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80% of the jobs added in Texas were due to Obama's stimulus....... :oops:

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Hay personas que hacen opiniones basados en opiniones de otros y eso es un error...el que quiera saber la verdad sobre la calidad de vida en las ciudades que colindan con Mexico les recomiendo que vayan primero por alli y luego comenten por que en esas ciudades la dinamica es MUY DISTINTA a la de los demas estados o ciudades ....Yo he estado personalmente en EL PASO , LAREDO , BROWNSVILLE , SAN DIEGO CA y varias ciudades froterizas entre Texas , NM y CA y la vida alli es bien distinta y la gente es bien distinta en su manera de ver la vida....vayan primero por alli y luego hablen!!!

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Otro articulo muy bueno sobre la pobreza en Texas.......

[b] Miracle or mirage – what's the truth about Rick Perry's Texas?[/b]

Governor Rick Perry's 'economic miracle' could take him to the White House.[b][color=#ff0000] But for many, his state is a land of hunger and poverty – even for some of those who have a job[/color][/b]

[b]• [url=""]John Turner: So why are so many Texans going hungry?[/url][/b]

Anita and Texan governor Rick Perry during his inaugural parade in 2003. Photograph: Bob Daemmrich/ Bob Daemmrich/Bob Daemmrich Photography, Inc./Corbis

[b]They arrived before dawn to wait for the food truck. Middle-aged men, young women with children, the elderly and the retired, mixing with the low-paid on their way to work.[/b] As the sun rose high in a blue summer sky, several hundred people clustered in precious spots of shade in Dove Springs, a suburb of the Texan capital of Austin. Some brought garden chairs to sit on.

[b]When the truck from the Capital Area Food Bank eventually came, each person patiently waited to pick up a box containing cans of spaghetti sauce, fruit juice, a few pounds of potatoes and some pears[/b]. Connie Gonzales, an Austin city official, watched the crowds of hungry and desperate people and said that they grew bigger each week. "It is the economy. It is bad. Any help these people can get, they really need it," she said.

[color=#ff0000][b]It is not meant to be this way. Not in [/b][/color][b][url=""][color=#ff0000]Texas[/color][/url][color=#ff0000]. After all, this is governor [/color][url=""][color=#ff0000]Rick Perry[/color][/url][color=#ff0000]'s Lone Star state. This is the Texas whose record at job creation is at the centre of Perry's bid for the Republican presidential nomination. This is the state whose economic "miracle" is being hailed as a conservative blueprint for the future of America – "Texas exceptionalism" as rightwing columnist George Will glowingly called it. This is the state of low taxes and low regulation and which is so pro-business that corporations are booming here. It is the state that dodged recession and has roared back into recovery; an oasis of jobs in a devastated [/color][url=""][color=#ff0000]US economy[/color][/url][/b][color=#ff0000][b].[/b][/color]

Yet there is a dark side. It was on stark display in Dove Springs. [color=#ff0000][b]This is the Texas of a collapsing education system that is failing to educate its children. This is the Texas where millions have no health insurance and a growing low-wage economy means having a job is not enough to provide the basics of life. This is the hungry Texas that the food bank serves.[/b][/color]

Sharonda Buckley, 27, was a first-timer at the food handout, arriving at 8am and stunned to find herself 194th in the queue. Buckley has a job at a local technical equipment firm making oxygen canisters, and is also studying for an engineering degree. But her wages are so low, and her student fees so high, that she needed a food parcel to make ends meet.
"I have a job and I have education, but I still can't make it work," she said. "I had to put away my pride. I feel I should not have to stand in line for food." Then she gestured at her smiling three-year-old daughter who stood at her side. "I'm doing this for her," she said.

The low-wage economy is Texas's dirty little secret, and it is easy to ignore in swaths of the state. The sad scene at Dove Springs was unfolding only a few miles from the majestic domed state house in downtown Austin, a city which is famed for its vibrant music venues and world-class restaurants.

Austin is also famous for its growing technology sector and is becoming the Silicon Valley of the Texas hill country. It is in many places a city of well-to-do neighbourhoods, with manicured lawns and plush housing. The same is true of other Texas urban centres, such as Dallas and Houston, helped by an energy industry that has been buoyed by rocketing oil prices. The state also avoided the worst of the housing bubble.

Perry touts all this when he boasts of the legion of Fortune 500 companies that have flocked to make their headquarters here and he boasts that, since June 2009, about 40% of all jobs created in America are in Texas, a state whose economy is growing at twice the national rate.

