Why all your exes may live in Texas

posted at 3:05 pm on July 26, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Recent reports have Rick Perry mulling a late-August entry into the presidential race, a move that other aspirants have to dread.  If he’s like most Texans these days, Perry will find the job before anyone else.  USA Today reports on the state’s job-creation record that shows that Texas created half of all new jobs in the last two years:

Finding work may not be quite that simple, but it sure seems that way. While the nation’s job growth has limped along since the economic recovery began two years ago, the Lone Star State is enlarging payrolls in Texas-size fashion.

From June 2009 to June 2011 the state added 262,000 jobs, or half the USA’s 524,000 payroll gains, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even by a more conservative estimate that omits states with net job losses, Texas’ advances make up 30% of the 1 million additions in the 34 states with net growth.

Reporter Phil Davidson attempts to put the difference in a population-growth context and notes that the job growth has been remarkable even when taking that into consideration:

Texas’ big gains are partly a reflection of its population growth. But the recent job gains are outpacing the rate of population growth in Texas, the nation’s second-largest state, with 25 million residents — about 8% of the U.S. population.

The state’s payrolls have risen 2.9% since the end of the recession, third behind North Dakota and Alaska and far outpacing the USA’s 0.4% growth, according to the BLS. Also, Texas’ 8.2% unemployment rate is well below the nation’s 9.2%.

Let’s also consider why the population has grown so fast in Texas.  Two months ago, BizJournals reported that Texas ranked first in net job creation over the decade from 2001-10, adding 732,000 jobs.  Second place went to Arizona … with 92,000.  Texas grew so fast that they added four new House seats in the last census allocation.

Jobs didn’t grow because people came to Texas.  People came to Texas because jobs got created there.  And jobs got created there, especially over the last two years, because the state government got out of the way of job creation and business expansion.  In fact, the results have been so dramatic that other states have sent delegations to Texas to see how they can duplicate the success.

Davidson writes that these “stunning” results could “play a role” in the presidential race, and that’s certainly true if Perry gets into the primaries and manages to snag the nomination.  Barack Obama will try to argue about the jobs he “saved or created,” which Perry will rebut by noting that Perry’s Texas created half of the net job expansion over the last two years, and didn’t do it through expansion of government regulation and deficit spending.  If employment doesn’t markedly improve over the next few months, that argument could send one Texan out of the state to take a new job, and an Illini back home to find another.  Unfortunately for Obama, his home state didn’t do nearly as well over the last two years.

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God blessed Texas
With his own hand
Brought down angels from the Promised Land
Gave ‘em a place where they could dance
If you want to see heaven, brother, here’s your chance
I’ve been sent to spread the message
Mmmmmmmmmmm…God blessed Texas!

cartooner on July 26, 2011 at 5:09 PM

cartooner on July 26, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Whew. Good grief, that kind of stuff gets to be a little on the overbearing side after a while.

ddrintn on July 26, 2011 at 5:11 PM

…You think your guy can win by pissing on Palin and her supporters?

ddrintn on July 26, 2011 at 5:08 PM

You like to dish it out but your little candy a$$ can’t take it. You think the reverse is true? Fortunately for Palin, Perry is a friend of hers. In a match up, Perry kicks her fanny, no ifs ands or buts.

cartooner on July 26, 2011 at 5:14 PM

You think your guy can win by pissing on Palin and her supporters?

ddrintn on July 26, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Of course not. But it would help.

MJBrutus on July 26, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Haiku Guy on July 26, 2011 at 3:21 PM

A bit of an exaggeration on the temps and cockroaches. Sure it gets hot far inland, but there isn’t much humidity. Along the coast 100 deg days are few and far between, but 95 with 95% humidity is common during the summer. That is across the Gulf Coast.

As far as the cockroaches, the big ones are about 2 inches long and mostly live outside except went there is no rain or during winter when they try to get out of the cold. Keep everything dry under your sinks because they like to suck the moisture out of damp wood. You will likely see few of them. If you have a cat or two, they won’t last long anyway.

