Skip to comments.Texas Trumps Governor Moonbeam: Governor Perry goes on a recruiting tour in California
Posted on 02/12/2013 6:45:56 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Texas governor Rick Perry knows how to start a rumble. Last week, he spent a mere $24,000 on radio ads in California, urging firms there to move to Texas, with its zero state income tax, low overall tax burden, sensible regulations, and fair legal system. The ad goaded Governor Jerry Brown into telling reporters that Perrys effort wasnt news. Its not a burp, he sneered. Its barely a fart.
But his insult generated dozens of stories about the differences between Texas and California, playing into Perrys hands. He begins a four-day barnstorming tour of California today, touting Texass virtues to business owners.
The Sacramento Bee, the leading paper in Californias state capital, went beyond Governor Moonbeams sneer by running a long editorial that roundly trashed Texas and Perry: Actually, we think its more than a fart. Its a cry for help. Perry cant create jobs, he can only steal them from other states. His campaign for the Republican presidential nomination was a joke. His beloved Dallas Cowboys havent been in the Super Bowl since 1996. The liberal Bee then offered to organize a book drive to help Texans graduate more high-school students, suggested that the Lone Star State could spend more on mental health services, and quoted the late Texas liberal Molly Ivinss put-down of her native state as a low-tax, low-service state. We can afford to do better, the Bee quotes Ivins as saying. We just dont.
But several observers acknowledged that Perry has gotten the better of the battle.
Perrys getting exactly what he wanted, Gavin Newsom, the former Democratic mayor of San Francisco and now the states lieutenant governor, told radio station KQED. Hes getting all kinds of press up and down the state, and why? Well, because hes leaning in. Hes in the game. Hes getting in our heads. Newsom ought to know. In 2011, he accompanied a group of state legislators on a fact-finding trip to Texas to interview former California business owners about their reasons for moving. Newsom told me at the time: I am impressed with the focus on job creation Ive seen here. We need to have a more balanced business climate in California.
Indeed, in the last five years Texas has gained 400,000 new jobs while California has lost 640,000. The Lone Star States rate of job growth was 33 percent higher than Californias last year, even as the Golden State finally pulled out of the recession.
Joseph Vranich, a California business-relocation expert, agrees that California has a systemic job-creation problem and says it needs to worry about more than just Texas. He says that 15 states are sending delegations to California and seeking to convince firms to relocate or, if they stay in California, to expand their operations out of state. Wealthy individuals such as golfer Phil Mickelson are openly talking about following Tiger Woods and moving to low-tax states such as Florida. EBay, Facebook, and Visa, among others, have recently made major expansions in Texas. That kind of talk will only intensify now that top earners in California face a 13.3 percent income-tax hit on earnings over $1 million, says Jon Fleischman, editor of the political blog FlashReport.com. Thats not only the highest rate in the U.S. Its the highest rate any state has had since World War II.
California liberals, including Governor Brown, respond to such criticism by saying that their states quality of life remains unmatched and that Texas specializes in creating jobs at or near the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Texans respond that they are creating many middle-class jobs in the energy and manufacturing sectors, and that even minimum-wage workers have it better off in Texas than their counterparts do in California. California has the third-highest cost of living, while Texas has the second-lowest, says Chuck DeVore, a former California GOP state legislator who relocated to the Lone Star State to work as an analyst for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. That means Californias $8 minimum wage buys $6.06 worth of goods and services, while Texass lower $7.25 wage buys the equivalent of $8.04. One might even say that Californias high-tax, high-cost model is a form of class warfare against its poorest residents.
Dan Walters, a columnist for the Sacramento Bee, doesnt dispute that California has an anti-business climate but claimed in a video made for the papers website that the Perry PR blitz has a lot to do with restoring the governors faltering polls back in Texas. He would like to run for reelection in 2014, Walters said. And he can think of nothing better to get Texans on his side than to tweak those crazy people out there in California, whom all good Texans love to hate.
