From 2000, through 2007 Ohio had lost 200,000 manufacturing jobs and foreclosures were the ninth highest in the nation. Family income, adjusted for inflation had also declined. Ohio, Michigan and Indiana have similar problems. These companies and jobs that are leaving, are not going overseas, theyre moving to other states, such as Texas. The American Legislative Exchange Council ranks Ohio 47th out of 50 in economic competitiveness. Ohio has a state income tax-the sixth highest personal income tax rate in the country, just under 9%. To make matters worse, Ohios corporations, pay the third highest in the nation at 10.5%. A saying that has taken hold in the Buckeye state, declares: "Ohio lays out the red carpet for companies - when they leave the state." Texas, is a "right to work" state. Workers can make their own decision on whether or not to join a union. Texas prodigious job growth, since 1997, has seen 1,615,000 added, compared to Ohio's loss of 10,400. By December 2007 the unemployment rate in Ohio, was higher than the national average by 1%. In Texas unemployment was below the national average at 4.5%. Exports from Texas have yielded $150 billion plus, over a decade, Ohio, 1/4 of that, in the amount of $37.8 billion. Per-capita income growth has been 55% in Texas, 43% in Ohio. Texas has gained 36,000 manufacturing jobs,compared to those 200,000 lost in Ohio. Unions and in this case, wasteful government, present a clear case of the twin giants of special interest destruction. None of this has deterred Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and all nanny-state talking heads from seeking more largesse for their masters to continue paying for those $73 an hour union jobs. Now it is believed that the union thug bill, more misnamed than anything Lenin, Marx, Stalin, or George Orwell, could have thought of, i.e, the Employee Free Choice Act, (EFCA), where strong armed thuggery will take the place of secret ballot voting, is expected to be signed by Barack Obama, if the Dems send it to him.