Rick Perry: “When you grow tired of Maryland taxes squeezing every dime out of your business, think Texas”

posted at 7:21 pm on September 13, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Not too long ago, Texas Governor Rick Perry got into a bit of a verbal scuffle with California Governor Jerry Brown after releasing radio and TV ads in a handful of hyper-blue states like Illinois and California. Touting Texas’s pro-growth, low-tax policies, the ads ran along the lines of, “Building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California is next to impossible,” and although Brown dismissed Perry’s efforts as “barely a fart,” Perry’s long-term campaign to attract jobs to Texas from other states has certainly been a source of annoyance for plenty of Democrats.

This time around, Perry is setting his sights on Maryland, another paragon of hyper-blue policies and incidentally ranked by the Tax Foundation as 41st in the nation for business-tax climate:

Maryland is apparently the latest target in an ongoing campaign by Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) to lure businesses and employees to the Lone Star State.

“When you grow tired of Maryland taxes squeezing every dime out of your business, think Texas, where we’ve created more jobs than all the other states combined,” Perry says in a new ad set to begin airing this week in the Washington region, according to WTOP radio.

Besides touting the economic advantages of his state, Perry also takes a shot at Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is weighing a 2016 White House bid.

“Unfortunately, your governor has made Maryland the tax-and-fee state, where businesses and families are paying some of the highest taxes in America,” says Perry.

You mad, Governor O’Malley?

“I know from past experience that the gentleman is all hat and no cattle,” O’Malley said about Perry on Thursday night. To a Texan, those words are akin to saying, “put ‘em up.”

O”Malley later told a Democratic audience that he once debated the Texas governor and “kicked his a–,” according to the Baltimore Sun. “And he’s never come back for more.”

Except that, he evidently is coming back for more, and Texas has the economic bona fides for him to talk the talk and walk the walk.

It’s sure a good thing that Texas has lots of space, because a booming economy is bringing in lots of people. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of Texas jobs has grown 31.5 percent since 1995, compared with 12 percent nationwide. Following the financial crisis of 2009-2011 the job growth was only 2.4 percent…but this was still six times higher than the anemic 0.4 percent growth rate of the overall American economy.

What’s creating all those jobs? Yes, petrochemical is a big part of it, just as we’re seeing in North Dakota and other states that are providing fuel essential for industry and virtually all aspects of domestic life.  Then add to that an economic climate which has consistently ranked Texas among top states   in various surveys for business friendliness, no personal income taxes,  strong wages, value-priced real estate, and a great living environment, and you have a darned good formula for success.

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Isn’t “Dixie” racist?

Akzed on September 13, 2013 at 7:25 PM

I would gladly move to Texas if they would secede …

ShainS on September 13, 2013 at 7:25 PM

In fairness, Perry isn’t really punching below his weight class here, since Maryland is geographically ground zero for all of our tax dollars and all of the currency printed in our name, which in truth probably does make up for the horrible regulatory climate.

HitNRun on September 13, 2013 at 7:26 PM

You’ve got to be kidding — the following post goes to moderation he11 here (without the stars, of course)?

I’d gladly move to Texas if they would s*e*c*e*d*e …

ShainS on September 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Speaking as a Texan…. please only come here if you love freedom, hate taxes, and have no desire to be under the government’s thumb. Otherwise, please, PLEASE stay where you are! Do NOT come here and ruin my state as you have ruined yours!

UnderstandingisPower on September 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

He might be annoying the crap out of the Democrats, but he’s amusing the h3ll out of me.

Most Democrats deserve to be annoyed anyway…you go, Gov. Perry. Keep up the good work.

sage0925 on September 13, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Speaking as a Texan…. please only come here if you love freedom, hate taxes, and have no desire to be under the government’s thumb. Otherwise, please, PLEASE stay where you are! Do NOT come here and ruin my state as you have ruined yours!

Ditto. Bringing blue state business means blue state ‘crats coming here with their Obama bumper stickers. Hard to get on board with that.

Bouncing Beatnik on September 13, 2013 at 7:31 PM

…put em’ up

He is puttin’ em’ up, you nitwit. He’s actually doing the equivalent of letting his dog crap in your yard and daring you to come outside and do anything about it while you peek through the blinds.

BacaDog on September 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM

UnderstandingisPower on September 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

I’m from rural Idaho, and the libbie ex-Cali’s in Boise are a pain in the a$$. I can relate. They keep whining about one party rule. What did they expect when they moved to a Red State? That maybe they could screw it up like the one they left because it was so messed up there?

sage0925 on September 13, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Perry’s running for president. But this way he can do it while on Texas taxpayers’ dime, going cross-country to tout the state’s economic advantages.

