08 March 2010

A Hamiltonian Vision vs. A Jeffersonian Vision


Which is better? Well, let the facts decide . . .

"Texas is a different story. Texas has low taxes -- and no state income taxes -- and a much smaller government. Its legislature meets for only 90 days every two years, compared with California's year-round legislature. Its fiscal condition is sound. Public employee unions are weak or nonexistent. But Texas seems to be delivering superior services. Its teachers are paid less than California's. But its test scores -- and with a demographically similar school population -- are higher. California's once fabled freeways are crumbling and crowded. Texas has built gleaming new highways in metro Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth."

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

TX is always better than CA because well "Texans always move them", but you have to control for other factors in their economies before you draw too many conclusions. TX did well during the latest recession as its oil-based economy benefited from recent high prices. We saw less home price depreciation in TX as well.

I do find the higher TX test scores interesting though.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Yes, there are a lot of other factors at work here too, but I don't think its arguable that the two stark governing differences play a HUGE role. The heavy hand of government is killing California. It's an economics basket-case thanks in large measure to its basket-case style of politics.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Re: The test scores - yes very interesting. Throwing money at problems rarely gets at the root problem.

MSimons said...

We have sticter disipline in TX and less gang issues than Kallie. Plus we just have better people and we started pushing our kids back in the 1980s when Ross Perot lead a Blue Ribbon Committee for the state that started our annual Testing system.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Go Texas!