Boom: Energy cash influx leads to a state surplus in Texas

posted at 2:41 pm on January 8, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

While we all wait with bated breath for President Obama to figure out if he wants to be more or less of a stickler on domestic energy production, i.e. as he dithers at the fork in the road of letting the economy do what it does best and take fuller advantage of our abundant energy resources, or pandering more heavily to his greenie base and bringing the pain on non-’renewable’ energy sources, there is ample available evidence of the type of economic gains we could be letting loose if we could commit to the former choice on a national level. Thank goodness for federalism:

Legislators in Texas, the biggest energy producer among U.S. states, will begin deliberating its next two-year budget with a surplus forecast today to match an $8.8 billion record set in 2007.

The Texas economy has topped budget projections over the past 15 months, as booming energy output fueled job growth and an 11 percent fiscal first-quarter gain in sales-tax receipts, the biggest source of general-fund revenue. Even after paying off $7 billion in health and school bills, Comptroller Susan Combs said today that the state will be flush heading into 2014. …

Disciplined spending policies have helped Texas retain top credit grades from Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings. …

As the taxable value of oil produced in Texas surged to $39.1 billion in 2011 from $18.4 billion in 2009, the state led the nation in employment gains, adding about 700,000 jobs, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The state unemployment rate has tumbled to a four-year low of 6.2 percent. Oil and natural-gas drilling rigs more than doubled by mid-2012 compared with two years earlier, and the industry’s workforce climbed 9.2 percent, Combs said.

An inbound crush of revenue, private sector productivity, job creation, economic growth — this is everything we are giving up while the Obama administration has tried to forcefully mold the energy economy of their greenest political fancies by delaying on drilling leases for federal lands and waters, flexing their regulatory muscles and waging a war on coal, “investing” our money in their pet projects, and bandying around with potential new regulations to crack down further on hydraulic fracturing. This pretty much sums up the possibilities, if only President Obama would fully pursue them:

And speaking of the type of greenie-pressure Obama is facing from the other side of the energy spectrum, it is looking increasingly likely that President Obama will finally approve the full Keystone XL pipeline in the coming months, and you can bet that the eco-crowd not taking the news well:

More than 70 green groups urged President Obama in a Monday letter to kill the Keystone XL pipeline to make good on promises to address climate change.

In their letter, the groups said Obama should speak out more often on climate change, impose emissions limits on existing coal-fired power plants and focus on creating clean-energy jobs.

They added the president also should shut down the proposed pipeline that would bring Canadian oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.

“Hurricane Sandy made it tragically clear that many communities are extremely vulnerable to climate change. We can and we must build back better — with investment in sustainable infrastructure, not the kind of carbon-intensive development that helped drive this problem in the first place,” the groups wrote in the letter.


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David Burge @iowahawkblog

You know who else inherited an economy from Bush? Rick Perry.

Heh, I remember that line from the primaries. Damn it, why did Perry have to suck in the debates?! Here’s hoping if he does take another shot at it in 2016 that he spends some time prepping.

Doughboy on January 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Maybe I should move to Texas.

22044 on January 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

old rick looks like a bad hair dye job, caused him to have a stroke.

renalin on January 8, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Rick Perry has no chance. Illindiva,Bluegill & the Rombots say so.

portlandon on January 8, 2013 at 2:45 PM

I dunno. California makes such a compelling case for all the … “it” … it does.

Jeddite on January 8, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I saw this earlier. Good for TX and our governor Perry!

Now we have to deal daily with the bho/epa because of our doing good with taxes from fracking! Abbott is doing a great job defending us though!

God bless TX and we love to have anyone who isn’t a lib come live here! We like our state the way it is, not like the lib states y’all come from!
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letget on January 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Quick! Tax it for Washington’s ‘fair share’ before Texas puts it to good use without Obama’s permission.

Liam on January 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

If they’re smart, they’ll build a border fence.

Where it borders the rest of the country.

