Hoosier state as a laboratory

July 9, 2009
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You know California is in bad shape when The Economist compares it with Texas and wonders which is best.

An opinion piece in its upcoming issue verges on placing them on a virtually even plane.

California still has the best universities, culture and venture capitalists, the magazine argues. But itâ??s nearly ungovernable and, lately, a financial train wreck.

Texas is more fiscally responsible and attracts business rather than repelling it. Texas also deals better with Latinos, although educational shortcomings might lead to bureaucracies like the ones now strangling â??the once golden state.â??

â?? â?¦ to give Texas some credit and serve as a warning to Mr. Schwarzeneggerâ??s heir, at this moment Americaâ??s two most futuristic states look a lot more like equals than ever before,â?? the piece says.

Which raises a question about Indiana: As one of 50 laboratories, what has the state contributed in the way of answers?

For the sake of discussion, think back a couple of decades or more. If the magazine had lumped Indiana into its piece, what would it have said? What should it have been said?
  • Mr. Heikens, Clearly you didn't actually read this article based upon your first sentence. You act as if Texas is the worst state being compared to the best state, California....what exactly is your point? The growth in Texas, more Fortune 500 companies than any other state, the ability to withstand the recession, the fact that thousands of midwesterners move there every year didn't just happen last night you know.

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