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  •  While you are correct in these statements... (0+ / 0-)
    What Texas shows is that a state offering cheap labor and, less important, weak regulation can attract jobs from other states. I believe that the appropriate response to this insight is “Well, duh.”

    The cost of living is much cheaper than in NY or Mass or a lot of other parts of the country. So the fact that salaries may be lower may have a rational basis.

    $250,00 - $300,000 gets you a new, large home. Not a MacMansion, but a nice sized family house. It's hard to find anything comparable in or around LA/SF/NYC/Mass/PA/NJ for this amount.

    What I pay per sq. foot for my apt, can't be matched in any of those places. I've checked.

    While regs may be a problem here, there is only one issue that really appears to cause problems and that's pollution from businesses. If the people here chose to ignore it, then that's their choice.

    Most seem to love this state. It's actually a state of mind. You also pointed to the growth in population. yes, many people choose to move here.

    Please don't take this as a vote of support for Perry/Parry. I just wanted to shed some light on the subject. That said, I despise his politics and that of most Texas' politicians.

    Progressives will win when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

    by auapplemac on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 09:52:48 AM PDT

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    •  Add to the pollution is the decimated (1+ / 0-)
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      state of public services in Texas; truly, it represents the conservative vision for this country.  Poor public education, high rates of people with no access to health care, or having no insurance.

      Sorry, scratch the service of Texan "economic miracles" and you have a public realm that has been starved to death.

      The most violent element in society is ignorance.

      by Mr MadAsHell on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 11:14:31 AM PDT

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    •  Actually, not entirely true. (0+ / 0-)

      A good friend (older) just sold his housein a very nice post-war neighborhood for $299,000. It's a ranch with three bedrooms, nice living area full garage and large yard )front and back). it's located in a Boston bedroom community with easy rail access to the city, near Route 128, the main road to Boston, and close to lots of stores and services.
      Real estate around here can be had for pretty good prices.

      A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by MA Liberal on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 12:14:42 PM PDT

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      •  Compare that used home to these new ones... (0+ / 0-)

        in the Dallas area

        http://www.newhomesource.com/...

        Really no comparison.

        Your friends home here would go for about $150,000 to $175,000.

        Progressives will win when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

        by auapplemac on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 02:14:29 AM PDT

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        •  True. (0+ / 0-)

          But I was responding to the comment that there are no homes for $200,000 or under. There are actually lost of homes here that sell for those prices.
          And I expect that in a state like Texas prices would be lower. Heck, my best friend;'s sister and hubby bought a large house in Binghamton, NY, about ten years ago, with lots of land and an in-ground pool for around $90,000.
          Here, we are close to Boston, close to the ocean and many beaches, and have lots of things to do. The more desirable the area, the higher the prices.
          Things in Mass, especially near the Boston area have been, and always will be than other parts of the country. But it is still affordable. You might just have to settle for a smaller house for the same price.

          A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt

          by MA Liberal on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 09:33:58 AM PDT

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