Texas as Ireland

Austin Capitol From The East Side

Ru-oh, sounds like Texas is in the same sort of fiscal trouble as California and Illinois, and wherever else is teetering on the edge of insolvency.1 Plus I don’t think Texas can blame their troubles on public employees, because there aren’t many (if any) unions even available to targeted as punching bags…

there’s one state, which is fairly high up on the list of troubled states that nobody is talking about, and there’s a reason for it.

The state is Texas.

This month the state’s part-time legislature goes back into session, and the state is starting at potentially a $25 billion deficit on a two-year budget of around $95 billion. That’s enormous. And there’s not much fat to cut. The whole budget is basically education and healthcare spending. Cutting everything else wouldn’t do the trick. And though raising this kind of money would be easy on an economy of $1.2 trillion, the new GOP mega-majority in Congress is firmly against raising any revenue.

So the bi-ennial legislature, which convenes this month, faces some hard cuts. Some in the Texas GDP have advocated dropping Medicaid altogether to save money.

So why haven’t we heard more about Texas, one of the most important economy’s in America? Well, it’s because it doesn’t fit the script. It’s a pro-business, lean-spending, no-union state. You can’t fit it into a nice storyline, so it’s ignored.

But if you want to make comparisons between US states and ailing European countries, think of Texas as being like America’s Ireland. Ireland was once praised as a model for economic growth: conservatives loved it for its pro-business, anti-tax, low-spending strategy, and hailed it as the way forward for all of Europe. Then it blew up.

(click to continue reading Hullabaloo – Austerity, Democrat Style.)

Of course, if Texas were to follow Gov Good Hair’s advice, and secede from the Union, well, everything would just be peachy, right?

  1. the link nominates these 16 states as economic trouble spots: Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina, Arizona, Oregon, Louisiana, Connecticut, Texas, Minnesota, South Carolina, Mississippi, California, Nevada, New Jersey, and Illinois []

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