The Job-Creator-In-Chief

Why is he playing favorites in Texas?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 214,000 net new jobs were created in the United States from August 2009 to August 2010. Texas created 119,000 jobs during the same period. If every state in the country had performed as well, we’d have created about 1.5 million jobs nationally during the past year, and maybe “stimulus” wouldn’t be such a dirty word.

To quote the president in another context, you’d think they would be thanking him, but I’ll bet those ingrate Texan hicks won’t even vote for him in 2012.

[Tagged as “Satire” because I’ve never created a “Sarcasm” category. Maybe I should.]

13 thoughts on “The Job-Creator-In-Chief”

  1. Rand,

    I’m not much for hate. But if this post of yours gets the Presidents attention, and he starts trying to create jobs in Texas; well then… I might just have to start hating you.

  2. There is certainly something about Texas which I first began to appreciate at the 1973 boy scout jamboree in Idaho. Scouts from all over the country were there along with some international. California, where I was from, sent the largest group. Bob Hope was telling [sorta dirty] jokes to us and started to go through the names of all the states. Each state would get up and cheer. California was a loud cheer. Texas, with only about a quarter as many, made about twice the noise as California when it was their turn. What lungs on those kids!

    Ya don’t mess with Texas.

  3. And imagine how much worse the “stimulus” voodoo would have looked had Texas not been implementing, on the state level, exactly the opposite kind of policy — the kind that actually works. Imagine if Texas had behaved like California! Perhaps we’d have 12% unemployment nationally now.

  4. That’s true Alan. Rick Perry is no great prize. He’s still better than Bill “Safe Clear” White, but it would have been nice to have a primary competitor other than Kay “I like Pork” Bay.

    I didn’t mention during all the NASA funding discussions that JSC received a great deal of ARRA spending. The irony that ARRA was a job creator that, true enough, probably hired a couple of roofers for a year to put new roofs on the JSC buildings and redo the Center Director offices. Oh, and the Astronauts got a new pool to swim in, besides the NBL. All those jobs are mostly done with now, and during the time, JSC has lost many of the long term jobs that were around year after year. I didn’t mention it, because a smaller NASA isn’t a complaint around here.

    Still, when you look at the money spent to improve infrastructure to get the Keynesian multiplier effect; JSC is sort of a nutshell of what is wrong with that concept. The roofs will last longer. The technology under them hasn’t improved. And now there are fewer people around to use the infrastructure. Where’s the multiplier?

  5. Perry refused much of the stimulus that could have come our way. Too many strings attached, smart boy. If only he hadn’t burned down the governors mansion.

  6. Leland,

    What, you didn’t like Debra “Let me ramble on for five minutes and forget to say ‘I am not a 911 Troofer'” Medina?

    Pre-emptive comment: I heard the interview as it happened. I know some people think that was a setup by Rick Perry, but it sure sounded to me like an unforced error. It was pretty clear to me from the tone of his voice as he asked the question that not only was he throwing a softball at her, but he was saying “here’s an easy one, Debra, why don’t you hit it out of the park,” and his subsequent _repeated_ “I think we’ve heard enough” comments as she dug herself a nice, deep hole, cemented that impression.

  7. Actually, Rick, I must admit that I forgot about her already. She would have received my vote at the time if not for her stumble, or rather her desire to blame others as if they made her say it. I agree with your assessment. When I heard the full audio, the only setup was the deliberate slow, down the middle pitch waiting to be hit out of the park. I do like Kathie Glass’s ads, but she waited so long to campaign, I really don’t know much about her.

    In 2008, I went into the polling booth planning to vote line by line, because I didn’t want to vote for Cornyn. I didn’t want to vote for his competition either; I just wanted to abstain. When I got to the poll, I decided it was a waste of my time to go through each item (I knew the judges and was very disappointed Strickland got voted out) just to avoid Cornyn. So I hit straight ticket and went on my way. As expected, Cornyn didn’t get the message, and in 4 years, I hope he is gone.

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