His advantage is as long as he sticks to making trips to states run by Democrats (i.e., California, Illinois, New York and Maryland), he can do this, be completely honest in his claims about those states versus Texas, and annoy all the Dems in those states as well (this actually was going to be Perry’s only strategy for running in 2016 — basing his entire campaign on Texas’ economy, until Wendy Davis came along with her unplanned in-kind campaign contribution of the SB 5 abortion bill filibuster, which since late June has allowed Rick to brush up on his social conservative credentials, an area where he’d never really made a big effort in before besides checking off the usual boxes).

jon1979 on September 13, 2013 at 7:39 PM

O”Malley later told a Democratic audience that he once debated the Texas governor and “kicked his a–,” according to the Baltimore Sun. “And he’s never come back for more.”

O’Malley talks tough, but let’s just say if Perry and O’Malley were in the same jail cell, who do you think would get “The Top Bunk”…so to speak?

dirtseller on September 13, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Hard sell? This?

Bmore on September 13, 2013 at 7:49 PM

As a Marylander, I can tell you that Maryland residents love Martin O’Malley. Well, except those who own a car. Or a house. Or has a job.

But everyone else just loves them some MOM.

BKeyser on September 13, 2013 at 7:50 PM

You invite all these people from liberal states, they may take you up on your offer and bring their liberal values with them. Just because they like your low taxes doesn’t mean they’ll like anything else about you and won’t try their hardest to change you.

philoquin on September 13, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Unfortunately, there are those who flee blue state policies who don’t seem to be able to connect the dots between blue state policies and their consequences.

INC on September 13, 2013 at 7:51 PM

O”Malley later told a Democratic audience that he once debated the Texas governor and “kicked his a–,” according to the Baltimore Sun. “And he’s never come back for more.”

And, the results of your “win” is that jobs are leaving?

Congrats?

lorien1973 on September 13, 2013 at 7:52 PM

This.

Bmore on September 13, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Perry’s running for president. But this way he can do it while on Texas taxpayers’ dime, going cross-country to tout the state’s economic advantages.
jon1979 on September 13, 2013 at 7:39 PM

It’s a public/private foundation that pays for it to Promote Texas and Attract Business to the State.

If he were President…He’d get the private sector to foot the bill and likely start in Putin’s backyard for fun.

He’s good at it and started doing this when he was AG Commissioner.

Splodin’ Liberal Moonbat Heads Wherever He goes…

Gig Em’ Gov. Perry

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 7:55 PM

I’m from rural Idaho, and the libbie ex-Cali’s in Boise are a pain in the a$$. I can relate. They keep whining about one party rule. What did they expect when they moved to a Red State? That maybe they could screw it up like the one they left because it was so messed up there?
sage0925 on September 13, 2013 at 7:33 PM

How’s Idaho holding up with the influx of big government teet suckers? They’re ruining Colorado. Ill be looking for a new Red State in the next few years if the trend continues here. I’ve always been interested in Idaho.

jawkneemusic on September 13, 2013 at 7:56 PM

ShainS on September 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Yes it is one of the words the filter selects out. Hell isn’t though.

Bmore on September 13, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Looks like someone is thinking about 2016..:)

Dire Straits on September 13, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Speaking as a Texan…. please only come here if you love freedom, hate taxes, and have no desire to be under the government’s thumb. Otherwise, please, PLEASE stay where you are! Do NOT come here and ruin my state as you have ruined yours!

This Texan seconds that [e]motion. We’ve seen the cities of Houston and Dallas go blue over the last decade or so because of the influx of libs and demo-communis employeess being relocated here by blue-state businesses fleeing these states. Add to that the historic blueness of Austin (a high-tech magnet) and San Antonio (an immigration magnet), well, we just don’t need any more of this trash moving in.

TXUS on September 13, 2013 at 7:59 PM

This.

Bmore on September 13, 2013 at 7:54 PM

There are a few countries in northern Cali looking to do the same. In Colorado too.

jawkneemusic on September 13, 2013 at 7:59 PM

*demo-communist employees*

Time for a cocktail.

TXUS on September 13, 2013 at 8:03 PM

My favorite was O’Malley’s brag about how affordable college is in Maryland… now that was really funny. Texas has 3 of the top ten colleges for kids who want to go “out of state” based on tuition and return on investment… and all 3 are in some of the most conservative cities in Texas.

2nd Ammendment Mother on September 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Note to Gov. O’Malley…You are being B*tchslapped as a Federal Dependent by the Governor of Texas and All hat no cattle indeed…Does O’Malley mean sheep?

