I agree to a point, but politics... i.e. policy DOES affect the economy ! Don't know if it's really location or what resources are there.... hence AK is one of the richest...

How much we invest in education, infrastructure, R&D, etc. that can drive an economy... Texas is a lackey !! That's why Perry is out trying to steal business from other states. crazy

.... one reason WV is so poor is they have lots of coal (resource), but the companies pay workers crap, and for decades had NO rules on safety or pollution... people DIED because of the business done there... never educated their population - "WTF do they need to be educated to dig coal, a trained monkey can do that !?" wink
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David (OFI)