‘Heartless Plutocrat Magazine’ Names Texas Best State For Heartless Plutocrats And Their Serfs

by Josh Fruhlinger

Yee haw!You guys, Chief Executive magazine, the #1 magazine for Chief Executives by Chief Executives that isn’t Forbes, has studied each and every one of the states of this great union of ours to determine which one is best, for Chief Executives? Can you guess which one, based on our beloved cactus-dong photo to the right there, and also based on your knowledge of what Chief Executives like? TIME’S UP, it’s Texas, Texas is the best state in America, for Chief Executives. But what makes Texas so great? Is it the barbecue, the Austin music scene, the poisonous snakes, or the complete absence of government regulations of any kind? Find out after the jump! (HINT: It is the last one.)

Texas was anointed #1 (for the 8th year in a row!) as a result of a survey of actual CEOs. Let’s examine some of their statements from this year’s survey (and last year’s too, what the heck) about the various USA American states to see what CEOs like and dislike, shall we?

  • “More than 500 CEOs considered a wide range of criteria, from taxation and regulation to workforce quality and living environment.” “Living environment,” in CEO-speak, means “ready availability of walled compounds.”
  • “CEOs indicate that workforce quality is [Indiana]‘s single greatest strength…” Oh, CEOs care about how good their workforce is!
  • “…and since it became the 23rd right-to-work state last year…” Oh, no, never mind, “workforce quality” is code for “workforce fireability.”
  • “California treats business owners like criminals. California has different overtime policies for its own employees vs. private sector.” CEOs believe that our justice system makes criminals adhere to different overtime payment schemes than the public sector! This may explain why they’re worried about America being soft on crime?
  • “A good state is one that actively encourages competitive business, demands low relative taxes and has a highly educated workforce.” CEOs think that a highly educated workforce just appears out of nowhere, like magic, without any “taxes” funding an educational system!
  • “While the Lone Star State may not be perfect — many leaders would like to see improvements in its education system…” CEOs do not actually care about education.
  • “…it is Periclean Athens compared to California in the eyes of the 550 CEOs surveyed.” CEOs do not really understand what the deal was with Periclean Athens.

Anyway, check out how the relative rankings shift up and down for these states and try to correlate them with recent election of Republican governors. (HINT: They are highly correlated.) But it isn’t all GOP cheerleading! Alabama is way down in 21st place! Is it because of its persecution of a primary source of cheap labor? Yes, let’s say that. [Chief Executive]

 
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nounverb911 May 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Texas is also the best state for peeing on electrified fences.

Radiotherapy May 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Wanna touch my third rail there partner?

Fukui-sanYesOta May 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I hear Texas' Silicon Desert is really sucking in the talent. Or just sucking.

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

If we could only bring back slavery, Alabama would leap back up to the top ten.

OneDollarJuana May 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

That's what "right to work" is heading for.

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

So, the best place for a CEO is also the worse place for a worker.

Didn't Marx write something on this?

memzilla May 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

It was Das Krapital.

Mumbletypeg May 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

CEOs do not really understand what the deal was with Periclean Athens.

Let college-age scholar of the classics Barack Obama explain it to them, then.

Baconzgood May 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm

“While the Lone Star State may not be perfect" Tex-ass is a FAR cry from perfect.

elviouslyqueer May 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Wait a second. Tennessee is #4? You have GOT to be fucking KIDDING me.

WunkRocker May 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

They just arrested and jailed a man for passing a legitimate $50 bill. I guess no one had ever seen one.

glamourdammerung May 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Odd since supposedly a car factory is considering moving because the local workface is too uneducated to work there.

Designer_Rants May 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Go on… Or are you going to make me do my own Googling?

glamourdammerung May 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm

The Volkswagen factory in Tennessee did not get the Audi model production, which would have meant a factory expansion and those are going to be built in Mexico instead. I had misunderstood my pal that was talking about it and thought they were moving an existing production unit to Mexico from there when it is apparently being moved to Mexico from Germany, so sorry about my mistake there.