WJLA quoted local business owners who more or less agree with Mr. Perry, although Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said the state is “doing just fine.”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2013/sep/12/texas-gov-rick-perry-tries-lure-business-maryland/#ixzz2eowZxMpO
Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

“By email, Perry spokesman Josh Havens referred to information attributed to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicating that Texas reaped more than 1.75 million net new jobs from March 2003 to March 2013, a period in which the United States as a whole accounted for 5.3 million net new jobs, Havens said.

To our inquiry, a regional economist for the bureau, Cheryl Abbot, confirmed the net job gain figures provided by Havens. According to a spreadsheet she emailed our way, Texas topped 42 states with net job gains in the period, considerably outdistancing the No. 2 jobs-gainer, New York, which had a net gain of 458,000 jobs. States with net losses were Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio and Rhode Island.

Among the states, Texas had the third-greatest percentage gain in jobs over the decade, 19 percent, trailing North Dakota (33 percent increase) and Utah (21 percent), the spreadsheet indicates.

By email and in a telephone interview, though, Abbot said the bureau steers clear of using its employment estimates to declare how much of any national job gains are attributable to net job gains in individual states. That judgment has to do with technical difficulties comparing the results of surveys undertaken state by state to research intended to have national sweep, she said.

Regardless, she said, “Texas has been a very powerful job creator; during the period, the state created 1.75 million net jobs – and that was equal to one-third of the net jobs created nationwide,” which is slightly different from saying the state accounted for 33 percent of national net jobs gained.

We also asked Jason Abrevaya, who chairs the University of Texas Department of Economics, to review the bureau figures. He said by email that they seem to hold up. If Texas had been performing at the average nationwide from 2003 to 2013, he added, one “would expect the state to account for roughly 8 percent,” rather than 33 percent, of the net job changes, since Texas accounts for about 8 percent of the nation’s jobs.

Our ruling

Perry said: “Over the last 10 years, Texas created 33 percent of the net new jobs nationwide.” That conclusion is supported by comparing state-by-state job gain estimates and a separate calculation of net job gains nationally, both by the federal government. This might be an imperfect way to explore this facet, but there also don’t appear to be better approaches.

We rate the claim as True.

http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2013/may/09/rick-perry/rick-perry-says-texas-accounted-33-percent-nations/

Sheeesh! No wonder Democrats are clueless about how Putin is B*tchslappin Obama and Kerry.

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Brown may have thought Perry’s pitch was no more than a fart, but it was enough to get me, my husband, our kids, two neighbor families (very, very successful people) to move to Texas in the last 3 months. We are the poor ones of the group, and we paid over $200,000/ year in cslifornia stste income tax. That doesn’t include property taxes, sales taxes , car registration taxes, or federal income tax.

But at least California now has illegal alien drivers licenses. Brown and the liberal voters decided they prefer illegals to us, the hard working citizens. Maybe they’ll figure it out, or maybe they won’t. But I’m glad it’s not my problem.

By the way, Texas is beautiful.

LASue on September 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM

TXUS on September 13, 2013 at 7:59 PM

We will do our best to turn this little corner of Austin just a little more red.

LASue on September 13, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Brown may have thought Perry’s pitch was no more than a fart, but it was enough to get me, my husband, our kids, two neighbor families (very, very successful people) to move to Texas in the last 3 months. We are the poor ones of the group, and we paid over $200,000/ year in cslifornia stste income tax. That doesn’t include property taxes, sales taxes , car registration taxes, or federal income tax.

But at least California now has illegal alien drivers licenses. Brown and the liberal voters decided they prefer illegals to us, the hard working citizens. Maybe they’ll figure it out, or maybe they won’t. But I’m glad it’s not my problem.

By the way, Texas is beautiful.

LASue on September 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Welcome Neighbor to Texas….Glad you’re hear.

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 8:19 PM

TXUS on September 13, 2013 at 7:59 PM

We will do our best to turn this little corner of Austin just a little more red.

LASue on September 13, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Damn Straight!

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 8:21 PM

My favorite was O’Malley’s brag about how affordable college is in Maryland… now that was really funny. Texas has 3 of the top ten colleges for kids who want to go “out of state” based on tuition and return on investment… and all 3 are in some of the most conservative cities in Texas.

2nd Ammendment Mother on September 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Perry challenged the State schools to have a $10,000 diploma etc.

He scared the bejeebus out of Academia in Texas…and they’ve begun to initiate reforms.

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

TXUS on September 13, 2013 at 7:59 PM

“Tea party leader Katrina Pierson said Thursday that she’s challenging incumbent Pete Sessions for Congress.

After she announced her intentions to run against Sessions, Pierson was quickly endorsed by the political arm of the conservative group FreedomWorks.

