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.
Big, 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, Grieder assesses the unique mix of policies on
issues like immigration, debt, taxes, regulation, and energy, which together
have sparked a bona fide 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.
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