CurtZHP on January 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Maybe I should move to Texas.

22044 on January 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

You’re always welcome. As long as you don’t move from a blue state and vote in the same crappy politicians.

Doughboy on January 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Any money we save here in Texas would be spent in a flash by Ricky (former Democrat) Perry if he had half a chance to build his “Toll Roads from Hell” and then sell them to Spain like he tried to prior.

We have put more tea party conservatives in the leg. and they are not going to allow snake talk Perry to cash in so to speak.

Perry had nothing to do with the hard work done in the oil fields.

He is an former agi cheerleader, and sissy pants clown.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

They didn’t build that.

Sincerely, President Revenge

22044 on January 8, 2013 at 2:51 PM

They should use some of the revenues to put in a competing bid for Current TV, just to sear some more britches there.

JeremiahJohnson on January 8, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Good for Texas.

gophergirl on January 8, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Would be a great headline if Texas rebated the surplus to taxpayers. Putting the excess into a rainy day fund would be smart, too.

Robert_Paulson on January 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

If they’re smart, they’ll build a border fence.

Where it borders the rest of the country.

CurtZHP on January 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

My first thought as well. A secured border to keep the illegals, the guns sleazy Eric Holder sold them, and sleazy Eric Holder himself… out.

viking01 on January 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM

The state bases it’s revenue estimates on a three-year rolling average by the state comptroller, so when the low energy price year of 2009 came off the books, the revenue estimates by Susan Combs soared. But the thing to remember here is this is not 1973, when the technology of the day meant that only Texas and a handful of other states could benefit from underground energy assets.

New York has shale gas fields across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region. They could have made more money if they had jumped in back in 2007-08 when natural gas prices were four times higher than today, but even now, the cash-short state could raise its revenues by approving fracking, but have a governor looking towards 2016 with an eye on keeping the environmentalist wing of the Democratic Party on his side. California has shale deposits in its Central Valley region that could be tapped, without ever worrying about offshore drilling the environmentalists there have been freaking out about since Santa Barbara in 1969. They’re not totally banning drilling activity as New York is, but they’re also not making it easy, and as a result are also costing themselves revenue at a time when the state is billions in the hole.

So any liberal claiming Texas is only doing well because Texas has oil and gas deposits that other states don’t is lying. In 2012, there are Blue States that could be doing the same things Texas is doing to increase their revenues, but refuse to do so out of some idea it shows they’re better human beings, or they’ll live forever because none of that evil fracking is going on in their domain.

jon1979 on January 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM

old rick looks like a bad hair dye job, caused him to have a stroke.

renalin on January 8, 2013 at 2:44 PM

And if you ever considered Rick Perry as anything other than a threat to Sarah Palin, you would say….?

On another note, Democrats are whining that we tap into the state’s Rainy Day Fund—folks, we GET rainy days here in Texas. And in highly-populated areas of the state to boot. Dallas-Fort Worth, creeping ever northwards, is close enough to Tornado Alley to catch a share, and Houston is right there on the battered Gulf Coast, y’all. We don’t want to protect the jobs of assistants to the assistant doily-counters in every school district in the state, only to get screwed out of FEMA aid when the next hurricane targets Houston, or that Fort Worth tornado revisits downtown.

Sekhmet on January 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Perry deserves a lot of credit, but I also want to just say a big thank you to Attorney General Greg Abbott. He’s been fighting so hard for Texans. Thank you, sir.

Weight of Glory on January 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Perry deserves a lot of credit, but I also want to just say a big thank you to Attorney General Greg Abbott. He’s been fighting so hard for Texans. Thank you, sir.

Weight of Glory on January 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

You have some great legislators/leaders and a very awesome Governor. I’m very jealous.

gophergirl on January 8, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Would be a great headline if Texas rebated the surplus to taxpayers. Putting the excess into a rainy day fund would be smart, too.

Robert_Paulson on January 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

They are putting at least a couple billion of the surplus in the rainy day fund. They’re undecided right now about restoring any education funding which was slashed last time around.

