During Governor Rick Perry’s brief dip into the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, he touted time after time the great advantage that Texans, especially Texas businesses, enjoy because of our state’s very low tax rate. On this point, the governor was certainly correct. Texas’ taxes are relatively low when compared to our other large industrial states. However, those low taxes carry a very heavy price with them in another area of life.
In this wealthy State of Texas, more than 25% of our children live in poverty! Thirty-nine percent of Texas mothers receive no or very late prenatal care. 1.2 million Texas children have no form of health insurance while 96% of those same children are U.S. citizens. The same is true at the other end of the age spectrum.
Texas is very wealthy. If it were an independent nation, it would enjoy the 11th largest economy in the world. However, this rich state in a cold and calculated manner refuses to fulfill its responsibility to its children and to the elderly. These facts are not really something to brag about! Right?