greeter? That is about all you are qualified for.

          • Dave

            Again, you are a liar… I promote Gov to do its job… You ant to see Gov abdicate its responsibilities in trade, environmental regs, worker conditions, civil rights etc etc etc…
            You are a true corpoartist.

        • Txblackjack

          Shows how ignorant you are, Lt Governor has more power than the Governor. Texas is the only true Republic and WE intend to keep it that way.

    • TheOriginalDaveH
    • Liberty Lover

      If Texas does manage to secede, that would tip the balance for me overwhelmingly and I’d be eager to relocate to a country that has values closer to mine.

  • Dave

    Texas has oil… that funds their state and due to state law the state cannot be in debt. So all that debt gets sent down to the municipalities…

    Texas is also the dirtiest state in the union.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/08/what-kinds-of-jobs-has-texas-created-under-rick-perry/244279/
    Take a look at what kind of jobs are being created… Texas is in a race to the bottom… Do you want to join?

    • red neck

      Texas has to be 100% better than that rock that you live under!

      • Dave

        You always hurt the ones you love right NADS?

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      Dave says — “Texas is also the dirtiest state in the union”.
      Care to share your source, Dave?”.
      According to this website, California has the top 4 regions in air pollution:
      http://www.buzzle.com/articles/air-pollution-statistics.html

      • Vis Fac

        TODH You shouldn’t ask DUMB DAVE to prove anything as he is unable. I’ve asked him several times and he only bails and avoids direct challenges.
        I doubt he could prove who he is much less prove what he claims is fact He just like to make noise because smart and informed people ignore him.
        He reminds me of the little kid that is alway the last pick in a sand lot game. Or a little chihuahua wanting to be like the big dogs. So he makes noise just to garner attention any attention even if it is negative he doesn’t care it’s attention.

        The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil
        is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

        A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

        Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials
        are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

        Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

        Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est

        Semper-Fi

        • Dave

          Recon is still angry his “free trade” and GOP support cost him his business.

          • Vis Fac

            Jim B is still stupid and can only retort with inane statements. Jim does not realize what drives the economy while driving his Asian knockoff auto. Jim B’s patriotism only goes as far as his wallet

            The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil
            is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

            A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

            Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing
            we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

            Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
            contesting the vote.”

            Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress
            is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est

            Semper-Fi

          • Dave

            Boy Scout,
            I am driving German currently… But in 2016, I may be drving American again with the Tesla Model X.
            But if you think that drving your Ford F-150 means you are driving an “American” car, you are a bigger idiot that I originally thought. Your pickup could be made 100% in a foriegn country. Or in the case of the F-150, something like 70% of it is made here.
            You drive a Honda Accord? Guess what? Its made in the USA… same thing with the VW Passat. I just came from a business trip and saw the plant in TN.
            Same ignorance from you… different day.

          • S.C.Murf

            and those are non union plants aren’t they davie, you big strong pro union man you. TIME to make that popping sound davie

            up the hill
            airborne

          • Vis Fac

            Once a hypocrite ALWAYS a hypocrite.

          • Dave

            And those companies due to the culture they come from have a duty to treat their workers well…Do you know how workers pay for HC, retirment in Germany, Japan? Thought not….
            Unlike here were it is every person for themselves…
            As I have said before, when unions are finally dead and the corporations are the only ones on Capital hill lobbying… You will be educated.
            Then that popping sound will be your head from being so dumb for so long. You and the boy scout claim to be military. As a military person, do you have greater success working as a team, or each person doing their own thing?
            Simple question for two simple people…

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Only ignorant Liberal Progressives think there is a Free Lunch. Every benefit given to workers by a company is paid for by somebody. Usually it is paid by the customers of those companies or by the taxpayers.
            What does make a difference is how efficiently the wealth is used by a country, and it’s been proven time and again that the wealth is best created in Free Markets, and most wastefully used in UnFree Markets (Socialism).
            Those people who would actually like to educate themselves should read this excellent book by Kal Kelly:
            http://library.mises.org/books/Kel%20Kelly/The%20Case%20for%20Legalizing%20Capitalism.pdf

          • Dave

            Again, you are a liar… Conservative states like AL, SC, AK, KY are all about the “free” lunch from the Fed Gov.
            Nowhere do I advocate a “free lunch” more of your lying propaganda DaveH

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            There’s a simple solution — Secession. Let’s separate the Most Progressive States from the Least Progressive States and see who comes out ahead:
            http://mises.org/daily/6344/Secession-A-Specifically-American-Principle

          • Dave

            Again, you are a liar… Conservative states like AL, SC, AK, KY are all about the “free” lunch from the Fed Gov.
            Nowhere do I advocate a “free lunch” more of your lying propaganda DaveH

          • Vis Fac

            Thank you for the compliment of Boy Scout in fact I am proud to say I attained Eagle scout. I have been raised to a higher standard that you I have character and do not shun responsibility. You however are obviously the antitheses.

            FYI The sticker inside the drivers door of my GMC says “Proudly Made in TEXAS” You like other liberals believe what you hear on the vidiot box TV ads lead you to believe that Honda Toyota or other Asian cars are “made in America when in fact they are merely ASSEMBLED here form IMPORTED parts what local parts are used are for the avoidance of paying import taxes. Again you drank Cool Aid. and are still dumb as a box of hammers. You s

            You might want to pull your head out and breathe some fresh air as hypoxia had taken it’s toll on you.

            The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

            A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

            Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing
            we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

            Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
            contesting the vote.”

            Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est

            Semper-Fi

          • http://personalliberty.com/ Bob Livingston

            Dear Force Recon,

            Only an evil statist would think he’s using a pejorative by “tarring” someone with a moniker tying him to an organization that teaches morals, responsibility and self-reliance. Unhinged Dave revealed a lot about himself there, did he not?

            Best wishes,
            Bob

          • Vis Fac

            Bob: Most definitely for this is what people have little or no character do. It’s almost like saying you’re a goody-goody and being good is somehow considered bad.

            Evil and depravity tend to use misdirection to attain credence. Actions speak the loudest the use of pejoratives is a vehicle for swathing inadequacy!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est

            Semper-Fi

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            We haven’t had Free Trade in this country, Dave, for at least the last 100 years, so how could it have cost Recon his job?

    • http://movingtotexas.net/ Moving To Texas

      “Texas is the dirtiest state in the union” – That’s a bold statement. Source?

      “Take a look at what kind of jobs are being created” – The Atlantic article you cited states that the four top industries for job creation in Texas are mining & logging, trade, transportation & utilities, professional & business services, and leisure & hospitality.

      Please explain to us ignorant Texas rednecks exactly how job creation in those areas is indicative of a “race to the bottom?”

      http://movingtotexas.net/

      • smilee

        Texas did create a lot of jobs, a very high number of low paying jobs which require the Fed Gov to pay a lot of earned income credits to them. Texas gets back $1.30 for each dollar Texans send to the federal government in taxes making them one of the biggest users of welfare tax dollars. Conservatives often call this socialism and if so then Texas must be very dependent on socialism.

        • Vis Fac

          Jim How many jobs in the entire nation created since 2008 have been of the high paying caliber you want to be created? Of these jobs how many in the productive “private sector” as opposed to the asset sapping non productive “government jobs”?

          How many people do you suppose have given up finding “Quality” employment and settled for part time or temporary positions?

          Government interference yes interference is the cause for most if not all of our economic woes. As a former business person I know what over taxation and over regulation does to a stagnate economy the only thing is you liberals cannot get over yourselves and your moronic policies to realize you are dead wrong, dead being the operative word for the description of our economy.

