Anne and I have been in Austin for 5-Months, and have really enjoyed the experiences, and most of the people we’ve met, many of whom have become friends.
We learned quite quickly, that Texas culture is very different from region to region, and that the Texas we all relate to . . . you know, the one we learned about by watching the TV Series DALLAS, isn’t the State we all think it is.
As a matter of FACT . . . Texas is a State of enormous CONTRADICTIONS.
The Texas we imagined . . . still exists, but NOT in places like Austin and San Antonio, where LIBERALISM rules the roost.
While we’re in Austin, there’s still a debate RAGING over whether or not to allow the OPEN-CARRY of guns in Texas. But, not that many years ago, the Texas Legislature would simply Table a BILL such as this, have a debate, and pass it.
The debate over OPEN-CARRY has become so aggressive, that the people trying to BLOCK THIS RIGHT are living with death threats. Those who threaten are the REAL Texans who are refusing to surrender their FREEDOMS.
FROM THE BETTER-OFF . . . to the wealthy LEFT, they’re abandoning their communities throughout America . . . making a beeline for the GREENER, CHEAPER and more EXCITING Pastures of the LONE-STAR STATE. But, because of this INVASION of the LEFT, the pastures are becoming an awful lot LESS GREEN.
There’s so much housing construction in and around Austin, that they can’t find enough people to swing hammers to build the homes. And even useless lands, where many of the homes are being built, have become so expensive, that the average Texas family can’t even pretend to afford it.
But the signs aren’t true, since once you get past the BARE BONES of what’s offered, the average house will cost into the HALF-MILLION-PLUS dollar range, which to me . . . isn’t all that Middle Income AFFORDABLE.
It seems that the people, who are flooding into Texas, are coming from highly regulated, and overly taxed Cities, Counties and States like California, where LEFTIST policies are destroying their Golden Goose.
So . . . they sell their home for a generous profit, and are willing to pay whatever the market will charge in Texas (Austin, San Antonio, Dallas . . . etc), which by comparison, is a bargain to what the costs were, from where they’re coming.
The LEFTISTS who are coming from Liberal States are bringing with them, the same ATTITUDE and MINDSET that’s destroying the States from where they’re coming.
They want MORE government, MORE services, MORE rules, and MORE regulations . . . ALL OF WHICH SPELLS MORE TAXES, AND LESS PERSONAL FREEDOMS, like the RIGHT to Open-Carry Guns.
I won’t write about who can afford to live in Austin, because it’s easier to write about who CANNOT.
WORKING FAMILIES can’t afford to live outside the core of Austin, and can barely afford to live within the Austin City Limits . . . it’s as simple as that.
Outside the City Core, there’s no public transportation. So, you need a car. But, cars cost money, including the insurance, maintenance and gas. And the streets and highways are already jam-packed. So, if you can’t get work outside Austin, you’re screwed.
Decent family sized apartments, in and around Austin . . . rent in the $1500 (plus) range (heavy on the PLUS). The average salary for non-professional workers STARTS at $9 per hour. So, how is someone to live on just $9 per hour?
THE REAL PROBLEM – is that no matter how much you earn as a non-professional worker, IT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH TO LIVE IN AUSTIN, which has created an unbelievable challenge . . . BUSINESSES CANNOT FIND EMPLOYEES.
No matter where Anne and I go, there are signs on virtually EVERY door, asking for employees. One restaurant, near an exclusive shopping area in BEE CAVE at the Galleria, is offering a $100 Bonus for anyone to come to work there, who was worthy of hiring.
The City of Austin is growing so fast with LEFTISTS who are deserting the sinking ships of their own making in other States . . . that the character of the City is changing before the eyes of REAL Austin Texans.
If you really want to know the true story of a City, don’t just trust your eyes or the things you read and hear in the media, ask the people who actually live there, and see what’s really happening. And from what we see and hear from REAL Texans . . . is TREMENDOUS indignation towards the NEWCOMERS.
ONCE OUTSIDE THE CITY SPRAWL, Texas becomes more recognizable, where the Conservative Nature of the State still shines through. But, with each passing day, as the LEFT marches into Texas with dollars and influence, I fear Texas will become more of a ROMANTIC MEMORY than the real thing.
THIS IS HAPPENING WHEREVER THE LEFT GOES . . . which is generally to Conservative States and Provinces (Canada), where the living is better, because of Conservative Governments, which the LEFT will change as soon as they can.
Ontario used to be the ENGINE THAT DROVE CANADA, which used to be a VERY Conservative Province. Ontario had it all . . . Cheap Energy, Great Factories that made everything from Automobiles to Household Appliances, Minimal Regulations, and the LOWEST TAXES IN THE LAND.
THEN CAME THE LEFT . . . and in less than ONE Generation, Ontario went from supporting the debt of the nation, to becoming Canada’s DEBT RIDDEN BEAST.
Energy in Ontario is now the MOST expensive in North America, and basically unaffordable. Personal Taxes are gong through the roof. Regulations are SUFFOCATING development. And Corporate Taxes are driving Industry out of the Province . . . AND THAT’S JUST IN ONE GENERATION.
I wrote about Texas, because that’s where we are living until the end of this month. But, I will bet whatever, that this is a situation that is being played-out throughout America, just as it has been playing-out throughout Canada.
AND THAT’S NO WAY TO BUILD OR SUSTAIN A COUNTRY.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov