Larry Wilson: You'll never guess who'...

Larry Wilson: You'll never guess who's prospering in hard times

There are 52 comments on the Pasadena Star-News story from Nov 14, 2009, titled Larry Wilson: You'll never guess who's prospering in hard times. In it, Pasadena Star-News reports that:

On returning from my annual family reunion in Texas last summer, I wrote about picking up the edition of The Economist in the Amarillo airport touting the many fiscal successes of the Lone Star State in contrast to our beloved California.

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CableNewsGuy

Pasadena, CA

#42 Nov 19, 2009
Wrong again wrote:
UT Austin is not a highly ranked school. It's a mid-tier school with several quality programs. For example, just one professor from UT has won a Nobel Prize (Ilya Prigogine in 1977). This puts it 2 behind _UC Irvine_. UC as a whole has won 35. Your alma mater, Stanford, has won 17. I'd place UT in the 25-50th ranked schools. US News ranks it 47th for undergraduate and 15th among public schools (behind _6_ UC campuses). Like I said, it does have some quality programs but overall it's just not that strong for a flagship school in one of the nation's largest states.
Regardless of where "Keep Austin Weird" originated (and it has several reputed origins) the reality is that it has been embraced by the community to reflect Austin's progressive nature compared to the rest of Texas. More than one Texan has told me how different Austin is from the rest of Texas. The man who reputedly coined "Keep Austin Weird", a librarian named Red Wassenich, says: "Austin has always been really different from the rest of Texas." (Nearly a decade ago, after making a donation to a volunteer-run radio station in Austin, Texas, local librarian Red Wassenich was asked why he chose to support a broadcaster with a penchant for playing strange crooner music. "Because it keeps Austin weird," he said.)
California has a lot of problems. Being a large State, its problems are magnified. Some of California's problems are unique to California.
Like the fact that we only receive back $0.79 from the Feds for every tax dollar we send to DC in spite of the fact that illegal immigration is a Federal problem that is impacting the State's finances. Texas gets $0.94 back for every dollar it sends to Washington in comparison. To put that in context, California has sent about $50B out of State every year since 2000. It got much worse during GWB's Presidency than at any time in the past (was usually about $10-15B sent away). Imagine that as he sent more of our money to his buddies at Halliburton. At my work (which does a lot of government contracting) there was a very obvious shift of tasks from California to Texas and Florida when Bush was elected. If you think this is a coincidence, then realize that when Raygun was President we *received* about $5B per year from the Feds. Imagine that. There's enough money flowing out of this State to solve our current budget woes even with the mismanagement if only the Feds would let us keep some of it and if they would tend to the mess at the border they seem intent on ignoring.
The moral of this story is it takes a California president to get the federal tax money flowing back in the right direction? But if we cut federal taxes and spending (especially what they call transfer payments to the states) the whole nation benefits.
CableNewsGuy

Pasadena, CA

#43 Nov 19, 2009
Bluebonnets-Thistle wrote:
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You are in massive debt, boy. We are not. You can't get water to your farmers, we can. You are slipping, we are growing. Many of your teachers are leaving your gang infested schools and coming here. Many of your businesses are bugging out due to high taxes, and coming to the south.
I lived in the once great California back in the 60's near Fresno when people actually worked for a living. If California is doing so well about returning money to the feds, then why are you so broke??????
You are typical, rather than look at your own problems and attempt to fix them, you just look at others and criticize. Kind of like pelosi, boxer, fienstein. Yeah, they are so helpful to the people while making their husbands rich. Do you guys ever question them about that?? No, you badmouth Texas. LOL.
As far as Universities go, you left out Rice, A&M one of the top vet and engineering schools in the nation. Tech, a growing medical school facility, Baylor College of Medicine, UT Tyler, considered by Newsweek one to the top nursing schools in the nation and a few others.
Best Cancer Hospital, MD Anderson in Houston.
http://health.usnews.com/health/best-hospital...
Don't look over your shoulder, boy. Y'all come see us, heah?
Amen.

“a good community is OUR job”

Since: Mar 09

Pasadena

#44 Nov 19, 2009
Wrong again wrote:
"Keep Austin Weird" ... has been embraced by the community to reflect Austin's progressive nature compared to the rest of Texas. The man who reputedly coined "Keep Austin Weird", a librarian named Red Wassenich, says: "Austin has always been really different from the rest of Texas."
I'm glad your intimate knowledge of what the "community embraces" consists of what any goon can turn up on Wikipedia or Google.

What the local community embraces as the meaning for "Keep Austin Weird" could also have spawned the phrase: "Keep Austin from Turning into West LA or the OC".
Wrong again wrote:
.... They are going to want to suckle on Texas' teat next. I hope you're ready for it.
OK, now finally an intelligent comment.

Just like California could stand to learn a little bit from Texas right now... Texas and Texans must learn from California's mistakes and vow not to repeat them! Especially with the influx of Californians to the state... watch out!