[b]But the devil is in the detail. Unemployment is stubbornly stuck at about 8%, below the national level but[color=#ff0000] still leaving one million Texans out of work[/color][/b]. In 2010 half a million people in the state earned no more than [b]the minimum wage of $7.25 [/b](£4.47) an hour. [b]Texas, for all its glittering metropolises, has the joint highest percentage, along with Mississippi, of hourly paid workers earning the minimum wage or less.[/b]

[color=#ff0000][b]Jim Hightower, a longstanding Texas liberal and radio host, has a simple description of Perry's Texas economic miracle. "It is a hoax. He is telling Perry-tales. You can't make a living off of these jobs," he said.[/b][/color]

These are the hungry people waiting for handouts at Dove Springs. "The vast bulk of people we serve are working people," said John Turner, director of marketing at the Capital Area Food Bank. There are a lot of them too. Turner's organisation serves an enormous area several hundred miles wide. It feeds 48,000 people a week, including 20,000 children. These are people like Buckley, whose degree has not earned them a living wage.

Or people like Mendes Crencio, a 58-year-old baker. He smiled as he clutched his box of food and explained he had come on his day off from work to help feed his family. "Every little bit helps," he said.

Perry has not extended a helping hand to the working poor. Instead he has shown himself more likely to offer support to those who would make Texas extremely friendly to big business.

There is little doubt Texas has a working environment that makes corporations very happy.[color=#ff0000][b] The low-wage economy provides a cheap and willing workforce. [/b][/color]The lack of strict regulation, especially in areas such as the environment and construction permits, is extremely attractive to companies looking to slash their bottom line. Or to engage in practices that are frowned on elsewhere.

Perry has even reformed the legal system, drastically limiting the powers of individuals seeking to sue companies over allegations of malpractice or for damages. There is a fierce debate over whether Perry shaped this system or more or less left it as he found it. But either way the results are clear. "The tax and regulatory polices are more business friendly than in other large states," said Roger Meiners, an economics professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.

At the same time, Perry has been eager to provide cash or regulatory help to businesses. His Texas Enterprise Fund has shelled out more than $400m to companies that promised to bring jobs and riches to the state. Yet not all did. One study has showed two thirds of projects failed to meet their job targets.

Major presidential campaign donors have also tapped in to the public money on offer. The [i]Texas Observer[/i] reported that 20 companies which received a total of $174m had also contributed to a Perry campaign.

A huge irony of Perry's reign is that one of the biggest engines of job growth has been the public sector. Yet Perry has decided to try to plug a massive budget hole by slashing the state education budget. Four billion dollars is being cut from education, scrapping programmes aimed at helping some of the state's most disadvantaged.

Ian Grayson, 34, a history and economics teacher at Austin high school, has already seen his class sizes jump by almost 50%. Some of his colleagues have left or lost their jobs. Grayson was dismayed at the attitude behind the Perry cuts. "They don't see education as of value," he said.

Cutting education severs a traditional route out of poverty in a state where 20% of people above the age of 25 do not graduate from high school – the highest rate in the country. "They are rationing opportunity. The long-term consequences are really serious," said Don Baylor, an analyst at the Centre for Public Policy Priorities in Austin.'

Texas – rich in so many things – is overflowing with poverty. [b]One in seven Texans are on food stamps[/b]. Latest census bureau figures show more than one in six Texans are living below the poverty line. The state also has the sixth-highest rate of child poverty in America, at almost one in four children. In healthcare the figures are also shocking. More than a quarter of Texans are uninsured, partly because so many of the state's employers do not offer, or are not required to offer, coverage to their workers.

Critics say Perry has presided over the establishment of an economy whose growing inequality resembles some in the developing world, not a 21st century America. For people like Hightower, it is distressing that Perry claims to want to expand this model to the rest of the country. "When Perry says he can do for America what he has done for Texas it is no idle threat," Hightower said.

It is a vow Perry might fulfil. On Friday the US reeled from the release of a dreadful set of job figures, showing that the national economy is steadily grinding to a halt and may soon be back in recession. Poll after poll shows President Barack Obama's approval ratings plunging to fresh lows. Perry, should he win the Republican nomination race he currently leads, could easily be in reach of the White House. His simple clarion call of job creation, mixed with his easy charm, could be a winning combination. "If things continue the way they are now, I think anybody could beat Obama," said Meiners.