Kermit on July 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM

You like to dish it out but your little candy a$$ can’t take it.

Palinistas’ “candy a$$es” have been taking it for 3 f*cking years, doofus.

You think the reverse is true? Fortunately for Palin, Perry is a friend of hers. In a match up, Perry kicks her fanny, no ifs ands or buts.

cartooner on July 26, 2011 at 5:14 PM

LOL, OK.

ddrintn on July 26, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I’ve just been engaged as a speechwriter for Governor Perry. I have been asked to prepare his first State of the Union Address.

The following is a first draft. I’d appreciate anyone’s input to fix it up if you deem it necessary.

“My fellow Americans:

My Treasury Secretary has presented me with the bare facts in regard to the state of our economy. These are some of my first observations of his account.

First of all, the previous President is primarily responsible for all of our current problems, including the 9.2% unemployment rate, the printing of money ad infinitum, and . . .”

honsy on July 26, 2011 at 5:23 PM

You think your guy can win by pissing on Palin and her supporters?

ddrintn on July 26, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Of course not. But it would help.

MJBrutus on July 26, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Spoken like a true Kos Kiddie.

ddrintn on July 26, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Kermit on July 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Do you guys really have roach rodeos down there or is that just an urban legend :-)

MJBrutus on July 26, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Whew. Good grief, that kind of stuff gets to be a little on the overbearing side after a while.

ddrintn on July 26, 2011 at 5:11 PM

And they call us ‘Nistas the cultists…

steebo77 on July 26, 2011 at 5:25 PM

At least Perry’s served more than HALF of ONE term.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 26, 2011 at 5:02 PM

At least her job required her to work every year (for the three fiscal years she was in office). Perry pretty much gets every other year off. How else do you think a sitting governor manages to write a book? Palin at least had the decency to wait to start working on her first book until she was already out of office…

steebo77 on July 26, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Whew. Good grief, that kind of stuff gets to be a little on the overbearing side after a while.

ddrintn on July 26, 2011 at 5:11 PM

And they call us ‘Nistas the cultists…

steebo77 on July 26, 2011 at 5:25 PM

LOL…

Alaska
Heaven on earth
Once the realm of the Queen of our Hearts
Job creator, angel of oil negotiations,
Save us, O Queen! Run run run!!!

ROFL

ddrintn on July 26, 2011 at 5:28 PM

So they now choose to call themselves ‘Nistas. I guess it’s appropriate that Palin has dropped out in that sense as well.

MJBrutus on July 26, 2011 at 5:33 PM

It’s a tradeoff: attract jobs by slashing education and other social services, watch low paying jobs flock to the state as your test scores dive and teen pregnancy rates rise. Those pregnant teens will be the mooching welfare queens you’re all so afraid of, unless of course that only happens to black women.

ernesto on July 26, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Perry pretty much gets every other year off. How else do you think a sitting governor manages to write a book?

steebo77 on July 26, 2011 at 5:28 PM

He’s from Texas, he has awesome hair, he creates jobs and he can multitask like nobody’s business!!! Run Rick run!!1111!!!!11!

ddrintn on July 26, 2011 at 5:34 PM

So they now choose to call themselves ‘Nistas. I guess it’s appropriate that Palin has dropped out in that sense as well.

MJBrutus on July 26, 2011 at 5:33 PM

“They” haven’t chosen to call “themselves” anything other than Palin supporters. What are you “they” calling you these days?

steebo77 on July 26, 2011 at 5:35 PM

So they now choose to call themselves ‘Nistas. I guess it’s appropriate that Palin has dropped out in that sense as well.

MJBrutus on July 26, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Yeah. Why don’t you start using a little truth-in-labeling yourself and describe yourself as a Kos Kiddie?

ddrintn on July 26, 2011 at 5:35 PM

ernesto on July 26, 2011 at 5:33 PM

I don’t recall ordering a troll. Whose troll is this? Whoever asked for a troll to be delivered, please clean up after it.

