WSJ: Only 14 major cities have more jobs now than before the recession

posted at 4:01 pm on April 1, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

I’m starting to think that President Obama should probably drop Gov. Rick Perry and some other red-state governors a quick thank-you note for contributing more than their “fair share” to this economic “recovery” we’re in.

As Ed summarized last week, final fourth quarter GDP growth came in at 0.4 percent with overall 2012 GDP growth sitting at 2.2 percent — pretty paltry near-stagnation figures, but at least we’re momentarily losing fewer jobs than we have been in our recent history. …So, there’s that, I suppose.

Among the real job creation that is going on, a bunch of it is coming from — surprise — red states like Texas, while a lot of blue-state cities are struggling to compete for businesses and jobs. The WSJ reports that only 14 of the country’s 100 biggest cities have more jobs than they did pre-2008/2009 recession, and almost half of those are in Texas:

Six of them are in Texas, according to researchers at the Brookings Institution, who recently analyzed local economic conditions through the end of 2012. …

Robust employment in the oil and gas industries helped the Texas cities, although data from the Texas Workforce Commission suggests the job recovery has come from a variety of industries. Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, McAllen, Dallas and Houston all made the list, along with Oklahoma City, another energy town. The other cities on the list of 14 are: Omaha, Neb., Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Calif., Knoxville, Tenn., Washington and Charleston, S.C. …

“Texas has been a bright spot in the recession. Its housing market wasn’t hit as hard,” said Alec Friedhoff, a senior research analyst at Brookings, a Washington think tank. “The oil-and-gas industry has been a great boon for that part of the country.”

Texas has added jobs every month since January 2010, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Clearly, Gov. Perry is doing something right (perhaps President Obama could follow his lead a little more instead of following in the wake of Jerry Brown?), and it’s all part of the growing trend of cities in lower-tax, pro-growth red states attracting more jobs and residents away from deteriorating blue-state models.

Texas’s (and others’) job creation is thanks in no small part to simply saying “Yes!” to opportunities for oil-and-gas production, by the way. It makes it all the more galling that the Obama administration is stalling on oil-and-gas permits and dilly-dallying with the Keystone XL pipeline when there are well-paying, private-sector jobs readily waiting in the wings.


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Good ole Knoxville, coming alone nicely!

losarkos on April 1, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Washington DC is on the list. gee, I wonder why they have more jobs…

MikeknaJ on April 1, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Lets just pray Perry doesn’t cave to those here that want to get bhocare? Today Perry, Cruz and others are defending the efforts to not get it in Austin! Many are wanting bhocare here, but more I pray don’t?

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/564bdba2-99f3-11e2-83ca-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2PDTSveO1

We need to keep bho, epa, and others he!! bent on stopping our growth from getting a foothold here! That means the libs that are coming in by the thousands that want to make TX just like the states they left?
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letget on April 1, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Obviously, Obama’s policies aren’t working in Texas.

By Executive Order, a 4 year study has been ordered to spend as much money as possible to find out what can be done by Executive action to bring the economy of Texas to par with the US average.

BobMbx on April 1, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I know traffic has recovered around here.

DanMan on April 1, 2013 at 4:09 PM

What is a “major city” and how many “major cities” are there in the U.S.?

Kaptain Amerika on April 1, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Hey Liberals,

Yes, that’s right, six of them are in Texas…. And you stay where you are, don’t come here and mess with Texas.

MNH on April 1, 2013 at 4:09 PM

The other cities on the list of 14 are: Omaha, Neb., Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Calif., Knoxville, Tenn., Washington and Charleston, S.C. …

That explains why my liberal buddy in San Jose thinks that the job market is just swell these days.

CycloneCDB on April 1, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Since we’re coming up on snake season, which is immediately followed by mosquito and hurricane season I expect the population influx to wane until after hot as hell season.

DanMan on April 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

I expect the population influx to wane until after hot as hell season.

Down here in S TX that would be between 12/6 to 3/1 I would imagine? Gotta look out for the fireants too?
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letget on April 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Yeah, but there was some kind of painted rock.