They have hired on more folks, but apparently have issues due to education and the fact that starting pay is around like$12-13 an hour with most of the hires being done through temp agencies to avoid benefits (after getting a ton of state and federal money for promising to "create jobs" at a higher rate.

Throw in the German brass from another company getting harassed by weird "anti-illegal immigrant" laws a state over (with a goal of having the same law in Tennessee), weird gun laws (their American CEO is upset that the legislators seem to think that someone has more rights to carry a gun than the facility does to not have guns present), and weird school laws seems to have made the Germans a bit leery about expanding further there.

Designer_Rants May 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Can't blame them, especially since I've heard several stories on NPR about how smooth Germany's system of getting workers through technical college programs and then apprenticeships and then job placements is. Our system is downright idiotic comparatively.

MMathS May 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

It probably has something to do with the abundance of steers and queers, also, too.

nounverb911 May 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Rick Perry?

Designer_Rants May 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm

And he sure don't look like a steer!

Sorry, was watching Officer & A Gentleman on cable recently.

Sharkey May 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Texas gave the biggest bribe to Chief Executive magazine.

Not_So_Much May 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I guess they went with the name 'Chief Executive' because 'Fucking Selfish Asshole Megalomaniac Plutocrat Douchecanoe' was too lengthy.

CapnFatback May 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Like everything else, the assholes are bigger in Texas.

Schmannnity May 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

"A good state is one that actively encourages competitive business, demands low relative taxes and has a highly educated workforce.”

Right. Because a highly educated workforce grows on trees, not taxes. Best state: one that under funds education and whose workforce is educated in Massachusetts.

HippieEsq May 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Texas is also second-closest in geographic proximity (behind FL) to Columbian prostitutes.

BigSkullF*ckingDog May 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm

"Plus, these 10 gallons hats make my tiny wang feel bigger. Yee Haw!" PEW PEW PEW!

actor212 May 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I got an uncle lives in Taxes

chicken_thief May 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm

No mention of the fun packed trips to Niggerhead to bond with Perry-winkle as a reason they love them some Texas?

weejee May 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Periclean Athens

Tejas is a Porcelain Throne compared to California.

SayItWithWookies May 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Now if only those fucking greedhead CEOs could get workers with California educations who work for Mexican wages they'd be set.

bumfug May 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Plus they have great access to plenty of Mexicans to keep everything clean and trimmed.

Lucidamente1 May 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Are you sure this isn't from Race to the Bottom magazine?

UnionAgitator May 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

"CEOs do not really understand what the deal was with Periclean Athens."

It won't take the fuckers long to find out that "Periclean Athens" had about 70,000 slaves that "could be owned privately or by the state."

A modern CEO will prefer his own.

Athenian society in the time of Pericles

Designer_Rants May 2, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Yeah, that statement is fucking disgusting. Texas is Waaaaaaayyyyy better than Commie Cali, cuz, it's cool with wage slavery; hell, maybe even actual slavery! Stay tuned, plutocrats. I hope your walled compounds get filled with water and we all find out how human aquariums work (or don't work).

Radiotherapy May 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Isn't it also the state where Brokeback Mountain took place?

MissTaken May 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I spent three days in Texas several years ago. And I'm still pissed about it.

actor212 May 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Bah! That's nothing. I did that one night.

Warwhatgoodfor May 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Hell, I spent a couple of years there in August doing my two week indoctrination on how to be a medical officer and gentleman. Didn't take.

ttommyunger May 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

This State is one huge outdoor toilet, populated by people with big egos and tiny brains. I've lived there, I know what I'm talking about.

chascates May 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Hey, we've got lots of pawn shops and finance companies!

ttommyunger May 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm

We have that in common here in Gawja, and much, much more…

ManchuCandidate May 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Wyoming.

Callyson May 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

“California treats business owners like criminals."