“Far too often politicians who have been in Washington too long put their interests ahead of us – my family – my neighbors. Their selfish, corrupt dealings are harming our freedoms and rapidly stripping us of our liberties that were bought at the ultimate price,” Pierson said in her first campaign news release. ” Politicians who have been in Washington far too long — who once had the appearance of stellar voting records — have rapidly sacrificed their principles in the name of political expediency.”

You can read Pierson’s news release here.

Pierson, R-Garland, has criticized Sessions for not standing up for conservative principles.

“The people of my hometown deserve an elected leader who will fight for them – a leader who won’t play the go-along-to-get along, business-as-usual politics that have been hurting this country for so long,” she said.

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/09/tea-party-activist-katrina-pierson-to-challenge-incumbent-pete-sessions-for-congress.html/

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 8:31 PM

I don’t all the facts – but I love the hutzpa of Gov Perry – I love it.

jake-the-goose on September 13, 2013 at 8:38 PM

“I know from past experience that the gentleman is all hat and no cattle,” O’Malley said about Perry on Thursday night.

You always get a “twofer” with leftists — not only do their policies fail but they’re arrogant as*holes to boot.

That’s right, O’Malley, those job performance statistics are “all hat and no saddle.” Keep saying that as the secession movement in your state gathers steam.

rrpjr on September 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

We will do our best to turn this little corner of Austin just a little more red.

LASue on September 13, 2013 at 8:19 PM

You just go right ahead and mess with that part of Texas —
and more power to you!

AesopFan on September 13, 2013 at 9:12 PM

It’s a shame he fared so poorly in the debates. It’s stunningly mind-boggling to think how much better off America would be if he had beaten Obama.

Squiggy on September 13, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Speaking as a Texan…. please only come here if you love freedom, hate taxes, and have no desire to be under the government’s thumb. Otherwise, please, PLEASE stay where you are! Do NOT come here and ruin my state as you have ruined yours!

UnderstandingisPower on September 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

I’d like to echo this sentiment for the Great State of Tennessee. Please don’t ruin our state. We have no income tax and nearly no debt and we balance the budget. Don’t turn us into California.

Big Orange on September 13, 2013 at 9:23 PM

I love me some Perry. *swells with pride* His years of stewardship have been safe and profitable.

I can’t even imagine how I am going to feel when our next governor, Greg Abbott, gets sworn in. *burst* This is the guy who loves to wake up in the morning and take the federal government to court. Gotta grin.

I know that Texans get the side-eye from people in other states who do not “get” the Texan identity. Truly it is unique in all of the states.

Feels like winning the lottery, to live in Texas.

RushBaby on September 13, 2013 at 9:31 PM

We will do our best to turn this little corner of Austin just a little more red.

LASue on September 13, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Bloody awesome. Greetings from a nearby neighbor.

RushBaby on September 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

It’s a shame he fared so poorly in the debates. It’s stunningly mind-boggling to think how much better off America would be if he had beaten Obama.

Squiggy on September 13, 2013 at 9:13 PM

If he runs again…He won’t show up to debate on TeeVee every other week…He’ll campaign on a bus like he started to before he dropped out of the race.

He’ll be more prepared, will have more time and he won’t be recovering from spinal surgery either.

Perry is a classic old skool retail politician.

He’ll do it differently because He’s pretty much already accomplished what he wanted to in Texas…And he knows what they’ll throw at him.

If he runs it will be a hoot to watch and at this point there’s nuthin’ the media can do about it because Texas continues to thrive in spite of Obama.

He’ll say that We’ve had a smooth talker and We’ve had DC Insiders look where that got us…Time for an effective and seasoned Governor with a proven record.

I hope he runs again.

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Here in DC, the ads have created quite the stir. Mainly because Perry makes a compelling case. Where other than Maryland do you get taxed for rain?

Happy Nomad on September 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM

As a displaced Texan living in VA I can say that even though I made less money in TX than I do here, I take home less due to the state and city taxes and the cost of living. Can’t wait to get back there. The people are friendlier too!

scalleywag on September 13, 2013 at 10:03 PM

I love me some Perry. *swells with pride* His years of stewardship have been safe and profitable.
RushBaby on September 13, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Perry retired from the Governorship because everything he wanted to do as Governor was done…Greg Abbott is an old friend/ally and has been an effective conservative Atty. General. for Texas.

It was time.

“The University of Texas at Austin–Texas Tribune Poll released on June 17, 2013, showed Perry leading potential primary challenger Attorney General Greg Abbott by double digits, 45–19%. In February, the same poll had Perry leading by a 3-to-1 margin (49–17%) of 32 points over Abbott.

I expect Greg Abbott will win the Gubernatorial race and Texas to retain her republican majorities in both chambers.

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Oops forgot to cite the link

““The University of Texas at Austin–Texas Tribune Poll released on June 17, 2013, showed Perry leading potential primary challenger Attorney General Greg Abbott by double digits, 45–19%. In February, the same poll had Perry leading by a 3-to-1 margin (49–17%) of 32 points over Abbott.”

