|Dreden, Rick Perry's version of MA|
Brad Reed has a great piece
over at Crooks and Liars
comparing Rick Perry's "Texas Miracle" to the "...decrepit urine-soaked wastelands (of MA) whose streets are overflowing with junkies and hookers living inside million-dollar public housing units." Go read it.
Here's some of the fun facts...
...the free-market paradise of Texas stands at a freedom-y 8.4 percent. For contrast, the unemployment rate in my socialist hellhole of Massachusetts stands at communist-like 7.6 percent.
10 percent of Massachusetts residents live below the poverty line while 15.8 percent of Texas residents live below the poverty line
(MA) has the lowest rate of uninsured people in the country, at 5.3 percent. Texas, on the other hand, has left a whopping 27.1 percent of its population uninsured.
In (MA) 85% of eighth graders scored at or above basic in the National Assessment of Educational Progress math exam, while 52 percent scored at or above proficient. Texas' eighth graders scored 78 percent at basic, 36 percent at proficient.
83% of MA eighth graders scored at basic in reading, with 43 percent at proficient. In Texas, 73 percent of eighth graders scored at basic in reading while 27 percent scored at proficient.
Violent crime rate in MA is 432 per 100,000 people. In Texas it's 511 per 100,000 people. In MA the murder rate is 2.6 per 100,000 people. In Texas it's 5.4 per 100,000 people. The MA divorce rate is 1.8 per 1,000 people. The Texas divorce rate is 5.4 per 1,000. The teen pregnancy rate in MA is 49 per 1,000 women while in Texas it's 88 per 1,000 women.
Reed provides documentation for these facts in his post...
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