          How many “quality” and by quality I mean full time moderate to high paying jobs (not flipping burgers or stock room greeting) will be created under the present liberal policy? I’ll leave you to speculate for I know the answer

          I relocated my firm from the PRC (People’s Republic of Commiefornia) to a more business friendly climate and had no regrets, sans for those who couldn’t relocate with us. Those who were able knew we made the right decision.

          The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

          A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

          Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing
          we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

          Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
          contesting the vote.”

          Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress
          is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est

          Semper-Fi

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          The Federal Government has no business at all in the Welfare Business.
          Show us where in the Constitution is the Federal Government given the power to provide Welfare, Sleepee:
          http://www.cato.org/pubs/constitution/constitution_en.html
          Before you say the “Welfare Clause”, people should read Federalist #41 in which James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, explains that the “General Welfare” clause did not give the Federal Government any more Power than those enumerated below it:
          http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa41.htm

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          Sleepee says — “Texas gets back $1.30 for each dollar Texans send to the federal government in taxes making them one of the biggest users of welfare tax dollars”.
          Earlier Flashman said — “Texas sends in a dollar, gets 1.50 in federal monies”.
          This website says Texas receives $1.02 for every dollar sent to the Feds:
          http://taxfoundation.org/article/federal-taxes-paid-vs-federal-spending-received-state-1981-2005
          And that is why neither Smilee nor Flashman have credibility on this board.

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          Sleepee says — “Texas gets back $1.30 for each dollar Texans send to the federal government in taxes making them one of the biggest users of welfare tax dollars”.
          Earlier Flashman said — “Texas sends in a dollar, gets 1.50 in federal monies”.
          This website says Texas receives $1.02 for every dollar sent to the Feds:
          http://taxfoundation.org/article/federal-taxes-paid-vs-federal-spending-received-state-1981-2005
          And that is why neither Smilee nor Flashman have credibility on this board.

        • speedle

          This must be the moron hour. Smilee, are you aware that Texas refused the money offered by the feds for Medicaid expansion? Let me clue you in on something else. “Low paying” (minimum wage) jobs are “Gateways” to training and better jobs. They are not permanent career positions, buy they perform important economic services. You people that dont’ understand this are as dense as concrete.

    • gelliott

      Dave,

      I can’t agree with you about Texas being the dirtiest state. I’ve lived here most of my life and traveled to many other states. I think Texas is one of the cleanest states. Not the cleanest, but probably in the top 25%.

      I also can’t agree that job creation in the private sector is a bad thing, even if many of them are minimum wage jobs. I’d much rather see people working to try to carry their weight and lift themselves up than sitting back waiting for others to take care of them. Regardless, I know that the oil and gas industry hires many people in Texas and they pay very good wages with nice benefits. I also know that there are many entrepreneurs in this state that take little if any salary while they are working hard to get new companies off the ground. I think those are all good things for the state.

    • billybob

      Only in Utopia is everyone equal. Some people excel at making money, some people never understand the concept. Some folks are self reliant, others need assistance from the cradle to the grave. Not everyone is equal. Get use to it! Admittedly we did give a moron the office of the Presidency and he is turning this country into a great Socialist State. But that was done by those who never understood the concept of self reliance and making money.

      • Vis Fac

        Jim–You are forgetting one key factor regarding the concept of self reliance and making money. The liberal one dimensional idiot-ology perpetuated by liberal indoctrination camps masquerading as public schools. If more people instead of
        being self-absorbed, and actually took the time to investigate what is taught in these indoctrination camps they would realize students today are taught to be dependent on others and especially to trust government and that such attitude is acceptable.

        I was raised to recognize that this attitude is of the morally deficient who preys and leeches off others and therefore
        took it upon myself to instill high-quality values in all my children. I have yet to be embarrassed by any of my children’s actions, so I feel that I have done my job.

        The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

        A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

        Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

        Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

        Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est

        Semper-Fi

    • Dave
    • TheOriginalDaveH

      Dave says — “Texas has oil… that funds their state and due to state law the state cannot be in debt. So all that debt gets sent down to the municipalities”.
      Can you explain and support that conjecture, Dave?
      How does the State of Texas send their debt down to the municipalities?
      I proclaim your statement to be BS.

    • speedle

      Explain exactly what you mean by “dirtiest state in the union” Mr. genius. And by the way, trust me when I say you are not invited to join.

      • Dave

        You show up as Flashy but I know you are another dumb conservative because I corrected my error on another post.

      • Dave

        You show up as Flashy but I know you are another dumb conservative because I corrected my error on another post.

  • Dave

    Texas has oil… that funds their state and due to state law the state cannot be in debt. So all that debt gets sent down to the municipalities…

    Texas is also the dirtiest state in the union.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/08/what-kinds-of-jobs-has-texas-created-under-rick-perry/244279/
    Take a look at what kind of jobs are being created… Texas is in a race to the bottom… Do you want to join?

  • gelliott

    Texas is a good place to live and raise a family. It’s not perfect, but it’s also not awful
    either. It’s probably one of the friendliest places you’ll ever live or visit. The weather can be pretty rough,
    especially on folks who have problems with the heat. Texas is a big state and has areas where the
    weather, terrain, and demographics are significantly different from other
    places in the state. You can’t
    accurately describe the state in a word or two.
    While there are certainly similarities from one part of the state to the
    other, describing Texas is sort of like describing New England. Massachusetts is similar but different from
    New Hampshire and Vermont, for instance.
    The large cities are much like large cities in other states, especially
    with regard to social programs, flight to the suburbs, budgets, influx of folks
    from out-of-state, etc. Economically, the
    state has been blessed with large deposits of oil and gas, along with other
    natural resources, and the state has been responsible in exploiting those
    resources to the benefit of citizens in the state. Politically, Texas is fairly diverse as well,
    but Conservatives (of all political affiliations) still are in the
    majority. They want small, efficient government. They want law and order, but don’t want an
    overbearing, intrusive government. They don’t
    want too much central rule because they know that central governments tend to
    be expensive and bureaucratic. They want
    a clean environment, but one that is in
    balance with the needs of the economy. Actually,
    “balance” may be the key word, I believe, if you’re looking for a word to
    describe Texas. Texas may look extreme in some ways,
    especially to those who are extreme in their views. To most people, I believe Texas looks pretty
    attractive and balanced. I lived most of my working life in Texas because that’s where my jobs were, but when I retired I decided I wanted to live in Texas because the life style and economy fit me better than other places I considered. There are many other great places in this country, but I think Texas is one of the best when all things are considered.

  • TheOriginalDaveH

    David Erickson (facebook) says — “I live in MO now and while this is the heart of the Bible (aka dumbass) Belt”.
    So David, an obvious Liberal Progressive, calls religious people “dumbasses” while at the same time embracing Socialist Policies that have proven to be failures around the World and throughout history.
    Mr. Pot.
    And this coming from an atheist (me).

    • DalasKnight

      This is what being Libertarian is all about! Each can have their own lives and opinions, just do no harm!

  • Jim B.

    A state whose creed is still Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, no wonder Obama and twits are trying to take Texas to court for voter Id registration, they need their serf’s and absent ballot minions to have unabated voting capabilities.

  • Carlucci

    I was born and raised here in Texas. The only thing Rick Perry has going for him are his looks. He is your typical establishment politico RINO, and don’t forget, he used to work for Al Gore. I was glad to hear he won’t be running for governor again. And then there is a huge lesbian who is the mayor of Houston. The Bush family claims to be from Texas, but they are really Yankee carpetbaggers that give Texas a bad name.

