Invictus at the Big Picture does an outstanding job highlighting what is really going on in Texas, noting how badly that state is performing compared to the rest of the nation in a dozen metrics. Some of the lowlights:

  • 43rd in senior poverty
  • 50th in number of people 25 and older with a high school diploma or equivalent
  • 50th in property crime per 100,000 population
  • 49th in prevalence of household-level food insecurity
  • 48th in teen birth rate

Yes, there's more. Do we really want Rick Perry to do to the rest of the nation what he has done in Texas? For that matter, we should be wondering why certain GOP members of the State Legislature want to bring those policies to the Golden State.

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