Doughboy on January 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

He is an former agi cheerleader, and sissy pants clown.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Aggie Yell leader, and Air Force vet.

Juliesa, Class of ’79

juliesa on January 8, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Maybe I should move to Texas.

22044 on January 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

You’re always welcome. As long as you don’t move from a blue state and vote in the same crappy politicians.

Ah, that’s the problem with those who often move to red states. They escape the blue state where their political votes created the very reasons they up and leave, only to go to a new and unsuspecting state and attempt to vote for the same type of politicians and policies that made them leave the previous state.

Either too many people simply can’t or won’t learn from their mistakes, or there is a conspiracy for blue staters to act as missionaries in moving and act to radically change the poor misguided souls in the states to which they move.

hawkeye54 on January 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I’ll bet Zero has more fear of Warren “Union Pacific” Boofay ordering an, er, “contributions” stop payment than any greenie-loser-stoners if the pipeline gets approved.

viking01 on January 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I’m not a very smart man, but it seems to me that the following are all truisms:

– one way to decrease our trade imbalance is to export more & import less (duh)
– we unleash our energy production and we can produce more of our own stuff thus reversing trade imbalances (ala Texas’s results above)
– reversing the trade imbalance ultimately decreases our national deficits & debt

Given all that, I think we can all agree that we need to heavily regulate fracking
/s

AND guns
/more s

Tar Heel Sooner on January 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

We actually have something called a “rainy day fund” here in TX– that’s what it’s called when a state actually has the opposite of a budget deficit, and keeps extra money saved for down years or disasters

The rest of the country and the federal govt “might could” learn a few things down here

They also zero the budget baseline every 2 years and start from scratch, instead of this CR crap we do to propagate higher and higher spending baselines on the federal level

Sadly, the TX Speaker is a RINO jerk named Ken Strauss whose position wields an inordinate amount of power and keeps us from having nearly as conservative a govt as we should. He has a coalition of Dems and RINO’s that keep him in power, it’s really frustrating

Too bad Perry blew it so bad in 2012. He would have gotten eaten alive in a national campaign but had a lot of good points to bring to the table, which were lost in all his gaffes

Now if we could just keep all the liberal morons refugees from blue states from ruining everything…

thurman on January 8, 2013 at 3:03 PM

So glad I live in Texas.

You know what else Texas has that the federal government could use? A Legislature that only meets part of the year every other year. Doesn’t leave them sitting around trying to make up new laws and look busy, they have to focus on the basics and then go home. And they can actually hold other jobs.

toby11 on January 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM

You’re always welcome. As long as you don’t move from a blue state and vote in the same crappy politicians.

Ah, that’s the problem with those who often move to red states. They escape the blue state where their political votes created the very reasons they up and leave, only to go to a new and unsuspecting state and attempt to vote for the same type of politicians and policies that made them leave the previous state.

Either too many people simply can’t or won’t learn from their mistakes, or there is a conspiracy for blue staters to act as missionaries in moving and act to radically change the poor misguided souls in the states to which they move.

hawkeye54 on January 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Points well taken – as a resident of Virginia I think movers from Maryland have been part of turning this red state to purple.
I’ve had ideas of moving to other states of all colors – but my expectations of life in each state is definitely impacted by its respective color.

22044 on January 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Sadly, the TX Speaker is a RINO jerk named Ken Strauss . . . . . He has a coalition of Dems and RINO’s that keep him in power, it’s really frustrating . . . . .

thurman on January 8, 2013 at 3:03 PM

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Hmmmmmmm . . . . . that sounds really familiar.

I just know I’ve heard that some place before . . . . .

. . . . . well, it’ll eventually come to me.

listens2glenn on January 8, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Wow…that’s great. Too bad the school districts and local governments are sucking all my money away here in TX. I don’t believe in income tax, but how much longer will property owners be able to shoulder the tax burden in this state. Many reductions still need to be made at the local level. It’s just not sustainable.