    A Libertarian named Debra Medina is running for comptroller of Texas, and I will be voting for her and urging all of my friends to do the same. The Libertarians are the true fiscal conservatives.

  • TheOriginalDaveH

    David Erickson says — “I live in MO now and while this is the heart of the Bible (aka dumb***) Belt”.
    This coming from a Liberal Progressive who advocates Socialist policies that have been proven failures around the world and throughout history — Mr. Pot.

    • flashy

      Name one nation state that was “libertarian” …

      • TheOriginalDaveH

        Non Sequitur.

      • DalasKnight

        They were all libertarian in the beginning; until they got complacent and let the federal government leach get into their business and lives!

  • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com/ Ol’ Grey Ghost

    “Come on down, ya’ll are welcome. Just leave your socialist politics at home.”

    Growing up as a “military brat,” I have lived in places that were cooler than Texas…

    http://olgreyghost.blogspot.com/2013/06/why-carterville-illinois.html

    …but I’ve also grown up in places that were dirtier (New Jersey) and places that had more abusive and racist police officers (Hawaii), so on the whole, Texas is as good a place as I’ve ever found to live for the whole of my adult life.

    The biggest problem we seem to have these days with this recent increase of “legal immigrants” here in the Republic is the number of socialists (“Yankees” in the local jargon)…

    http://olgreyghost.blogspot.com/2009/05/what-is-yankee.html

    …who move here just for the purpose of telling us Texans how we are doing everything wrong. If things are that bad, why did they move here, and even more important, why do they stay?

    If Texas were to secede it would be because Texas has more to fear and lose from the Banana Republic headquartered in the District, rather than anything that would come out of Mexico City, or Beijing, or Moscow…

    • timduck

      I’ve been a resident of Texas for all my 63 years. This comment reminds me of the bumper stickers that began to appear on Texas cars in the late 70’s-early 80’s oil boom and increased yankee immigration: WE DON’GIVE A DAMN HOW YOU DID IT UP NORTH!,,,,Love & Peace….Duck

      • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com/ Ol’ Grey Ghost

        I remember another that went like this:

        “Keep Texas Beautiful – Put a Yankee on a northbound bus!”

        I believe Texans, particularly the young, have more to gain through Independence than by staying with the Union, but I’ll leave that for my fellow Texans to decide for themselves…

  • Karolyn
    • Jeff

      Mysteriously DaveH is not troubled by that at all. After all, she may have hidden some of his MONEY in there.

      • TheOriginalDaveH

        And you assumed that bit of lying slander from what, Jeff?
        Sea Kelp.

        • Jeff

          You take yourself entirely too seriously, Extra Crispy.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            As usual, a Liberal Progressive shows his true self.
            The “compassionate” people. Sure.

  • Flashy

    LRoot continues his unblemished record of playing fast loose and false with the facts ! Take away the defense contracts and military bases (all federal monies), and the Texas economy is bankrupt. Take out those taxes paid by federal paychecks and Texas is the LARGEST welfare case in the Union…leeching almost 50 cents off of every dollar sent in ( Texas sends in a dollar, gets 1.50 in federal monies). If it weren’t for defense monies spent in the state, Texas ranks ad a Third World basket case with income and wealth inequality equal to aower tier African nation.

    Seriously folks, this is what Root calls ” blessed”. A state that has to leech off the rest of the nation in order to survive.

    Think about that.

    • TML

      What the… ? Flashy, you really spun that one with a lot of horse sh*t to arrive at Texas being the largest welfare state. I suspect you have absolutely zero credible sources with hard facts the back up that claim?

      Btw… hell yeah, we charge money for federal military bases here. Is it supposed to be for free? Apparently there are a few things about the structure of this country you don’t quite understand.

      We also have the largest manufacturers of military equipment including Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin. Largest Oil field manufactures such as Weir Oil & Gas. Get a clue.

      • flashy

        TML. that’s the point: Root and the rest of the right wing yahoos ignore the huge dependency Texas has on federal monies. Yet it ranks right there with Third World status for the majority if citizens. The state leeches off the nation, and we are somehow supposed to think its a success? Only in right wing la la land does that fly …

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          There’s only one way to find out if they could live without Federal Money — Texas Secession:
          http://mises.org/daily/3427

          • independent thinker

            I notice Flushy does not tell us how Oregon compares.

        • TML

          I believe DaveH already provided a source that debunks your claim, which seems to be more conjecture than fact. You still have not provided a source to support your assertions.
          I live in Texas, so your claim that a state full of very independent and entrepreneurial minded people are dependent upon the Feds, and without it would be even ‘more’ of a third world ‘country’ is complete nonsensical drivel from someone who probably has never even been here, and thinks we all still ride horse drawn carriages or something. States like California and New York are going down the gutter due to playing Robin Hood and you claim the nation is taking care of Texas, and couldn’t prosper without the Fed? The logic does not follow.

        • DalasKnight

          The difference is, the federal government is a customer of those companies! The government pays for a good or service and those companies make money! It is not a government handout to the state like it is with a lot of other states that get a taxpayer handout for doing nothing other than existing!

      • Dave

        Bell helicopter, Lockheed martin, General Dynamics, Northrup Grummen are as big as they are today thanks to our bloated military… IE Fed Gov spending.

        • TML

          They are private companies and have nothing to do with Texas having a surplus or not; the fed is simply a customer of these companies. It helps with jobs being available, but they are certainly not limited to creating military aircraft and equipment. They also manufacture commercial aircraft. I’m certainly not for the bloated military budget of the Federal Government, but take that away and this state would still have a strong economy based on internal resources alone.

          • Dave

            So you are saying TX gets no revenue from the companies in TX, the workers or the good and services purcahsed from the workers who are paid via fed Gov defense contracts?

          • TML

            I’m not saying that Texas gets nothing at all. I’m saying it is not the driving force of economic success in Texas.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            The country would be better off anyway without those kinds of jobs. Destroying our wealth and other countries’ wealth with military action is only good for the Leaders and their Military Industrial complex.

          • TML

            I see nothing wrong with having a very strong military; I just hate it being used for anything other than actual defense. That’s where the over-bloated budget comes from.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Many of the Founders knew that a standing army was as big a threat to a country’s citizens, as were the armies of other countries.
            http://mises.org/journals/jls/11_1/11_1_6.pdf
            “Instead, the Antifederalists continually pointed to the unlimited taxing power that the Constitution vested in Congress and its ability to raise and maintain a standing army during peacetime. They saw that the unlimited right of Congress to tax and establish an army would eventually lead to an empire both at home and abroad”.

      • Dave

        Bell helicopter, Lockheed martin, General Dynamics, Northrup Grummen are as big as they are today thanks to our bloated military… IE Fed Gov spending.

    • momo

      This from a guy that lives in Oregon!

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      Flashman says — “LRoot continues his unblemished record of playing fast loose and false with the facts !”.
      Then he states the below falsehood:
      Flashman says — “Texas sends in a dollar, gets 1.50 in federal monies”.
      The truth:
      http://taxfoundation.org/article/federal-taxes-paid-vs-federal-spending-received-state-1981-2005
      For every dollar Texas sent to the Feds, they got $1.02 back.

      That is why Flashman has no credibility on this board.

      • Flashy

        As I qualified just before that sentence, take out the federal taxes paid by federal earnings, and that’s the reality. Texas is dependent upon federal spending … ie without the rest if the nation, the state would be more of a Third World country than it already is.

