the texas ‘miracle’

CNN: Texas Governor Rick Perry likes to brag that his state is an economic powerhouse. But don’t tell that to the nearly one in five Texans who are living below the poverty line.

…. Texas ranks 6th in terms of people living in poverty. Some 18.4% of Texans were impoverished in 2010, up from 17.3% a year earlier, according to Census Bureau data released this week. The national average is 15.1%.

And being poor in Texas isn’t easy. The state has one of the lowest rates of spending on its citizens per capita and the highest share of those lacking health insurance….

…. Some 550,000 Texan workers last year were paid at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25, more than double the number making those wages in 2008 … for someone working full-time, that’s just over $15,000 a year before taxes, which is under the poverty line for a single parent with two children.

Some 9.5% of Texas’ hourly workforce are minimum-wage workers, the highest percentage in the nation – a dubious title it shares with Mississippi.

For residents living in poverty, the state doesn’t offer many services or even make federally-funded benefits easily accessible ..…. Experts chalk up the minimal services and take-up rates to Texas’ anti-welfare attitude. In the Lone Star State, you are expected to pull yourself up by your bootstraps. “The Texas mentality is you don’t ask for help,” Ferguson said…..

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21 Responses to “the texas ‘miracle’”

  1. September 19, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Greetings TOD family

    Just sticking my head up for air from school stuff.

    Wonderful speech, great reviews, delightful comics – only one pesky little negative in all the reading I just did.

    Calls about the AJA bill have been tepid. We need to fix that.

    On Friday Donna showed us we could reduce the Boehner switchboard to a crabby flustered bowl of jello.

    We need to do this EVERY DAY.

    DONNA CAN YOU LEAD US? I can help, but being in CA I am sleeping while lots of action happens.

    Alice has offered to help.

    Donna, could you send me an email – whatisworking@gmail.com

    Anyone else who wants to be in on the strategy or implementation, send me a note. We need an attack team.

    We need to be calling daily, and maybe have more than one target per day.

    Also – lets brainstorm how we can get the word out beyond this blog, could this kind of calling be done by OFA volunteers?

    What other blogs could we post this type of activity on?

    Donna made a Facebook page (which was brilliant) and kept posting updates all day – those strategies worked really well. how else can we advertise the daily call?

    I would suggest some of our next targets be the Dems who are not supporting the bill.

    With that being said

    Here are the names of the ones I know about who are not supporting the bill
    Senator Bob Casey, Pennsylvania
    Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana
    Representative Peter A. DeFazio, Oregon
    Senator Joe Manchin III, West Virginia
    Senator Kay Hagan – North Carolina
    Heath Shuler, – North Carolina

    Contact information for all these folks can be found at

    I have also completed a web page fact sheet on the AJA for each state – includes a video of the President’s enhance speech and a lik to the AJA website (alleluia)
    Post the URL for your state web page everywhere you can.

    Finally – we need to be writing Letters to the Editor about this bill. I know lurking out there on this blog are folks who can write a letter, but you are shy, or uncertain. Post your letters, really we will love it and you will be so glad you did it.

    OK – lets put all that energy we use to worry, complain about the media, fret about the PL and Tea Baggers and focus it into a lean, mean, calling machine. We need to prepare to do this for weeks, months, never giving up

    My motto from day 1 has been this – no matter how tired, discouraged, or upset I get, I can never give up,

    If you’re in I need an email from you…. Virtual Hugs

    • 2 hopefruit2
      September 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      Thank you WIW! I think part of the tepidness calls to congress for the AJA stems from the fact that no one really knows when it’s going to be voted on in the House. I think once folks have a date, then you will see a sharp difference. People need something concrete to work with, like a date and that hopefully will jolt them into action.

      I’m not exactly sure what is the hold up on the vote – are they waiting for a CBO score? We need to contact Pelosi to get some answers on this.

    • September 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      Jim Webb should be on that list too.

  2. 4 hopefruit2
    September 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Notice the media had very little to say about last week’s GOP debate? And given the fact that even fewer people watched that debate than the previous one, they are not even really advertising the one being held this week.

    • 5 Me4obama
      September 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      Huh? 😯 there is another debate this week. What channel will it be on? Not that I care. Back to the important stuff, I have just finished watching MY President’s Speech, just like you all said it was spot on. Thank you for posting it Ms Chips. Looking forward to see MY Michelle holding hands with PBO towards Marine One.

  3. 9 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Race to the bottom. They won’t be happy until the masses are slaves and indentured servants while they fan themselves and sip lemonade. They soooo miss the plantation.

  4. 11 Fred
    September 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    DOJ: Texas Plan Violates Voting Rights Act

    mother f*cker please 🙄
    Bill O’Reilly: ‘I Have More Power Than Anybody Other Than The President’

    He speaks highly of Obama, who has been on his show twice, both times to much fanfare:

    “A guy like Obama, he’s got reason to be afraid ( 🙄 ), and he’s not,” he says. “He’s composed; he likes to joust. There are personalities that do, and there are personalities that don’t.”

  5. 12 Fred
    September 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I like it when they are eating each other.Keep at it PLEASE 😉

    Greta Van Susteren Calls Tucker Carlson ‘A Pig’ Over Sarah Palin Post

  6. 13 Fred
    September 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Mitch Daniels Endorses Perry’s View Of Social Security: Calling It A Ponzi Scheme Is ‘Too Frank,’ But Not Wrong

  7. September 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I have to share this. My daughter posted as her status “This is not class warfare. It’s math.” Few comments later our Minister of Discipleship commented: Come to think of it, God didn’t say, “Awww, you’re poor so you need to give 10%. Awww, you’re rich, you only need to give 2%.”
    Don’t you love it? Gosh, I feel blessed to have her as one of our pastors!!!!!!!!

  8. 19 Fred
    September 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Israeli Ambassador To U.S. Falsely Claims ‘The Palestinians Didn’t Come To The Table’ During Settlement Freeze

  9. September 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I have been calling my repub.. representative daily and my husband e-mails. It will do no good but I won’t let up.I also agree people need the bill to be ready to be voted on to get the juices rolling.

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