job growth in Texas because they are low paying jobs.
Kevin Williamson of National Review Online does an excellent
job of responding to Krugman. Snippet:
How different? Let’s look at the data: In spite of the fact thatTexas did not have a housing crash like the rest of the country,housing remains quite inexpensive there. The typicalowner-occupied home in Brooklyn costs well over ahalf-million dollars. In Suffolk County it’s nearly $400,000.In Houston? A whopping $130,100. Put another way: InHouston, the median household income is 39 percent ofthe cost of a typical house. In Brooklyn, the medianhousehold income is 8 percent of the cost of the median home,and in Boston it’s only 14 percent. When it comes tothan $1 in Brooklyn or Boston. But even that doesn’t reallytell the story, because the typical house in Houston doesn’tlook much like the typical house in Brooklyn: Some 64 percentof the homes in Houston are single-family units, i.e., houses. InBrooklyn, 85 percent are multi-family units, i.e. apartments andcondos.
Yes, Texas jobs do not pay what other states might pay but
our cost of living is low. Also, I would prefer to have a job than
have no job. A job is a job. Even a sucky, low paying job can
afford you opportunities to move up the economic ladder
if you choose to take advantage of them. So many employers
that I know locally help out with tuition if you want to go
back to school. This might shock some liberals: But some
businesses actually want an educated workforce so they
can promote within the company.