Are You Better Off In Texas?

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And if so, how?

Gov. Rick Perry is coming to Connecticut and New York on a naked job-poaching bootleg.

I’m guessing he won’t be talking about water shortages.  (Hey, Texans! Want water? Boy, do we have some.)

We decided to scrap a show plan for Monday and do an episode about whether Texas is really a better place to be. We invited Perry. We’ll see if he accepts. I honestly don’t know whether it’s better in Texas, but this report would make me worry about pollution, health and education. We’ll be talking to journalists, politicians, folks who moved from Connecticut to Texas, and vice-versa.
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41 thoughts on “Are You Better Off In Texas?

  1. BobD

    Sunsets? Better in Texas. Barbecue? Way better in Texas. Pizza? Can’t be found in Texas. Accent? Better in Texas. NFL Football Teams? Are you kidding? The Giants OWN the Cowboys. Baseball Teams? C’Mon. Public Education? Not so good in Texas, way better here (most places). Country music legends? Not close. Texas wins. Willie’s from Texas. Authors? Depends how much you enjoy Larry McMurtry. Book Stores? Even. Larry’s got a great one in Archer, we have a pretty good one here,too. Governor’s with Swagger? Let’s say even. Climate? Depends. Do you like dry and hot or cold and rainy? Legislature that does what it damn well pleases? Even. Flagship State University Basketball Teams? Not close. Flagship State University Football Teams? Not close.

  2. Mark O'Brien

    Naked job poaching? If I’m incapable of keeping something, or if I create an environment in which that something no longer chooses to be — and if you offer that something a better alternative — have you poached it from me?

    Before the market was demonized, profits became evil, and creating jobs became an ostensible government function, situations like this were called “opportunities”, people like Rick Perry were called “smart”, changing states for greater advantages was called “voting with your feet”, and people who prefer more and higher taxes over fiscal restraint were called “chowderheads”.

    1. peter brush

      And the chowderheads are in charge not only in the Nutmeg State but across Nuevo England as a whole.
      The question is not where I might like to live. I like passing through Texas and Ohklahoma, but won’t be moving there. New England has certain natural, meteorological, and historical advantages to me personally.
      The question isn’t even whether more government regs, programs, and taxes are good. Let’s stipulate that Connecticut has excellent government services. In particular, education and medicaid here are simply swell.
      The question is whether the fantastic public services that make Connecticut a superior place to live are affordable. Texas may have really crappy government services, poor elevator regulation, exploding fertilizer factories…, but they are comparatively affordable. We chowderheads insist on more government than we, our kids, and our commercial enterprises can afford.
      Herb Stein is credited with saying that if something can’t go on forever it won’t. And here in the Land of Steady Habits when it doesn’t not only will we be stuck with enormous debt, not only will we be unable to pay the drivers of the buses on the Malloy Busway, not only will we be unable to subsidize ESPN, but the weather will still stink and the landscape will still be cluttered with crappy suburban sprawl.
      I’m not moving to Texas. But, I’m certainly encouraging my kid not to return here.

  3. Todd Zaino

    If Texas could solve their illegal…sorry undocumented immigrant (future Democrat voter) problem, country music, the humidity, and liberal heaven better known as Austin…it’s would be a pretty darn good place to live. Great food, lots of guns, lots of pick up trucks, high school football played at the highest level, lots of jobs, nice respectful law-abiding citizens…you know the anti-CT. When Connecticut says “Open for Business” we all laugh…when Texas says the same thing…they mean it.

    1. Ironic

      Ironic you mention ‘that liberal heaven better known as Austin’ like it’s a bad thing. Austin happens to have the fastest economic growth in Texas according to

      That said, I can’t disagree much with the idea of it being “Open for Business” and CT not so much. I just disagree with the idea that liberal has to be at odds with business and Austin is proving that in certain sectors. Honestly, what CT should be asking itself is why is Austin growing (or other cities/areas like that) and CT not (since Austin vs CT is more comparable than Texas as a whole).

    2. Billy Yo

      Lots of fat people down yonder. They all eat a lot of fatty beef. Oops. Todd, are you like that? Rotund?

  4. Jane Harris

    My husband and I were stranded in a hotel elevator in Houston, (pre-cellphone days) surprised to find no telephone or certificate of inspection. Bigger surprise — businesses, not even hotels, don’t have to have elevators inspected. It’s all part of that wonderful “hands-off” approach by their state government.

    Only in Texas would a fertilizer factory be built across the street from a playground, an elementary school, and a nursing home. I applaud FEMA’s refusal to help them rebuild.

  5. Paul

    Pockets of Old Texas are great (much like Florida and California) but most of new, developing, Texas is a sprawling mess (much like Florida and California and a lot of other places). “Take a right at the fourth 7-11, turn left at the third Winn-Dixie”. It would be OK if you had the money to live in a nice place (duh) but a lot of affordable Texas is featureless. And hot. And dry.