Yeah, that's why worker's compensation reform happened, and why commercial property taxes were covered by Prop 13 (which was sold to CA voters as a way to keep Grandma from having to sell her house to pay her taxes.)

Brainless as well as heartless…

Steverino247 May 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm

The fact that many of them are actually criminals (labor and environmental law violations) should not detract from that argument.

Wile E. Quixote May 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

“A good state is one that actively encourages competitive business, demands low relative taxes and has a highly educated workforce.”

They can't be too highly educated in Texas, after all this is the state that elected George W. Bush and Rick Perry, more than once I might add.

Jennyjen798 May 2, 2012 at 10:57 pm

By highly educated they mean "company educated". You know, smart enough to follow orders but not smart enough to think for themselves. Those big corporations just love blind followers they can influence and persuade to work against their own interests. Works even better if they can throw "swag" and tradition at them. It's like going to Texas A & M FOREVER! Gig'em!

Schmannnity May 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

WE'RE NUMBER 2! WE'RE NUMBER 2! WE'RE NUMBER 2!

We'd be Number 1 if they considered gun laws, gubernatorial shaved heads, and general corruption.

BigSkullF*ckingDog May 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

You know what else is #2?

Boojum May 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Is it poop?

BigSkullF*ckingDog May 2, 2012 at 9:24 pm

You have to ask?!

Boojum May 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm

One always has to ask. It's only polite.

elviouslyqueer May 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

“Mississippi has made tremendous improvements in their legal system reforms since year 2003.”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Right.

chascates May 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Plus in most rural areas elected sheriffs are the law. And easily, uh, persuaded if you know what I mean. And you aren't a real CEO if you don't.

actor212 May 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I've never heard of Periclean Athens, but I do own a Periclean underwear.

Toomush_Infer May 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

If she's wearin' Periclean underwear – Ceasar……! Sorry….

Warwhatgoodfor May 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Aarrgghh!!! Otherwise damn fine

IndianaKevin May 3, 2012 at 7:29 am

It's a reference to Pericles, about which dictionary.com tells us: (ˈpɛrɪˌkliːz) — n ?495–429 bc , Athenian statesman and leader of the popular party, who contributed greatly to Athens' political and cultural supremacy in Greece. Brother of Testicles (ˈtɛstɪˌkliːz).

Wile E. Quixote May 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

CEOs do not really understand what the deal was with Periclean Athens.

What do you mean, there were a lot of people getting fucked up the ass in Periclean Athens, and American CEOs are all about fucking people up the ass.

Warwhatgoodfor May 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Just noticed the avatar. I liked old Buck Turgeson. Girlfriend wasn't too bad either.

Lucidamente1 May 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Not to get too technical, but some of those bottom-feeding states like Connecticut, New York, and California actually send more money to the federal treasury than they get back; the reverse is true of places like Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

actor212 May 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Now, in fairness, Texas actually produces next tax revenue to the Feds, but only, and I mean only, because of gas and oil taxes.

ifthethunderdontgetya May 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm

AND!

Those taxes are still too low, because back when oil was 20$ a barrel, tax incentives were passed to encourage exploration and production.

Now that it's a $100, those tax breaks are still there. Simply because the oil companies are making so much money that they can easily bribe all our politicians, and pay for big fancy ads in our corporate media.
~

memzilla May 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Pericles was famous for speechifying against the democratizing influence of the Greek Navy.

Around 400 B.C., once Greece took to heart that it had to become a maritime power to survive and prosper — protecting grain shipments from the Ukraine through the Bosporous, trade with the Aegean Islands, Sicily, and North Africa — it had to acknowledge that the simple oarsmen of its triremes, quadremes, and quinqeremes were the backbone of its navy and could not be p***ed off, else no trade, else no money, else no survival.

You could build thousands of ships, but if you couldn't find the men to row them, the ships were worse than useless.

So Greece had to grant certain rights and privileges to the underclass, elevating them to beyond slavery, in order to entice them to be cooped up in the stinking holds of leaky ships for months and years at a time. In compensation for low wages, they were granted certain rights of citizenry.

