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Re: Texas (non-)accents [was: Re: Diphthongs]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Monday, October 8, 2001, 18:12
Quoting Cian Ross <cian@...>:

> On 10/7/01 at 2:24 PM Thomas R. Wier wrote: > > > >We have our own distinct national temptations and > >mythologies, even if most of us would at the same time also agree > >that being federated with the rest of the States is politically and > >economically to our benefit > > I don't know that I agree that the federal government any more acts > to be benefit of anyone other than the pressure and interest groups > that push it around, and to the politicians and bureaucrats who > operate its "machinery."
Yes and no. From a narrowly Texan, economic view of Congress, we benefit immensely from the pro-oil lobby in Congress and with Bush in the White House because it means more jobs and higher pay for Texans as opposed to other industries and states. (Fact: one half of all the oil refined in the US is refined in the Greater Houston Metropolitan area.) From a "human-rights" perspective, I am also fairly convinced that no Texas government would give a moment's thought to criminals' rights if it weren't for the interventionism of Federal organs of power like the US Supreme Court. As John said, *sometimes* it does benefit the common man to have federal intervention.
> >(considering that recently many of the > >most powerful members of the federal government have been Texans). > > It certainly must have been to those persons' personal advantage...but > I don't see why that did much for anyone else in Texas.
In fact, Texans have benefitted immensely from NAFTA because of the international trade it has spawned with Mexico. This trade does two main things: (1) it eliminates unskilled low-end low-pay jobs, and all the data suggest that the majority of those who lose their jobs in this way get retrained and get at least somewhat better ones; (2) it reduces the aggregate price level, which benefits consumers by (ipso facto) lowering prices for the goods they buy -- this benefits the poor the most since they are most sensitive to small fluctuations in the price level, and therefore gives them a higher standard of living. It's not a panacea: it does make the rich get richer faster than the poor are getting richer, but everyone does get richer. On the whole, it's better for everyone. Because Texas's trade with Mexico (along with the other border States) has grown much faster than the other States' international trade, it's not surprising that Texas has grown faster and than much of the rest of the nation over the last decade. ============================== Thomas Wier <trwier@...> "If a man demands justice, not merely as an abstract concept, but in setting up the life of a society, and if he holds, further, that within that society (however defined) all men have equal rights, then the odds are that his views, sooner rather than later, are going to set something or someone on fire." Peter Green, in _From Alexander to Actium_, on Spartan king Cleomenes III