  6. richard

    I’m still looking for the Exodus from Texas to CT. Where are the Texas transplants hiding in CT? Its easier to find Sikhs in CT. Surely they are here somewhere.

  7. richard

    I like to remind people that Hartford is one of the poorest cities in the nation with a high poverty rate. It would make the top 5 if the population was 250,000 or over. Unlike the 80s and early 90s CTs failures fail to make national news simply because the v
    cities don’t make the cutoff that rose from 100,000 to 250,000 on the lists.

  8. richard

    people said all the same things when retirees went to Florida, California, Arizona, and the Carolinas. CT citizens are so so lucky they don’t live like Gammas. I am so happy to be a Delta…..

  9. Billy Yo

    I’m Proud to be a Yankee from Winooski
    April 11, 2013

    We don’t think the NRA are good guys.
    We don’t need their guns in every square.
    Global warming means the ice on top is melting.
    And in New England, clam chowder is our fare.

    Well I’m proud to be a Yankee from Winooski.
    A place where even sailors have a squall.
    They still talk of Gloria worse than Sandy,
    And striped bass is still the biggest fish of all. 

    We never say hello here if we don’t know ya.
    The Texas style is not our cup of tea.
    We don’t say, “how y’all doin,” then execute ya.
    But we are liberal and we really like our breed.

    Well I’m proud to be a Yankee from Winooski.
    A place where even sailors have a squall.
    They still talk of Gloria worse than Sandy,
    And striped bass is still the biggest fish of all. 

    We like regulations for the bankers.
    Money is the root of all that’s wrong.
    We don’t think that companies are people.
    And carbon footprints here are smaller in our homes.

    Well I’m proud to be a Yankee from Winooski.
    A place where even sailors have a squall.
    They still talk of Gloria worse than Sandy,
    And striped bass is still the biggest fish of all. 

          1. Cynical Susan

            And he only has 6 to 8 commenters on his blog too, right? And you’re one of them!

          2. Billy Yo

            I didn’t beg and you are just jealous of my compositions.

            What a piece of work you are.

  10. richard

    Hartford had the sixth-highest child poverty rate in the nation among cities with populations over 100,000. At the same time, it was estimated that 41 percent of the adults in Greater Hartford were functioning below the literacy level needed to earn a living wage, according to the Greater Hartford Literacy Council.

    From 2007. The figures have risen since.

  11. Jon Hendry

    Texas government: low taxes and regulation, because when a town gets obliterated by an unregulated fertilizer plant exploding, they expect the American taxpayer to pay to clean up Texas’ self-inflicted mess.

    Perry, Texas needs to pay for your reckless incompetence, not the Federal government.

  12. Paul

    I’ve pretty much given up trying to understand people who spend their lives hating where they live. It’s a big world. Go find your happy place.

  13. KRM

    The water issue will be huge in the future. States around the Great Lakes have entered into agreements to strengthen their hold on water rights. New England should do the same. CT has enough fresh water that we could reserve low quality sources such as the Connecticut River for business use.

    “Connecticut: We Don’t Drink Our Own Pee”

  14. Todd Zaino

    @KRM Using your water idea perhaps Malloy can change his little ad campaign to this:

    “Connecticut…still sticking it to, and soaking the producers of our state!”

  15. richard

    Check into Texas and desalination.They have approx 50 projects working and some evolutionary stuff like wave powered desalination which funnels excess power to the grid. If you were sending your kid to school for green energy engineering Texas would be a great choice. Its a natural for solar. Houston claims solar is close to cost effective there and expects it to be by 2020.

    Necessity is the mother of invention. Texas has the types of energy and water needs its become a leader.

    where does CT make their bed? Jackson Labs, New Britain Highway, and moving the UConn Campus Downtown.

    Alt Energy and alt Water will be to Texas what Insurance was for Hartford.

    1. KRM

      Respectfully, and setting aside my snarky jokes, I think you’re referring to the Seadog pumps? Don’t get me wrong, they’re interesting tech that might go a long way to help create potable water but, to my knowledge, they’re only creating around 3,000 gallons of water per day which is why they can generate more electricity than they use. To my understanding, their ultimate goal is to create a square mile of pumps purely for power generation rather than desalination which would, of course, lessen the energy output. Either way, it will be exciting to see the results of!

      With our (comparatively) low infrastructure needs for water I think it should be one of the issues looked at for making CT more appealing to business. Manufacturing and most power generation requires a good amount of water and, while I don’t mean to suggest making it a public dump, we don’t need to worry about keeping the CT River (among other water bodies) fit for human consumption.

      I won’t disagree that our legislature has a lot of work to do in order to make the state more appealing to business, I just think that this resource is often taken for granted.

      1. Cynical Susan

        “we don’t need to worry about keeping the CT River (among other water bodies) fit for human consumption.”

