Just Saying

A few good words about my home state from Michael Barone in the Washington Examiner….

If you want to see a place where the private sector in America has been booming and generating jobs, you should look at Texas. That’s my take from these absolutely fascinating numbers compiled from Bureau of Labor Statistics figures by The Business Journals, tracking the increase or decrease in private sector jobs in the ten years between April 2001 and April 2011….

In those 10 years, Texas gained 732,800 private sector jobs, far ahead of the number two and three states, Arizona (90,200) and Nevada (90,000). The nation overall lost more than 2 million private sector jobs, with the biggest losses coming in California (623,700), Michigan (619,200) and Ohio (460,900).

 Texas’s gain was also impressive as a percentage of jobs at the beginning of the period. Texas had job growth of 9%, more than any other state except much smaller North Dakota (19%), Alaska (17%), Wyoming (16%), Montana (12%) and Utah (10%). The biggest losers in percentage terms, by far, were Michigan (16%) and Ohio (10%)…..

The lesson of the previous decade seems clear: if you take a previously prosperous and creative state and subject it to high taxes and intrusive regulations, it loses 5% of its private sector jobs; if you take a previously somewhat less prosperous and creative state and govern it with low taxes and light regulation, it gains 9% more jobs, even as the nation’s economy is suffering.

And another thing of interest from Fox News…..

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he is considering a run for the Republican nomination in 2012, saying he’ll decide after the current legislative session ends next week.

“Yes sir, I’m going to think about it,” Perry said in a response to a question from a reporter, “but I think about a lot of things,” he added with a grin.

Laughter ensued.

And another article from Fox News….

Perry, who has been governor for more than a decade, is a favorite of the Tea Party movement for his tough stands on state sovereignty, border security, taxes and gun rights. Anybody who packs heat when he jogs so he can blow away coyotes that mess with his Labrador retriever and hangs out with Ted Nugent at a Tax Day rally is going to have serious street cred with the Republican base.

Perry has his problems, but there isn’t a friggin’ GOP candidate who doesn’t.  I’m not exactly endorsing Perry (just like Rush Limbaugh wasn’t exactly endorsing Perry last week). I’m just saying…..

Another Texas Revolution

Sorry for the absence.  Vacations, work and such.  I was kicked back into political mode today by the governor of my state who endorsed a Texas House resolution that basically issued a smack-down challenge to the federal government.  Texas Governor, Rick Perry, endorsed a measure by state representative Brandon Creighton to affirm Texas sovereignty in light of increasing strings, demands and intrusions from the federal government.  I especially loved the “Resolved” portion of HCR 50:

therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 81st Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby claim sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the
  Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise
  enumerated and granted to the federal government by the
  Constitution of the United States; and, be it further

 

         RESOLVED, That this serve as notice and demand to the federal
  government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective
  immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these
  constitutionally delegated powers; and, be it further

 

         RESOLVED, That all compulsory federal legislation that
  directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal
  penalties or sanctions or that requires states to pass legislation
  or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed; and, be it
  further

 

         RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official
  copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to
  the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the
  senate of the United States Congress, and to all the members of the
  Texas delegation to the congress with the request that this
  resolution be officially entered in the Congressional Record as a
  memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.

Reclaiming the 10th amendment.  What a concept.  And this will pass the Texas House.  In fact, one of the sponsors is a Democrat.  This really is a non-partisan issue at its core.  Several other states have pending legislation claiming their sovereignty from Washington, DC.  This one just happened at the right time.

See Governor Perry’s press conference below.

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I think this is a great message in advance of the coming Tea Parties.  And I hope many other states will follow suit..  It looks like the new conservative revolution won’t be coming from the GOP in Washington.  It will be coming from the grassroots and the states.  I haven’t been a big Rick Perry fan, but this definitely rated as a big plus for me.

God Bless Texas!