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/03/04/uttt-poll-perry-starts-ahead-abbott-2014-race/

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 10:07 PM

“U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ trip to Austin this week to promote the Medicaid expansion and the federal government’s apparent willingness to negotiate with Texas on the terms of it under the Affordable Care Act met with sharp rebukes from the Texas GOP.

In a widely quoted statement,

Gov. Rick Perry responded, “With due respect, the secretary and our president are missing the point: It’s not that Americans don’t understand Obamacare, it’s that we understand it all too well.”…

Perry’s response to Sebelius’ visit to Texas didn’t surprise anyone who has watched the governor repeatedly call President Obama and the health care reform plan socialist. The same Kaiser tracking polling data do show that between 75 percent and 90 percent of Republicans have been opposed to the ACA since it was passed. You can bet that for his part, Perry understands those facts all too well.

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/08/09/perrys-whack-obamacare-pinata/

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 10:12 PM

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Tom Pauken spoke to the Lubbock co. GOP on Tuesday. He seems like a good conservative-but I’m still in the Abbot camp.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 13, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Ah, yes. The People’s Republic of Maryland. The Taxpayers Paradise. And Martin O’Money: Never Met A Tax He Didn’t Like.

Galtian on September 13, 2013 at 10:43 PM

How’s Idaho holding up with the influx of big government teet suckers? They’re ruining Colorado. Ill be looking for a new Red State in the next few years if the trend continues here. I’ve always been interested in Idaho.

jawkneemusic on September 13, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Idaho’s hanging in there. But like anywhere, if you want freedom, you must remain eternally vigilant and always working for it. Statism, leftism is the default mode for us humans. Workable freedom takes personal energy.

IF YOU LOVE FREEDOM, then Idaho welcomes you.

Wyoming and Utah could work for you as well…

Ace ODale on September 13, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Speaking as a Texan…. please only come here if you love freedom, hate taxes, and have no desire to be under the government’s thumb. Otherwise, please, PLEASE stay where you are! Do NOT come here and ruin my state as you have ruined yours!

UnderstandingisPower on September 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

There’s something about Yankees….they make a mess everywhere they go.

Nothing more jarring and disappointing to visit the Carolinas expecting those honey-dipped accents only to encounter some smartass loudmouth from Rhode Island. He left RI because of ‘crime, taxes and property values’ but still thinks he knows better than everyone in the South.

jangle12 on September 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Perry’s running for president. But this way he can do it while on Texas taxpayers’ dime, going cross-country to tout the state’s economic advantages.
jon1979 on September 13, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Like Bam did for the second two years of his 6/yr Senate term? And, then resigned the third two years?

avagreen on September 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM

jangle12 on September 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM

I think a hole just opens up in their heads and their brains leak out once they start listening to the progressive/leftist garbage.

It has to b/c talking to them is like talking to a 5y/o on a temper tantrum once they start getting their talking points destroyed.

avagreen on September 13, 2013 at 11:28 PM

scalleywag on September 13, 2013 at 10:03 PM

We sure are!
Get yourself back here.

avagreen on September 13, 2013 at 11:31 PM

It’s a shame he fared so poorly in the debates. It’s stunningly mind-boggling to think how much better off America would be if he had beaten Obama.

Squiggy on September 13, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Man, I had tingles up my leg listening to his campaign kick-off speech! He would have made a great President! We need some Texas common-sense values, conservative practices, and clear thinking. In my 7 corporate relocations over the past 31 years, my longest stint was the 8 years living in Plano, Texas. Both sons were in college (SMU/UTD)when I got transferred out ten years ago and have both stayed in Texas. The wife and I have four more years until retirement and one final relocation back to North Texas – can’t wait.

PatMac on September 13, 2013 at 11:38 PM

There’s something about Yankees….they make a mess everywhere they go.

jangle12 on September 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Well I just have to say – not all Yankees, and Yankees aren’t the only ones who do that.
My family is all from Maine and Mass, and I mostly grew up there, although born in Alaska – but I’ve been in Colorado for over 30 years. Colorado used to be a good conservative state, but I’ve seen an awful lot of Californians, who were never Yankees, move in here and do exactly what you describe – destroy what was once a wonderful place to live. And I’ve got relatives who have only lived down south who are pure libtard suckers for gubmint handouts.

I’m hoping the recall and separation efforts in Colorado lead to a change in this state’s direction, or I will likely be looking at Texas or Wyoming or South Dakota in the near future myself.