Cindy Munford on April 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Clearly, Gov. Perry is doing something right (perhaps President Obama could follow his lead a little more instead of following in the wake of Jerry Brown?),

GAH!!! Seems so F’n obvious!!!!111!!11!

Jackalope on April 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM

barry is just waiting for the right time to “Spin” the go ahead for Keystone……

DiabloAzure on April 1, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Since we’re coming up on snake season, which is immediately followed by mosquito and hurricane season I expect the population influx to wane until after hot as hell season.

DanMan on April 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

April 15th?

dominigan on April 1, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Clearly, Gov. Perry is doing something right (perhaps President Obama could follow his lead a little more instead of following in the wake of Jerry Brown?), and it’s all part of the growing trend of cities in lower-tax, pro-growth red states attracting more jobs and residents away from deteriorating blue-state models.

Yet Gov. Perry is under extraordinary pressure to bankrupt the state by buckling under to Obamacare & spend the rainy day fund on hiring more Marxist teachers.

More illegal interlopers than ever & Mexican Drug Cartel employees squatting allover the US to strengthen their criminal network…While Texas is in court defending our states rights from Obama and his federal goon squad.

Thanks Obama.

workingclass artist on April 1, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Obama is putting thuggish pressure on Gov. Perry about Obama’care’.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Rumor has it that the oil industry is about to take off in Lubbock. That would be nice.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Austin has positive job growth? No wonder Kim Jong Un has targeted it. I thought he was a closet Aggie but this probably makes as much sense as that.

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 4:32 PM

If only he were good at debates.

But he did have the best Bad Lip Reading video. There’s that.

Curtiss on April 1, 2013 at 4:32 PM

How many of these jobs pay wages similar to those Chinese sweatshop workers? How many of these “jobs” does a regular Texan need to have to put food on the table? How many of these jobs have health care insurance?

HotAirLib on April 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Rumor has it that the oil industry is about to take off in Lubbock. That would be nice.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2013 at 4:28 PM

The EPA black helicopters are circling Lubbock now to shut that trend down! Texas has lots of sun and wind, why do they need to harvest oil?

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Since we’re coming up on snake season, which is immediately followed by mosquito and hurricane season I expect the population influx to wane until after hot as hell season.

DanMan on April 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

… hot as hell (sweat running in rivulets even in the shade, muggy, sweltering, stifling, miserable) season. It’s HOT… really, really hot and MISERABLE ie: not a good place for tenderfoots… and… rattlesnakes!!

jffree1 on April 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM

How many of these jobs pay wages similar to those Chinese sweatshop workers? How many of these “jobs” does a regular Texan need to have to put food on the table? How many of these jobs have health care insurance?

HotAirLib on April 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Not everybody has the luxury of being an annoying troll for a living. Does OFA have a good health plan?

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Six of them are in Texas but I still think the GOP was right to shi*can Perry in favor of a Northeastern Liberal Republican with a Socialist Healthcare system named after him.

/s

HondaV65 on April 1, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Love the Perry :)

cmsinaz on April 1, 2013 at 4:38 PM

How many of these jobs pay wages similar to those Chinese sweatshop workers? How many of these “jobs” does a regular Texan need to have to put food on the table? How many of these jobs have health care insurance?

HotAirLib on April 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Don’t know but they’re SUSTAINABLE and that’s one helluva lot more than we can say for jobs in union states.

HondaV65 on April 1, 2013 at 4:39 PM

When they say Salt Lake City they really mean the entire Wasatch Front in Utah.

Many tech companies are fleeing Silicon valley and setting up shop here. Nice. If you know code, you apparently can get hired in Provo.

Vanceone on April 1, 2013 at 4:40 PM

But but he can’t debate.

Gophergirl – still bitter :(

gophergirl on April 1, 2013 at 4:41 PM

How many of these jobs pay wages similar to those Chinese sweatshop workers? How many of these “jobs” does a regular Texan need to have to put food on the table? How many of these jobs have health care insurance?

HotAirLib on April 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

What a moron. These aren’t the kind of jobs that fit your skill set, in other words, the phrase “Would you like fries with that?” isn’t heard around the work place.

