Money is the root of all evil

This is one of our General themes. Basically if Dallas has one thing and lots of it, it’s corporations. The State Laws are very, very favorable to big business coming in from elsewhere.

As a “right to work” state… anybody can quit, but anybody can fire anybody for any reason. That tends to help out crooked companies in a down-economy more than the workers since it’s a employer’s market.

  1. Big Money with a Texas Schtick
    • Dallas Cowboys, Ross Perot, T Boon Pickens, Mark Cuban… them’s the corporate raiders.
      • White corporate CEOs with cowboy hats and boots… and probably Republicans to boot.
    • Democrat “labor union” guys but they would certainly be trying to gain more power/money.
      • Texas basically has no labor unions except in companies that came from out of state
      • The mindset is certainly here even if the state laws don’t really help them out.
  2. Money for Drugs is another aspect of it.
  3. Capitalism Good, Corporatism Bad
    • Look, we love to make money around here. So long as you’re not hurting anybody in the ways that count, well then generally speaking… Dallas is pretty darn favorable place to start a business.
      • Global infrastructure already in place
        • 20 Fortune 500 companies are already here (64 in the State)
      • Cheap labor, low Worker’s Comp costs
      • No State Income tax or capital gains tax for individuals
      • Tort reforms to limit how much you can sue doctors led to a medical boom… some of the best medical care in the United States is here because the cost of insurance against getting sued is about 1/3rd the price of anywhere else. If you’re a Doc… you’re probably thinking about going to Texas.
      • “Loser Pays” Tort reform to control frivolous lawsuits (which also tends to favor businesses more than private citizens)
      • The list goes on
    • Big Corporations are a threat. A Board of Directors will make decisions that affect common everyday folk in ways that are best left to the imagination… and the GM.
  4. Politicians and Money
    • Corrupt local elected officials
    • Amateur state officials
      • Easy to “wine and dine” – they need money for re-elections and to cover expenses
    • Entrenched bureaucracy

Money is the root of all evil

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