MJBrutus on July 26, 2011 at 5:36 PM

He’s from Texas, he has awesome hair, he creates jobs and he can multitask like nobody’s business!!! Run Rick run!!1111!!!!11!

ddrintn on July 26, 2011 at 5:34 PM

And one time he shot a coyote (with a laser-sighted pistol) to save his dog!!! Run, Rick, run!!!!1!!!11!

steebo77 on July 26, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Yeah. Why don’t you start using a little truth-in-labeling yourself and describe yourself as a Kos Kiddie?

ddrintn

You expect honesty from his kind? LOL!!!

honsy on July 26, 2011 at 5:37 PM

It’s a tradeoff: attract jobs by slashing education and other social services, watch low paying jobs flock to the state as your test scores dive and teen pregnancy rates rise.

ernesto on July 26, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Nice try. Four of the top 11 high schools in the country are in Texas. Yeehah! (Sugar Land, SW of Houston, here).

http://www.newsweek.com/feature/2011/americas-best-high-schools.html

Cowboy is a compliment on July 26, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Cowboy is a compliment on July 26, 2011 at 5:41 PM

A whole 4 schools! Congrats! So if you can afford to get into the best school districts/best private schools, you can get a good education! Poor, or live in the wrong district? F*ck yourself!

ernesto on July 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM

It’s a tradeoff: attract jobs by slashing education and other social services, watch low paying jobs flock to the state as your test scores dive and teen pregnancy rates rise. Those pregnant teens will be the mooching welfare queens you’re all so afraid of, unless of course that only happens to black women.

ernesto on July 26, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Don’t need social programs, with jobs. We don’t need a nanny,unlike some people. As for high pregnancy rates…is that the job of schools and government, or parents? So how is YOUR state on education? I believe you’re in New York? Dude, you have nothing to brag about, and really shouldn’t throw stones.

capejasmine on July 26, 2011 at 5:50 PM

A whole 4 schools! Congrats! So if you can afford to get into the best school districts/best private schools, you can get a good education! Poor, or live in the wrong district? F*ck yourself!

ernesto on July 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM

don’t believe everything Krugman tells you

http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2011/03/longhorns-17-badgers-1.html

To recap: white students in Texas perform better than white students in Wisconsin, black students in Texas perform better than black students in Wisconsin, Hispanic students in Texas perform better than Hispanic students in Wisconsin. In 18 separate ethnicity-controlled comparisons, the only one where Wisconsin students performed better than their peers in Texas was 4th grade science for Hispanic students (statistically insignificant), and this was reversed by 8th grade. Further, Texas students exceeded the national average for their ethnic cohort in all 18 comparisons; Wisconsinites were below the national average in 8, above average in 8.

Perhaps the most striking thing in these numbers is the within-state gap between white and minority students. Not only did white Texas students outperform white Wisconsin students, the gap between white students and minority students in Texas was much less than the gap between white and minority students in Wisconsin. In other words, students are better off in Texas schools than in Wisconsin schools – especially minority students.

windansea on July 26, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Wow. What I hate about the Recluse is that it tends to bite you when you are asleep AND the venom is so toxic that it disintegrates bone.

carbon_footprint on July 26, 2011 at 3:35 PM

I can say from personal experience that if you break out with bruises that you don’t remember getting putting the oil from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, AKA Australia Tea Tree oil on them clears them up. Four bites.

Slowburn on July 26, 2011 at 5:53 PM

And one time he shot a coyote (with a laser-sighted pistol) to save his dog!!! Run, Rick, run!!!!1!!!11!

steebo77 on July 26, 2011 at 5:37 PM

To the best of knowledge no one has written this ABOUT anyone but Palin in HA threads…and I ‘m paraphrasing: If Sarah fails to attain the Oval Office it is not she who has fail-it is we who have failed her.
Wrong. If she doesn’t win the nomination-or loses in the general-she failed.
Same can be said be said for every other ‘likely’.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 26, 2011 at 5:54 PM

A whole 4 schools! Congrats! So if you can afford to get into the best school districts/best private schools, you can get a good education! Poor, or live in the wrong district? F*ck yourself!

ernesto on July 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Not intelligent enough to read the article, are you? These are public schools, and there are plenty more in the top 100. Also for them to succeed, there must be excellent elementary and middle school systems to feed into them. We need that so well educated people are availble to work in all the high tech and fortune 500 companies in Texas.

