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Texas Trumps Governor Moonbeam: Governor Perry goes on a recruiting tour in California
National Review ^ | 02/13/2013 | John Fund

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 Perry’s effort wasn’t news. “It’s not a burp,” he sneered. “It’s barely a fart.”

But his insult generated dozens of stories about the differences between Texas and California, playing into Perry’s hands. He begins a four-day barnstorming tour of California today, touting Texas’s virtues to business owners.

The Sacramento Bee, the leading paper in California’s state capital, went beyond Governor Moonbeam’s sneer by running a long editorial that roundly trashed Texas and Perry: “Actually, we think it’s more than a fart. It’s a cry for help. Perry can’t create jobs, he can only steal them from other states. His campaign for the Republican presidential nomination was a joke. His beloved Dallas Cowboys haven’t 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 Ivins’s 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 don’t.”

But several observers acknowledged that Perry has gotten the better of the battle.

“Perry’s getting exactly what he wanted,” Gavin Newsom, the former Democratic mayor of San Francisco and now the state’s lieutenant governor, told radio station KQED. “He’s getting all kinds of press up and down the state, and why? Well, because he’s leaning in. He’s in the game. He’s 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 I’ve 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 State’s rate of job growth was 33 percent higher than California’s 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. “That’s not only the highest rate in the U.S. It’s the highest rate any state has had since World War II.”

California liberals, including Governor Brown, respond to such criticism by saying that their state’s 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 California’s $8 minimum wage buys $6.06 worth of goods and services, while Texas’s lower $7.25 wage buys the equivalent of $8.04.” One might even say that California’s high-tax, high-cost model is a form of class warfare against its poorest residents.

Dan Walters, a columnist for the Sacramento Bee, doesn’t dispute that California has an anti-business climate but claimed in a video made for the paper’s website that the Perry PR blitz has a lot to do with restoring the governor’s 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 year’s 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. Texas’s 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 Texas’s tort reforms had improved job creation. At the time, the papers back in the Golden State were touting their legislature’s latest priority: a bill mandating that all public-school children learn the history of disabled and gay Americans.

One businessman who had left California couldn’t contain his frustration during his meeting with Newsom and the legislators. “You can have the most liberated lifestyle on the planet, but if you can’t afford to put gas in your car or a roof over your head, it’s somewhat limited,” I heard him warn them.

A lot of Californians would agree with him. Liberal good intentions don’t help much if the laws and regulations they foster gradually erode the ability of the middle class to stay in the state. That’s why I won’t 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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: California; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: california; jerrybrown; perry; texas

1 posted on 02/12/2013 6:46:04 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Twenty four thousand dollars well spent.


2 posted on 02/12/2013 6:52:25 AM PST by Roger_Wildcat
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To: SeekAndFind
Moonbeam and his friends seem to think working Californians & businesses will suffer his idiocy indefinitely because of the nice weather.

I look forward to seeing the democrats completely fail the state, and they will, even in spite of the personal hardship it will cause.

3 posted on 02/12/2013 6:54:54 AM PST by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

Business welcome. CA libs, stay on your own side of the planet.


4 posted on 02/12/2013 7:01:52 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: skeeter

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?


5 posted on 02/12/2013 7:03:38 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

No it is miserable down here... Either cold and dry, cold and wet, hot and dry, or hot and humid.


6 posted on 02/12/2013 7:05:20 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative

Yeah, same here in Florida. Stay where you are.


7 posted on 02/12/2013 7:06:47 AM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t know about the weather in Texas, but we have had California business relocate in Missouri for over 20 years.


8 posted on 02/12/2013 7:08:11 AM PST by TYVets
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


9 posted on 02/12/2013 7:08:11 AM PST by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

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. . .


10 posted on 02/12/2013 7:08:34 AM PST by stanne
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To: showme_the_Glory
Business welcome. CA libs, stay on your own side of the planet.

'Fraid its not that easy. When an area becomes prosperous the libs spring out of the ground.

11 posted on 02/12/2013 7:13:41 AM PST by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind
The ad goaded Governor Jerry Brown into telling reporters that Perry’s effort wasn’t news. “It’s not a burp,” he sneered. “It’s barely a fart.”

Classy guy that Governor Moonbeam. Meanwhile he and the legislature drive business out of the state willy-nilly. What will happen when California defaults?

