Texas vs. California: What smug Fresno Bee doesn’t mention

Feb. 7, 2013

By Chris Reed

The war of words between Gov. Jerry Brown and his Texas counterpart, Rick Perry, over California’s business climate has led to the usual snide comments about the Lone Star State from the media annex of the Democratic establishment. The Fresno Bee’s editorial page comments are typical:

“Poor Texas. With its high dropout rate, lack of health insurance coverage, and wide economic disparities, the Lone Star State appears to be desperate, or least its governor is.

“How else to explain Gov. Rick Perry’s radio ads attempting to lure businesses from California?

“‘Building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California is next to impossible,’ Perry says in the ad. ‘This is Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and I have a message for California businesses: Come check out Texas.’

“Yes, come check out Texas. Check out a state that ranks last in the percentage of its population with high school diplomas. Come check out a state that is last in mental health expenditures and workers’ compensation coverage. Come check out a state that ranks first in the number of executions, first in the number of uninsured, first in the amount of carbon dioxide emitted and first in the amount of toxic chemicals released into water.”

But now, as Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story, courtesy of California lawmaker turned Texas think tanker Chuck DeVore. He destroys the idea that schools are inferior and poverty is higher in his new state:

“While California has more bureaucrats, Texas has 17 percent more teachers, with 295 education employees per 10,000 people, compared to California’s 252.

“The two states’ educational outcomes reflect this disparity. If we compare national test scores in math, science, and reading for the fourth and eighth grades among four basic ethnic and racial categories — all students, whites, Hispanics, and African-Americans — Texas beats California in every category, and by a substantial margin. In fact, Texas schools perform consistently above the national average across categories of age, race, and subject matter, while California schools perform well below the national average. …

“While California seeks more ways to tax success, it excels at subsidizing poverty. The percentage of households receiving public assistance in California was 3.7 percent in 2009, double Texas’s rate of 1.8 percent. Almost one-third of all Americans on welfare reside in California.”

Back to you, Fresno Bee. More snark! Less filling!

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  1. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 7 February, 2013, 12:16

    One doesn’t have to read the articles to decide which state is best. All one has to do is go to Texas and live there for a while.

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  2. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 7 February, 2013, 13:58

    “One doesn’t have to read the articles to decide which state is best. All one has to do is go to Texas and live there for a while.”

    …………..Which, by your own admission, you have never done, Seesaw.

    As Archie would say: Stifle yourself.

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  3. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 7 February, 2013, 14:08

    Also in need of stifling:

    The Fresno Bee.

    I could almost understand the smugness if it came Newport Beach’s Daily Pilot, the Santa Barbara News-Press, or Marin’s Independent Journal…….

    But FRESNO? By any measure, the Central Valley remains stuck in deep, deep economic depression…….and Fresno County is just about ground zero. Its socio-economic metrics are abysmal…..How abysmal? Worse than Mississippi abysmal.

    Fresno and your Bee – you do NOT have a leg to stand on in this spat. I would quietly retreat if I were you.

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  4. Paul
    Paul 7 February, 2013, 14:53

    I live in the Central Valley and Fresno sucks and doesn’t have a leg to stand on. I’m from TEXAS and you can’t compare California and Texas. As long as California is liberal fantasy land California will suck also. It wont matter where you live….

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  5. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 7 February, 2013, 16:57

    Please move to Texas, with its low income jobs, high sales taxes, lousy health care, etc., etc. Don’t let the screen door hit you in the butt on your way out.

    I’d rather live in Fresno than Midland or Lubbock any day of the week.

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  6. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 7 February, 2013, 17:41

    stevefromsacto says:
    I’d rather live in Fresno than Midland or Lubbock any day of the week.

    Paul says:
    I live in the Central Valley and Fresno sucks and doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

    Steve, you have never lived in FRESNO, Paul here has, and he says it SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 7 February, 2013, 18:16

    And how do you know where I have lived, Rexie? You pullin’ some of those Repub dirty tricks and spyin’ on me?

    Question is, has Paul ever lived in Midland. It ain’t the end of the earth, but you can see it from there.

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  8. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 7 February, 2013, 18:58

    No Jimmy but I’ve been there–stayed there. I have family there. Driving across the state is hours and hours of flat nothingness. Driving across CA is seeing different kinds of topography along the way. Services are not so good in Texas and you get sick if you go in summertime, due to the smothering humidity, unless you stay indoors with ACm 24/7. CA is mangificent! Texas is bland.

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  9. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 7 February, 2013, 20:49

    StevefromSacto: You didn’t address the points made by Chuck DeVore refuting what the Fresno Bee said. So you lose the argument.

    On Fresno, it is one of the few places in California where a middle-class family still can afford a home:
    http://www.zillow.com/local-info/CA-Fresno-home-value/r_18203/

    Yosemite and Sequia are nearby, something Texas doesn’t have.

    But you still pay the high state marginal income tax for the middle-class of 9.3 percent. Texas has no state income tax.

    Fresno has 13.5 percent unemployment, so it’s hard to get a job:
    https://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=z1ebjpgk2654c1_&met_y=unemployment_rate&idim=city:PA062600&fdim_y=seasonality:U&dl=en&hl=en&q=unemployment%20rate%20fresno

    Midland’s unemployment is an incredibly low 3 percent:
    https://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=z1ebjpgk2654c1_&met_y=unemployment_rate&idim=city:PA481350&fdim_y=seasonality:U&dl=en&hl=en&q=midland%20unemployment

    Lubbock’s is 4.6 percent:
    https://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=z1ebjpgk2654c1_&met_y=unemployment_rate&idim=city:PA482700&fdim_y=seasonality:U&dl=en&hl=en&q=lubbock%20unemployment

    — John Seiler

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  10. Harvey
    Harvey 10 February, 2013, 13:45

    Calif Liberals are the reason we’re in this mess… Until some common sense is put back into the Sacramento Legislature we will continue to sink. Take a look around, we’re in deep doo doo

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  11. Stentor
    Stentor 6 April, 2013, 17:50

    I grew up in Nebraska, if you move to Texas, wait until you have to experience your first dozen or so tornadoes, something California does not have to deal with. I’d rather have one earthquake every 20 years than 20 tornadoes every year. If Perry thinks his state is so great, then why is it turning purple? Wait until it flips into a blue state, then Texas can begin to compete with California, until then, enjoy your low-wage, non-insured jobs Lone Star residents.

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  12. Moving to TX
    Moving to TX 9 April, 2013, 17:25

    I’ve lived in CA since 1999 and it has taken me 14 long A$$ years to convince my native CA wife to move to TX where I am originally from. I think it’s funny how CA’ns are trying to sway from the fact that their state is BANKRUPT and it’s all because of their greedy tree hugging save the whales government. Had CA’ns of worried more on their economy than the migration of whales, paid attention to the mass influx of illegals having anchor babies, and most of all extracted its own natural resources, their economy would have flurished!
    Thanks Gov. Brown, your help has been much appreciated!

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