Essay on America Can Learn From The Strange Genius Of Texas
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284 pages. Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas, by Erica Grieder, breaks Texas down into its basic components in order to explain to non-Texans what Texas truly is. Grieder’s covers four main topics in her book. One of the topics she talks about is the economy. A major event that Grieder discusses is the Texas miracle, which was a series of “happy coincidences” that brought Texas many jobs and boosted its economy. The Texas miracle could not have happened in just any state. Texas had its own model that was a contributing factor to the Texas miracle. As Governor Rick Perry put it, the Texas Model is a four-part “recipe,” low taxes, low regulation, tort reform, and “don’t spend all the money.” She then talks about what built up Texas’s economy. When Texas first became a state, land and cattle were large portions of the economy, but when Pattillo Higgins and Anthony Lucas found oil, oil became one of the biggest parts of the Economy. The next topic she dives into is Texas’ background. Texas was originally part of Mexico until after the Texas Revolution. Soon after Texas won its independence, it joined the United States. This annexation split the United States down the middle because Texas supported slavery. That is not…