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Fastest growing boomtowns

Fastest growing boomtowns

Chad Ladwig1
March 29, 2013
− What`s common amoung these towns, low unempoyment rates, good incomes and far better than average economy. 16 1 Reply

Vertical1 Chad Ladwig1
March 29, 2013
And Republican majorities. 19 Reply

John Masters Vertical11
March 29, 2013
Because leeches always go where the blood is. Where were those Republicans when it was time to build libraries, hospitals and schools? Who paid for the local water supply and sanitation facilities? Are there enough roads, police, doctors, in a word, infrastructure? No, the Republicans always seem to come after the investment phase but in time for the rewards phase. 21 4 Reply

Julia Hamilton Wallace John Masters1
March 29, 2013
John - we have a fabulous public library fully funded by our County government, just passed a $60 million bond to build a new hospital (we already have a nice, but aging hospital that is fully staffed with great healthcare workers and state of the art equipment) and some of the best schools on the planet. The City put in place and maintains the water and sanitation facilities and our City taxes still remain some of the lowest in the state - much lower than the national average. Not only that, but the community voted to pass a $13 million dollar bond to build a bypass route around the community to relieve traffic congestion (rather than asking for a handout from the state or federal govt. to do it) so we are working on keeping up with the traffic demands. And, between our local police department and sheriff`s office, we have more than adequate law enforcement officers. On top of that, our new fire department will be completed sometime in the next 6 months and we have topnotch emergency responders and they are well equiped. Goes to show you what a bunch of Republicans can do with low taxes, little govenrment interference and true concern for their community :) 26 Reply

Vertical1 John Masters1
March 29, 2013
Its the Dems that want to waste money on socialism rather that do efficient investment in true infrastructure. 13 1 Reply

tired me Vertical11
March 30, 2013
Both you and John Masters should stop making everything political. You two have twins in Iraq, one Shiite and one Sunni. They hate each other too and it is ridiculous. 3 Reply

pgymallion Vertical11
March 30, 2013
You clearly need to look up the definition of Socialism. 3 2 Reply

Vertical1 pgymallion1
March 30, 2013
It sounds like you do. Socialism - 1. a political theory or system in which the means of production and distribution are controlled by the people and operated according to equity and fairness rather than market principles 2. the stage after the proletarian revolution when a society is changing from capitalism to communism, marked by pay distributed according to work done rather than need 2 Reply

Kevint John Masters1
March 30, 2013
I am Sorry John Masters, you must not understand the basic`s of capitalism and the structure of society, Towns are incorporated, the towns people are the share-holders, and the customers, the police are from the town and the towns own wealth, sanitation, libraries, doctors, and hospitals are all private entities, owned by private corporations with private wealth not government. 0 Reply

KRuke Chad Ladwig1
March 29, 2013
And in 10 years it will be high unemployment rates, low incomes, and far worse than average economy. Boom towns (particularly those centered around a rare/sought after commodity) are never, ever sustainable. Gold rush is a great example of this. The only thing that matters in these towns is the oil, and as soon as that runs out (which it will) so do the jobs. Hardly the type of place that should be looked at as a model or `point of pride` for anything. 10 Reply

John Spencer Chad Ladwig1
March 30, 2013
Not to mention, own all the guns you want without restriction. 2 Reply

mhub1
March 29, 2013
I just came back from there. It isn`t pretty. The streets are plastered in mud. Too many huge, white, four-wheel drive pickups - covered in mud - choking the streets. Most, especially the locals, hate it. The town is just not meant to accomodate the number of people who have moved in and drugs and prostitution have become rampant. It is actually hell - that they pay for - so we can have oil. 23 3 Reply

poiop mhub1
March 29, 2013
It`s "Deadwood 2013" .....where is the new Al Swarengen? 6 Reply

Frank455444 mhub1
March 30, 2013
Hell is a world "without" Oil buddy. No planes, no cars, 80% of everything in your home vanishes without oil. We go back 125 years without it. 0 Reply

RobSoik mhub1
March 30, 2013
Where did you just come back from? I Live in Casper, WY and have no idea what town you are describing. 0 Reply

mhub RobSoik1
March 30, 2013
I just came back from a project I had been working on in Williston. The first time I was out there was in 2000 and go back periodically. A big difference between the way it was and the way it is now. Once the boom began, my company couldn`t book us hotel rooms, so they bought an apartment. All of the hotels/motels were converted to dorms for oil field workers. I guess it is just becoming possible to get rooms - they`ve built a few more hotels. 0 Reply

