Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Rick Perry has the *cajones* to say he created more than 1 million jobs as Governor of Texas


09:39 on 11 January 2012


"Liar, liar, pants still on fire."  The number of jobs Perry thinks he directly created seems to escalate in number every time he mentions it.

If he keeps on lying about the jobs he created Perry will go up in flames completely.  Were 1 million job actually created?  Maybe, but Perry did not do very much to create them.

He now calls Romney "a capitalist vulture" for picking the bones off people who lost their jobs when he rebuilt certain companies.

My friends, that is the very nature of capitalism.  You win some, you lose some.

On one hand Perry wants people to believe Texas is a company-friendly state, which it is for the most part, but then when people are cut from employment Perry points fingers at others for doing that, specifically, the Federal Government.
Perry's jobs mostly were created in the public sector and had more to do with increasing state population than anything else.  Furthermore, Perry used a lot of the Federal stimulus funding that he publicly stated he would not accept.

And then there's the reality inherent within private industry capitalism.  Look at the Toyota plant in San Antonio.  Perry bent backwards setting up the wheels to get Toyota to build a plant in Texas.  He made sure that Texas gave Toyota major tax breaks if the company moved here and provided jobs to Texans.  Well, did Toyota have a smooth transition in Texas?
In 2009 the company announced a series of measures designed to confront the worst automotive slump in decades.
"The measures, which will apply to San Antonio and other U.S. assembly plants and parts operations in Indiana, Alabama, Missouri and West Virginia, include cutting salaried employee bonuses, slashing executive pay by as much as 30 percent and cutting pay for some factory workers by 10 percent by reducing hours."
The point is that capitalism isn't trouble free and painless for companies and employees.  You can be sure that Mitt Romney had employees laid-off as a last resort.  I'm not defending the man, but it's just common sense.  When a company goes through rough times, there is a general procedure that is followed to save and turn the company around or it may go into bankruptcy.

But really, for Perry to say he directly created 1 million jobs as Governor of Texas is a blatant lie when you consider:
But that doesn't mean that all is well with employment in the Lone Star State. Texas leads the nation in minimum-wage jobs, and many positions don't offer health benefits. Also, steep budget cuts are expected to result in the loss of more than 100,000 jobs.
Perhaps most importantly, Texas can't create jobs fast enough to keep up with its rapidly growing population. Since 2007, the state's number of working-age residents expanded by 6.6%, nearly twice the national average.
Factoring in that population growth means Texas would need to create another 629,000 jobs, or 5.6% more positions, just to reach its pre-recession employment level, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
"They have a long way to go before they get back to a positive place," said Doug Hall, director of the Economic Analysis and Research Network, an institute project.
Texas is not immune to the economic crunch felt by the rest of the nation.  Perry is lucky to be Governor of a state that has a huge gas and oil market, along with a large public sector that needs to hire large numbers of personnel.  Other states are not so lucky.  Jobs would have been created with any governor at the helm, so Perry really can't take direct credit for that effort.
Even The Christian Post doubts Perry had anything directly to do with the 1 million jobs created in Texas:
First, much of the growth in jobs has come from public sector jobs, which is tied to population growth, not the private sector jobs touted by Perry. With the rapid rise in population, local governments have had to hire more public sectors employees, such as teachers, police officers and public sanitation workers to serve the needs of all the new communities cropping up in Texas.
Second, some of the job growth has come from high gas prices that benefit the oil and gas industry in Texas. Perry, obviously, does not deserve credit for high gas prices or the fact that Texas has a lot of oil and gas.
Third, some of those jobs were created with the federal stimulus bill, of which Perry has been critical. If the jobs were created by government action, rather than by less government involvement, Perry's argument for smaller government is undermined.
Apparently, the states of Iowa and New Hampshire did not buy the Perry myth.  Even South Caroline has Perry at the bottom of prospective candidates.  It's going to be a long couple of weeks for the Perry campaign and voters are not as stupid as Perry would like them to be.

My perspective is that within a month's time Perry will high-tail it back to Texas, sometime after the South Carolina Primary, depleted and defeated.  Once again he will continue to be one of the major problems for Texans.


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