Last week on Sean Hannity’s show, Newt Gingrich made an exciting campaign promise:
“I know how to get the whole country to resemble Texas.”
Which is an interesting idea, to say the least. After all, there are lots of things I love that are from Texas:
- Jen’s parents
- Dr. Pepper
- BBQ sauce
- The Black Angels, Spoon, Toadies, Butthole Surfers, Buck Owens
- Frito pie
- The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (Why not?)
- The NASA Johnson Space Center
- The “Don’t Mess With Texas” Campaign
But unless we’re talking about a nation made up of millions of chicly-dressed, too-smart blogger friends and their lovely Hardass Asian Parents, swilling Dr. P while dousing Frito pie with kay-so and some BBQ sauce, blasting The Black Angels on eleven, picking up litter, all the while doing high kicks in white short-shorts in celebration of a new NASA mission… I’m not sure I’m ready for a whole country run like The Lone Star state. And I have a feeling that Newt isn’t really promising what I listed (except maybe the short-shorts).
But let us not discount the achievements of Texas. After all, thanks to its stellar governance, Texas has become nationally ranked in multiple areas that concern public life, education, and health.
According to PFAW’s Right Wing Watch blog, Texas ranks:
50th in percentage of population without health insurance (2010)50th in percentage of children insured (2009)50th in percentage of women receiving early prenatal care (2010)45th in rate of infectious diseases (2010)44th in percentage of children in poverty (2010)42nd in per capita health care funding (2010)40th in overall health (2010)36th in high school graduation rate (2010)35th in crime (2010)35th in percentage of children immunized (2010)34th in rate of occupational fatalities (2010)30th in percentage of people with college degree (2008)
Texas also ranks:
1st in amount of recognized carcinogens released into the air (2002)4th highest in release of toxic chemicals into the environment (2002)8th highest in percentage of people below poverty level (2008)13th highest in obesity (2010)
Um, just a reminder: that’s out of 50 states, guys. Exactly how much do we want to resemble this place?
[via Right Wing Watch]
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