From that durn liberal rag - Texas Economic Miracle Beginning To Tarnish The severity of the state's $27 billion budget crisis was evident in the furrowed brows, sad eyes and pained expressions of legislators. They fidgeted in their seats as hundreds of teachers, parents and disabled people explained in testimony in recent weeks how proposed budget cuts would ruin their lives. Legislatures elsewhere are facing budget problems, but most are blending cuts with asset sales, increased fees and tax modifications to soften the impact. Texas prides itself on lean government so Republicans here promised to solve the crisis here by budget cuts alone. Even though Texas' budget shortfall is among the worst in the nation, Perry says Texas remains an example for other states. ---------- No housing bubble, no financial firms going under, no nucular reactors tsunami'd, etc... So who can explain this?