The headline at Texas Watchdog was ominous: Texas third in total state debt, low by per-capita measure; across all the states, underfunded liability shoots to $3.5 trillion
Yikes! I thought, dang, the naysayers are right! Texas is buried in debt! Oh no!
But then I read the headline again – buried in the middle was this: low by per-capita measure. And buried in the story was this:
When population is factored in, the picture in Texas improves.
Ya don’t say. In fact, as the article eventually points out, Texas ranks 45th in per-capita debt. As in, near the bottom. For those of you in Pasadena, that means we are doggone great! But that didn’t stop idiots from Tweeting stuff like this:
BayAreaHouston12:02pm via Twitter for iPhone
“@texaswatchdog: Texas third in total state debt ow.ly/dibVJ #texas #txlege” after 10 years of tea party rule.
Which I corrected to read:
dpjennings1:40pm via HootSuite
MT @BayAreaHouston: @texaswatchdog: Texas low per capita debt state ow.ly/dibVJ#txsen #txlege after 10 years of tea party rule.
Gotta love Twitter – correcting the idiots in real time.
Although the vulgar dude that has the @BayAreaHouston account doesn’t understand simple math, thankfully, Governor Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, and Speaker Straus do. We must remain a low debt state to keep our economy growing. Hopefully, after the next session, we can take 50th away from Tennessee. There is no glory in being in debt.
Teddy Wilson says
I don't understand what you corrected. You're arguing over semantics.