        What about all the rest of the flora and fauna that depend on the Connecticut River and its environs???

        1. KRM

          Stringent environmental standards are a must but, in CT, we have very high standards for public drinking water. At least, we do when they’re enforced. It’s something of a luxury – so long as the standards are in place we never have to worry about any effluent in our water or the things that go with it like prescription drugs.

          1. richard

            There’s always the topic of sanitary versus artificially imposed standards of yuckiness driven by listing all the trace elements. Recently we read all public pools test positive for fecal matter. Test the average LA home pool or Hot Tub and you’d never enter one if all trace element was listed. Was it two years ago the Hartford water supply was tainted by cytoplasmic cephaloids?

  16. ThresherK

    CT’s govt would be so much more efficient if the Nutmeg State adopted the “Texas style” of erecting roadblocks between people who (techincally) qualify for something from gummint, and their actually getting that.

    It’s a practiced method in the Lone Star State. I’m just amazed it took so long for the principles and techniques to be turned into “true the vote” methods.

    1. richard

      You miss the union beta blockers and their triplicate forms. Don’t fret about Alpha wolves running around the agencies.Beta blockers rule.

  17. BRIAN

    Here’s the facts. The education system in connecticut isn’t that good. Except for a bunch of educators trying to get a raise no one believes that. As a nation we suck at education. Even third world countries are catching us. Welfare, don’t collect it, I work. Medicare, don’t use it, PAY for my insurance. 800 million for a bus I’ll never use. Food stamps, wic, free condoms. Care for kids dont use. Social services they suck. Police are useless. They get their too late and do nothing. Drink coffee maybe. Lifelong resident of the un-constitution State. Believe me it sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Billy Yo


      By the read, I guess that you didn’t get very far in the school system. But I would assume that in grade school, you were the highest in your class; by over two feet.

  18. Todd Zaino

    I’d love to get the liberal reaction from Colin, Cynical Susan, and the other libs about this from Democrat John Larson regarding ObamaCare:

    “The report indicates that Democrats want to alter the requirement, but know that it may not be easy politically. That’s hardly surprising given that “the provision was put in the bill in the first place on the theory that if Congress was going to make the country live under the provisions of Obamacare, the members and staff should have to as well.” Rep. John Larson, a Democrat from Connecticut, however, thinks that requirement is unreasonable. If the problems many Hill staffers have with the requirement are not resolved, he told Politico, “I think we should begin an immediate amicus brief to say, ‘Listen this is simply not fair to these employees.’ They are federal employees.” So it’s unfair to require federal employees to participate in one of the central features of a law they passed?”

    I will turn my snarl-o-meter off…dying to see the comments about Larson’s remark. I guess the Dems have finally gotten around to reading the bill they passed so quickly!

  19. len frost

    don’t know a whole lot about texas other that what I’m reading but as a former CT resident now in Florida for 10 years, I’m watching the incredible influx of people, business and jobs. Hertz is leaving NJ for SW FLA. Amazon just announced expansion in FL that will bring 3000 jobs. People are re-locating here from much less hospitable places like CT in droves, and not just snow birds. No one is twisting their collective arms to come here.

  20. peter brush

    People are re-locating here from much less hospitable places
    Florida has been transformed from a southern state into something less so. And, as for sensible, limited government going forward I’m betting that a parallel deformation will be achieved by virtue of all the folks from New York, New England, Illinois… that have infested the place.
    My kid is a student in New Jersey. Connecticut’s government is lousy, but the State’s physique, its architectural and floral characteristics superior. And, today it is splendidly June. Sure, traffic on Rte 4 through Metro Miss Porter’s is annoying, so turn up the Mozart. Does anyone know if there is a problem (bugs/fungus/other) with the scrub oak trees on Bear Mountain and surrounding?

    1. Paul

      It’s long been said that the further south you go in Florida the further north you go.

      Could it be that these people “infesting” the south, usually people of some means, flee what they view as overreaching government only to end up missing a lot of the services provided by local and state government. With a little luck, maybe a balance gets struck in there somewhere.

      1. peter brush

        maybe a balance gets struck in there somewhere.

        Turn up the Mozart. Personally, I like the Rene Jacobs opera recordings very much.

  21. ThresherK

    “It’s a shame that a bill like this one I’m signing today is even required, but I’m glad that we’re standing up for religious freedom in this state. Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion.”

    Rick Perry, signing a law protecting Texas’ poor persecuted Christians who’ve been sued for saying “Merry Christmas” on public property. (Poster child defendant image not found.)

    Looking forward to the freedumb!

    1. richard

      Let my people go!

      I expect a Christian Succession Movement over the next 50 years.

      The SCOTUS overstepped their bound in the post WWII – era when further advancing the Bill of Rights to control and limit state Legislation

  22. DC

    I guess the choice of Connecticut or Texas boils down to whether or not you want a job. CT industries are shutting down and moving out.

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