Hat Trick on January 8, 2013 at 3:10 PM

I blame the racist rock.

CorporatePiggy on January 8, 2013 at 3:10 PM

And our climate is fine in Texas. The more successful conservative policies are – the harder the left fights it. The left is at the top of the roller coaster. Have fun when you bottom out.

redguy on January 8, 2013 at 3:11 PM

old rick looks like a bad hair dye job, caused him to have a stroke.

renalin on January 8, 2013 at 2:44 PM

…and ritalin caused you to write and think like you have had a stroke…along with the shock…that you find yourself peckerless!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM

If we elected our Presidents on the merits, Rick Perry would reside in the White House and Obama in a federally-guarded facility. Unfortunately, ownership of the media and teleprompter-reading skills go a lot farther than actually being capable of governing.

Archivarix on January 8, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Maybe I should move to Texas.

22044 on January 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

As long as you are conservative and willing to fight for conservative policies.

redguy on January 8, 2013 at 3:13 PM

…and ritalin caused you to write and think like you have had a stroke…along with the shock…that you find yourself peckerless!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM

My, my. How old are you, twelve? I don’t care who is the most conservative conservative here but please pretend to be an adult, okay?

Archivarix on January 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Secession would be so good . . . then put up a fence around the entire state.

rplat on January 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Ah yes, secession would be so good . . . then build a fence around the entire state.

rplat on January 8, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Just another reason to be proud to live here in the Lone Star State!!!

austinconservative on January 8, 2013 at 3:17 PM

If it works, and it’s good for the economy, you know Barry won’t do it.

GarandFan on January 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I want to add, TX did something great voting for Sen. Cruz! Our home and the vast majority of TX voters did so also! So far, Ted is plowing up snakes and I just pray he keeps his word to us!
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letget on January 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Doughboy on January 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Glad to see that they are taking fiscal responsibility seriously. Yeah, IIRC, the education cuts were a tough call at the time. I’m not entirely against giving education spending a targeted and limited boost when you’re sitting on a multi-billion dollar surplus, but it really is imperative that any increase not become an expectation of future increases.

Robert_Paulson on January 8, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Ah, a Perry thread.

I was startin’ to miss the Perry-hatin’ nutballs.

cozmo on January 8, 2013 at 3:25 PM

If it works, and it’s good for the economy, you know Barry won’t do it.

A federal surplus is counter to what Barry intends for our national economy.

hawkeye54 on January 8, 2013 at 3:25 PM

As a born and breed Texan, there is one thing I would like to say to President Obama – “kiss our ass”.

Tater Salad on January 8, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Rick Scary has no chance. The debates are the key to winning the White House. Voters don’t care about accomplishments or about voting for a regular Joe you can have a beer with. Win the debates, win the White House.

El_Terrible on January 8, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Face it, ‘bots. Rick Perry would’ve beaten Obama.

ddrintn on January 8, 2013 at 3:27 PM

… it would have been fun watching Perry or Newt fight dirty against Obama… instead I was left waiting for a death star that never showed up.

El_Terrible on January 8, 2013 at 3:28 PM

My, my. How old are you, twelve?
Archivarix on January 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Dude, if anybody here is twelve, its ritalin.
His little nutball heart deserves all the teasing it gets.

cozmo on January 8, 2013 at 3:28 PM

You’re always welcome. As long as you don’t move from a blue state and vote in the same crappy politicians.

Doughboy on January 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

No state income tax, lower unemployment, lower property taxes, lower energy costs–Texas does sound awfully attractive. (Of course we hear stories about “Killer Bees” and rattlesnakes down there.)

KW64 on January 8, 2013 at 3:28 PM

The dismantling of the US continues.

http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Illinois-House-Approves-Licenses-For-Undocumented-Immigrants-186064422.html?dr

Nowhere does anyone mention “illegal”.

