We keep reading all this stuff about how “Texas is moving” and so on.
Well, let us look at recent facts, figures, comparisons.
I just spent a half hour on this, the Internet allows us to find out many things quickly. For simplicity I focus on the two-state comparison of my native California, alleged to be failing, and Texas, alleged to be “moving”. (Nevada ranks poorly in these indices, but that is not the point at hand.)
Where available I compare both to the national average for that stat.
1. Per capita household income, 2010, source US Census:
CA, $43, 104, TX, 39, 493, national average $40,584.
2. Percent at or below poverty line, 2010, same source:
CA, 16.3%, TX, 18.4%, national average 15.1%.
3. Violent crime index, FBI, 2010:
CA, 440.6, TX, 450.3.
4. Kaufman Foundation 2010 report on the ‘new economy’ and knowledge industry jobs, comparing the 50 states and DC,
A., their overall weighted “new economy index” which evaluated about twenty measures,
CA, 7th place, index value 73.3;
TX, 18th place, index value 63.0, and
national average index value of 62.0
B., “knowledge jobs index”, also combining and evaluating a variety of measures:
CA, 13th place, index value 10.7,
TX, 32nd place, index value 8.14,
national average index value 10.00.
Pesky things, these facts.
We already know that Texas is one of the most polluted states, if not THE most polluted and that Texas leads the nation in proportion of residents who lack health insurance – and THAT little statistic is jumping again with the Thumper Brigade’s foolishness about PP, enacted by Gov. Cheerleader, which forced Medicaid to cut off Federal funds to Texas, depriving another 130,000 Texans of basic access to care – mostly, women of course.