Aviator on April 1, 2013 at 4:41 PM

How many of these jobs pay wages similar to those Chinese sweatshop workers?

HotAirLib on April 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

None, since the minimum wage in China is a lot lower than it is anywhere in the U.S.

So that answers your question.

HondaV65 on April 1, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Does OFA have a good health plan?

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Does Obamacare count?

Aviator on April 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM

All the cities are in red states except for Pittsburgh, San Jose and DC.

bw222 on April 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM

LOL …. I wonder just how bad obama’s recovery would look like without Texas

Aggie95 on April 1, 2013 at 4:43 PM

How many of these jobs pay wages similar to those Chinese sweatshop workers? How many of these “jobs” does a regular Texan need to have to put food on the table? How many of these jobs have health care insurance?

HotAirLib on April 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

1: I’m going with ZERO. If North Dakota is any indication..
2: Just 1 should do, since Texas has an income tax rate of ZERO.
3: Since Texas has low taxes, people can afford to self-insure, or get very cheap insurance.

But don’t worry, I hear that in lovely Stockton CA that you won’t get to get your government check.

nobar on April 1, 2013 at 4:43 PM

The only reason PA is blue is because of Philly …if we were able to give Philly to jersey ( serves them right ) …PA would never go blue again

All the cities are in red states except for Pittsburgh, San Jose and DC.

bw222 on April 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Aggie95 on April 1, 2013 at 4:45 PM

nobar on April 1, 2013 at 4:43 PM

We have no state income tax-and a minimal union presence. I’m making more @ Wally than I EVER did in Chicago’s unionized groceries!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

But wait…..Paul told me CA is where it’s at!

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/01/opinion/krugman-lessons-from-a-comeback.html?ref=opinion

lostinjrz on April 1, 2013 at 4:47 PM

and we Aggies won’t blow austin up …. we like the girls there ….even better …. they like us

Aggie95 on April 1, 2013 at 4:48 PM

How many of these jobs pay wages similar to those Chinese sweatshop workers? How many of these “jobs” does a regular Texan need to have to put food on the table? How many of these jobs have health care insurance?

HotAirLib on April 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

ave. min wage in Texas = $42,532.88/yr

(Cost of living is cheaper in Texas & more money stays in the workers pocket because there is no state income tax)

ave. min wage in China = $14,160.00/yr

(And people live in Boxes in the big cities while their Government pollutes their food and water)

So Texans say…Bite Me!

workingclass artist on April 1, 2013 at 4:49 PM

I need to make it so I have to chg my screen name to “TX Conservative”….ughhh, stuck in blue-hell.

NY Conservative on April 1, 2013 at 4:49 PM

How many of these jobs pay wages similar to those Chinese sweatshop workers? How many of these “jobs” does a regular Texan need to have to put food on the table? How many of these jobs have health care insurance?

HotAirLib on April 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

You can ask all the poisonous questions you want, but the fact remains….more jobs in Texas.

BobMbx on April 1, 2013 at 4:50 PM

I need to make it so I have to chg my screen name to “TX Conservative”….ughhh, stuck in blue-hell.

NY Conservative on April 1, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Every week Hannity is campaigning on his radio show to move to either Texas or Florida…So far Roger Ailes isn’t listening.

workingclass artist on April 1, 2013 at 4:52 PM

McAllen (pronounced M’Callen or Mequalen in Spanish) was on the list? What the hell is going on down there?

Odysseus on April 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM

One in four Texans are uninsured. They have an upper class, a shrinking middle class and a total slave class that are barely kept alive thanks to minimum wage. In conservativerse this neo-feudal society is a success.

lester on April 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Awww… Does HAL need help with Google again?

stvnscott on April 1, 2013 at 5:08 PM

lester on April 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Save it.
Our lives are a 1000 times better in TX, than they were in that leftist utopia that is Illinois.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2013 at 5:13 PM

McAllen owes much of its extraordinary growth to its close proximity to the Mexican border.”

