I pose the question because the Celtic Tiger is pretty much a bedraggled pussy cat now. But the similarities are noted in this report: business friendly, low taxes, careful government spending.

Guess what? Fortress Texas, where the GOP controls government root and branch and the governor is so smugly arrogant he’s floated secession from the rest of us less worthy states, is awash in government red ink. It faces a $25 billion deficit on a two-year budget of $95 billion.


Post-Census redistricting will send still more conservative Republicans from Texas to Congress to do for the rest of us what they’ve done for (to) Texas.