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          Take out your lies, Flashman, and you would be an honest man.

          • CommonSense4America

            But then he would just be a shell of himself.

        • DalasKnight

          Flashy-I lived in Texas for years and still live within 10 miles of it now! I left to take a job in NM, but if and when the opportunity arises, I will go back! I guarantee you this; of all the states in the union, if Texas seceded, it would be the most prosperous nation in the world! Its resources and access to shipping makes it capable of ridding itself of the federal government and being able to stand on its own! The people there are salt of the earth and I still have more friends there than where I am now!

    • speedle

      It’s almost not worth commenting to this D–bag, but I can’t help myself. “Take out the those taxes paid by federal paychecks and TEXAS is the largest welfare case in the union…”?? Are you insane or just brick stupid? You might just as well state that the earth orbits the moon, a comment so utterly unfounded it defies a logical response.

      • Andy44

        Either brick stupid or dumb as a bag of hammers… Both fit.

    • marcus johannes

      Flashy , You may not like the taste of People that disagree with you , But your Comment is complete Nonsense , If Fort Hood where closed tomorrow Texas would probably save Money just in Law Enforcement alone

    • http://batman-news.com samurai

      Source? Source? Source? Source? Source? I see that you have posted something without facts to back up what you say. You live in Oregon? How’s that medical pot been treating you? Sounds like you are smoking some now. Here is something about the friends of Obama bin Laden.
      http://www.freedomoutpost.com/2013/08/another-islamic-attack-on-free-speech/
      Here is one showing how we may have our 51st state.
      http://www.freedomoutpost.com/2013/08/rural-colorandans-vote-to-secede-from-colorado-as-51st-state-north-colorado-cite-sweeping-gun-energy-laws/
      FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
      You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot. This leaves you out.
      “My chief concern is to try to be a humble, earnest Christian.”
      Robert E. Lee
      Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia

  • Karolyn

    Temple, TX – Soldier harassed by police for taking a walk with his son and carrying legal rifle.

    http://reason.com/24-7/2013/04/17/out-of-control-cops-recorded-busting-hik

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      Careful, Karolyn, that’s a Libertarian outfit. You might actually learn something.

      • Karolyn

        (Sigh) Nobody believes me when I keep posting that I really am a libertarian, Dave. Jut because I do not go along with EVERYTHING you do, does not change that. Even without the political tests I’ve taken online, I know who and what I am. I may lean left, but that does not put me in the same company as many of the people you rail against. Do you not remember when I was supporting Ron Paul?

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          I remember that, Karolyn, but you are not a Libertarian. Voting/Supporting a Libertarian does not make you one.
          You might have it in you, though, somewhere deeply buried. Read this and learn:
          http://library.mises.org/books/Murray%20N%20Rothbard/For%20a%20New%20Liberty%20The%20Libertarian%20Manifesto.pdf

          • Karolyn

            It really is not buried, Dave.

        • Dave

          Karolyn,
          Like the conservative corpoartist he is, unless you buy all of his kool-aid, you are a big-Gov liberal progressive… because in DaveH’s world… any conservative that spends like a drunken sailor is now a neo-con.

    • Don 2

      O.K. Karolyn, you have mentioned one incident involving a local Texas police department, which was previously covered on PLD. Now, let’s go to New York, where a Communist governor, Andrew Cuomo signed into law the “New York Safe Act” which effectively infringes on the 2nd. Amendment constitutional rights of approximately 16 million law-abiding citizens. Where is the more oppressive state government?

    • WTS/JAY

      Why so angry and negative, Karolyn? Where’s all that talk about peace, and love and Kum bay ya, my Lord that we’ve grown so accustomed hearing from you? Are you turning into one of them; you know…reich wingers?

    • WTS/JAY

      Why so angry and negative, Karolyn? Where’s all that talk about peace, and love and Kum bay ya, my Lord that we’ve grown so accustomed hearing from you? Are you turning into one of them; you know…reich wingers?

  • All men are CREATED equal

    Saw a bumper sticker the other day and you might think about the message: YOUR EQUALITY BEGAN AND ENDED AT YOUR BIRTH.

  • elaine53

    David Erickson,
    Move out of Texas if you don’t like it here….California or New York – take your pick. You are the kind of negative naysayer we don’t need here.
    Since
    Texas has been ranked Number #1 – for all good reasons – why should we give welfare to so many people who are here illegally? NO, people need to earn their way, not be leeches off the backs of those of us to do work.

  • Karolyn

    Texas is way ahead in executions and 2nd in the nation in inmates on death row.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/phillylists/States-with-the-most-executions-inmates-on-death-row.html
    I’m sure you Texans think that’s a good thing. Texas is 2nd in the nation in number of inmates in general. Maybe it would be a good thing if those serving time really deserved it. How many are in jail for lesser offenses like pot? How many have been executed when they were innocent? I’ve heard the stories. Being a hard-ass state does not necessarily make it a good state.

    • TML

      I’m sure no one is saying Texas doesn’t have its problems, and surely hot as hell in the summer months, but I believe the topic is economic. It’s a law here to keep a balanced budget. That alone makes it a model state. If the Fed’s had such a law we might not be in a lot of the mess we are in on a national level.

    • independent thinker

      Texas is also the largest of the contiguous states (I would guess 2.5-3 times as large as the next largest) and is one of the more populous states. Given that plus the fact that so many states have either abolished or quit enforcing the death penalty it is no surprise. Does there need to be revisions made concerning the incarceration of people for minor crimes, Sure but that is true of all states.

      • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

        Mizz karolyn always CALLS EVIL GOOD, AND GOOD EVIL; puts DARKNESS FOR LIGHT, AND LIGHT FOR DARKNESS; Who puts BITTER FOR SWEET, AND SWEET FOR BITTER.

      • Robert Messmer

        Actually I would say that Texas along with most of the other 49 states needs to revise their law books and remove all the laws that pertain to things that are not the government’s business. Of course the excuse for keeping out dated laws on the books is always “we don’t enforce” them. But by keeping them on the books it allows the government to decide to enforce them anytime it feels like doing so. Such as if someone is embarrassing those in power, arrest them with a hundred year old law. Doesn’t matter if it gets thrown out of court, what matters is that the MSM headlines reported that person as being arrested.

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          Robert says — “Texas along with most of the other 49 states needs to revise their law books and remove all the laws that pertain to things that are not the government’s business”.
          There wouldn’t be much left if they did.

    • ‘Barbara Messmer

      Karolyn do you know how many more people Ted Bundy has murdered since his execution–NONE! So even tho I don’t live in Texas I applaud their efforts to reduce the population of murderers. (Yes, I know Ted Bundy was executed in Florida, don’t keep up with murderers so don’t know the name of any in Texas, sorry.) Any where a murderer is executed it is a victory for society. Have you also heard the stories about how many re-commit when they are released by bleeding heart policies? Being a weak-ass state does not make it a good state.

      • Jeff

        How many of the people “put to death” in Texas were innocent? How many had incompetent or drunk counsel? Texas is famous for lots of things and one of them is an extremely lax attitude toward the rights of the accused.

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          Big Government strikes again.

        • WTS/JAY

          How many stars are there in our universe? Why do dogs lick their testicles? Why do women always leave the toilet seat down? Why is the sky blue? Questions, questions, questions…we all got them. We are so much alike you and me.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            How did you get that one by the censors? LOL.