jffree1 on April 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM

LOL … in case you missed it laddie …so tell us all how well obama is doing

#1 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the middle class is taking home a smaller share of the overall income pie than has ever been recorded before.
#2 As the middle class shrinks, more Americans than ever have been forced to become dependent on the federal government. Federal spending on welfare programs has reached nearly a trillion dollars a year, and that does not even count Social Security or Medicare. Welfare spending is now 16 times larger than when the “war on poverty” began.
#3 Median household income in the U.S. has fallen for four consecutive years. Overall, it has declined by over $4000 during that time span.
#4 The U.S. economy continues to trade good paying jobs for low paying jobs. 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs, but58 percent of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs.
#5 The number of Americans living in poverty has increased by more than 15 million since the turn of the century.
A D V E R T I S E M E N T

#6 The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today.
#7 Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps. Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.
#8 According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of all American households were “middle class” back in 1971. Today, that figure has fallen to 51 percent.
#9 In the United States today, 35 percent of all households live on $35,000 or less each year.
#10 One recent survey discovered that 85 percent of all middle class Americans believe that it is harder to maintain a middle class standard of living today than it was 10 years ago.
#11 62 percent of all middle class Americans say that they have had to reduce household spending over the past year.
#12 According to one survey, 77 percent of all Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck at least part of the time.
#13 In 1989, the debt to income ratio of the average American family was about58 percent. Today it is up to 154 percent.
#14 Total U.S. household debt grew from just 1.4 trillion dollars in 1980 to a whopping 13.7 trillion dollars in 2007. This played a huge role in the financial crisis of 2008, and the problem has still not been solved.

One in four Texans are uninsured. They have an upper class, a shrinking middle class and a total slave class that are barely kept alive thanks to minimum wage. In conservativerse this neo-feudal society is a success.

lester on April 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Aggie95 on April 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM

One in four Texans are uninsured. They have an upper class, a shrinking middle class and a total slave class that are barely kept alive thanks to minimum wage. In conservativerse this neo-feudal society is a success.

lester on April 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

“The total personal income (TPI) in Texas reached $1.07 trillion dollars in the second quarter of this year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. That’s an increase of 71 percent from the state’s corresponding total 10 years earlier, $626.7 billion.

Here’s another way of looking at it: Texas accounted for 8.02 percent of the nation’s TPI this year, up 1.10 percentage points from 6.92 percent in 2002.

That’s nearly five times larger than the runner-up, Florida, which increased its share of national TPI by 0.23 points in a decade. Just four other states registered gains better than a tenth of a point.

TPI is defined as the income received by all people from all sources in a given year. It covers everything from employment wages to Social Security and welfare payments…”

http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/on-numbers/scott-thomas/2012/10/texas-is-far-and-away-the-leader-in.html?full=true

workingclass artist on April 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM

How many of these jobs pay wages similar to those Chinese sweatshop workers? How many of these “jobs” does a regular Texan need to have to put food on the table? How many of these jobs have health care insurance?

HotAirLib on April 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Cost of living is cheap as dirt around here. My family and I live in a 2-story townhouse in a nice neighborhood in Austin, and we pay less than $900/month to do it. Groceries are relatively cheap, gas is cheaper than many other places in the country—-so you don’t need to have five jobs or a degree in Quantum Rocket Surgery to live well in Texas.

Sekhmet on April 1, 2013 at 5:19 PM

One in four Texans are uninsured. They have an upper class, a shrinking middle class and a total slave class that are barely kept alive thanks to minimum wage. In conservativerse this neo-feudal society is a success.

lester on April 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

And dollars to donuts, all of those statistics come from rolling illegal aliens in with tax-paying Texans.

Sekhmet on April 1, 2013 at 5:22 PM

One in four Texans are uninsured. They have an upper class, a shrinking middle class and a total slave class that are barely kept alive thanks to minimum wage. In conservativerse this neo-feudal society is a success.

lester on April 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Most of the Texas economy is driven by small – mid sized businesses…and Texas leads in exports for the last 10 years mostly due to manufacturing.

Texas wants their Gold back…It’ll be safer down here.

workingclass artist on April 1, 2013 at 5:22 PM

In California & NYC They have an upper class, a shrinking middle class and a total slave class that are barely kept alive thanks to minimum wage. In conservativerse Liberal Delusionville this neo-feudal society is a success.

lester on April 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Wherever you live Lester….stay there.

Red States & Economic success just aren’t for you.

workingclass artist on April 1, 2013 at 5:26 PM

One in four Texans are uninsured. They have an upper class, a shrinking middle class and a total slave class that are barely kept alive thanks to minimum wage. In conservativerse this neo-feudal society is a success.

lester on April 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Yes, too bad Texas isn’t more like the People’s Republik of Cal-i-forn-i-a, where half the state’s on welfare, a quarter of the state works for the state, and the remaining quarter is required to pay for the whole mess.

Outlander on April 1, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Since we’re coming up on snake season, which is immediately followed by mosquito and hurricane season I expect the population influx to wane until after hot as hell season.

DanMan on April 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Don’t forget the Texas Giant Man-eating Spider season. Right around the corner, late spring or so. Them spiders loves them some fat, juicy liberals.

iurockhead on April 1, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Funny thing….both Perry and Obummer can blame GWB.

Deafdog on April 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM

It’s quite obvious lester the molester and HAL have no idea of how it is in Texas.God willing they will never come to Texas and stay in whatever cesspool they live in now.

docflash on April 1, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Rumor has it that the oil industry is about to take off in Lubbock. That would be nice.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2013 at 4:28 PM

I’m with a company servicing the oil industry. We sent scouts there after hearing same.

They reported back the rumor is true.

rukiddingme on April 1, 2013 at 5:52 PM

rukiddingme on April 1, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Sweet!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Since we’re coming up on snake season, which is immediately followed by mosquito and hurricane season I expect the population influx to wane until after hot as hell season.

DanMan on April 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Don’t forget the Texas Giant Man-eating Spider season. Right around the corner, late spring or so. Them spiders loves them some fat, juicy liberals.

iurockhead on April 1, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Don’t forget the Africanized honey bees we have here…..they respond very badly (go insane, in fact) to hot air, unnecessary commotion, and gaudy colors worn by the same commontion-prone people……all hallmarks of libs.

The libs better just stay out of Texas.

avagreen on April 1, 2013 at 6:04 PM

only 62 posts so far.

i guess primaries do matter.

renalin on April 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM

avagreen on April 1, 2013 at 6:04 PM

West Texas gets gosh awful dust storms and droughts. Libs wouldn’t like this place at all.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Rick Perry is doing a fine job..imho..:)

Dire Straits on April 1, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Being a long-time Texas resident

How many of these jobs pay wages similar to those Chinese sweatshop workers?

None. Those types of jobs are in California and New York.

How many of these “jobs” does a regular Texan need to have to put food on the table?

One. DUH!

How many of these jobs have health care insurance?

Approximately 90% of them, at minimum. Some jobs don’t have health insurance but those are contractor jobs and are filled by people whose spouses already has insurance so supplemental insurance is unnecessary.

Thank you for proving your complete stupidity on the matter.

Kingfisher on April 1, 2013 at 6:28 PM

One in four Texans are uninsured. They have an upper class, a shrinking middle class and a total slave class that are barely kept alive thanks to minimum wage. In conservativerse this neo-feudal society is a success.

lester on April 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Yup, explains why so many people are migrating from Texas to California and New York. Oh, wait….

Kingfisher on April 1, 2013 at 6:32 PM

How many of these jobs pay wages similar to those Chinese sweatshop workers? How many of these “jobs” does a regular Texan need to have to put food on the table? How many of these jobs have health care insurance?

HotAirLib on April 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

You do realize that the majority of refined petroleum comes from Texas. You’re free to boycott any petroleum refined in Texas but that will require you to live on fairy dust and unicorn farts.

Texas has its own electrical power grid. Say what you want but you metrosexual sissies couldn’t run a gas generator purchased from a Home Depot.

Kingfisher on April 1, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Don’t forget the Africanized honey bees we have here…..they respond very badly (go insane, in fact) to hot air, unnecessary commotion, and gaudy colors worn by the same commontion-prone people……all hallmarks of libs.
The libs better just stay out of Texas.

avagreen on April 1, 2013 at 6:04 PM

So I should be ok with my olive drab green t-shirt that says “Celebrate Diversity”, right?

I’m just about ready to leave Colorado.

PS: the lettering and the roughly 100 silhouettes of various guns are in black.
;)

dentarthurdent on April 1, 2013 at 6:39 PM

One in four Texans are uninsured. They have an upper class, a shrinking middle class and a total slave class that are barely kept alive thanks to minimum wage. In conservativerse this neo-feudal society is a success.

lester on April 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Yup, explains why so many people are migrating from Texas to California and New York. Oh, wait….

Kingfisher on April 1, 2013 at 6:32 PM

One of the most popular articles right now at NY Times.com is one by the always-wrong Pauline Krugman, who is claiming, with a straight face, that California is roaring back. Brilliant satire, that!

Del Dolemonte on April 1, 2013 at 6:57 PM

WSJ: Only 14 major cities have more jobs now than before the recession

As long as the markets remain high, and the unemployment numbers (as reported anyway) stable, economic criticism can be easily deflected in the media arena.

Clearly, Gov. Perry is doing something right (perhaps President Obama could follow his lead a little more instead of following in the wake of Jerry Brown?), and it’s all part of the growing trend of cities in lower-tax, pro-growth red states attracting more jobs and residents away from deteriorating blue-state models.

Now if only every state could find massive oil reserves in an economy with expensive petroleum and cheap money.

Certainly taxing the hell out of your citizens and businesses is really stupid, but winning the lottery or inheriting a few million does not make one a financial genius either.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Awww… Does HAL need help with Google again?

stvnscott on April 1, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Conservatives should be on Bing now after this latest affront.

Bad enough that Google refuses to recognize Veterans Day and Memorial day but to honor a ruthless communist thug on Easter was an insult too far.

Liberals Google. Americans Bing.

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 7:18 PM

lester on April 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

You DO, of course, have links to something that would support your asinine assertions, don’t you? And you WILL post them ASAP, won’t you?

Oh, wait…you’re a leftard. You can tell any lie and not worry about trying to back it up.

As you were.

Leftoid drones are such a$$holes.

Solaratov on April 1, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM

I hear there are oil shale deposits here and shale gas (natural gas) found in other states…….how are they doing?

The rest……well, it just makes you sound…..jealous.

avagreen on April 1, 2013 at 7:20 PM

So I should be ok with my olive drab green t-shirt that says “Celebrate Diversity”, right?

I’m just about ready to leave Colorado.

PS: the lettering and the roughly 100 silhouettes of various guns are in black.
;)

dentarthurdent on April 1, 2013 at 6:39 PM

The green would be great…….I was wearing an old Texas Tech T-shirt. They just buzzed around in my hair and left when I swished them away.

Comeonnn Doooowwwnnn!

avagreen on April 1, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM

I hear there are oil shale depositshere and shale gas (natural gas) found in other states…….how are they doing?

The rest……well, it just makes you sound…..jealous.

avagreen on April 1, 2013 at 7:20 PM

That is gonna leave a mark!

Johnnyreb on April 1, 2013 at 7:26 PM

West Texas gets gosh awful dust storms and droughts. Libs wouldn’t like this place at all.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 1, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Yeup!

Gotta be tough to hang in Texas. Not sure they’re up tuh it.

avagreen on April 1, 2013 at 7:34 PM

avagreen on April 1, 2013 at 7:40 PM

That is gonna leave a mark!

Johnnyreb on April 1, 2013 at 7:26 PM

My emoticons didn’t come through above…

So…….(^_^).

avagreen on April 1, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Liberals won’t like Texas, our guns are our friends, our women are friendly and not slutty, our beer is real and we don’t want liberals. What could be better?

john1schn on April 1, 2013 at 7:51 PM

America has 14 major cities?

DarkCurrent on April 1, 2013 at 7:53 PM

How many of these jobs pay wages similar to those Chinese sweatshop workers? How many of these “jobs” does a regular Texan need to have to put food on the table? How many of these jobs have health care insurance?