And this simple reality p***ed off Pericles no end.

Rick Perry and Pericles — separated at birth?

EloquentScience May 3, 2012 at 2:50 am

Kind of like now. We get low wages and citizenship in this great country of ours with Rush, Assity, and Rmoney. What a deal!

C_R_Eature May 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

“While the Lone Star State may not be perfect — many leaders would like to see improvements in its education system…” it is Periclean Athens compared to California in the eyes of the 550 CEOs surveyed.”

550 CEO's favorably compared Perry's Texas to Pericles' Athens, in public and on the record.

Now, I understand so much more about the catastrophically inept MBA Presidency of George W. Bush. Thanks very much, Chief Executive magazine!

Jukesgrrl May 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I defy anyone to find a CEO thinking of moving to Texas who knows what "Periclean" means.

C_R_Eature May 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

It's possible they think they're referring to "Perineum grease", which would be something completely different.

chascates May 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

For notes on Texas' culture check out: http://texaslos.org/
"Preserving the Cultural, Social, Economic and Political Heritage of the Southern People"

weejee May 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Is this site related to the Dykes Daughters of the Republic of Tejas who burn a Messican or three each year at the Alamo?

actor212 May 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Where's the coloreds' entrance to that website? I didn't want to go in the front door.

HistoriCat May 3, 2012 at 10:48 am

Great – now I need a shower.

DemmeFatale May 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Yet another reason, (there are so many), to hate Texas.

(I know, I know. Austin is different.)

SorosBot May 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm

"I know, I know. Austin is different."

Good work to prevent the usual "I'm from Austin, we're not like the rest of Texas" whining that usually comes whenever anyone mocks Texas online.

babyeinstein May 3, 2012 at 12:30 am

Won't somebody think of the Austin?

babyeinstein May 3, 2012 at 12:33 am

I would also like to point out that the first comment on this article was literally this.

BaldarTFlagass May 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I've lived here in TX for 35 years, because I know that when I achieve the American Dream and become a Heartless Plutocrat, I'm already in Heartless Plutocrat Heaven and won't have to be calling Century 21 or Bekins.

Texan_Bulldog May 2, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I've been here since 1985 (4 years at Fort Hood, 2 horrible years in Irving & the rest in Austin). I'd be the first to admit we have our share of dildos & corruption, but the Tex-Mex, live music and diversity (at least here) really make it easier to tune out my RW friends.

Jennyjen798 May 2, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I was born a poor Messican child in Grand Prairie, TX, the asshole of the Metroplex! I've lived ever so briefly in K-town, so what in the world happened in Irving that made it worse than Killeen? And yes thank Zeus for Austin! It's the only place in Texas I can see myself staying for the rest of my life.

Texan_Bulldog May 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

"so what in the world happened in Irving that made it worse than Killeen?"

1. It took almost an hour to drive 8 freaking miles down the road to work everyday.
2. Half the damn county is dry & you have to buy these stupid club cards and then you lose them & have to buy them again. What a racket!
3. People there were so pretentious & pains in the asses.

Two years was all we could hack it there and we hightailed it back to Austin!

fartknocker May 3, 2012 at 1:29 am

I was born in Tyler, Texas which is known for nothing other than roses, hating blacks, and was once a Democrat strong hold. I left when I was 18, moved to Austin, and have been here for 34 years. We're kind of in a bubble here as people are generally nice, the food is good, and we have a great music scene.

We also renamed our main bridge from South Austin into downtown after former Governor Ann Richards. I would like to start a petition to name the waste water clarification ponds at the Walnut Creek Water Treatment plant after Rick Perry because that where the predominance of the shit in Austin is treated.

MosesInvests May 3, 2012 at 9:25 am

I'll sign that petition!

edgydrifter May 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm

This certainly explains the total lack of successful multinational conglomerates headquartered in New York and California. Manhattan is just one big Potemkin Island of empty towers built to fool the rubes.

