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Texas – the burr in the saddle of big government statists

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Bloomberg

Republicans hold all statewide elective offices and run the Legislature. Party leaders don’t want Texas to revert to a pattern that prevailed from 1990 to 2010, when spending rose at twice the pace of population and per-capita income growth, said Talmadge Heflin, a fiscal policy analyst for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a nonprofit group that promotes limited government.

Governor Rick Perry, a Republican who has held the office since December 2000, wants to tighten limits on spending growth, and opposes new levies or tax increases, according to a “budget compact” he released in April. Disciplined spending policies have helped Texas retain top credit grades from Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings.

“Today’s revenue estimate is more evidence that we made the right decisions two years ago by budgeting carefully to meet the challenges of the national recession,” Perry said in a statement.

The Texas economy is outpacing other U.S. states because it has the financial strength of Germany and the cost competitiveness of China, said Steve LeBlanc, co-founder of CapRidge Partners LLC in Austin and a former senior managing director at the state’s $110 billion Teacher Retirement System pension fund. “It’s more than just an energy boom,” he said.

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  1. cfm990

    January 8th, 2013

    Please enact an entrance exam. Anyone wanting residency in Texas, must pass a test.

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  2. Stranded in Sonoma

    January 8th, 2013

    So let’s see. The enlightened progressive states of California, New York, Michigan, etc. are tanking into a morass of socialist spending. But the “dumb hicks” in Texas and most of “flyover country” are doing well.

    No liberal will understand why. Every intelligent person does.

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  3. Stranded in Sonoma

    January 8th, 2013

    @cfm990 — It’s an easy test with just one page: a picture of Barack Fucking Obama. If the hopeful resident starts playing pocket pool, they’re out. If they projectile vomit, they’re in.

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  4. cfm990

    January 8th, 2013

    @ Stranded. I like it. Simple, yet accurate.

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  5. Bad Brad

    January 8th, 2013

    cfm990

    “Please enact an entrance exam. Anyone wanting residency in Texas, must pass a test”

    Question #1. Who won the Alamo? LOL

    Sorry dude, had to throw that in,

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  6. KF

    January 8th, 2013

    @cfm- too bad you can’t do the entrance exam ex post facto (how about an IQ over 80 as a start?). Sheila Jackson Lee and a plethora of other idiots of every sex, race, creed and size would be gone and TX would be 99% Democrat-free.

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  7. Gummint Cheese

    January 8th, 2013

    I just hope Gov Perry gets his shit together, gets some seasoning on the national stage and takes back OUR White House from the brats in 2016

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  8. Billy Fuster

    January 8th, 2013

    Just wait until the federal government starts bailing out the bankrupt socialist states. Those evil rich Texans will be forced to ante up for the cause. The only answer? SECESSION.

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  9. Dadof3

    January 8th, 2013

    Sadly, Brad… The Mexicans won the Alamo.

    “Remember the Alamo” was about what they did to us.

    Ouch.

    Now San Jacinto, There was a battle to ask about.

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  10. Annie

    January 8th, 2013

    The commercial building that is going on in River City is astounding.

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  11. Bad Brad

    January 8th, 2013

    Dadof3, Yeah I know my history. And I do admire the Texas spirit. Truth be told I have several friends that have moved there (don’t worry, all hunters, all conservative) and every time I talk to any of them the conversation is infused with a bunch of Ya’alls. Drives me over the edge. I want to tell them “Look bitch, I knew you before you moved there, what the deal” My little pet peeve I guess.

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  12. Dadof3

    January 8th, 2013

    LoL, Brad

    I actually had to get it back before I could be re-accepted down here. No one I did business with believed I was born here until that happened.

    It’s our secret handshake I’ve come to find out. We know the imposters. LOL

    Texas Tip to remember: When addressing a whole group of people at once you use All Y’all. As in: All Y’all got tickets to this rodeo already?

    Your welcome :)

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  13. Bad Brad

    January 8th, 2013

    Well ya might see me there one day. Thing are certainly sucking big here.

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  14. J Frank Parnell

    January 8th, 2013

    Secede already dammit!

    J. Frank, Texan.

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  15. Rick

    January 8th, 2013

    Anybody with less than four guns automatically fails the entrance exam.

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  16. Unruly Refugee

    January 9th, 2013

    I already have my foot in the door with family in the Great Nation of Texas. The entrance exam is a good idea. Patching up the holes in that southwest border might be a good idea too. Kicking out the moslems in Dallas and Houston should be a priority before the gates are locked.

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  17. Bad Brad

    January 9th, 2013

    Unruly Refugee, ” Kicking out the moslems”

    No dude, that’s just another hunting season.

    Did I pass the test?

    Am I admitted?

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  18. lucken

    January 9th, 2013

    i think they were seceded from. they are the actual americans. i was hoping we could get a franchise here in oakland county and start a colony. them pointy boots dont work good in the snow, though.

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  19. Death_By_Farts

    January 9th, 2013

    Always proud to call Indiana the smaller cousin of Texas…

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