I won’t swear back at you. Around here we consider that low class, and we’re right. Sorry that the truth hurts you.

Cowboy is a compliment on July 26, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Ernesto, it ‘s not teen pregnancy rates–it’s teen birth rates. Teens in other states have higher abortion rates.

juliesa on July 26, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Sigh.. I guess I’ll just have to stay in New Jersey!

Haiku Guy on July 26, 2011 at 3:21 PM

With the giant, bloodsucking mosquitoes

katy the mean old lady on July 26, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Ernesto, districts in Texas have known for a number of years that they were going to have to cut back. In our district, we had a budget shortfall of somewhere around $15 million. We started the cutbacks two years ago. This forced our district to go line by line and study each program to determine its impact on student performance. I can assure you there was a LOT of waste. Secondly, personnel was cut through attrition, administrative only. Teachers were reassigned. In other words, TEACHERS IN OUR DISTRICT KEPT THEIR JOBS. I can’t say the same for other districts in Texas, but the budget shortfall for us was a blessing in disguise because it DID root out a tremendous amount of waste.

pullingmyhairout on July 26, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Texas created half of all new jobs in the last two years

Not that “jobs” will matter at all in the next election. From the sound of this thread that will surely be near the bottom of the list.

humdinger on July 26, 2011 at 8:52 PM

I have read if you correct the Texas Unemployment numbers to cancel out all the economic refugees who have relocated here because they gave up elsewhere, we would be closer to 5.5% unemployment rate. The competition for jobs here is fierce. We had an opening for a job (though it is being filled by an internal candidate) and the number of applications / resumes from California, Michigan, Oregon, New Jersey, Pennsylvannia and Ohio was astounding. In fact they far outpaced the instate job, and people knew there was no relocation offered for the position. People are desperate out there. Makes me happy to have a job, and happier still I live in Texas with a job. If I were in Michigan, I’d haul arse on down to Texas and hole up with some relatives (a lot of that is going on too) until I could get me a job, and they are not McJobs either, unlike the rest of the US, Texas jobs are good paying jobs.

James on July 26, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Translation of heat charts for non-Texans:

105+ = A bit hot
100-105 = Hot
92-99 = A bit warm
86-91 = Warm
75-85 = Mild
68-75 = Cool
60-67 = A bit cool
50-60 = cold
40-50 = A bit cold
less than 40 = Frozen Hell

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on July 26, 2011 at 10:07 PM

I had a friend from Washington state ask me how we handled the heat out here.
Air conditioning is a lifesaver, plenty of water, sweet tea, stay indoors during the heat of the day if you can and when the sun goes down as the temps drop to the upper 90′s it feels downright cool when you finally venture outside.
I killed a 4 1/2 foot rattler in my backyard a few years ago, but this year they seem to be blessedly absent, at least from clear view, so watch where you are walking in brushy areas. I live in Austin and yes, it is old hippie haven, but I SO enjoy poking the lefties. I have some armed and conservative tank tops I wear to the street festivals that make them go NUTS!
I have been watching and listening to Perry for a long time. He has a lot more support than many out here believe.
RUN RICK, RUN!

MITX on July 27, 2011 at 8:56 AM

I have never been that big a Rick Perry fan. But I want him to run simply to oppose the criminal government that is trying to destroy this state’s economy. Between the EPA regulations on emissions and the moratorium on drilling, they are out to kill not only Texas but our neighboring state, Louisiana. How can we live in a country that doesn’t want to produce energy? I don’t get it. When a good percentage of your fellow 308 million citizens oppose energy production, don’t care or don’t understand how vital it is to our standard of living, you’re in trouble. That’s why I’m not optimistic about the future of this country.

chris999 on July 27, 2011 at 2:37 PM

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