Nip it in the bud. Keep entitlement programs small. Don't overburden companies with high taxes, massive regulations, liberal worker's comp, etc. Keep sales taxes and state income taxes (now zero) low. Keep a tight leash on public spending, public employee pensions, borrowing, etc.

Also, with rapid growth, there needs to be smart urban/city planning, so y'all don't end up with the jacked up city plans/ freeways that we have here. I mean, UCLA just published a report that emissions from the Santa Monica airport are harming nearby residential neighborhoods... which are only 300ft from the runway! Brilliant.. put houses and airports within 300ft of each other. Nimrods, every last one of them./rant

“a good community is OUR job”

Since: Mar 09

Pasadena

#45 Nov 19, 2009
can't believe Topix censored the word: n.i.p.
The Old Coach

Spring, TX

#46 Nov 19, 2009
Wrong again wrote:
>You just used the Nobel Peace Prize winner number >as the criteria to judge a University,
I hope not everyone in Texas is this stupid.
LOL, now you're saying US News and World Report decides on the Nobel Prize? Give us a break or post your proof.

Clean you bong, I thinks it's polluted.
Jim Maynard

El Paso, TX

#47 Nov 19, 2009
Petro wrote:
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Im from Texas and Im embarrassed, thats why I never admit it.
You SHOULD be embarrassed, Petunia. Look at how you write.

“Pet me or I'll bite you”

Since: Jul 07

Richardson, Texas

#48 Nov 20, 2009
Wrong again wrote:
>You just used the Nobel Peace Prize winner number >as the criteria to judge a University,
I hope not everyone in Texas is this stupid.
Universities are ranked according to current and past research, as well as depth of faculty education, along with the curriculum offered. For you to consider UT as mid tier (ranked 16 world wide, 2nd in public schools in America, and the wealthiest endowment of any school, second per capita only to Harvard), and then not to even mention the medical research of the Southwestern Medical Schools...your ignorance is astounding.

Lastly...have you never even heard of Rice?

“Pet me or I'll bite you”

Since: Jul 07

Richardson, Texas

#49 Nov 20, 2009
Wrong again wrote:
As for universities, Baylor and Rice are _private_ schools. They are great schools, but the Texas state government doesn't get credit for those.
California wouldn't be broke if it didn't send $500B off to the Feds over the last 10 years with nothing to show for it. That's a lot of money that could have been used for the State's infrastructure and programs that instead went to states like Mississippi, New Mexico, Arkansas, and
West Virginia. If California fails there are going to be a lot of poor ignorant States who are going to get a rude awakening. They are going to want to suckle on Texas' teat next. I hope you're ready for it.
Oh please, almighty and omniscient one, please offer us your opinion on Texas A&M while you're at it.

You're living in the land of the leftist loons. You've given us gifts like legalizing drugs and Nancy Pelosi. Your state produces by far the majority of the porn, and defends the deviant.

If you're suggesting that Texas would be better by being more like California, you are welcome to your own opinion, but please just stay there and be your continued happy self. We're tired of you exporting weirdos coming here and whining.
name

Murchison, TX

#50 Nov 21, 2009
Weird wild stuff...
Average American

AOL

#51 Nov 23, 2009
Sounds like Mr. Change the Zoning is allergic to facts.
It also sounds like he is suffering from what is clinically known as Bush Derangement Syndrome---that is the ailment which elicits a person to blame George W. Bush for anything that goes wrong.

California is totally bankrupt due to high taxes, excessive regulation, and incessant spending.
These Democratic policies are killing the state.

On the other hand, Texas has long enjoyed a prosperous economy as a result of lower taxes, fewer regulations, and the encouragement of risk-taking in the entrepreneurial arena.

Unfortunately, Obama wants to do to the entire country what the Democrats have done to California. And as a welfare-state left winger, Mr. Change the Zoning is supporting Obama's push for Uncle Sam to morph into Mrs. Doubtfire the nanny.

Since: Dec 07

Humble, TX

#52 Nov 23, 2009
Average American wrote:
Sounds like Mr. Change the Zoning is allergic to facts.
It also sounds like he is suffering from what is clinically known as Bush Derangement Syndrome---that is the ailment which elicits a person to blame George W. Bush for anything that goes wrong.
California is totally bankrupt due to high taxes, excessive regulation, and incessant spending.
These Democratic policies are killing the state.
On the other hand, Texas has long enjoyed a prosperous economy as a result of lower taxes, fewer regulations, and the encouragement of risk-taking in the entrepreneurial arena.
Unfortunately, Obama wants to do to the entire country what the Democrats have done to California. And as a welfare-state left winger, Mr. Change the Zoning is supporting Obama's push for Uncle Sam to morph into Mrs. Doubtfire the nanny.
Envoke states rights. Go Gov. Perry.
Hmmm

Tujunga, CA

#53 Nov 23, 2009
I thought you Texans would be in favor of eliminating the transfer of funds from States to the Feds.

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