EloquentScience May 3, 2012 at 2:48 am

Yes, but Chief Executive magazine warns about the impending class war there. Texas residents have already succumbed to the Koolaid the Chiefs provide, so war won't break out there.

BklynIlluminati May 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm

They forgot the best part the ability to live and act like 19th Century robber barons and no one will look down on you plus you get to mingle with all the other great robber barons freely!

Dudleydidwrong May 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

This almost defies snark. Chief executives find Tejas a good place to run their businesses because they are in an environment in which their employees (proles) have no rights. If that's what makes 'Murica a great country and is the top of the heap for CEOs then we're all basically fucked. I'll bet that five thousand CEOs of companies that are not in Tejas are fapping to that article right now: "Uh, uh, uh….ahhhh…gonna move this sum'bitch to Texas and get me a ten gallon hat…and pointy shoes… They're all sounding just like Kim Fowley, my favorite Animal Man.

SorosBot May 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm

For its complete lack of any regulations or taxes, Chief Executive magazine also ranked as its top continent Antarctica, even though the penguins are a poorly educated workforce.

Toomush_Infer May 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Here's the idea: we cut the federal deficit by selling Texas to Mexico (it's theirs, anyway). That way, we can put the fence through Texarkana….

owhatever May 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm

“A good state is one that actively encourages competitive business, demands low relative taxes and has a highly educated workforce.”

This was scrawled with BBQ sauce on a napkin by the CEO of Bubba's Fart-Beans and Guns, outside of Lubbock. It means Wal-Mart South competing with Wal-Mart North, no taxes for the gummint to waste, no minimum wage, no damn regulations, and Mexican slave workers who can recite most of the vowels in the American language.

Jukesgrrl May 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm

And if you're a really lucky CEO, you can spend your day off helping George W. cut brush, just for the lulz.

actor212 May 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I think I see an ad campaign in Texas' future:

Texas: The Home Of Galt's Gulch

Rotundo_ May 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Not to be confused with the Asshole of the Universe, though you can see and smell it from here!

BigSkullF*ckingDog May 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm

This list seems to be just about inverse to a list of states that regular people actually want to live in. Except for California. Everyone hates California.

George Spelvin May 2, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Hey, I don't make fun of Puwallup.

sullivanst May 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm

it is Periclean Athens compared to California

Yes, about 2,500 years behind seems right.

Jus_Wonderin May 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Periclean Athens. Wonderful car, but I had to sell it when we had a kid. Now the Ms.JW drives a Draconian Vesuvius. In fact, she drives two of them just like that precious Ann Romney.

chascates May 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm

People ask me "have you lived your whole life in Texas" and I answer "so far but by God I'm hoping to change that."

Generation[redacted] May 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I say, "I'm from Texas, a long way from Texas and that's where I like to be."

DahBoner May 3, 2012 at 7:46 am

Just load up the truck, Jed…

Steverino247 May 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I have foreign service in Korea, Germany and Texas. My sons were born there but I hear they are still eligible to be President because I was stationed there at the time.

Antispandex May 2, 2012 at 6:28 pm

"…every one of the states of this great union of ours to determine which one is best, for Chief Executives?"

See, you used the word "union" in a story about C.E.O.'s. That's really not very nice. Also, it's why the bestest state ever is Texas. They don't let you use that word there.

Nostrildamus May 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Also a great place to buy a kidney.

Monsieur_Grumpe May 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Huh. I would have guessed Mexico for number one.

Generation[redacted] May 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm

The richest man in the world agrees!

Boojum May 2, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I overheard a conversation this morning between a couple of greed heads. It was all about the horrible socialism and unions, then immediately turned to the gobs and gobs of giant munnies they were all making. There was not the slightest hesitation at the inconsistency.

Mumbly_Joe May 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Just to be clear, this is a list of the top places where CEOs like to exploit workers, and not top states that CEOs actually like to live in.

