The Lone Star State is a symbol of success for free-market policy. Austin Local Me reported in May that Texas created more jobs than the eight other states that created any jobs at all combined according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Nine states, including Texas, had more jobs in March 2011 than in that month five years earlier. And Texas’ gains far outpaced the combined total for the other states: 539,500 vs. 134,400.
Texas created more than a half million jobs and the other eight states that had any growth at all could not measure up when their totals were combined. What is Texas’ secret?
The article was intended as a fact-check of Rick Perry’s statement that Texas created more jobs than all other states combined. The fact check came out TRUE.
The foundation’s claim that Texas “created more jobs than all other states combined” stands up — considering only those states that had net job gains over five years. That’s the methodology usually used to define job creation in public discourse.
In a nutshell, Texas has a strong history and current policy of allowing the free market to remain free. Government is kept minimal, regulation only where necessary, no income tax and keeping corporate taxation favorable to the economy. These are exactly the opposite of policies coming from states like California and New York and from the Obama administration.
Rick Perry is the epitome of Texas-style governance (Ann Richards not withstanding). He turned down Obama’s federal education money saying that the program “smacks of a federal takeover of our public schools”.
As Texas is irrefutable proof that Obama’s policies are wrong and that free markets work, it is no wonder that he has a visible anti-Texas policy. However, he should realize that without most prosperous state in the union, Obama’s economic and unemployment numbers would be far worse than they already are.
God Bless America, God Bless the great state of Texas.
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