This thread is for discussing Texas. Plain and simple.
I see and hear Texas being the butt of jokes, looked at as too conservative, focused entirely on wealth and the trappings of big money, maybe even considered "big country arrogant". To many it appears as a land of modern skyscrapers (zoning?), cowboy hats and boots, big oil, and endless scenes of cattle ranches.
This Bear has never been to the state of Texas. I do find it very interesting. And, even though it is continually bashed, Texas is perhaps the best success story in the states. Spurred (get it? ) on by oil, Texas has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Did the recession even hit Houston? It is easy to predict that Texas' major cities and major metros will make significant jumps when census figures are released later this year. It's not just folks from south of the border who are going to the Lone Star State. Almost everyday here in the Great Lakes area we see and read of people and corporations heading for Dallas or Houston or Austin or San Antonio.
The business and service climate in Texas is obviously a generator. Just to throw a few examples into the discussion......The Texas Transportation Institute, The Texas Medical Center, giant distribution and intermodal complexes, numerous Fortune 500 corporations, extensive alternative energy research.....and on and on. What are the other generators? What is making this oft-dissed state so dang nab successful?
Y'all help me out here. Looking forward to comments, rants, and raves.
Texas. Big. Successful. Why? What say you?