Minnesota is a good place to live -- a couple more microbreweries and a relaxation of the Sunday Blue Laws and it would be great. We're highly educated, community-minded, economically prosperous, and have a great worker environment.
As Nathan Newman points out a good environment for workers is a good environment for business. You can pick your versus: Minnesota v. Texas; Costco v. Wal-Mart; union jobs v. Manpower. The better result for people and long-term profits is to invest in ourselves and protect one another from the worst case scenarios inherent to the free market.
The Minnesota model works. Let's follow it.
Does this mean we can get a Costco in the southern suburbs?
By 1:33 PM, at
You mean you don't bike out to the NW suburbs to buy your peanuts by the metric ton?
Yeah, those Commies at Costco would use metric measurements rather than the more patriotic English system.
wow, this one hurts. As if the Green Bay fandom wasn't enough to make us iffy about you, now you're messing with Texas. :)
what you're forgetting is that Texas is a wonderful place to work with great worker benefits....if you are an illegal alien.
Just to be serious for a moment, there are some pretty decent places to live in Texas. Austin is everybit the place to live as is the Twin Cities. The metroplex is filled with good places to work and live. Hill Country is outstanding. Even Houston has its moments.
By 3:20 PM, at
I didn't want to pick on Louisiana, rated #51, and Texas was next to last on the list.
I've only been to Texas once, and that was for a few days in San Antonio. I enjoyed the trip. I don't have anything in particular against Texas, the way I hold a grudge against New York City.
Anyway, don't blame me, blame the PERI.
I'll admit I don't quite get Texas. How can a place that gives us Ann Richards, Molly Ivans and James (and Larry) McMurtry also give us Bush, DeLay, and the Dallas Cowboys? I've been to a wedding in Dallas and a conferance in Galveston and was not impressed with either. I visited a friend in Houston for a few days and, to quote non-Texan Warren Zevon, it ain't that pretty at all. Said friend is now living in Austin and loves it there. I have always heard it is the Oasis of the state for us liberals.
(I also think NY is the greatest city in the world so I don't quite see eye to eye with Hammer either.)
Texas is a funny place. Zevon is right about Houston. outside of a few places, it is a dirty poop hole. You can pretty much divide up TX as 5 different countries. West Texas is best represented by Midland/Odessa. This is a weird place to be. This is where the Sponge family lived (San Angelo). Basically, oil, crops and cattle reign supreme out there. This means there are some pretty damn wealthy folks followed by lots of farm hands. There are a lot of contradictions out there in West Texas. Too many to point out here.
Country #2 is the border from Brownstone to El Paso. I don't know too much about this one. Never been to Brownstone or El Paso. Our closest border town was in the middle of nowhere (although, it is where those Antonio Banderas movies were shot).
Country #3- Hill Country/Austin...you should really read Michael Lind's excellent "Made in Texas" to learn more about this area. It is built on the backs of german/scotts immigrants. University at the center. Not so much "liberal" as it is independent and weird.
Country #4- City States of Houston/Metroplex/San Angelo...business, business, business. Houston is the capitol of this country.
Country #5- Eastern Texas and Waco...avoid at all costs...this is where crazy Texas comes from.
CP is a firm proponent of Chicago being the greatest American city. Much more so than NY.
By 2:55 PM, at
and by "san angelo" in #4...we mean "san antonio"
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