Skip to comments.Betting on Rick Perry - a winner in a GOP year, with no need in the world to win liberal approval
Posted on 10/03/2011 1:16:29 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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IT WILL BE THE JOBS ISSUEand Texass record in creating themthat will define Rick Perrys presidential run. Since he became governor in 2001, the U.S. as a whole has had a net loss of private-sector jobs, while Texaswhich has only 8 percent of the nations populationhas had a net gain of 825,000 jobs.
Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve Board, told me that if you look at the number of jobs created since the recession technically ended in June 2009, Texas has accounted for 48 percent of net new jobs created in the U.S.
Fisher also disparages claims that the jobs are all low-paying jobs at McDonalds or Walmart, paying the minimum wage, or that they were primarily caused by the oil and natural gas boom. According to Tom Pauken of the Texas Work Force Commission, the annual median wage in Texas in 2010 for all occupations was $31,500 a year, only 7 percent below the national average. That difference is easily explained by the fact that Texas has a younger workforce than most states and a higher percentage of workers in lower-pay agriculture jobs near the border with Mexico. [ CW: Cost of living in Texas is lower than many other states; Texas has no state income tax; Texas is a right to work state.]
As for where the job growth has been, three sectors of the economy have grown faster than the energy sector, which alone added 40,500 net new jobs in 2010. Last year, Texas added 57,900 new jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities; a total of 53,400 jobs in professional and business services; and 44,900 net new jobs in the hospitality industry.
For each of the past seven years, CEOs polled by Chief Executive magazine have rated Texas first in the nation for economic development climate and job growth. What is the secret of Texass success? Rick Perry isnt shy about his answer. Its all about four points, he told me. First, dont spend all the money. Keep the taxes low and under control. Have regulations that are fair and predictable so business owners know what to expect from one quarter to the next. And reform the legal system so that frivolous lawsuits dont paralyze employers who are trying to create real wealth.
If there is on issue which Perry has made a personal crusade, it is lawsuit reform. Working with the legislature, he has helped pass curbs on frivolous lawsuits, implemented a first-in-the-nation system under which loser pays all court costs in many lawsuits, and reformed medical malpractice law.
Dick Weekley, the co-founder of Texans for Lawsuit Reform, says Perry showed genuine political courage in resisting calls for watered-down reforms that wouldnt have addressed the core problem. He recalls that in 2002 Perry vetoed a bill strongly supported by doctors that would have required them to prompt payment from health maintenance organizations. In the eyes of the tort reform advocates, the bill was a Trojan Horse compromise negotiated between doctors and trial lawyers. There was a huge response from physicians [against the veto], Kim Ross, the former top lobbyist for the Texas Medical Association, said. TMA went so far as to endorse Tony Sanchez, Perrys millionaire Democratic opponent in the 2002 election. Perry sent a signal that he wanted real reform and would stand his ground, Weekley told me. Soon the medical lobbyists playing footsie with the trial lawyers were gone and the obstacles to real reform started falling. [end excerpt]
to regain momentum,
perry’s got to look presidential.
Well, IF Perry manages a comeback, it will be comparable to Lazarus....
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“perrys got to look presidential..”
He’s got to figure out stringing nouns and verbs together to form coherent thoughts verbally first.
Perry ain’t the guy.
What do you think of the information in the article?
Bwahaha!!! John Fund tries to convince us that the pro-illegal, government-mandate crony capitalist really isn’t an inside Establishment player and is the tea party answer for our times.
Try again, little fella.
How do you think he’s managed to govern Texas so well, if he can’t talk?
i simply expressed my 1st amendment opinion.
He can always run for Calderone’s job.
**claims that the jobs are all low-paying jobs at McDonalds or Walmart, paying the minimum wage**
But...but....but..when McDonald’s hired 62,000 in one day, Obama pulled every one of those 62K out of the air and we were to kiss his hand in gratitude for it. /s
The article is a slick attempt to whitewash the inconvenient truths, containing many claims, but no substance in its attempts to do so. It sounds like a press release from one of the coherent members of Perry’s staff.
Folks were glad to see Lazarus ressurect.
