With our participation topic this week focusing on Texas Exceptionalism, this article fits right in with what we’ve been talking about recently. This editorial looks at Texas’s rankings among the other 49 states and how these rankings affect Texas. Right off the bat, the author acknowledges the fact that Texas is not always at the top of every list pointing out that many people in the state recognize this as well. In fact, it even points out that the newspaper that this editorial is published in, The Dallas Morning News, has flaws from time to time too. The main point the author makes is Texas’s low ranking in categories such as educational spending and environmental protection, can be made up for and improved by our other leading categories. By providing evidence of actual rankings based off of CNBC and other news sources, the author shows how Texas is #1 in many categories. He then uses this to strengthen his argument saying that compared to other highly populated areas, many Texas cities are doing better economically and transportation-wise. One important thing to note is the fact that the author does a good job and analyzing both sides of the argument. He knows it’s true that Texas ranks #1 in rankings such as “Most Amount of carbon dioxide emissions” and “Highest percentage of population without insurance.” He looks at both sides and concludes that by balancing both aspects of this problem, in the long run, they will work together. In my opinion, his logic makes sense. The fact that Texas is able to be #1 in rankings in categories that have a good outcome show that it has the ability to outshine others. Although it is true that Texas lags behind in some categories, if we apply the same mindset as we do for our #1 rankings, Texas could rank positively in every aspect.
The author seems to be aiming at people who recognize the fact that Texas is not all that great when it comes to educational and environmental spending. He could be targeting people who have given up on Texas thinking that despite the good rankings, there are enough bad rankings to make the state seem like a bad place. It seems he is aiming more towards people who are pessimistic about Texas’s current condition.
Unfortunately, this editorial does not provide an author to its article. However, judging from the fact that the author mainly analyzes numbers and rankings from news sources such as CNBC, the author is only as credible as these external sources. Nevertheless, this is merely an assumption and shouldn’t be taken as fact because again, the editorial does not provide an author.