headline on the right column, "Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater," I just assumed it went with this picture in the middle of the page. "Oh yeah," I thought, "that looks like Iraq." (I hadn't had my coffee yet.)
But then I read the caption, "La Salle County, Tex., is the site of an oil and gas boom, but studies have shown that 39 percent of children there live in poverty."
From the article (my emphasis):
This rural patch of thick mesquite in the brush country south of San
Antonio had been known for something else. Five miles from here in
Cotulla, Lyndon B. Johnson at the age of 20 saw hardship so searing that it would help inspire his war on poverty.
Now, it is the scene of one of the greatest oil booms
the country has ever seen. But poverty endures in makeshift, barely
governed communities called colonias, such as the one where Ms. Vargas
shares her trailer with an ever-shifting assemblage of relatives.
Decades after Johnson took a teaching job here in 1928, the area, like
the country, is a startling and incongruous mix of cascading wealth and
crushing hardship. And though the boom has helped produce fortunes for
some and comfortable lives for many, for others it exists within a rural
landscape of unpaved streets without garbage pickup, where few dare to
drink the tap water because it tastes and smells like chlorine.
Meanwhile, from Texas Gov. Rick Perry's website:
Texas is a land of ongoing success and endless opportunity; Texans
aren't too shy about telling people about it, either. It's not bragging
if it's true, however, and the Lone Star State’s winning mix of low
taxes, reasonable regulatory structure, fair court system and
world-class workforce has been paying dividends in terms of press
recognition, economic rankings and, most importantly, good jobs for
And this guy wants to be president?