          • WTS/JAY

            I’m as surprised as you are. But the night is still young… (-:

        • Robert Messmer

          Ok Jeff how many and no a statement that “some” is not a proper answer. An actual number with proof is a proper answer. Don’t know about Texas but “incompetent or drunk counsel” would be grounds for appeal, possibly even overturning the conviction in some jurisdictions. Again a number please. You mean that Texas has a greater concern for the rights of the victim?

          • Jeff

            You would think so, wouldn’t you? I’ll try to find the case. I’m pretty certain there was a case in Texas not too many years ago where a sleeping or drunk attorney was held to meet the “effective assistance” requirements of the 6th Amendment.

          • Bob666

            I remember that case-maybe eight to ten years ago and I believe that it came up for appeal?

          • WTS/JAY

            Hang on to that, Bob. That one, case, could make or brake the debate. LOL?

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Why not, Jeff? You Liberal Progressives claim you are the “compassionate” people with as little factual basis.

          • Jeff

            No mises cite for that one? You’re flying solo today?

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Either way you will complain.

          • WTS/JAY

            One, case? That should cement your argument very nicely.

          • http://batman-news.com samurai

            Source? Come on Jeff. You are to provide the source of the case, not someone else. Here is an article about Obama bin Laden.
            http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/16351-impeach-obama-calls-grow-after-latest-benghazi-revelations
            FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
            You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot. This leaves you out.
            “In all my perplexities and distresses the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.”
            Robert E. Lee
            Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia

        • Don 2

          I’ll bite, how many Jeff? Please give us the number.

        • http://batman-news.com samurai

          Source? Ooops! One again Jeff has stepped on himself. Here is an article about how Gabby Giffords organization is taking money under the table. Just like libs to do nasty things under the table.
          http://www.freedomoutpost.com/gabby-giffords-anti-gun-group-caught-accepting-illegal-contributions/
          Here is an article about Obama bin Laden and the NSA buying more ammunition.
          http://www.infowars.com/tsa-to-purchase-3-5-million-rounds-of-ammunition/
          FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
          You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot. This leaves you out.
          “I tremble for my country when I hear of the confidence expressed in me. I know too well my weakness, that our only hope is in God.”
          Robert E. Lee
          Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia

    • WTS/JAY

      If a tree falls in the forest and you are not there to see it fall, does it make a sound? Would you hate me if i told you were ugly? Why are puppies so cute? Why is a tough-guy always referred to as a bad-azz and never as a good-azz? Questions, questions, questions…we all got them. We are so much alike you and me.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Good riddance bad rubbish. One less rubbish to feed, clothe, medicate and house.

      • Karolyn

        Your love for your fellow man never ceases to amaze me. I guess it doesn’t matter whether they are really guilty or not to you. Last year Texas executed a Down Syndrome man with an IQ of 61 despite conflicting evidence.

        http://www.thenation.com/blog/169243/updated-texas-executes-man-iq-61#axzz2cjwUIqFd

        • WTS/JAY

          Low IQ? That simply means the man was uneducated.

          Down syndrome? I think not. People with down-syndrome have the mentality and the innocence of a 5 year old.

          Mentally disabled? More like mentally unstable. But the man did have the presence of mind to kidnap and murder a police-informant.

        • Robert Messmer

          Karolyn – or perhaps it is simply that the love for the fellow man is being given to the victim, not the criminal. I used your link and read that the man you refer to kidnapped a police informant who had turned him in for dealing cocaine. He and his accomplice attacked and forced the victim into a car. Kidnapping is a felony therefore it doesn’t really matter if partner A or partner B actually pulls the trigger; they are both guilty of murder. There is no requirement in the Constitution that only those with an IQ greater that (makeup any number) be punished and those with lower IQ’s get a pass.

    • WTS/JAY

      50 Reasons Texas Is the Best State in America

      50. Port Arthur: A gritty Golden Triangle refinery town that somehow produced Janis Joplin, Jimmy Johnson, Robert Rauschenberg and UGK.

      49. Schlitterbahn is the greatest waterpark in America, and it makes excellent use of its Hill Country surroundings.

      48. Chuck Norris. He doesn’t sleep; he waits. And he’s a Texas Ranger, dammit.

      47. Dublin Dr Pepper — for those people who think regular old Dr Peppers aren’t Texan enough.

      46. We gave the world the Quaid brothers, who have given us some great performances both off and on the screen. And we just don’t mean Randy with the off-screen stuff, either.

      45. You are never very far from a Whataburger.

      44. Texas has produced some of the world’s best music, but Bob Wills is still the king.

      43. The stunning ecological diversity of the state, from the arid canyons of Big Bend to the shadowy forest of the Big Thicket.

      42. No state income tax, suckaz.

      41. Texas absolutely kicks ass in producing wind energy, and it doesn’t get much greener than that.

      40. Willie Nelson. Beloved by the most stonered Austin dreamer to the most rigid born-again Baptist, and no one bats an eye when he racks up another weed arrest.

      39. “Failure is not an option.” Yeah, it was never actually said by Gene Kranz, but it summed up generations of work at NASA that hopefully will not end with the shuttle era.

      38. Friday Night Lights. Not the book, movie or show — the real thing. High school football in small-town Texas is something everyone should experience at least once.

      37. Tex-Mex. Comfort food, hangover cure, drunken latenight scarfing: It has many purposes, all of them delicious.

      36. Crossing the Pedernales near the LBJ Ranch is a classic Hill Country moment and it’s always redolent of history both happy and tragic.

      35. You want music festivals, SXSW, Austin City Limits and Summerfest are hard to beat.

      34. When you say you’re from Texas, no one in the world needs to ask where that is.

      33. From a windswept dustbowl like Lubbock, Buddy Holly unleashed pop rock on the world that is still the basis for new and great music.

      32. The cheapest and best oysters in the world are plentiful from the Gulf.

      31. Watching families in their Sunday best getting the wildflower pictures that generations have taken before them.

      30. The Gruene Dance Hall on a Saturday night, where it doesn’t seem like the 21st century at all.

      29. Earl Campbell was a legend in Austin and Houston and shows every bit of what it took to become one.

      28. The State Fair on Texas-OU Weekend is an amazing, appalling, exciting thing to see, even if you’re not wearing crimson or burnt orange.

      27. ZZ Top have told the world about Texas and still revel in it.

      26. If there’s an ethnic food that’s not available in Houston, it involves a very, very small ethnicity.

      25. Selena remains in the hearts of fans long after her murder.

      24. Strolling around the Buckhorn Museum in San Antonio with a beer.

      23. We’re the biggest state in the Lower 48 so, you know, suck on that, Delaware.

      22. The remoteness of El Paso: Waaaaay out there in the desert, all by its lonesome, still considered part of the family.

      21. You have to admit — Texas politicians can be very entertaining. Dangerous, yes; misguided, almost always; but at least they provide lots of laughs, none of them intentional.

      20. October in Texas almost makes up for August.

      19. South Congress in Austin is always changing but always keeping the spirit that made it what it is, unlike Sixth Street.

      18. The state’s musical history is filled with blues greats like T-Bone Walker, Leadbelly and Blind Lemon Jefferson.

      17. Blue Bell ice cream and the way Texans are fiercely loyal to it.

      16. Bat colonies in big cities like Austin and Houston.

      15. Fiesta Marts carry food you never knew existed.

      14. Few states have legislatures that meet less often than Texas’s, and we like to keep it that way.

      13. The stunning art museums in Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth. And the fact that we know enough not to act shocked at the idea that Fort Worth would have a world-class art museum.