LuluB1
March 29, 2013
So, basically, not one of these towns has a sustainable economy. Each "boom" is entirely dependent upon extraction of finite, natural resources. You have to give it to conservatives, though; they`re good at producing a short-term, glossy fašade. But what`s the long-term plan, oil companies? What else are you investing in? Hopefully, these residents will eventually find jobs where they could work from home, if need be, for when these "opportunities", quite literally, dry up. 25 8 Reply

Pedro Lopez LuluB1
March 29, 2013
I`ve gone through 3 of these booms, 5 if you count tech booms. Here`s what you do: 1) live as cheaply as possible 2) Make as much money as possible but don`t spend it (see 1 above) 3) When the bust comes around use the money yo saved to buy up stuff cheap; e.g. snowmobiles, trucks, the contentents of storage units; and then sell it in another market for a profit. Then move on. 42 Reply

sameeker Pedro Lopez1
March 29, 2013
That sounds like good planning to me. 5 Reply

LuluB Pedro Lopez1
March 29, 2013
If only our country had done that in 2002. Unfortunately, you know how things went; tax breaks during a "boom" time, instead of paying down our debt and investing in infrastructure, research and innovation. Unfortunately, Pedro, most Americans don`t think like you. 7 1 Reply

Abbot LuluB1
March 29, 2013
Pedro, Lulu wanted you to give more money to the govt during boom time so you could live cheaply but not have any savings as big daddy govt will take it. Tax breaks during boom time is better than tax hikes when people dont have enough to put food on the table. Liberal Logic amuses me. 12 4 Reply

Phenoy Abbot1
March 29, 2013
Another misrepresentation...the only tax hikes `liberal logic ` really wants to do is for the highest 2% income earners.. and why cry foul about `big daddy government` taking taxes? Most of it goes back to red -neck states as handouts anyways, lol. 3 Reply

TxCentrist Phenoy1
March 29, 2013
Yes, I agree. It`s really ironic that the loudest voices against gov`t programs are the ones that are on the receiving end. 4 Reply

LuluB Abbot1
March 29, 2013
Tax breaks are not gifts, they are stimulus or investments. It is imprudent to spend on a stimulus, when our economy is booming -- that`s when we are suppose to pay down debts. Stop getting emotional about this. 3 Reply

TxCentrist LuluB1
March 29, 2013
Simple math suggests that you do not reduce revenue while expenditures (i.e., two wars in progress) are high. There is no way that those tax cuts paid for themselves. The ballooning of the national debt during the GW Bush years is testament to that. 5 Reply

Abbot TxCentrist1
March 29, 2013
4 T in 8 years with 2 wars and Tax cuts. Yea real ballooning of our debts. Compare that to 6T in 4 yrs. No negotiations until more revenue. During the fiscal cliff the tax hikes got about 8 days of spending. So hold the country hostage for 8 days of spending. Obama is the most divisive president ever. 1 Reply

TxCentrist Abbot1
March 31, 2013
The damage inflicted during the Bush era did not disappear the day Obama took office. We still were engaged in two wars with revenue reduced by the Bush tax cuts. Obama`s first term began with two wars in progress--Bush`s didn`t. Also, you must consider the cost of the economic crisis that began in 2008. The national debt went way up in the last year that Bush was in office (largely due to the economic crisis I expect) and went up by a similar but lesser amount in the first year of Obama`s first term. If you look at Obama`s record on the national debt, the trend improved over the first three of four years (meaning that the increase is slowing down). In the fourth year, there was a slight regression as compared to the previous year. During Bush`s tenure, 5 out of 8 years were regressions. We`ll have to wait to see what happens in Obama`s second term. I really do expect a favorable trend to continue. There is no way the change in national debt will go negative right away regardless of who is president. The notion that we can fix this problem without more revenue is insane. We still have not restored the tax rates back to what they were when Clinton left office when the change in national debt was negative. Everyone should pay the price of higher taxes to get the national debt back down, but right now the rich can best afford it. With the economic conditions of today, the very rich keep getting richer by leaps and bounds and everyone else is losing ground. If and when the economy picks up, taxes on lower incomes should be restored to the Clinton era or at least increased by some measure. 0 Reply

Larry Miller Pedro Lopez1
March 29, 2013
Better get it done before Obama confiscates your savings,.....as he intends to do. 8 7 Reply