But then, regarding Yankees, as the old saying goes “you can always tell a New Yorker, you just can’t tell them much…”

dentarthurdent on September 13, 2013 at 11:48 PM

There’s something about Yankees….they make a mess everywhere they go.

jangle12 on September 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM

And one other note for Texans to consider when you want to bad mouth ALL yankees – Sheila Jackson Lee represents Texas.
Although, well, she was born in NY, so you got me there – as she is actually a transplanted yankee…..

dentarthurdent on September 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Tom Pauken spoke to the Lubbock co. GOP on Tuesday. He seems like a good conservative-but I’m still in the Abbot camp.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 13, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Pauken is solid. Long time Texas republican and served in Reagan Administration. He’s a Vietnam Veteran. Loads of experience.

I like Abbott too.

It boils down to each candidates platform emphasis and record.

It’ll be interesting to see how the race plays out.

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 11:55 PM

How much does Maryland depend on the federal government for its economy? I’d bet it’s a pretty heft percentage and, when you have a guy like Obama and the Democrats throwing money around to those blue states, you’d think life would be good. However, Maryland is run by Democrats and they’re doing what Democrats do best, spend the money as fast as it comes in and then look for more.

bflat879 on September 13, 2013 at 11:59 PM

dentarthurdent on September 13, 2013 at 11:48 PM

True that.

workingclass artist on September 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM

And one other note for Texans to consider when you want to bad mouth ALL yankees – Sheila Jackson Lee represents Texas.
Although, well, she was born in NY, so you got me there – as she is actually a transplanted yankee…..

dentarthurdent on September 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Ron Paul is also a transplanted Yankee…That’s why he never ran for a state wide office. He’s been a DC backbencher congressman his entire political career.

workingclass artist on September 14, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Ron Paul is also a transplanted Yankee…That’s why he never ran for a state wide office. He’s been a DC backbencher congressman his entire political career.

workingclass artist on September 14, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Ok, so I lived in Maine and Taxachusetts for about 12 years of my life, but now I’ve been in Colorado for over 30 years – so does that wipe the yankee stink off of me, or do I still get pinned as a yankee transplant if I move to Texas?
Or do I now have an even worse transplant stink due to the Kalifornicators who are now running Colorado?

dentarthurdent on September 14, 2013 at 12:10 AM

I do wish we had a governor in Colorado more like Perry – as opposed to the libtard Chickenpooper we have now….

dentarthurdent on September 14, 2013 at 12:12 AM

I love me some Perry. *swells with pride* His years of stewardship have been safe and profitable.

I can’t even imagine how I am going to feel when our next governor, Greg Abbott, gets sworn in. *burst* This is the guy who loves to wake up in the morning and take the federal government to court. Gotta grin.

I know that Texans get the side-eye from people in other states who do not “get” the Texan identity. Truly it is unique in all of the states.

Feels like winning the lottery, to live in Texas.

RushBaby on September 13, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Here ya ago…An Abbott quote

Abbott has described his job as “I go into the office in the morning, I sue Barack Obama, and then I go home.”

workingclass artist on September 14, 2013 at 12:13 AM

I’ve had a lot of fine experiences moving from California to Texas. The best one of all, though, has been the opportunity to vote for Ted Cruz to be my US Senator. An opportunity I would never have had as a Californian.

Heh. I traded Sam Farr away for Louis Gohmert in the House, too. I smile about that every time I drive by his offices on the loop in Tyler.

We don’t all come here and vote blue.

trigon on September 14, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Ok, so I lived in Maine and Taxachusetts for about 12 years of my life, but now I’ve been in Colorado for over 30 years – so does that wipe the yankee stink off of me, or do I still get pinned as a yankee transplant if I move to Texas?
Or do I now have an even worse transplant stink due to the Kalifornicators who are now running Colorado?

dentarthurdent on September 14, 2013 at 12:10 AM

You have the heart of a Frontiersman…You were born in Alaska.

Texas is as much a state of mind as it is a place.

Texas needs Liberty Lovin’ conservatives no matter where they hail from.

When Perry gave Sean Hannity his Honorary Texan Papers…he still talks about it on his radio show and says can’t decide if he’s gonna retire to Florida for the weather or Texas cause it’s Texas.

workingclass artist on September 14, 2013 at 12:26 AM

I’ve had a lot of fine experiences moving from California to Texas. The best one of all, though, has been the opportunity to vote for Ted Cruz to be my US Senator. An opportunity I would never have had as a Californian.

Heh. I traded Sam Farr away for Louis Gohmert in the House, too. I smile about that every time I drive by his offices on the loop in Tyler.

We don’t all come here and vote blue.

trigon on September 14, 2013 at 12:18 AM

You traded up.

