Recently Eli Lehrer of the Heartland Institute analyzed Texas economic success under Governor Rick Perry, here are a few highlights:
(1) In May 2010, Texas added 75,000 jobs, which is more than California, New York and Florida combined.
(2) In June 2010, the job website Monster.com had more new job openings in Texas than California (which has 10 million more people than Texas.)
(3) Rick Perry established the Toll Road Authority mostly on his watch and every major metro area in Texas has built new roads and greatly expanded what they have.
(4) The average Texas home has been reasonably priced, during the height of the housing bubble it was only 3 times the median income, while California is 10 times! So, the Texas foreclosure rate is a lot less than other states like Arizona, California and Nevada.
5) So while Texas entered the recession late, it is coming out early. This is not an accident and is why Rick Perry has earned a new term.
Democrat Bill White: Is He With Us
Or Washington and the Obama Crisis?
Texans are independent and they don't want their Governor answering to the bosses in D.C. led by President Obama. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate leader Harry Reid all would be unelectable in Texas as they govern way too far to the left.
Bill White wants to be Governor and "says" he is not like the big three. The Texas Conservative Review looks into Bill White's record and history and says not so fast. Bill is certainly smart, but there are troubling indicators he would be the most leftist Governor of Texas since Ann Richards.
At a time where the country is moving back to its traditional moorings of center-right, it looks like it's the wrong time and place for a White governorship.
Let's review some facts:
(1) Where has Bill White been as Obama freezes offshore drilling, has his EPA questioning licenses for most of the refineries in Texas over air pollution concerns, pushed for a cap and trade plan that will be disaster for the Texas economy, while Obama's Interior Department tries to process license requests for shallow water oil wells?
(2) Why did Bill White transfer funds from the City of Houston water funds to other accounts, which forced his successor to jack up water rates so preventive maintenance could be funded?
(3) All over the country there are clear signs of a coming municipal and state pension plan funding problem and conservatives want to move to a 401k type plan which is more affordable, but not Bill White. As Mayor, he filled the unfunded pension shortfall by borrowing money and kicking the problem to our children. That's not leadership and it's fiscally irresponsible. The accrued city debt is $6.8 billion, according to an Americans for Prosperity analysis.
(4) Bill White claims to be a "tax cutter", but in his three terms as Mayor, city spending rose and the average property tax cut was enough to buy a happy meal each year for the average taxpayer.
(5) As candidate for Governor, Bill White has attacked Rick Perry but the rhetoric is empty, especially when he has his own glass house.
(6) While we have a proven history of how Rick Perry deals with tight budgets, he cuts spending. Bill White, like the "Washington" Democrats, refuses to rule out tax increases.
Democratic Surprise Continues;
Michigan and Missouri Moving Red
Last Tuesday's (8/3/10) primaries in Michigan and Missouri are highly instructive of national trends. Both are open primary states, so voters can choose parties at the polls. Recall that Obama won Michigan with 57% and barely lost Missouri by .2%.
What a difference two years makes. The GOP got 68% of the two-party vote in Michigan and 65% in Missouri.
At the same time, Missouri passed Proposition C 71% to 29%, which bars any mandate to buy health insurance. This proposition passed in 95% of the counties in Missouri.
TCR Comments: The trends continue, the American people after a little over two years have had it with Obama and the Democrat Congress. In our opinion, the GOP still needs to put meat on the bone.
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