In some ways that should not be a surprise. Pop culture experts often tout California as the ground-breaking laboratory of the great American experiment. But in recent years in [url=""]US politics[/url], it is Texas that has often led the way. After all, for 17 of the past 48 years, a Texan (if you count the Bushes, although both were born on the east coast) has occupied the White House.
In 2012 Perry would only be taking the same path to the Oval Office that George W Bush followed. He would also be doing it against a president stuck in a rut, whose own supporters are deeply disillusioned. While some labour unions already plan boycotts of the Democratic convention next year, a Perry candidacy would be supercharged by the activist zeal of the rightwing Tea Party faction he has wooed so assiduously.

At Dove Springs there is little talk of such high politics. That belongs to a different world than that of the daily grind of making ends meet. There is just a patient queue for food, under a brutal sun that has already sent the mercury soaring above 100F. One of those waiting was Ellen Tucker, 60. She wore a broad-brimmed straw hat to keep her cool, but the toll of the wait was clear in the sweat that poured down her face. But she needed the food; just some vegetables and fruit to put in her kitchen.
Recent events had not been kind to Tucker. She works for the local schools system as a sign-language interpreter for the deaf. But a struggle with tendonitis in her hands meant she had to go part-time. Her wages were cut in half. Suddenly the bills mounted, credit-card debts accumulated and she feared she might fail to make payments on her house. Some money from her elderly mother helped out, but it was not really enough. "I worry that we are going to go bankrupt. I barely get by," she said.

She cannot look for another job because she needs the medical insurance her current post brings. A bit of free food would help, though, allowing Tucker to spend her grocery budget on other bills. But she was 175th in the queue and it was already close to 10am. She had a shift to do in a school nearby that started in a few minutes.

With a worried expression she approached an organiser and asked how long it would be for her turn to come. There were still 30 people ahead of her in the line. "People come here to start waiting at 6am," the organiser said.

Tucker nodded, sadly, saying: "I will bear that in mind next time," and walked off to her car empty-handed. She was grim-faced. She could not wait any longer for the food handout. She had to go to work instead.

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Sabiendo que Mima repite lo que lee de la prensa liberal/socialista del pais, podemos decir que es oficial ahora que al que le tienen miedo los democratas es a Rick Perry?

Mira lo que dice el articulo de Obama: [color=#ff0000][i]He would also be doing it against a president stuck in a rut, whose own supporters are deeply disillusioned.[/i][/color]

A rut? Obama que tuvo el Congreso con mayorias libres de filibuster en sus primeros dos an~os en la presidencia? A rut porque los republicanos tienen ahora la Camara? No tuvo Clinton a los republicanos en el Senado y la Camara durante la expansion economica de los 90's?

Sera que Clinton fue pragmatico y abandono su inicial Guerra de Clases a que Obama se aferra como buen ideologo marxista que es?

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Por supuesto que van a salir articulos 'hack jobs' en contra de Texas, pero como dicen por ahi, 'the proof is in the pudding'.

La gente vota tambien con sus pies moviendose a lugares donde la vida es mejor y hay mas oportunidades. Lee:


[b] [size=4] Texas, here we come[/size][/b]

[size=4]Jun 16th 2010, 14:21 by A.S. | NEW YORK[/size]

[size=4]IN THE ten years I’ve lived in New York I forgot how to drive. Lately I’ve been spending lots of time in Austin, Texas. Enough so that I’ve had to start driving again. When you go many years without driving, it becomes terrifying. So to refresh my skills I took lessons with a wonderfully patient and brave woman who has taught driving in Austin for nearly thirty years. I expected to be one of her few adult students, but no. My instructor claimed in the past few years the number of adult students increased exponentially, not quite rivalling the number of teenagers. Most are tech workers who come from all over the world, drawn by the vigorous labour market. Adult driving students struck me as a rather interesting economic indicator.[/size]

[size=4]It doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know. Migration statistics reveal that people are moving in droves to Texas. Why? Jobs and no state income taxes. High earning New Yorkers and Californians can take home between 9% and 11% more of their income by moving to Texas. Every trip down I speak to at least one bitter New Yorker/Californian fed up with high taxes and cost of living. Forbes recently posted a [url=""]fun map[/url] of domestic migration by county. Travis County, where Austin is, experienced nearly all inflows (the black lines):[/size]


[size=4]Compare that to Santa Clara County where Silicon Valley is located, the red lines (outflows) signify a beeline to low or no tax states:[/size]


[size=4]It does not bode well for high tax states with nasty fiscal problems (talking to you California and New York). There is only so much you can tax your way out of.[/size]

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Siguen cogiendo de soketes a los que viven en Texas.....y los fanaticos se van de kulo defendiendo al machito pichon de Texas......:whistle:

[b] Poverty grows in Rick Perry's Texas[/b]

By Tami Luhby @[url=""]CNNMoney[/url] September 18, 2011: 9:37 PM ET

Poverty has increased in Texas while Rick Perry has been governor.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Texas Governor Rick Perry likes to brag that his state is an economic powerhouse.
But don't tell that to the nearly one in five Texans who are living below the poverty line.

