But Is That A Good Thing?
GTT (Gone To Texas!) never seemed truer than it does today and while I certainly understand it, I do have to wonder if we are going to think this is a good thing in the years to come. Like it or not, however, figures continue to show that the people they are a comin’, with latest figures showing that 1/2 of the 10 fastest-growing cities in the country happen to find themselves in the Lone Star state.
As you might expect, those cities are Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth. Then….when we look at growth in terms of percentages…well, believe it or not, it is the Texas town of San Marcos that has the highest rate of growth among all U.S. cities and towns. Can you even start to believe that?
Of course, we all know what it is that fans the flames of the GTT movement: Jobs and jobs and Texas has ‘em. Of course, we also have no state income tax, few regulations, and it’s just cheaper to live here. And in this economy, that draws the masses and will continue to do so.
“The classic social contract is – we’re not going to do a ton to help you but we’re not going to get in your way. That’s not 100% true of the state but there’s that strand in the state.”
And the price we pay for being the best is allowing those non-Texans entrance into the state, which is fine….as long as they understand that here in Texas it is hot…really hot. There’s not a lot of night life, but we do wave a lot of flags, and we are very serious about that belt we call the Bible Belt. Oh, and they might as well know up front that if they don’t love football, well…Texas probably isn’t going to be the state for them…job or not.
And the real bottom line is that all newcomers are welcome, but it will be they who bend to Texas and Texas values….not the other way around, right? As long as everyone understands the rules, we should all get along just fine!