      12. Hippie Hollow isn’t as weird or free as it once was, but it’s still Hippie Hollow. Everyone should get naked there once.

      11. Houston took rap and made it its own and gave it to the rest of you. You’re welcome.

      10. The Frio River on a scorching summer day. There’s a reason they call it the Frio.

      9. The odds of meeting an actual astronaut are higher here than anywhere else.

      8. George Strait populated the state with his exes.

      7. The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo draws farm kids and their animals to Reliant Park and some of the biggest concerts of the year.

      6. Sunrises over the Gulf. Even if you had a rough night, they can brighten your spirits.

      5. Beyoncé: “Cruising down 8th Street, off-white Lexus / Driving so slow, but BK is from Texas.” Jay-Z, she’s just trying to keep you from getting one for going 55 in a 54.

      4. Nolan Ryan is someone who can unite Houston, Dallas and Austin.

      3. For better or worse, three of our last nine presidents have been from Texas.

      2. Kolaches: You will never find better ones than you do here.

      1. Texans are so damn charming when they brag about their state. (Um, aren’t we?)

      http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2011/08/50_best_things_texas.php?page=2

    • WTS/JAY

      50 Reasons Texas Is the Best State in America

      50. Port Arthur: A gritty Golden Triangle refinery town that somehow produced Janis Joplin, Jimmy Johnson, Robert Rauschenberg and UGK.

      49. Schlitterbahn is the greatest waterpark in America, and it makes excellent use of its Hill Country surroundings.

      48. Chuck Norris. He doesn’t sleep; he waits. And he’s a Texas Ranger, dammit.

      47. Dublin Dr Pepper — for those people who think regular old Dr Peppers aren’t Texan enough.

      46. We gave the world the Quaid brothers, who have given us some great performances both off and on the screen. And we just don’t mean Randy with the off-screen stuff, either.

      45. You are never very far from a Whataburger.

      44. Texas has produced some of the world’s best music, but Bob Wills is still the king.

      43. The stunning ecological diversity of the state, from the arid canyons of Big Bend to the shadowy forest of the Big Thicket.

      42. No state income tax, suckaz.

      41. Texas absolutely kicks ass in producing wind energy, and it doesn’t get much greener than that.

      40. Willie Nelson. Beloved by the most stonered Austin dreamer to the most rigid born-again Baptist, and no one bats an eye when he racks up another weed arrest.

      39. “Failure is not an option.” Yeah, it was never actually said by Gene Kranz, but it summed up generations of work at NASA that hopefully will not end with the shuttle era.

      38. Friday Night Lights. Not the book, movie or show — the real thing. High school football in small-town Texas is something everyone should experience at least once.

      37. Tex-Mex. Comfort food, hangover cure, drunken latenight scarfing: It has many purposes, all of them delicious.

      36. Crossing the Pedernales near the LBJ Ranch is a classic Hill Country moment and it’s always redolent of history both happy and tragic.

      35. You want music festivals, SXSW, Austin City Limits and Summerfest are hard to beat.

      34. When you say you’re from Texas, no one in the world needs to ask where that is.

      33. From a windswept dustbowl like Lubbock, Buddy Holly unleashed pop rock on the world that is still the basis for new and great music.

      32. The cheapest and best oysters in the world are plentiful from the Gulf.

      31. Watching families in their Sunday best getting the wildflower pictures that generations have taken before them.

      30. The Gruene Dance Hall on a Saturday night, where it doesn’t seem like the 21st century at all.

      29. Earl Campbell was a legend in Austin and Houston and shows every bit of what it took to become one.

      28. The State Fair on Texas-OU Weekend is an amazing, appalling, exciting thing to see, even if you’re not wearing crimson or burnt orange.

      27. ZZ Top have told the world about Texas and still revel in it.

      26. If there’s an ethnic food that’s not available in Houston, it involves a very, very small ethnicity.

      25. Selena remains in the hearts of fans long after her murder.

      24. Strolling around the Buckhorn Museum in San Antonio with a beer.

      23. We’re the biggest state in the Lower 48 so, you know, suck on that, Delaware.

      22. The remoteness of El Paso: Waaaaay out there in the desert, all by its lonesome, still considered part of the family.

      21. You have to admit — Texas politicians can be very entertaining. Dangerous, yes; misguided, almost always; but at least they provide lots of laughs, none of them intentional.

      20. October in Texas almost makes up for August.

      19. South Congress in Austin is always changing but always keeping the spirit that made it what it is, unlike Sixth Street.

      18. The state’s musical history is filled with blues greats like T-Bone Walker, Leadbelly and Blind Lemon Jefferson.

      17. Blue Bell ice cream and the way Texans are fiercely loyal to it.

      16. Bat colonies in big cities like Austin and Houston.

      15. Fiesta Marts carry food you never knew existed.

      14. Few states have legislatures that meet less often than Texas’s, and we like to keep it that way.

      13. The stunning art museums in Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth. And the fact that we know enough not to act shocked at the idea that Fort Worth would have a world-class art museum.

      12. Hippie Hollow isn’t as weird or free as it once was, but it’s still Hippie Hollow. Everyone should get naked there once.

      11. Houston took rap and made it its own and gave it to the rest of you. You’re welcome.

      10. The Frio River on a scorching summer day. There’s a reason they call it the Frio.

      9. The odds of meeting an actual astronaut are higher here than anywhere else.

      8. George Strait populated the state with his exes.

      7. The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo draws farm kids and their animals to Reliant Park and some of the biggest concerts of the year.

      6. Sunrises over the Gulf. Even if you had a rough night, they can brighten your spirits.

      5. Beyoncé: “Cruising down 8th Street, off-white Lexus / Driving so slow, but BK is from Texas.” Jay-Z, she’s just trying to keep you from getting one for going 55 in a 54.

      4. Nolan Ryan is someone who can unite Houston, Dallas and Austin.

      3. For better or worse, three of our last nine presidents have been from Texas.

      2. Kolaches: You will never find better ones than you do here.

      1. Texans are so damn charming when they brag about their state. (Um, aren’t we?)

      http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2011/08/50_best_things_texas.php?page=2

      • Bob666

        Yo Jay,

        The best one:

        27. “ZZ Top have told the world about Texas and still revel in it”.

      • CommonSense4America

        Haven’t had a Dublin D.P., but I want one. What is it? How do you make it.
        You left out Luckenbach. Been there, done that. Loved it.
        Ed,,,a fellow Texan (Currently living in Al.)

        • WTS/JAY

          Dublin Dr Pepper still follows the original recipe. It uses cane sugar as the sweetener as opposed to newer high-fructose corn syrup(HFCS). Never personally tried making one. I just buy them already made.

          Didn’t forget Luckenbach, i just ran out of space. Too many good things to list about Texas.

      • http://batman-news.com samurai

        Thanks for the information. I would like to add that Texas BBQ is the best. My wife and I were wonderinf where to go next year on vacation and you may have helped us make up our minds. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
        You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.

    • CommonSense4America

      K,,,Please do us a favor, stay wherever you are.