And if they are breaking the law to begin with….why would they want to follow the law in the state???

PappyD61 on January 8, 2013 at 3:29 PM

I’m not a very smart man…

Tar Heel Sooner on January 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

You aren’t as dumb as you might think, either.

Now 0bama… that guy is dumber than dogsh1t.

UltimateBob on January 8, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Next up?…..TEJAS!!!

PappyD61 on January 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Rick Scary has no chance. The debates are the key to winning the White House. Voters don’t care about accomplishments or about voting for a regular Joe you can have a beer with. Win the debates, win the White House.

El_Terrible on January 8, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Nah. The debates are only a refuge for those who have no ideological moorings on which to depend. A committed conservative wouldn’t have any problems in the debates anyway, I don’t care who he/she is.

ddrintn on January 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM

As long as you are conservative and willing to fight for conservative policies.

Too bad that can’t be worked into a residency requirement for red states to stay red.

Actually red states might want to consider giving incentives to conservatives trapped in blue states to encourage them to flee from the madness that surrounds and will engulf them. :)

hawkeye54 on January 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM

(Of course we hear stories about “Killer Bees” and rattlesnakes down there.)

KW64 on January 8, 2013 at 3:28 PM

The truth puts those stories to shame.

Heck, even the governor has to defend his dog from coyotes.

Not a place for the faint of heart. Keep that in mind and arm yourself accordingly.

Texas is not a safe place for cowards.

cozmo on January 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Dude, if anybody here is twelve, its ritalin.
His little nutball heart deserves all the teasing it gets.

cozmo on January 8, 2013 at 3:28 PM

There’s troll spanking (a deserved one, I’ll stipulate) and there’s childish verbal vomit. I beg to distinguish.

Archivarix on January 8, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Wow…that’s great. Too bad the school districts and local governments are sucking all my money away here in TX. I don’t believe in income tax, but how much longer will property owners be able to shoulder the tax burden in this state. Many reductions still need to be made at the local level. It’s just not sustainable.

Hat Trick on January 8, 2013 at 3:10 PM

No, it is sustainable because we need to cut education spending on teacher unions and things like court ordered busing. Can you imagine how much we spend on busses, bus drivers, and union dues? Half of that savings could be put back into the classroom where it could do some good.

Tater Salad on January 8, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Actually red states might want to consider giving incentives to conservatives trapped in blue states to encourage them to flee from the madness that surrounds and will engulf them. :)

hawkeye54 on January 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Blue state refugees are always welcome…as long as they don’t vote blue once in the red state. That’s becoming a problem in NC.

ddrintn on January 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Sekhmet on January 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM

nah, the clown is no threat at all.

Sarah’s no land grabber.

renalin on January 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM

I beg to distinguish.

Archivarix on January 8, 2013 at 3:31 PM

That’s okay, others don’t. And in this 0bama economy, you have to find fun where you can.

And bashing trolls is cheap entertainment, and educational. It makes for better fighters when the real lib trolls show up.

Perry-hatin’ nutballs ain’t too bright.

cozmo on January 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Unintended consequence of Obama’s war on energy. How do we know? He hates Texans.

astonerii on January 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Sekhmet on January 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM

nah, the clown is no threat at all.

Sarah’s no land grabber.

renalin on January 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Oh, come on now. I’m as big a Palinbot as you’ll find, and I think Perry was pushed into a race he didn’t want to enter by people who simply wanted to keep Palin out by any means necessary. But he’s a good man who would’ve been a good president, and if he had lasted iun the primaries he would’ve had my vote.

ddrintn on January 8, 2013 at 3:35 PM

PappyD61 on January 8, 2013 at 3:29 PM

On the issue of illegal aliens, this taco shop and t-shirt has some all a twitter? Wonder how soon this business will see holder/company/aclu taking them to court?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/sc-restaurant-in-hot-water-for-how-to-catch-an-illegal-immigrant-t-shirt/
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letget on January 8, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Count on the next tax proposal from the Democrats to be on ‘excess income’ of the oil companies.

michaelo on January 8, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Rick Perry: “Increased Revenue!”