Perry may be politically weakened after last years failed presidential bid. He has also accumulated many years worth of political barnacles since he first held office (as a Democratic state representative) in 1984. But should he choose to run for a fourth term as governor next year, he will have a good story to tell. Texass legislature has just trimmed its $188 billion two-year budget by 8 percent, and the state may have more revenue than it can legally spend because it is barred from raising outlays more than the rate of economic growth. This state is foremost geared to fostering a business climate that creates jobs, Governor Perry told me last year. We can do more good in other areas if first we ensure people can support and raise their families. By contrast, California appears to have different priorities. Many of its residents pride themselves on being on the cutting edge of artistic, political, and social experimentation. My home state can take pride in that, but it has lost sight of the economic basics that provide the foundation for bringing new ideas and products to fruition. When Lieutenant Governor Newsom and California state legislators visited Texas in 2011, they heard testimony from business leaders there that Texass tort reforms had improved job creation. At the time, the papers back in the Golden State were touting their legislatures latest priority: a bill mandating that all public-school children learn the history of disabled and gay Americans.
One businessman who had left California couldnt contain his frustration during his meeting with Newsom and the legislators. You can have the most liberated lifestyle on the planet, but if you cant afford to put gas in your car or a roof over your head, its somewhat limited, I heard him warn them.
A lot of Californians would agree with him. Liberal good intentions dont help much if the laws and regulations they foster gradually erode the ability of the middle class to stay in the state. Thats why I wont be surprised at all if Governor Perry eventually brings back some handsome trophies from his recruitment trip to California this week.
John Fund, whose home state is California, is a national-affairs columnist for NRO.
Twenty four thousand dollars well spent.
I look forward to seeing the democrats completely fail the state, and they will, even in spite of the personal hardship it will cause.
Business welcome. CA libs, stay on your own side of the planet.
RE: Moonbeam and his friends seem to think working Californians & businesses will suffer his idiocy indefinitely because of the nice weather.
I’ve never been to Texas and I know it is damn hot in many parts of the state, but here’s my question -— aren’t there cities in Texas where the weather is more temperate most of the year?
No it is miserable down here... Either cold and dry, cold and wet, hot and dry, or hot and humid.
Yeah, same here in Florida. Stay where you are.
I don’t know about the weather in Texas, but we have had California business relocate in Missouri for over 20 years.
Been there a couple of times & can vouch for the heat - and humidity in Houston - but don’t know if there are any more moderate areas.
Perry needs to get home, close the borders and have a chat with J Brewer to find out what kind of testosterone suppps he should be on to enable him to say no to open borders and IDs for illegals.
He can invite Rubio in for the meeting.
Texas does not need blue staters messing with it.
And if they do come, if they could take an effing traffic safety course. . .
'Fraid its not that easy. When an area becomes prosperous the libs spring out of the ground.
Classy guy that Governor Moonbeam. Meanwhile he and the legislature drive business out of the state willy-nilly. What will happen when California defaults?
No, west TX is more a dry heat and east is humid (I’ll take the dry). I’m a native Californian; moved to TX at 17 w/ my parents where I stayed many years; moved back to CA for about 15 yrs; couldn’t take the libs anymore and moved back to TX last year. The weather is the main thing I don’t like about TX as I hate the heat in the summer. But everyone has an air conditioner and it’s affordable to run them.
I know I wouldn't.
Which is why I'm staying put and instead am going to tell all of my nitwit liberal neighbors about all the jobs, theater culture, diverse cuisine and miles of bikepaths you guys have down there.
Humidity is a normal thing if you live near the Gulf Coast.
The may complain about heat and dust in West Texas, or even an ice storm blown in with a Northern, but the don’t really complain about humidity in the desert very often.
A friend of mine who lives in Silicon Valley is looking hard at moving to Texas. As of last year, he had no intention of moving because while he didn’t like the kooky left nonsense, the jobs and area was too good. However with the coming new anti-gun crap, he’s been pushed too far and is looking to bail.
He won't be the only person here to ignore any unconstitutional garbage emanating from Sacramento.
The libs always move with their businesses. Once they’re here, they try to take over and turn us into exactly what they left behind. If there ever was a question of me voting against Perry next time, this sealed my vote for the other guy.
LOL, yeah, trying to add business and their jobs to the state is just a horrible act.