12 posted on 02/12/2013 7:14:18 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


13 posted on 02/12/2013 7:25:31 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: skeeter
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.

Houston's heat and humidity are pretty much tolerable for most of the summer, which runs from early February to mid-December.

But both get completely intolerable in August, which is our second season down here.

Seriously...the weather is horrible here. Don't bother coming. You probably wouldn't like it at all. Unless you like flying cockroaches the size of starlings.
14 posted on 02/12/2013 8:01:09 AM PST by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Milton Miteybad
You probably wouldn't like it at all. Unless you like flying cockroaches the size of starlings.

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.

15 posted on 02/12/2013 8:08:41 AM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter

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.


16 posted on 02/12/2013 8:16:41 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: skeeter

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.


17 posted on 02/12/2013 8:21:41 AM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: drbuzzard
Tell him to pay no attention to the anti gun crap & stay put.

He won't be the only person here to ignore any unconstitutional garbage emanating from Sacramento.

18 posted on 02/12/2013 8:26:36 AM PST by skeeter
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To: showme_the_Glory

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.


19 posted on 02/12/2013 8:29:38 AM PST by bgill
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To: bgill
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.

20 posted on 02/12/2013 8:41:25 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: skeeter

Yes, but stack that with the extra taxes, he figured he’s had enough.


21 posted on 02/12/2013 8:42:29 AM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: SeekAndFind

California liberals, including Governor Brown, respond to such criticism by saying that their state’s quality of life remains unmatched.
1.Atleast one murder a day
2.A hit & run a day
3.countless B&E’s
4.Slowest freeways
5.Millions people who can’t speak english
6.


22 posted on 02/12/2013 9:18:19 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Vaduz
Everything good the state has to offer comes from God, whom Governor Brown's party does everything in their power to repudiate.

On the other hand, everything wrong with the state comes from Governor Brown's party (with an assist from the GOP).

23 posted on 02/12/2013 9:26:12 AM PST by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

Brown isn’t fit to polish Perry’s shoes.

I hopw this starts another wave out of Calif.

As it is now, the state legislature is drafting a law that fines businesses & people for leaving Calif!!!!


24 posted on 02/12/2013 10:59:27 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: skeeter

“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.”

Face it, if you live east of the Rocky Mountains, you have, very similar weather conditions. Minneapolis can be as humid as New Orleans or Houston. We have friends who “relocated” to Austin, Tx for seven years but finally got fed up with the weather (and the people quite frankly too) and moved back to the Bay Area. Unfortunately, the “dream home” they left was no longer available since housing prices in Texas didn’t increase in value at the rate here. So then ended up in a tract home in Cupertino. But all that said, they were happy to be back where the weather suited them. There is no question that Texas has a superior business climate, but as for the climate climate, it sucks! Then again, if you like humidity and bugs, Texas is definitely for you!


25 posted on 02/12/2013 11:40:36 AM PST by vette6387
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To: ridesthemiles

RE: a law that fines businesses & people for leaving Calif!!!!

How do you implement this for PEOPLE?

Say, I live and work in California. I pay taxes there. I rent a property, at the expiration of my rent, I decide to accept a job in Texas. I move to Texas and live there from now on. I don’t tell the California Tax Office where I moved.

How is California going to fine me if I don’t intend to move back?


26 posted on 02/12/2013 11:57:21 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: thackney

We have enough out of state libs moving in, so no thanks.


27 posted on 02/12/2013 1:19:38 PM PST by bgill
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To: bgill

So you would be happier with a Governor that did more to keep business from moving to Texas?


28 posted on 02/12/2013 1:24:44 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

What’s your problem that you can’t understand what I said 3 threads ago?

Yes. We don’t have an unemployment issue like other states. We’re doing just fine, thank you very much. You’re not from Texas, right? Then you wouldn’t understand. Read up thread to see I’m not the only one. Lots of us are sick and tired of outsiders moving in and pushing their liberal ideas on us. Enough already.


29 posted on 02/12/2013 1:54:26 PM PST by bgill
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To: bgill
What’s your problem that you can’t understand what I said 3 threads ago?

My problem would be this is the first thread we had this discussion. If you were talking to me on other threads, I wasn't there.

30 posted on 02/12/2013 2:17:16 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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