It’s true that there are some Californians who are fed up with the hijacking of their state…some Californian counties want to divorce the rest of the state and being a Texan I understand that.

workingclass artist on September 14, 2013 at 12:31 AM

dentarthurdent on September 14, 2013 at 12:10 AM

To your average Texan…Coloradans are Westerners…as opposed to your typical Yankees.

workingclass artist on September 14, 2013 at 12:33 AM

It’s true that there are some Californians who are fed up with the hijacking of their state…some Californian counties want to divorce the rest of the state and being a Texan I understand that.

workingclass artist on September 14, 2013 at 12:31 AM

That seems to be a common theme right now – northern California, northern Colorado, western Maryland….
A lot of people are getting fed up with the city libtards ruining their states.
Notice it’s mostly rural areas looking to break away from the Dem controlled big cities that are controlling and ruining everything.

dentarthurdent on September 14, 2013 at 12:36 AM

To your average Texan…Coloradans are Westerners…as opposed to your typical Yankees.

workingclass artist on September 14, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Well, in what I believe is fine western fashion, my current CCW, that I also keep within reach around the house, is a S&W .357Magnum revolver….
Although tonight I’ve got a .40 cal Glock with a 22 round mag of hollow points next to the keyboard – just to mix it up a bit….

dentarthurdent on September 14, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Like Bam did for the second two years of his 6/yr Senate term? And, then resigned the third two years?

avagreen on September 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Perry’s been in for almost 13 years, so there’s no comparison to Obama, especially since Perry’s views are well know, while the Chicago Dems both touted and protected Obama from any tough votes and decisions, because they knew the public wouldn’t vote for a guy who ideologically reminded them of Al Sharpton (Democrats in 2008 wouldn’t have voted for a guy who ideologically reminded them of Al Sharpton — they would have made Hillary the nominee).

That said, there’s no question Perry’s using this not just to promote Texas, but to promote himself for a potential 2016 bid. The only question is does he plan to run mainly on a “Getting the economy moving again” economic conservative platform, or will he also try to incorporate doing more wooing of social conservatives than he did in 2012, thanks to the publicity he got from standing up to Wendy Davis and calling another special session to have the Legislature approve the ban on abortions after 20 weeks (Rick Santoum apparently thinks so, because he was doing statements to the press while in Austin during the second special session, touting his support for the 20-week ban and reminding people who the real social conservative was during the 2012 primary season so that he doesn’t lose that group to Perry in 2016).

jon1979 on September 14, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Social conservatives will have no shortage of candidates for the next cycle. Perry, Walker, Pence all seem likely, Cruz is possible, Santorum will try again, too.

One problem will be to keep from splitting up the socon vote and letting a “moderate” like Christie win contests with small pluralities.

Adjoran on September 14, 2013 at 1:45 AM

And one other note for Texans to consider when you want to bad mouth ALL yankees – Sheila Jackson Lee represents Texas.
Although, well, she was born in NY, so you got me there – as she is actually a transplanted yankee…..

dentarthurdent on September 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM

And do let’s not forget Cynthia McKinney and Hank Johnson (Georgia) insofar as non-Yankees go.p.

sage0925 on September 14, 2013 at 5:44 AM

So O Malley’s default answer to Perry’s specific (and embarassing) points, is to make a personal attack. My those liberals are of one Alinski-ite mind when it comes to destroying those who would dare speak the truth. They would have made great pharasees….

Don L on September 14, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Social conservatives will have no shortage of candidates for the next cycle. Perry, Walker, Pence all seem likely, Cruz is possible, Santorum will try again, too.

One problem will be to keep from splitting up the socon vote and letting a “moderate” like Christie win contests with small pluralities.

Adjoran on September 14, 2013 at 1:45 AM

The dirty little secret is that many, if not most social conservatives (i.e. we still have our faith in our Creator who alone gives us our rights)are aredant fiscal cons and hold big for small unintrusive government, but then far too often the God-haters would rather fight the social cons than the left.

Don L on September 14, 2013 at 8:31 AM

I hope he runs again.

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Me too. I prefer my Presidents to have a little swagger about them.

Kevin71 on September 14, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Texas surely has a lot going for it compared to the “Progressive” northern and Left Coast states, but it’s not immune from economic problems, either.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 14, 2013 at 5:46 AM

That’s true. After all, we are still part of the overall economy. However, please note that story does not mention a bailout of the bank of Edinburg by the boys in Austin. The bank failed and was acquired by a stronger competitor, which is how it should be in a capitalist economy.

Kafir on September 14, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Me too. I prefer my Presidents to have a little swagger about them.

Kevin71 on September 14, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Me too. Can you just imagine Perry’s reaction to Putin’s recent escapades?