Preezy: “What’s your point?”

Seven Percent Solution on January 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Count on the next tax proposal from the Democrats to be on ‘excess income’ of the oil companies.

michaelo on January 8, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Remember the old Bugs Bunny cartoons where a hungry Yosemite Sam would see Bugs or Daffy and blink his eyes, and his pupils would turn into a roasted rabbit or duck on a plate?

That’s how the Democraps are eyeballing Texas right now.

UltimateBob on January 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM

That’s okay, others don’t. And in this 0bama economy, you have to find fun where you can.

And bashing trolls is cheap entertainment, and educational. It makes for better fighters when the real lib trolls show up.

Perry-hatin’ nutballs ain’t too bright.

cozmo on January 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Laying verbal smack on trolls is cheap fun but there’s nothing entertaining or educational in kindergarten-level slurs. Moreover, you should consider that some of these slurs will be copied to liberal boards as examples of what kind of knuckle-dragging Neanderthals they have to oppose politically.

Archivarix on January 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

as long as they don’t vote blue once in the red state. That’s becoming a problem in NC.

Oughta be a law to be able to refuse entry and turn back cars with “Obama” and various leftist causes bumper stickers at the borders.

hawkeye54 on January 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Oughta be a law to be able to refuse entry and turn back cars with “Obama” and various leftist causes bumper stickers at the borders.

hawkeye54 on January 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

There is no reason for such law. Just kill as much welfare as possible within federal constraints, and conservatives will inevitably gravitate in, while social parasites flee.

Archivarix on January 8, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Remember the old Bugs Bunny cartoons where a hungry Yosemite Sam would see Bugs or Daffy and blink his eyes, and his pupils would turn into a roasted rabbit or duck on a plate?

That’s how the Democraps are eyeballing Texas right now.

UltimateBob on January 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM

From the Bloomberg Article linked:

Lawmakers, who convene tomorrow for a five-month session, in 2011 put off about $4.7 billion in future Medicaid costs and $2 billion for public schools under the current budget, and now must pay those bills. With Combs projecting an $8.8 billion surplus by Aug. 31 and a 12 percent jump in general-purpose receipts for the next two years, Democrats sense an opening.
“Given that we’re seeing an increase in revenue, let’s use this opportunity to fix those things that those in control of the budget have broken,” said state Senator Kirk Watson, an Austin Democrat. “Some people clearly want to starve the necessities of our people, things like schools, health care and transportation.”

weaselyone on January 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Ah, that’s the problem with those who often move to red states. They escape the blue state where their political votes created the very reasons they up and leave, only to go to a new and unsuspecting state and attempt to vote for the same type of politicians and policies that made them leave the previous state.

hawkeye54 on January 8, 2013 at 3:00

Exactly. I don’t know how it is in Dallas, San Antonio or the rural parts of the state, but here in the energy capital, it’s disgusting to see the number of Yankee, excuse me, blue state, plates on the freeway. I’ve never seen anything like it. NY, VT, MA, IL, CT. The CA ones with the Obama bumperstickers are the worst.

TxAnn56 on January 8, 2013 at 3:57 PM

So the greenies think killing the Keystone pipeline will also reduce our dependence on coal?

And the greenies think the Chinese will not burn all that Keystone oil?

Beware of blindly loving Perry. He and Dewhurst killed the TSA anti groping bill, and killed the illegal immigration sanctions on employers. Perry was using eminent domain to ram the TRANS Texas corridor down our throats, also referred to the illegal immigrant highway. Perry also used executive order to force Little girls to receive giardisil vaccinations. And there is the $3 billion state funded cancer research foundation that has decomposed into a crony slush fund.

Conservative state senate, and Greg abbot out the only things keeping Perry from going crazy Ivan at any given moment.

