Are you sure you want to delete this post?
I don't know too many folks who are true moderates. My fiancé says I sit on the fence but in reality I am just very skeptical of both sides. When I read this post it appears to only tell part of the story, but I guess that’s why you post it here, its an outlet for conversation amongst like minded people, right?
My point in this reply is I live in Texas, aside from the heat; it’s not a bad place to live, and in fact it is really a nice place to live. My fiancé is a recruiter for professional services and jobs have not slowed down for her to fill at all. I read a CNN article that agreed with your statement that Texas (along with Mississippi) lead the nation in percent of minimum wage earners, but the article went on to state that was heavily influenced by legal and illegal immigrants crossing the border who drive down what jobs are paying.
I have a decent job with benefits. That wasn’t always the case but especially considering I have had sole custody of my three children for the last three years I would have to say I’d rather have a job with no benefits than no job with no benefits. I’m not saying we settle for the absolute least needed to just get by but when compared to other states, Texas doesn’t look to bad.
One last thing to consider - API and NOIA released a study in July that shows that over 190,000 jobs can be created in 2013 in the Gulf of Mexico also projects a 71 percent increase in Gulf development spending to $41.4 billion and a 70 percent increase in economic activity related to Gulf development to $44.5 billion if offshore development returned to levels before the Obama administration's moratorium.