Well lookey here... All this time we've been told that California was having such deep fiscal problems because we're a "free lunch" state, with unsustainable spending levels and irresponsible liberal "tax n spenders" in charge. At the same time we've been told that Texas is a model of the low-service state, that it's lack of an income tax has provided a sustainable and attractive way to bring business to the state, that the fiscal conservatives in charge have been fiscally conservative. And now we find out that Texas has closed to within a billion or so of California's deficit level, despite all the awesome fiscal conservative-ness emanating from the state: We also find out that Texas only managed to balance their current budget by using stimulus funds from the *gasp* jackbooted thugs at the federal government -- who probably came down and put a gun to Rick Perry's head and forced him to accept their help. So the question is, how can such a fiscally conservative state wind up in exactly the same predicament as California? Isn't fiscal conservatism supposed to prevent these kinds of budget deficits?