Y’all used to love Christie too, look what that got ya….

elowe on January 8, 2013 at 3:58 PM

If only the other states would get their act together and increase their oil output they could be flowing in that sweet crude cash as well.

Pablo Honey on January 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Count on the next tax proposal from the Democrats to be on ‘excess income’ of the oil companies.

michaelo on January 8, 2013 at 3:37 PM

They tried that once already, the windfall profits tax. Enacted by Carter and repealed by, does it even need to be said…. Reagan.

TxAnn56 on January 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Why our US greens so much more powerful than Canadians? The Canucks are happily digging and fracking and building stuff. They’re even recruiting unemployed guys from California to do the work?

We must be a laughingstock up there.

PattyJ on January 8, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Of course lowering taxes is a good idea, but two ways to put that money to use, the first would be border enhancement, and the second would be teaching American History in his elementary schools, and American thought and philosophy to younger immigrant children, who did not come here on their own, but were ported across the border from Mexico. I would definitely use memorization techniques like songs, and videos, and include proper English lessons, so everything they say does not rhyme with Mio. His state is at high risk, the border violence, the uneducated sneaking in.

All the red states need to shore up traditional American values in their schools, and get rid of teacher’ union philosophies and curriculum that sound socialist. It is something you don’t need to have an R president in the oval office to do, since red state governors have that power. They should also be looking at their universities and replacing Trustees who are too liberal, and un funding anti American efforts on campus.

Fleuries on January 8, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Why our US greens so much more powerful than Canadians? The Canucks are happily digging and fracking and building stuff. They’re even recruiting unemployed guys from California to do the work?

We must be a laughingstock up there.

PattyJ on January 8, 2013 at 4:09 PM

My manager lives in Canada.
A couple of weeks ago we received an unusual invoice to pay for a former employee’s health insurance that wasn’t covered by Medicare. After we did the research and got the approval to pay it, he commented, “your government needs money”.

22044 on January 8, 2013 at 4:19 PM

He is an former agi cheerleader, and sissy pants clown.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

At 8 billion to spare he can be pants down all he wants.

Limerick on January 8, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Ah, that’s the problem with those who often move to red states. They escape the blue state where their political votes created the very reasons they up and leave, only to go to a new and unsuspecting state and attempt to vote for the same type of politicians and policies that made them leave the previous state.

Either too many people simply can’t or won’t learn from their mistakes, or there is a conspiracy for blue staters to act as missionaries in moving and act to radically change the poor misguided souls in the states to which they move.

hawkeye54 on January 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I see no problem with those folks, as long as they all move to Travis County.

El Salsero on January 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Face it, ‘bots. Rick Perry would’ve beaten Obama.

ddrintn

Yeah, sure he would. Even non-bots know better than that. Nista cultists on the other hand….

xblade on January 8, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Sarah Palin was never going to run. Quit the fantasies.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 5:01 PM

I know Perry and he is a wonderful man/mensch/person.

Those of you who rant against him are not allowed to even spit on his shoes.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 5:02 PM

You know who else inherited an economy from Bush? Rick Perry.

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) January 8, 2013

The difference is that Obama doesn’t want to save.

He ‘loves’ the kids.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 5:03 PM

hawkeye54 on January 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

We moved here from Chicago…wow…it’ll be two years ago in April. the natives laugh at our accents-but they love our politics.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 5:06 PM

TxAnn56 on January 8, 2013 at 3:57 PM

The same in Dallas. Some of them proudly proclaim their devotion to “the 0ne”.