While it's true that Texas is responsible for 40% of the jobs added in the U.S. over the past two years, its poverty rate also grew faster than the national average in 2010.

Texas ranks 6th in terms of [url=""]people living in poverty[/url]. Some 18.4% of Texans were impoverished in 2010, up from 17.3% a year earlier, according to [url=""]Census Bureau data[/url] released this week. The national average is 15.1%.

And being poor in Texas isn't easy. The state has one of the lowest rates of spending on its citizens per capita and the highest share of those [url=""]lacking health insurance[/url]. It doesn't provide a lot of [url=""]support services[/url] to those in need: Relatively few collect food stamps and qualifying for cash assistance is particularly tough.

"There are two tiers in Texas," said Miguel Ferguson, associate professor of social work at University of Texas at Austin. "There are parts of Texas that are doing well. And there is a tremendous number of Texans, more than Perry has ever wanted to acknowledge, that are doing very, very poorly."

Perry, for his part, believes that creating jobs is the best way to help every Texan. The state is doing "everything we can to ensure that every Texan who wants a job has one," a spokeswoman for the governor said.

[size=6][u][b][color=#0000FF]Poor in the Lone Star State[/color][/b][/u][/size]

A combination of demographic and economic factors contribute to the high poverty rate in Texas, where many families, particularly in the southern swath, live in ramshackle housing with no utilities or indoor plumbing.

More than half the state are minorities, many of them Hispanic. This population often has lower levels of education, making it harder for them to escape poverty, said Steve Murdock, sociology professor at Rice University. And the state's population is younger and the families there larger, on average, which also puts them at greater risk of being poor.

Meanwhile, the Great Recession has driven a new crop of Texans into poverty's grip: the formerly middle class.
Texas Neighborhood Services started seeing a crush of new people seeking help last year, said Bradley Manning, executive director of the Weatherford-based agency. Many of them were unemployed and couldn't find new positions, even after going through job training.

"The middle class are losing their jobs and are not able to replace them fast enough," Manning said. "That's driving them straight into poverty."
[b] [url=""]Check the poverty rate in your state[/url][/b]

Even those lucky enough to get one of the [url=""]new jobs created in Texas[/url] may still find themselves struggling to make ends meet. Many of the positions that have been created are on the lower end of the pay scale.

Some 550,000 workers last year were paid at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25, more than double the number making those wages in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For someone working full-time, that's just over $15,000 a year before taxes, which is under the poverty line for a single parent with two children.

Some 9.5% of Texas' hourly workforce are minimum-wage workers, the highest percentage in the nation -- a dubious title it shares with Mississippi.

[b][u][color=#0000ff][size=6]Little help for Texans in need[/size][/color][/u][/b]

For residents living in poverty, the state doesn't offer many services or even make federally-funded benefits easily accessible.

For instance, it has one of the tightest income limits -- less than 12% of the poverty level -- to qualify for federal cash assistance payments and one of the most meager benefits, a maximum of about $260 a month for a family of three, said Celia Cole, senior research analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, which advocates for low-income residents. The program serves less than 6% of poor children in the state.

Texas' Medicaid program covers virtually no non-disabled adults. And only an estimated 55% of those eligible for food stamps had signed up for the program in 2008, among the lowest participation rates in the country.

Enrollment has since improved after the state legislature allocated more money for administering the system after coming under pressure from the federal government and being hit with a class action lawsuit. However, Cole says, need has greatly increased as well.

Experts chalk up the minimal services and take-up rates to Texas' anti-welfare attitude. In the Lone Star State, you are expected to pull yourself up by your bootstraps.

"The Texas mentality is you don't ask for help," Ferguson said.
0:00 / 3:09 Raising a family on less than $600 a month

Perry, a Republican candidate for president, echoes this view. Asked about the high poverty rate, a governor's spokeswoman said Perry is focusing on creating jobs so Texans can sustain themselves and their families. She pointed out that 95% of the state's jobs are above the minimum wage.