John Masters Larry Miller1
March 29, 2013
This is ignorant. Open your eyes. The President is doing more to keep the middle class out of the poor house, to create and maintain jobs, to make America great again, than any of those Republican obstructionists. America could have been out of this recession by now if the Congressional opposition had not handicapped his first stimulus package. Republicans are why we are suffering. I am not saying that Democrats are perfect, they are not, but at least they did not sell out your grandmother`s retirement for a lower tax rate. 12 3 Reply

old golfer John Masters1
March 29, 2013
Come on, the President has never even presented a budget to be voted on. Four years and counting. He has put us further in debt than any president in history. When the bills for Obamacare come in it`s going to run the debt up a lot more. We are still mired in two wars that he promised to get us out of in 18 months when running for office the first time. The list is long, but please present things as they happened and are. 3 Reply

pgymallion old golfer1
March 30, 2013
Actually, he has presented a budget, many times. And it gets bounced back from congress to get revised. In addition, Obamacare, in the long term will actually lower health care costs. Also, remember those two wars is something your boy Bush sold to America without allocating or even budgeting the ability to pay for it. Yes, please present things as they are. 5 Reply

pgymallion Larry Miller1
March 30, 2013
Seriously? Larry, you need to turn off your computer, turn off your tv and go outside. Your comment was probably the single most ignorant thing I`ve read all day. 2 Reply

John Spencer Larry Miller1
March 30, 2013
and your weapons. 0 Reply

Weston Moss LuluB1
March 29, 2013
So apparently, natural resources are conservative? Gotta love that logic. 28 1 Reply

LuluB Weston Moss1
March 29, 2013
No. Misallocating resources and not planning properly for the future, is. 17 6 Reply

Abbot LuluB1
March 29, 2013
Apparently 17trillion dollars is debt is planning properly for the future. Hearing the l00ny left logic makes for a good laugh. 19 3 Reply

KRuke Abbot1
March 29, 2013
Considering more than half of that debt was actually under Republican presidents? I`m going to say that no, the right doesn`t care anymore about the debt than the left does. I don`t know how long you`ve been around, but the only time the GOP ever has yelled about deficits in the past 40 years are from 92`-00`, and 2008-now. They only pretend to care when not holding the main office. 10 1 Reply

Phenoy Abbot1
March 29, 2013
17 trillion in debt jump-started by two wars started by Dubya.. yah you got that right... 5 Reply

Abbot1
March 29, 2013
Deleted?? 1 Reply

LuluB Abbot1
March 29, 2013
What does this even mean, in context? 0 1 Reply

Abbot LuluB1
March 29, 2013
I know its too complicated for you. Johny Depp once said that 51% of americans are dumb. So true, or else how else would obama be reelected. He fooled me once in 2008. I voted for him in 2008. Shame on me if he had fooled me twice.. 2 Reply

LuluB Abbot1
March 29, 2013
Abbot, what was the point of this comment? Seriously? Why can`t you just say that you have a different opinion? I just don`t understand the nastiness. Give me substance -- a solid counterargument -- not mindless insults. 3 Reply

Peter Charette LuluB1
March 29, 2013
You have no clue what conservatism is, if you actually think that. In fact, I`d say those are more properties of liberalism. 2 Reply

LuluB Peter Charette1
March 29, 2013
As Reince Preibus said "My Mama always told me it`s not just what you say but how you say it." My Mama always told me it`s not just what you say, but what you do. Maybe that`s the difference between "Conservative" and "Liberal"? 2 Reply

Greg Bott LuluB1
March 29, 2013
The long term plan is to screw us for every dime possible while they can. We are producing more oil than ever, using less, and paying more. All while our greedy gooberment laughs at us. 12 Reply

Chad Ladwig Greg Bott1
March 29, 2013
That`s because OPEC controls the price of oil. Eliminate OPEC and oil prices fall, guaranteed!!!! 3 1 Reply

Chad Ladwig LuluB1
March 29, 2013
Dry up, LOL- There is over 400 years worth of oil in these areas. These areas contain 3 times more oil than ALL OPEC countires have combined. 18 1 Reply

LuluB Chad Ladwig1
March 29, 2013
Thankfully, there`s no history of regions dying because they didn`t diversify the industry their taxpayers were dependent upon. What if problems occur or better opportunities come along and these companies bail? Oh, well. Let`s not think ahead, as a society. Let`s just live for today. That`s never gotten our economy into problems before, right? 6 4 Reply

Sam J Wilson LuluB1
March 29, 2013
I guess you suggest that we forgo taking the opportunity now and just wait until some unspecified time in the future to benefit from our resources now? 6 Reply

LuluB Sam J Wilson1
March 29, 2013
According to Republicans, we should never invest in the now -- in infrastructure or construction work that will generate enough jobs to jump-start the economy -- but they hold these boomtowns up as examples. I`m just pointing out the hypocrisy.






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