HotAirLib on April 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

You’re talking about job creation under Obama?
/

Sheesh you’re such the useful idiot.

CW on April 1, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Yeah, but there was some kind of painted rock.

Cindy Munford on April 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Yes and it was racist wasn’t it?

SparkPlug on April 1, 2013 at 8:05 PM

As a fifth generation Texan, I say to liberals – stay right where you are, we don’t need or want you here, unless it is to spend a little cash and go right on back home.

txmomof6 on April 1, 2013 at 8:11 PM

What is a “major city” and how many “major cities” are there in the U.S.?

Good question. My bet is that they are really referring to Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), especially as McAllen was one of them. These are defined as geographical region with a relatively high population density at its core and close economic ties throughout the area.”

The United States has 381 MMAs, with the largest (New York City) having over 19 million and the smallest about 60,000.

Regardless over 50 MMAs have a population in excess of 1,000,000 people and over 100 MMAs have a population of over 500,000. (Note that the McAllen and El Paso MMAs each have a population in excess of 800,000 — so a “major city” is at least 800K.)

No Truce With Kings on April 1, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Liberals won’t like Texas, our guns are our friends, our women are friendly and not slutty, our beer is real and we don’t want liberals. What could be better?

john1schn on April 1, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Liberals are ruining Colorado fast, so I’m about ready for somewhere else.

Yesterday (Easter Sunday) was my wife’s birthday – her choice for the day was to go to the new county shooting range to try out her new guns (with our 2 boys of courses. We brought 7 with us (Celebrate Diversity, right?). Now is that awesome or what?

dentarthurdent on April 1, 2013 at 9:28 PM

SparkPlug on April 1, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Yeah, if you turned it over and read through the white paint that Perry’s dad used to cover the word in the early 1980’s, which word was written long before Perry’s father began renting that particular hunting area when he began renting it in……the early 1980′s.

Better look in your mother’s cabinets…..you might find an old Aunt Jemima can lurking around. They used to be popular, as well as the cereal that was in it.

avagreen on April 1, 2013 at 10:11 PM

SparkPlug, remember “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” :hug:. Someone said that on a blog on May 2, 2009….. ;)

avagreen on April 1, 2013 at 10:15 PM

“Texas, another resource-rich state, foresees an $8.8 billion surplus over its current two-year budget cycle.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/01/the-return-of-state-surpluses-could-point-to-more-growth-to-come.html

“Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) doubled down Monday in his opposition to expanding Medicaid under President Obama’s healthcare law, even though opposing it could cost his state $90 billion.

(Estimates could cost Texas over $210 billion)

At a press conference where he was flanked by other conservatives, Perry argued expanding the health insurance program for the poor would make Texas “hostage” to the federal government.

“It would benefit no one in our state to see their taxes skyrocket and our economy crushed as our budget crumbled under the weight of oppressive Medicaid costs,” Perry said at the state capitol.

Last month at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a venue known for hosting GOP presidential aspirants, Perry slammed the “unlimited role of government.”

“We care about our poorest Texans,” he said, turning to the Medicaid expansion.

“We want them to have the best care possible, and that cannot happen with a program that is on its way to bankruptcy.”

Perry was surrounded at Monday’s press conference by top Texas Republicans, including rising conservative star Sen. Ted Cruz.

Each leader slammed Medicaid, which is run jointly by federal and state officials, as an example of government ineptitude.

“Why in the world would we keep expanding this flawed system, and jamming more and more people into a program where they can’t find a doctor who will see them?” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Perry’s staunch opposition to the Medicaid expansion stand in sharp contrast to other conservative GOP governors who have chosen to embrace the policy.

Jan Brewer (Ariz.), John Kasich (Ohio) and Rick Scott (Fla.) — all vocal critics of ObamaCare — have heeded calls from hospitals and advocates and chosen to back wider Medicaid eligibility.

But Perry said Monday that those leaders will “come to rue the day, because Medicaid will take a larger and larger share of their state budgets.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/medicaid/291257-perry-doubles-down-against-medicaid-expansion#ixzz2PHDWXk73
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workingclass artist on April 2, 2013 at 12:25 AM