The Secret of Rick Perry’s Texas Jobs Miracle? Government Jobs

The speculation about whether Texas Gov. Rick Perry will jump into the Republican presidential race boils down to one word: Jobs. Perry’s state has been generating jobs at an impressive rate–which Perry likes to think is due to low taxes and lax regulations. Some of the coverage points to important caveats–the booming oil economy, for instance, and rapid population growth both make Texas fairly unrepresentative. Today the Wall Street Journal has an excellent piece by Ana Campoy and Sara Murray about the Texas miracle. The papers shows that many of these jobs are in the public sector; a million total […]


Newsweek Makes a Mess of Texas

The cover of Newsweek (4/26/10) proclaims: “Don’t Mess With Texas: What Governor Rick Perry’s Hard-Right Creed Tells Us About America.” I can’t say I learned much about America, but I guess I learned something about Newsweek: They really like Rick Perry. The story, by Evan Thomas and Arian Campo-Flores, beginswith the observation, “The myth of the once and future king is as old as Camelot, as ancient as the Bible.”Perry, it seems,is a living example of such a”redeemer”: In Texas, his name is Rick Perry. Raised in a ranch house with no running water in the West Texas town of […]