Texas = #winning
It's pretty awesome being a Texan. Our state used to be a country. Women embrace big hair and red lipstick. You can eat tacos during all three meals of the day. We wear cowboy boots with suits. But most of all our state is now the USA's 2nd largest economy:
Texas became the USA's second-largest economy during the past decade — displacing New York and perhaps heading one day toward challenging California — in one of the biggest economic shifts in the past half-century.
The dramatic realignment of the nation's economy was illustrated by North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia all overtaking one-time industrial powerhouse Michigan in economic size from 2000 to 2010. The economic winners of the last decade are states that focus on raw materials, government and senior citizens. The big losers are places that make things — industrial states and even California.
USA TODAY examined each state's gross domestic product to determine how the country's economic output has shifted within its borders. The data, recently released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, reflect both population growth and income increases — in short, the economic weight of each state.
Let's hope the federal government can keep their hands off of the good financial planning Texas has.
(Run Perry Run!)