    • http://batman-news.com samurai

      I understand what you are saying Karolyn, but all I can say is, “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.” Pot addicts, depending on what they did, usually get a work release program here in Indiana. If you deal, you go to jail where you belong. If you grow and distribute pot, you are going to jail where you belong. You say that being a hard state is not necessarily a good one? Look at how hard California is on its citizens. Is it a good state? Here is an article about how libs really care about people.
      http://www.humanevents.com/2013/08/20/the-myth-of-liberal-compassion/
      If you think Texas is bad now, wait till it becomes a blue state. Things will be worse then. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
      You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.
      “Oh thus be it ever when free men shall stand
      between their loved home and the war’s desolation.
      BLESSED with victory and peace, may the HEAVEN rescued land
      PRAISE the POWER that hath made and preserved us a nation.
      Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just
      and this be our motto: “IN GOD IS OUR TRUST!”
      Then the Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
      over the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
      Francis Scott Key
      4th verse of our National Anthem

      • http://batman-news.com samurai

        Usually the ones that are murdered or robbed are victims of crimes committed by people that are high or getting money for their next fix. I also never advocated in my post about murdering anyone. Going to jail? If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime. If you break the law, depending what it is, you go to jail. Go to jail, go directly to jail. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Your whole post is nothing but a less intelligent rant, now go home and take your meds. Speaking of pot, have you ever lit one up? Not much of an American patriot if you did. Patriots don’t go around breaking the laws of the country. Keep it illegal. Instead of worrying about something ignorant, like pot, why not think about how people have less money in their budgets now than they did in January 2009?
        http://www.teapartyeconomist.com/2013/08/22/bernakes-bust-median-household-income-is-lower-today-than-in-2009/
        I think the more intelligent person would agree with me that this is more important than some pothead strung out and high. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
        You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot. This leaves you out.
        “There are no atheists in fox holes.”
        Samurai

        • http://batman-news.com samurai

          Everything you have told me is just a long winded rant of things I’ve heard before and a bunch of lies. I’m also against alcohol and drunkeness. I had a sregeant in my platoon at Fort Carson. He had a motorcycle and was racing down the road. As he was racing down the raod at 80 mph, a car pulled out onto the road. His motorcycle hit the car, flipped over the car, hit head first on the pavement, and slid a certain distance before stopping. He died at 22 years old. Just been promoted to E5. When the report came back from the police, it said that they found THC in his system and it contributed to his wreckless behavior and death. IOW, he was high while driving. Don’t tell me that it doesn’t hurt anyone. They showed us the pictures from the accident and he was missing about 1/4 of his skull, so don’t tell me some crap like that. You people that want these drugs legalized are anti-patriotic and anti-American. BTW, this has nothing to do with freedom and liberty. I see you must do the stuff yourself. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t have any basis to say this crap. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
          You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.

          • http://batman-news.com samurai

            The personal attack and argument to ridicule. I’ve personally see what these do to people, their lives, families, and careers. Pot being one of them. You can tell me whatever scientific study, which don’t hold water with me, tells you, but it still does not make a difference. I have seen it and nothing you can show or tell me can change that. A patriot does nor go around breaking laws or wanting illegal things made legal. It is immoral, unethical, immature, irresponsible, etc., now take your bleeding heart for potheads and go away. The samurai is the patriot here and not you. BTW, pot is not the subject here, so take it to some other site. You are no patriot. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 나님하고 나라를 위해서!
            You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot. This leaves you out.

          • Robert Messmer

            Since pot was only made illegal in USA in 1914 and only because Mexican immigrants used it, by your reasoning it should regain its legal status. After all discrimination is illegal and no patriot such as yourself would want to do anything illegal.

          • http://batman-news.com samurai

            A patriot would not want to do anything illegal? Correct. That is why I don’t break the law when it comes to illegal drugs. I also help out the police, if I can, in getting this crap off of the streets. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
            You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.

          • Robert Messmer

            Since pot was only made illegal in USA in 1914 and only because Mexican immigrants used it, by your reasoning it should regain its legal status. After all discrimination is illegal and no patriot such as yourself would want to do anything illegal.

          • Robert Messmer

            Please explain how the drug being illegal helped the E5.

          • http://batman-news.com samurai

            It didn’t. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
            You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.

          • Robert Messmer

            Please explain how the drug being illegal helped the E5.

  • DalasKnight

    Everything sounds good except the medical end of it! Sounds like Texans are at the mercy of any incompetent doctor and his handlers, the drug companies, with no recourse but to let them pump you full of poisonous drugs and if they cause dangerous side effects, just live with it till you die!

    • WTS/JAY

      You make it sound like its a bad thing.

    • CommonSense4America

      I don’t recall hearing of a vast dying off of Texans. Where did you get your information?

      • DalasKnight

        There is a vast dying off of Americans everywhere due to dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and their side effects! More people die from legal drugs than die from illegal drugs, gun deaths or car accidents each year! Where have you been living….in a cave!!!

        • CommonSense4America

          If they are dying off everywhere then why did you single out Texas for your rant?

          • DalasKnight

            Because in other states you can sue doctors for malpractice and drug companies for injury or death, but apparently, from the article, in Texas you can’t!

          • CommonSense4America

            You can, but you are not going to be able to retire rich for a minor infraction. Common sense plays a large part in this. If you lose a finger due to an error and then sue for recovery. Money,,,yes. The difference is if your job is a ditch digger or a pianist.

          • DalasKnight

            That is not what concerns me. Drug companies put out drugs all the time that they know are a danger to society, but that doesn’t stop them because the all mighty dollar means more to them than peoples health!
            Like in my case I have severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and the first thing the doctor wanted to put me on was Methotrexate, a chemo drug that has at least a dozen dangerous side effects. The worst of them was ruining kidney function resulting in dialyses. I refused to use the drug and got a long story from the dr. of how if I didn’t take the drug my joints would continue to deteriorate and I would be crippled and live with severe pain! I had to make the choice, my kidneys or being crippled and in pain! I chose not to take the drug and told him I may come back one day begging for something one day, but for now I would look for something else I could use. Six months later I found a nutritional product that took all my pain and crippling effects away and for two and a half years I have been symptom free! I went back to him after two years to show him how well I was doing and he was dumbfounded that this nutritional supplement had done what it did for me! He even admitted that he couldn’t do for his other patients with pharmaceutical drugs what this product did for me, but he won’t prescribe or tell his other patients about the product because he knows he would lose them all and he wouldn’t make all the money he makes from their misery! The doctors and the pharmaceutical companies work together to prescribe drugs that will treat the symptoms and give a small amount of relief, but keep them coming back to the doctor on a regular basis and continue to take the poison they push on everyone!

          • Barakolips

            A good example that big pharma, the AMA and the FDA are all motivated by money over helping patients is a cure for skin cancer called black salve that is unavailable for purchase in the US. If you google meditopia.org you will find that this man was railroaded out of the US and even imprisoned for trying to promote a cheap effective cure for cancer. I cured a bad case of squamous cell carcinoma with this product called black salve and you can order it on herbhealers.com or alphaomegalabs.com. The FDA would never approve a cure for skin cancer as it would cause the AMA to lose billions of dollars in profits.

  • Fedup

    I see Flashy crawled out from under his obama rock!
    W.A.R. is dead on; Texas rocks and I love it here!

  • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

    ONE NATION UNDER SURVEILLANCE

    WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency declassified three secret court opinions Wednesday showing how in one of its surveillance programs it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism annually over three years, revealed the error to the court — which ruled its actions unconstitutional — and then fixed the problem.

    Director of National Intelligence JamesClapper authorized the release, part of which Obama administration officials acknowledged Wednesday was prodded by a 2011 lawsuit filed by an Internet civil liberties activist group.

    In an 85-page declassified FISA court ruling from October 2011, U.S. District Judge James D. Bates REBUKED GOVERNMENT LAWYERS FOR REPEATEDLY MISREPRESENTING THE OPERATIONS OF the NSA’s SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMS.

    “This COURT IS TROUBLED that the government’s revelations regarding NSA’s acquisition of Internet transactions mark the third instance in less than three years in which the GOVERNMENT HAS DISCLOSED A SUBSTANTIAL MISREPRESENTATION REGARDING THE SCOPE OF A MAJOR COLLECTION PROGRAM,” Bates wrote in a footnoted passage that had portions heavily blacked out in the government’s disclosure.

    The NSA had moved to revise its Internet surveillance in an effort to separate out domestic data from its foreign targeted metadata — which includes email addresses and subject lines. But in his October 2011 ruling, Bates ruled
    that the government’s “upstream” COLLECTION OF DATA — TAKEN FROM INTERNAL U.S. DATA SOURCES — WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

  • Michael Shreve

    Texas was once a sovereign nation. The STATE of Texas is clearly more FISCALLY responsible that the U.S. government and has SOUNDER economic policies.

  • Nadzieja Batki

    The last paragraph didn’t make sense coming from Texans. Socialist Politics cannot be left behind, it goes where Socialists go and Dems/Progs/Socialists/Leftists hide what they are very easily since they are counterfeits.

    • Dr Moon

      Sadly, liberals don’t believe it was their bad policies that caused their States to crumble, they blamed it on Conservatives so they ignore the real reasons Texas is growing while the others are failing. Liberals will eventually vote Texas into just another crummy, dirty, high taxing State. We should pass a law before its too late making liberalism, Marxism, Communism and Socialism against the law. Those are a few freedoms we can afford to lose in order to save all the others.

  • CommonSense4America

    Be careful what you wish for. Austin is already full of Dem/Progressives/Liberals. We don’t want Texas to turn Blue.

    • KG

      Sorry, but Texas is really purple and turning bluer every day.

      • Bob666

        Yo KG,
        Based on the numbers that I have seen, there is a possibility that Texas may one day might lean towards blue. it wont be next year, but eight to ten years is not unrealistic.

        • http://batman-news.com samurai

          Let’s hope not Bob. If they do, they will just crumble like every other blue state in the Union. Take Indiana and the blue states that border us. We have less unemployment, lower taxes, right to work, and we are seeing more jobs due to Mitch Daniels and Pence (2 conservatives). So liberalism and socialism is not what our country needs, unless you want this country to look like Detroit. Here is an article showing how Americans are starting to wake up to what is going on.
          http://www.politichicks.tv/column/why-americans-are-no-longer-buying-the-for-your-safety-hogwash/
          FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
          You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.
          “Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first, the most basic, expression of Americanism.”
          Dwight D. Eisenhower
          Supreme Allied Commander WWII
          34th President of the U.S.

          • Bert Cundle

            Well Samori… Your Rice has become Saki… You have had way too much!

      • http://batman-news.com samurai

        We all hope not. Don’t need any blue states. Indiana saw the light and turned red. Here is an article about what will happen during Obama bin Laden Care.
        http://www.libertynews.com/2013/08/forced-home-inspections-are-coming-with-obamacare/
        FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
        You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot. This leaves you out.
        “The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”
        Calvin Coolidge
        30th President of the U.S.

  • guy r west

    ok ILL admit Texas sounds like its got it gong on in a lot of weays. and ive be4en down there a couple times way back and will admit kinda liked the peopel i met and had things gone just a bit differentI I went dont to fly back wiht my mom whos health was failing righnt now ime on ss and ssi disibilety becoue of a misual mipairment. ime 59 and ime not lazy but finding work here is well lets just say its not avaible. Huston is way too big for me any city thats what 100 miles across is too much for this oll country boy. Ill admith i have toruble with heat. so ide like to know from some of you folks who live there i hear it s got it all mountians forst and all All i saw wa the huston airea kinda on the flat side I know things chainge
    and the politics most diffnetly. ok mabye this isnt the place too find out but it was a thought. ill leasve it alone with this God Bless America and God Bless texas keep showing the rest of us the way And Dont forget To Pray

    • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

      Is this another one of many your P—-n——s?
      BTW, how is your mama?

    • ridge runner

      Come on up to N D. We always need some one to to do something, that is if you aren;t a whoosy. I,m older than you and more people die in bed or sitting on their fat rears. Put your Mammy in adult care center. Everyone;s Duracel loses charge after 80, just a fact of life, I have seen more Girly Mama’s boys die under 65, since they never got married, were liberial Dumbocrats, beleived government should take care of them from birth to grave, which this nation has become. Obamee Nocare will kill off any one over 65 any way. So cowboy up and head north and west!

  • Guest

    Montanans will be thrilled with this news. With all the Mexifornians moving there in the last fifteen years, they will be pleased to know that such transplants have found another state to invade, and one much closer to their former home.

  • http://batman-news.com samurai

    Sorry dude, but you do not understand patriotism at all. Srand by the Biblical aspects of freedom, which our country is based on, yes. This does not mean breaking the law. If a law that is passed is unjust like abortion, gays, sending people to camps due to religion, race, nationality, etc., then yes, go against those laws, but the laws set up making drugs illegal were for safety and health reasons. If you can’t understand that, then you are no patriot. I’m surprised you don’t attack seat belt laws, helmet laws, etc., because that is what you wackos do. Now, get off of the drug nonsense, as the subject is Texas. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
    You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.
    *BTW, do not answer this post if all you are going to do is be an ignorant bleeding heart for drugs. Users are losers and losers are users.

    • Robert Messmer

      Just who gets to determine if a particular law is unjust or not? You mention abortion, which is a medical procedure not a law or statue; gays which is a sexual condition, not a law or statue; and sending people to camps – when did Obama do that? Perhaps you have heard the phase “among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” These are generally held to be goals of the True Patriot.

      • http://batman-news.com samurai

        Show me anywhere in the Bible or our founding documents that says you can do drugs. Show me where it says that God made pot to be smoked. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are God-given rights and not given to us by men. Like I said before, a good patriotic American obeys the law and does not break it because they want to do drugs. Unjust laws could be viewed from many places, so just look them up. Also, what did I post about Obama bin Laden? The subject is Texas, not losers who want to get high. Which is not a right. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
        You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.

        • Robert Messmer

          Samurai I do not know why you are so obsessed about pot but my previous post made no mention of pot or any other drug, legal or not and anything in between. But since you are so insistent that it not be done then it becomes your responsibility to show us where in the Bible or our founding documents that states an individual can NOT do drugs. I will save you the time, no where does it say that. I am happy that you agree with the founding fathers that Life, Liberty…are God-given rights” Tell us why since the pursuit of happiness is a God-given right you are trying to go against God and state that your will be done, everyone has to seek happiness as you do? Besides you did not bother to answer how a medical procedure and a sexual condition can be considered unjust laws.

    • http://batman-news.com samurai

      A long winded rant. What else is new? Do you do pot? Do you smoke weed? You are a hypocrite if you don’t. I would rather be locked up in prison for the Lord’s sake than see people using pot at work, home, or in public. Keep it illegal. My wife tells me they already make pain medications from the plant, so what is your point? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
      You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.

  • Barakolips

    I hear Texas is booming with jobs, unfortunately they are tough on cannabis users. Being a medical cannabis user myself here in California, even here they spend piles of money in cannabis eradication in the hills of Northern Cal. The problem with the legal marijuana trade here is that the Mexican cartels are hiring illegal aliens to grow pot in the hills and it is jeopardizing the legal pot trade.