In fact, I believe you will find the latter set of states situated at number 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, and 50 on this list. Almost as though letting businesses run roughshod over a state's residents in a race to the bottom line somehow makes those states less desirable places to live, or something.

glamourdammerung May 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Funny how the Koch brothers do not seem to want to live near their handiwork for some reason.

Negropolis May 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I feel shitty that you openly left out 46. lol It was the only one in the sequence, in fact. Poor Michigan. No respect, I tells ya'; no respect.

Mumbly_Joe May 3, 2012 at 6:34 am

Yeah, I felt a little bad about that. Truthfully, I was thinking about states with the highest numbers of millionaires per capita, and the fact that that list really is just this one reversed. And actually, Michigan is no slouch there, at #17.

Interestingly enough, Virginia is the only state that ends up near the top of both lists, thanks to their high concentration of lobbyists and contractors. There's good money to be made in corrupting democracy, it seems.

Mumbly_Joe May 2, 2012 at 7:56 pm

California treats business owners like criminals.

Honestly, a "three strikes rule" for business owners might not be a terrible idea, now that you mention it.

Negropolis May 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Few times have I been happier to see my Michigan at number 46 on any list.

iburl May 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm

This is timely:

Texas Governor Rick Perry 'interested' 2016 run for the White House
http://www.examiner.com/article/texas-governor-ri

Kinda like how I'm 'interested' in 'dating' Olivia Munn.

Perry's approval in Texas now:
According to numbers from Public Policy Polling, 64 percent of respondents said Perry should not run for governor again while 29 percent said he should. A fewer amount of Texans showed support for another Perry presidential run in 2016 – only 19 percent in favor. http://blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/2012/04/poll-

MosesInvests May 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I'm glad that if I have to live in Texas, I can live in Austin. Great city, but drive 20 minutes in any direction and you're in Dumbfuckistan. You can actually feel the average IQ in Austin drop 20 points when the Lege is in session.

Jennyjen798 May 2, 2012 at 11:27 pm

True story! I work near the Capitol, the conversations you overhear from these guys ugh! Not to mention the number of state official vehicles that don't know that you're supposed to yield to pedestrians in the cross walks. You see this giant SUV with NOBAMA! DONT TREAD ON ME! KEEP THE CHANGE! Stickers and state official plates? IT MEANS I'M FUCKING IMPORTANT! GET OUT OF MY WAY YOU SMELLY HIPPIES AND POORS!

EloquentScience May 3, 2012 at 2:46 am

Douchecanoe? Good word, but a lousy way to get down the river.

DahBoner May 3, 2012 at 7:45 am

Texas has almost no regulations of utilities and pay some of the highest prices in the country.

Coincidence, ya think?

Chichikovovich May 3, 2012 at 9:19 am

The key word is "almost". Once they get rid of those last few regulations, utilities will be free.

Terry May 3, 2012 at 9:10 am

Funny that Texas' leading employer is actually the Federal government. Try counting up all the military bases, government facilities and offices, and so forth. For a bunch of rugged individualists, they sure are firmly attached to the government teat.

Chichikovovich May 3, 2012 at 9:16 am

Well, it's clearly time to start moving those bases and facilities elsewhere. It would be shameful for the Fed government presence to oppress those freedom-lovers any more than they already have.

I_P May 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm

As someone who was raised and educated in Texas, fuck Texas.

memzilla May 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Props to Gen. Phil Sheridan for that quote.

Jus_Wonderin May 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Well, you know how it is down here. Don't rent your Texas to illegal immigrants. My fair suburb has a law against it.

Warwhatgoodfor May 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Mark Twain did say "heaven for climate, hell for society". He also mentioned that he wasn't too worried about needing a coat after he died. And that he understood that all you did in heaven was play the harp and sing "hozzanah and glory be to god" for the rest of eternity, and if that wasn't hell he didn't know what was.

MosesInvests May 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Your father was General Sheridan?

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