I love Texas with all my heart. I was born in Houston. I’ve lived practically my whole life in Texas.
I’ve realized the love I felt for Texas was the love a child feels for an abusive parent. Love tinged with resentment… love tinged with apprehension… love tinged with shame and guilt.
So, fuck Texas. I’m moving. I’ve moved to New Mexico and I feel infinitely better. A huge weight has lifted off my shoulders. Ignorant, redneck dumbasses who chew tobacco are the minority here, not the ‘base constituency’.
New Mexico has medical marijuana and legal poker rooms.
Do you think I’m some kind of bitter jerk with some fucked-up subjective chip on my shoulder? No way. This is an objective, statistical truth about the quality of life in Texas.
– Percentage of Population Graduated
from High School 46th [of 50 states]
– High School Completion Rate 45th
– State Aid per Pupil 41st
– Secondary Teachers with Degrees in the Subjects
they Teach 45th
– Average Teacher Salaries 30th
– Percent of Adults with at Least a Bachelor’s Degree 27th
– Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Scores 47th
– Percentage of Population without Health Insurance 1st
– Percentage of Poor Covered by Medicaid 44th
– Physicians per Capita 40th
– Dentists per Capita 41st
– Pharmacists per Capita 44th
– Psychiatrists per Capita 36th
– Number of Women Receiving Prenatal Care 45th
– Rate of Disease per 100,000 People 9th
– Risk for Heart Disease 12th
– Percentage of Obese Adults 10th
– Percentage of People with Access to Dental Care 48th
– Rate at which Citizens Receive Treatment for
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Problems 45th
– Overall Health of the State 37th
– Amount of Toxic Emissions from Manufacturing Facilities 1st
– Amount of Toxic Release Inventory Chemicals Used by Manufacturing Industries 1st
– Number of Clean Water Permit Violations 1st
– Number of Environmental Civil Rights Complaints 1st
– Number of Hazardous Waste and Spills 1st
– Amount of Ozone Pollution Exposure 2nd
– Park Spending and Acreage 49th
– Per Capita Spending on Water Quality 47th
– Open Space Protection 46th
– Poverty Rate 6th
– Percentage of Population that goes Hungry 2nd
– Percentage of Population that is Malnourished 3rd
– Amount of Welfare and Food Stamp Benefits Paid 47th
– Teenage Birth Rate 2nd
– Per Capita Consumption of Energy 5th
– Number of Executions 1st
– Number of Adults in the Criminal Justice System 1st
– Number of Adults Incarcerated 2nd
– Number of Firearm Deaths 2nd
– Number of Registered Machined Guns 1st
– Number of Traffic Fatalities 1st
– Number of Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities 1st
– Number of Road-Rage Traffic Fatalities 2nd
– Highway Expenditures, per Vehicle-Mile Traveled 44th
– Highway Expenditures, per Capita 45th
• Middle and low-income Texas families have a higher tax rate than
• Texas’ tax system is listed as one of the “Terrible Ten” most
regressive states in the nation.
• Texas asks poor families, those in the bottom 20 percent of the
income scale, to pay more than three times as great a share of their
earnings in taxes as the wealthy.
• Middle income families pay more than twice as high a share of their
income in taxes as the wealthiest families.
• Tax regressivity has worsened since 1998. Overall, low and middleincome
taxpayers saw their burden grow, while the top-fifth wealthy
Texans primarily received tax reductions.
Stats taken from Texas on the Brink, an excellent report on a terrible state of affairs compiled by Sen. Elliot Shapleigh.