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  •  Is it Fox News day on Daily KOS? (1+ / 0-)
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    mkoz

    The problem I have with these editorials is that they sound too much like Fox News, you know spouting out of date opinions as valid news analysis.

    Here are the facts.  Every Urban area in Texas voted for Obama.  All of them.  The only reason Texas does not for more liberal officials is because of idiotic posts and comments like this.  Hispanic and Black people are not dumb.  You can't insult them on one day and then expect them to be your friends the next.  That is Fox News does.  Many are in Texas because it is the one state that does not, on the whole, racially profile them and try to convict them on bogus charges, or fire police officers who report such behavior instead of the corrupt racist police officers.  Why would we want to be like the rest of the country who does not like minorities in their neighborhoods.

    Second, the only thing that makes Austin more like the rest of the country is that it is the one urban area that is almost majority white.  Not quite, but like 48% white non hispanic.

    Third, Texas is not dependent on public universities, or it so provincial that we are afraid of kids leaving the states and learning other customs.  School districts invest in software specifically to make students aware that scholarships are available to allow them to go to private colleges, out of stat, or wherever their academic desires take them.  Unless you are going to be a lawyer, UT is not going to get you anything special, and you are arguably better off having a degree from Rice than A&M.  The financial packages that Texas private universities get are often better than other states public colleges.  Which is the real issue.  When I was at University in what was quite frankly a mid rate school, the majority of those in the Honors College with me were from out of state.

    As far as High Tech goes, we have had  Texas Instruments, and Compaq.  Currently the likes of Baker Hughes and Schlumberger are practically the only companies doing high tech research and manufacturing right here in the US.  High paid jobs, high skilled, diverse, women making the same money as men jobs that everyone says they want, but because they are not in California they are not good enough.

    About the only reason I can see to live in California is to see movie stars.  Which is kind of indicative of the basic problem.  People valuing fantasy ahead of real useful work.

    •  and Dell, don't forget Dell... (1+ / 0-)
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      •  not sure if you are being sarcastic (0+ / 0-)

        But Dell is not TI or Compaq.  TI manufactured the first transistor radio and invented, along with fairchild, the integrated circuit.  What was interesting was because there was really no demand, TI created products that used the technology.  Compaq reversed engineered the IBM BIOS, and fought the legal battles, the upshot is that we no longer pay $4,000 for a basic computer.

        The upshot is that without these companies, much of what is Now Silicone Valley would not exist.  

    •  Ha! You equate Compaq (bought by HP) and Dell (0+ / 0-)

      bought out by private investors and will be out of the computer making business, just consulting.  

      Don't look now, but you have exhausted the 'but' equation of your argument.

      Texas sucks.  Always will.

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