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Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas

ISBN-10: 1610391926
ISBN-13: 9781610391924
Edition: 2013
Authors: Erica Grieder
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Description: Texas may well be America’s most controversial state. Evangelicals dominate the halls of power, millions of its people live in poverty, and its death row is the busiest in the country. Skeptical outsiders have found much to be offended by in the  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 4/23/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Texas may well be America’s most controversial state. Evangelicals dominate the halls of power, millions of its people live in poverty, and its death row is the busiest in the country. Skeptical outsiders have found much to be offended by in the state’s politics and attitude. And yet, according to journalist (and Texan) Erica Grieder, the United States has a great deal to learn from Texas.InBig, Hot, Cheap, and Right, Grieder traces the political history of a state that was always larger than life. From its rowdy beginnings, Texas has combined a long-standing suspicion of government intrusion with a passion for business. Looking to the present, Greider assesses the unique mix of policies on issues like immigration, debt, taxes, regulation, and energy, which together have sparked a bonafide Texas Miracle of job growth. While acknowledging that it still has plenty of twenty-first-century problems to face, she finds in Texas a model of governance whose power has been drastically underestimated. Her book is a fascinating exploration of America’s underrated powerhouse.

Introduction
Man-Made Miracle
The Texas Model
The Troublesome Territory
State of Hate
Land and Cattle
Black Gold
The Ungoverned
The Shadow State
Democratic Texas
The Rise of the Right
Twenty-First-Century Texas
Vestigial Parts
Turning Texas Blue
The Coming Crack-Up
Tweaking the Model
Texas and the United States
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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