"We're trying to create a culture of independence rather than dependence," said Lucy Nashed, noting the state provides an adequate safety net for children, seniors, the disabled and pregnant mothers.

But advocates say more needs to be done to help people rise or return to self-sufficiency. The state should invest more in public education, job training, health programs and work assistance, such as child care subsidies. Also, it should focus on creating jobs with higher wages and decent benefits.

"We don't have the support system in place to provide economic support or economic opportunity to help families lift themselves out of poverty," said Frances Deviney, senior research associate at the center. [url=""][img][/img][/url]

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Y cuantos trabajos creo Obama cuando era gobernador? Cuantos trabajos creo Obama cuando era alcalde?

Obama llego a la presidencia sin experiencia alguna de administracion publica. Por eso es que estamos en el hoyo que estamos, Obama la teoria que sabe lo aprendio de maestros socialistas y eso no sirve.

Uno puede medir quien esta en la delantera del GOP al ver quien atacan. Si fuera Romney los articulos serian de la iglesia mormona.

La metrica que no te dicen de esos "horrores' aqui en Texas es de toda la gente que se muda de otros estados a Texas, lo que es el mejor indicador de progreso.

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      Un cambio en esa dirección en Estados Unidos beneficiaría más a Obama y su partido, el Demócrata, que a los republicanos, dado que sus potenciales votantes -jóvenes, minorías y mujeres solteras- son los que más tienden a no acudir a las urnas.
      Esos jóvenes, minorías y mujeres solteras contribuyeron en gran parte a las dos victorias electorales de Obama (2008 y 2012), pero muchos de ellos se quedaron en casa en los comicios legislativos de noviembre pasado, ganados ampliamente por los republicanos y en los que la participación fue de solo un 37 %.
      Varios republicanos, entre ellos el senador por Florida y potencial aspirante a la Casa Blanca en 2016 Marco Rubio, y medios conservadores reaccionaron enseguida contra los comentarios de Obama.
      No votar "es una opción legítima (...) Yo desearía también que más personas participaran en la política, pero es su elección y es la elección de vivir en una sociedad libre", opinó Rubio.
      Expertos en leyes han dejado entrever que establecer el voto obligatorio en EEUU es algo que "no va a ocurrir".
      "No creo que pueda hacerse en este país, porque no creo que la Primera Enmienda (de la Constitución) lo permitiese", comentó a la cadena Fox el profesor Frank Askin, de la Escuela de Leyes Rutgers.
      En la misma línea, el profesor de leyes Ilya Somin, de la Universidad George Mason, indicó al diario "The Washington Post" que el voto obligatorio es una "violación injusta de la libertad individual".
      "No deberíamos restringir la libertad de los ciudadanos a menos que haya razones de peso para creer que hacerlo beneficiará a la sociedad", advirtió Somin.
      Tras el debate generado, el portavoz de la Casa Blanca, Josh Earnest, quiso aclarar que Obama no quiso decir que esté pensando en proponer una ley para establecer el voto obligatorio en Estados Unidos.
      Según Earnest, el presidente hizo sus comentarios en respuesta a una pregunta sobre el impacto negativo del dinero en la política y habló sobre diversas formas en las que ese problema podría ser abordado, entre ellas valorar una enmienda constitucional relativa a la financiación de las campañas electorales.
      En 2010, un fallo del Tribunal Supremo en el caso conocido como "Citizens United" abrió la puerta a las contribuciones ilimitadas de los empresarios en las campañas electorales en EE. UU.
      Y hace casi un año, en abril pasado, el Supremo anuló los límites a la suma de contribuciones que un individuo puede aportar a candidatos, partidos y comités de acción política durante un ciclo electoral, lo que en la práctica aumenta la influencia de los donantes más ricos en las campañas.
      En cuanto a la Ley del Derecho al Voto, próxima a cumplir 50 años, otro fallo del Supremo en 2013 anuló una de sus partes clave, que obligaba a los estados del país con historial de discriminación en las urnas a solicitar un permiso del Departamento de Justicia para modificar sus políticas electorales.
      Grupos defensores de los derechos civiles consideran que esa parte invalidada de la ley era una herramienta vital para proteger el derecho al voto de las minorías negra e hispana
    • mimapr
      Food Stamps President
      By mimapr
      Aqui la contestacion a la acusacion que el republicano Newt Gingrich hizo sobre Obama. Bravo por Luis Gutierrez!!