I don’t know where you live cuz you seem to have that hidden...but in Texas Perry is known as the come back kid. He is not one you ever count out.
He hasn’t had a serious contender since gaining office. Debates? Few, far between with any of them. He’s got an “R” next to his name and that’s pretty much all it took to stay Governor.
He may be an average-decent speaker from prepared copy, et al, but he’s (clearly) not one to speak spontaneously in any clear or convincing manner. He stumbles, mumbles, and rambles too much. Sounds kinda like an idiot.
His debate performances are not the exception, they’re pretty much closer to the rule.
Then dispute them with your economic numbers for the Texas economy and job growth.
“but in Texas Perry is known as the come back kid. He is not one you ever count out....”
I have never, ever heard that said of Perry.
You mean like coming back after ripping his shorts and peaving off most of the state with the TTC?
That kind of comeback?
La Raza Rick = Epic Fail
My how descriptive you are. No bias there. /s
But not according to those he meets out on the stump. Gov. Perry is a superb retail politician and executive. He relates to the people, listens to their concerns and they approve of his conversations with them.
Given Perry's demonstrated incompetence on the campaign trail, betting on Perry to not self destruct in Oct 2012; either at the debates or based on some undiscovered landmine in his past, is a fool's bet.
You don’t flow in the right circles...sorry.
Technically. But since Gov. Perry has served longer than any other governor, he's had the 6 years (and 5 more) that it takes to appoint every office a Texas governor can fill. So Perry has his team in place and it works very well. As this story aptly relates.
Yeah but the ones in power wanted to kill Jesus and Lazarus after the fact.
He already has plenty of liberal approval for his coddling of illegal aliens, backing of Al Gore, sanctuary cities, opposition to e-verify, crony capitalism and LaRaza dealings. How much more does he need? Why don't Ricardo, Milt and Huntsman go run against Mr. Obama on the Democratic ticket? That'd make more sense.
Rick Perry was the first Republican Lt. Governor ever elected in Texas.
You're damn right. He wants to work with Mexico to seal the border and run off the drug cartels that Obama-Holder have been supplying with guns. And isn't it nice that Gov. Perry has a working relationship with our allies Mexico and Israel (and no doubt Great Britain will be happy and many other Obama snubbed allies) -- as the Perry doctrine is, "We stand with our allies."
If you had read the article, it clearly shows that Gov. Perry has created a climate that is welcoming to employers and they employ workers -- nice how that works. Too bad Obama is too much of a communist to try it.
“No bias there. /s”
Of course there’s bias there. It comes from having him as governor for 11 years. Ya kinda figure out a little bit about a guy in that amount of time.
Like I said above, he’s not absolutely heinous at speechifying. Not great, but not terrible. If the debates consisted of nothing but each candidate just standing there and reciting a speech, he’d be doing a lot better right now.
Your biases are showing as well. It’s a two-way street this “bias” business.
I want Rick Perry as the President getting the country back to work, strengthening our national security and truly caring about the U.S.
You seem to be more bothered about Perry’s Texas accent. I guess you’d like Obama talk for 4 more years or the elite, Mitt Romney’s well spoken double talk.
I've seen these various claims made, and their substance rationalized by Perry supporters. But effectively refuted? I think not.
Start at the 2:40 mark.
If Perry believes the Mexican Army and the Mexican Government are “fighting” the drug cartels, he’s a bigger idiot than I gave him credit for.
Why would I read something with a title I know is patently false? 'splain it to me in your own words.
These posts are not made to convince YOU. You’ve been brainwashed, and there is no hope for you.
They are to inform others.
Have a nice day!
I've seen Perry's track record and I've seen yours. Who do you think I'm going to bet on?
I'll give you a clue, DNMFOHE, it ain't you.
He did not create jack, a storm move tens of thousands of people from new Orleans to Texas, billions of tax payers money was spent on this, the balance was migration to the south that had been going on for the past thirty years. Are do you think he caused the population growth to Georgia and Florida also.
I guess the fact that my handle is “JoenTX”.......as in Joe in Texas, born and raised.....completely missed you?
His accent? Lady, Perry doesn’t have much of an accent as far as I’m concerned. It’s a little subdued compared to what I hear from most native born folks.