In fairness though, there were already enough non-productive ignorant sponges in Dallas to turn the county blue.

cozmo on January 8, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Those of you who rant against him are not allowed to even spit on his shoes.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 5:02 PM

I hear he likes to have libs spit shine Liberty and Freedom.

cozmo on January 8, 2013 at 5:10 PM

El_Terrible on January 8, 2013 at 3:27 PM

winning debates against 0bama didnt seem to help romney did it? debates are useless. in the primary all they did was allow the media to guide a Perry dogpile to eliminate him while they held romney’s hand.

chasdal on January 8, 2013 at 5:25 PM

renalin on January 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM

sarah just wants to redistribute oil money to alaskans when gas prices get high. thats worse than paying people for land to use for new roads, i.e. a legitimate govt function.

chasdal on January 8, 2013 at 5:27 PM

It ain’t all peaches and cream, today we learned democrats banded together to keep the same moderate repub speaker of the house so there goes anto sanctuary city legislation (liberal Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin administrations can breathe a sigh of relief again), no voter ID push, no reining in the public pension debts, etc.

Maybe Dewhurst got some religion after Cruz showed what Texans want and will lead from the right this time. Two years ago was a letdown in the end.

(Did I mention they only meet for 140 days every two years? This is when we worry)

DanMan on January 8, 2013 at 5:41 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Glad the move is working out for you. I have been working on convincing my wife to leave the Golden State for greener pastures elsewhere, and so far, Grant’s Pass, OR and Colorado Springs are her preferred choices. Although her younger brother and his wife recently relocated to Allen, TX and loves it there, she shows no inclination to move to the Lone Star State. At least for now.

hawkeye54 on January 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM

TxAnn56 on January 8, 2013 at 3:57 PM

The same in Dallas. Some of them proudly proclaim their devotion to “the 0ne”.

cozmo on January 8, 2013 at 5:08 PM

There are some advantages to living away from the big cities. We see more Obama stickers after the election than before (imagine that!), but not too many. You won’t find many liberal state license plates here either.

jazzuscounty on January 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM

You’re always welcome. As long as you don’t move from a blue state and vote in the same crappy politicians.
Doughboy on January 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

My wife starts new job in Houston area in two weeks, while the kids and me head down at end of the school year. Will be tough for her to be away from kids for 6 months, but says she won’t miss the Iowa winters.

And no, have never voted blue.

Question: So, as new residents of Texas, do you give us our firearms at the state line, or do “y’all” mail them to us??!! ;-)

Goody2Shoes on January 8, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Rick Perry is also spectacular eye-candy

clnurnberg on January 8, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Ocommie and his Pravda Media Propagandists will take credit for any positive economic news – whether it be Texas, or anywhere else in President Revenge’s dominion.

Its always been about, Him.

FlaMurph on January 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

I supported Perry all the way to the end in the primaries. Would have made a fantastic president, and probably wouldnt have let Obama get away with as much as Romney did. But either man would have been an awesome president.

Jack_Burton on January 8, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Face it, ‘bots. Rick Perry would’ve beaten Obama.

ddrintn

Yeah, sure he would. Even non-bots know better than that. Nista cultists on the other hand….

xblade on January 8, 2013 at 4:56 PM

LOL…look how many ‘bots become non-bots after Mr Electable gets his ass handed to him. Sorta like post-war Nazis who were never Nazis.

ddrintn on January 8, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Sarah was set up to look stupid. When the debates came, you saw the real Sarah.

rick was stupid all on his own. when the debates came, he just got stupider.

renalin on January 8, 2013 at 6:31 PM

If they’re smart, they’ll build a border fence.

Where it borders the rest of the country.

CurtZHP on January 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

I sometimes wish we would.

There are so many energy producing states we should get together and flip the bird at the federal government and leave.

For all you stupid blue staters who keep your corrupt legislatures in office should feel the real pain of your electricty cut off and/or energy prices go through the roof, that’s if you have one.

banzaibob on January 8, 2013 at 7:46 PM

My, my. How old are you, twelve? I don’t care who is the most conservative conservative here but please pretend to be an adult, okay?

Archivarix on January 8, 2013

….I’m eleven!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 9:01 PM

We can and we must build back better — with investment in sustainable infrastructure, not the kind of carbon-intensive development that helped drive this problem in the first place…

What on earth does that mean??

SukieTawdry on January 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM

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