Kafir on September 14, 2013 at 9:09 AM

It would be nice to have a little ‘Texas’ in our foreign policy about now.

hoakie on September 14, 2013 at 9:22 AM

I lived in Maryland for most of my adult life and we left a couple years ago, right before the “rain tax”. Good thing too, since my head would have finally exploded. It’s just too much liberal stupidity, and no way to get ahead. If you make an extra nickle, they find a way to take an extra dime.

Murf76 on September 14, 2013 at 9:24 AM

I live in rural Montana and you can see the blueness of Missoula from my front yard. Too many folks moving here from WA, OR, and CA to suit us. We have a saying here, Montana is full but I hear the Dakotas are nice. Perry needs to be careful who he invites in the front door.

Kissmygrits on September 14, 2013 at 9:25 AM

@UnderstandingisPower: As a native New Yorker, I got tired of the statist, leftist, anti freedom, anti gun, New York State regulatory environment. I escaped to Texas to regain the freedoms granted me in our Constitution. So yes, if you want to come to Texas, only to turn it into New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, or Maryland, please DO NOT come to Texas.

kjatexas on September 14, 2013 at 9:26 AM

As a Californian who moved to Maryland for a job, I say: keep fighting the good fight, Perry.

Count to 10 on September 14, 2013 at 9:41 AM

No wonder Texas is turning blue.

Ukiah on September 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM

You’d think O’Malley would keep a lid on the bravado quips. Perry may take umbrage and decide to edit his pitch to include a line reminding Marylanders that the new gun restrictions O’Malley championed go into effect Oct. 1.

ROCnPhilly on September 14, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Please don’t move here if you plan to continue stupid voting patterns.

46blitz on September 14, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I just moved from MD, lived there most of my life and had enough with Being taxed to death. Baltimore is better than 50 percent onthe way to becoming Another Detroit. When I voted in last election I witnessed first hand drop your jaw voter fraud in Montgomery county at polling place rockville md. Go Texas.people andbusinesses are fleeing MD.

SANTA on September 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Texas surely has a lot going for it compared to the “Progressive” northern and Left Coast states, but it’s not immune from economic problems, either.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 14, 2013 at 5:46 AM

That’s true. After all, we are still part of the overall economy. However, please note that story does not mention a bailout of the bank of Edinburg by the boys in Austin. The bank failed and was acquired by a stronger competitor, which is how it should be in a capitalist economy.

Kafir on September 14, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Perhaps. But if bigger banks/companies swallow up smaller ones then you’re looking at the increased monopolization of industries, price fixing and greater opportunities for crony capitalism.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 14, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Perry could have twisted the knife a little if in the ad if he instead was speaking from a gun manufacturing plant.

veni vidi vici on September 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM

trigon on September 14, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Former Chicago girl. Traded Triple J(since replaced by Robin Kelley) for Randy Neugebauer.
He’s an improvement.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Ukiah on September 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM

it isn’t.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 14, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Hey people of Texas. Is it really worth it to you to have your governor roaming the country trying to get the worst examples of liberalosity to move to Texas to extend their free ride? Do you really want those people who destroyed their states to move to Texas?

Old Country Boy on September 14, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Why is that the red states get infested by fleeing parasites better known as liberals? I’m afraid that Texas is next. Why don’t blue states turn red?

Decoski on September 14, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Old Country Boy on September 14, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Got that right.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM

I don’t understand why Rick Perry wants a bunch of nanny staters and socialists to move to Texas. So, if he’s President is he going to travel the world enticing communists to move to the US?

Ibanez Lotus on September 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Speaking as a Texan…. please only come here if you love freedom, hate taxes, and have no desire to be under the government’s thumb. Otherwise, please, PLEASE stay where you are! Do NOT come here and ruin my state as you have ruined yours!

UnderstandingisPower on September 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Amen, brother. Liberals, stay the hell away from here. it;s bad enough that we got all those Katrina refugees – Democrats, all of them

Ward Cleaver on September 15, 2013 at 12:11 AM

“As a Marylander, I can tell you that Maryland residents love Martin O’Malley. Well, except those who own a car. Or a house. Or has a job.

But everyone else just loves them some MOM.

BKeyser on September 13, 2013 at 7:50 PM”

LOL! That’s the truth.
However, I think that Marylanders who live where it rains from time to time are getting a little peeved.

shorebird on September 15, 2013 at 1:30 AM

Let’s put it this way …

Businesses in Maryland who are tired of seeing all their profits go to the state in the form of taxes, and homeowners and employees who are tired of having their income taxed twice, are more than welcome in Texas.

Those who want to turn Texas blue, stay away.

I’m Texan born and bred, and even when we were a Democrat state we were still more conservative than many of the so-called Republican states back in the day. And when we saw the light, there was no going back.

falcon on September 15, 2013 at 11:03 AM

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