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Texas - why won't it become like CA 20 years from now?

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Smurf Hunter:
As I watch my home state of WA erode further into socialism, I occasionally hear a suggestion from out of state friends to "move away".  There are a few suggested destinations, but Texas is a popular suggestion, so I want to ask folks who live there.

I've given this a lot of thought, but being an amatuer history buff I have some concerns.

My family history:

After WWII, both sets of my grandparents settled in southern CA and had families.  Both grandpas moved to CA for aerospace jobs.  There were loads of opportunities in the 1950s.  People started machine shops, exchanged ideas and took advantage of vast natural resources and good climate.  My parents were born in the 1950s (baby boomers), but at the time I came around (mid 1970s) things were well on the decline.  When I was barely a toddler my parents relocated to the Seattle area for clean water, clean air, less traffic and lower taxes.  Today Seattle is in a political game of chicken with San Francisco to see who goes full Marxist first.

I mention all that, because from my perspective, Texas in 2014 has a lot of the same things going for it as CA had 60 years ago.  I personally know a few sets of folks from CA who have moved to TX, and for the most part intended to bring their politics along.  Pretty much every US metro area with enough economic success and resulting population growth ends up going full commie at some point.

If you've made it this far, I'd really appreciate y'all answering the following as much as possible:

1) with so many outsiders moving in, how are Texans preserving their culture?
2) if the economic boom ever stops (math and history tell us it will eventually), how will that affect state politics?
3) with a massive latino and immigrant population, if all those people were mobilized to vote, are you worried about a massive welfare state?

I'm asking all this because I'm trying to decide if relocation would simply "buy time", or actually be a sustainable change that I could enjoy for the rest of my life, and hopefully my children as well.

TexDaddy:
I don't know what the future will bring, but I can tell you that both Dallas and Austin are in the full commie race.

The culture is maintained through legend and song and stories. We weathered but were not un-scarred by the Yankee invasion during the 70s. Much has been put right, but it still shows. Mostly, people who come here either love it or hate it. The haters don't hang around long.

Due to the diverse economy we have weathered most of the downturns better than other places.

The Latinos are not part of the problem. Many have been here since before Texas was a republic. They fought Santa Ana too. As a group, they are industrious, hard working, religious people. Most have a very conservative outlook. You only here about the loud minority. As an example, look to San Antonio. Over 62% Hispanic. A very clean, well run, prosperous city. A city I love to visit and I certainly wouldn't mind living there. Most Hispanics are citizens by birth. Many others are legal residents who pay the same taxes as the rest of us. The illegals generally keep a low profile, work hard and take or send whatever money they earn back to their families in Mexico. Yes, they do use some health care, but if you are in such a bad way you would risk going to either John Peter Smith hospital in Fort Worth or Parkland hospital in Dallas, then I say you are welcome to it.

Duck:
I wish I could tell you that moving here would deliver you into a sustainable anti-commie situation, but I fear it will not.

As a native Texan (in fact native on both sides of the family tree for multiple generations) I have long feared that we are headed down the same rabbit hole as CA.  I echo the previous comment about the Hispanic population - hard working family oriented folks more often than not.  The same can not be said for a great many of the transplants.  They are far too often, like the friends you mentioned in CA, ready and willing to bring the statist mindset with them that destroyed the place they are having to move from in order to find work.

And any irony is usually completely lost on them.

Carl:
Texas has PORTS, Hi Tech producers,Computer/electronics ,SPACE...Houston has no problem,great education ,OIL and major farm lands, Jack lives there and it is close to my home also.Plus we shoot the umbilical on new births with some of the best gun freedoms in the world.

YEE HAW!  Without TEXAS ...it would have been the United States of Mexico

ResidentCelt:

--- Quote from: Carl on December 16, 2014, 04:51:14 AM --- with some of the best gun freedoms in the world.

--- End quote ---

You have to ask for permission to carry concealed and have no permitless carry option. Once you fix that, then it will be true.
Other than that, I think that the ports are a big deal.

I think a good analysis of a state is whether or not the state itself is a producer or consumer. California has to buy energy and water. That sucks. They do have some agriculture, but what's the point if you have to truck or pipe in your water?

OP: I don't think the right question is whether or not any state will be perfect forever. Rather, the question should be: how can I recognize when a state is improving or declining and make my decisions accordingly.

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