Texas Is Adored by Some, Despised by Most

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Texas is adored by some, yet despised by most. When the word is mentioned, people have an immediate reaction to it. This is the second most populated state in the nation; the first is California, and the change in demographics is quickly helping the state evolve. This state is big, the second largest state, too; the first is Alaska, yet it also emits more than twice as much greenhouse-gas as most other states.

People adore it because Texas gave the world Dell computers, Whole Foods, silicon breast implants, the Snickers bar, the frozen margarita, Fritos, Dr. Pepper, Liquid Paper, Six Flags amusement parks, chili and the Chili’s restaurant chain. People despise it because it has a lot of heat, mullets, politicians that say outrageous things often, and because the state has freer gun laws and threatens to secede whenever legislation does not go the way of its legislators.

Adored by some, despised by most, some things commonly unknown about Texas is that state buildings fly six flags; these include the Spanish, French, Mexican, Republic of Texas, United States, and the Confederacy flags (which are the flags representing each of the previous ‘rulers’ during its history). Something else less well-known is that the largest natural disaster to occur on U.S. soil, a category four hurricane, hit Galveston in 1900. Two presidents were born here, President Eisenhower and President Johnson, but it was President Bush and President W. Bush who made their careers in Texas.

The lone-star republic is a business friendly state that has limited regulations, and is gaining a lot of companies coming from California and other neighboring states. Some of the challenges this state faces is reducing economic and educational disparity among its residents. “A rising tide lifts all boats” and that is certainly the hope for Texas where an aging Anglo population will retire, leaving the largest demographic of the working age population in the job sector  –  Latinos. In an ideal world, Latinos would have a good level of education to promote prosperity for themselves, their families and the Texan economy that will fund the support system for retired seniors. Currently though, the state is ranked second to last with a population of 25-year-olds with a high school degree of only 77.8 percent.

Two more potentially upcoming challenges for the big state are environmentally related. The first challenge is water. Similarly to California, the state has been in a severe drought which is requiring a lot of attention to developing and, most importantly, funding several solutions including desalination plants and disposal wells. A second concern for the state is the diminishing reliance of Americans on gasoline. In a country where Americans are verbally encouraged to move away from the use of oil for environmental reasons, yet so many of the items consumed use oil, it is questionable how quickly national habits will change. The electric vehicle, hybrids, and cell-fuel powered cars are a reality but how long will it be until they are a majority, and how will this affect oil consumption and demand and ultimately Texas’ bottom line is everyone’s question.

It is believed that although no Republican has lost a presidential race in this state since 1976, in the future along with the change in demographics to a strong Mexican-American population (a majority by 2020) and an aging Anglo population, the lone-star state could turn blue. Texas, adored by some, despised by most only leaves two attitudes that are incompatible.

By Olivia Uribe-Mutal

Edited by Chanel van der Woodsen

Sources:

History.Com – 9 Things You May Not Know About Texas

USA Love List – Texas

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas- The Changing Face of Texas

State Impact – Here Are 5 Challenges to Texas Water That Might Surprise You

Image Courtesy of Ed Schipul’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

6 Responses to "Texas Is Adored by Some, Despised by Most"

  1. The Goodman Report (@TheaGood)   June 21, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Sounds like top me somebody from La Raza Unida wrote a poison pen essay about MY HOME.my father came here with his family from Mexico during the 1920s and my Dad was able to be a success in life!He had a private plane which he flew,two Mercedes-Benz a ranch and a town house and quite a few investment properties.AND he volunteered
    to serve in the uS Army during WW II.
    I was raised in a household of respect for all people, strict morality and VERY hard-work and responsible gun ownership!

    People who don’t like my state can LEAVE! ISIS is hiring. Maybe there is a logistics clerk job at the cartels in Honduras and El Salvador or North Korea, even Sinaloa..Or a cigar roller job in Cuba.
    GOD BLESS TEXAS AND GOD BLESS THE USA!

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  2. Paul   June 20, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Texas is a captive nation, never lawfully admitted or annexed by the United States. It was admitted in the United States by a Congressional resolution, there was never a treaty signed by the 2 nations. The United States needs Texas for it’s military entanglements all over the globe, among many other things, but Texas DOES NOT need the United States!

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  3. Lon   June 20, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    This article is a Texas sized load of crap .
    Texas rules !

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  4. rob   June 20, 2015 at 11:17 am

    LOL..despised by most? We would be talking about the blue states. The leaders of the blue states more specifically. Pretty much any state that wholeheartedly drinks from the leftist liberal trough is gonna have a problem with Texas. That’s ok. we like it that way

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  5. dachsielady   June 20, 2015 at 5:03 am

    This article is simply dishonest, in a hundred ways.

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  6. Jerry Alan Kimbro   June 20, 2015 at 4:48 am

    Don’t Mess with Texas!

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