Messing with Texas

27 Oct

Song of Texas

Happy Trails

The cover story of the October 28, 2013 issue of Time Magazine argues that Texas is the future of the country. The article explains that Texas is America’s fastest-growing large state, it’s added jobs, and the same money that would buy a tiny condo in San Francisco will buy a house in Texas.

Nevertheless, we sure hope that the author is wrong. We’ve been to Texas, and we thought it was fine. However, one of the reasons Texas is attractive is because it has less regulation than many other states on things like building codes. Building codes protect home buyers from shoddy or downright dangerous building practices. We always thought that was a good thing. You can argue that less-regulation is more business-friendly. OK, but what’s friendly to business may be hostile to consumers.

There are a number of other points in the article that we won’t go into here. Suffice it to say that we hope the article’s author is wrong that Texas is our future.

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