Roger Fallihee

Roger Fallihee
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September 29
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SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 12:04PM

What You Won't Hear Rick Perry Say About Texas Unemployment

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One of the major factors that has propelled Texas Governor Rick Perry to the top of the GOP Presidential polls is that his state has created more jobs in the last two years than the rest of the country combined... and all you have to do is listen to him talk for five seconds to hear him take credit for it.

“There is no one gonna be sitting on that stage [in California] who has the record of job creation I have. ... There's one in particular who's created jobs all around the world. While he was the governor of Massachusetts he didn't create many jobs."

While opponents of Perry dissect his claim and point out that he was lucky to govern an energy rich state during the spike in oil prices, his claim that Texas has created more jobs than the rest of the country combined is true.

But as Governor Perry grinds it out on the campaign trail he is unlikely to point out other facts, or inconvenient truths,  that shed a different light on the "miracle of Texas."   

1)  Texas' Unemployment Rate Higher Than GOP Rival's States

Only Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain, both from Georgia, hail from states with a higher unemployment rate than Texas.

Gary Johnson, New Mexico, 6.7%

Michelle Bachmann, Minnesota, 7.2%

Jon Huntsman, Utah, 7.5%

Mitt Romney, Massachusetts, 7.6%

Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania, 7.8%

Ron Paul, Texas, 8.4%

Rick Perry, Texas, 8.4%

Newt Gingrich, Georgia, 10.1%

Herman Cain, Georgia, 10.1%

2)   Eight of  the Ten Worst States Have GOP Governors

Of the ten states with the worst unemployment rates, only North Carolina and California have Democratic Governors.

Alabama, 10.0%, Republican

Georgia, 10.1%, Republican

North Carolina, 10.1%, Democrat

Mississippi, 10.4%, Republican

Florida, 10.7%, Republican

Rhode Island, 10.8%, Independent (former Republican)

Michigan, 10.9%, Republican

South Carolina, 10.9%, Republican

California, 12.0%, Democrat

Nevada,  12.9%, Republican

While this fact doesn't contradict Perry's claims, it calls attention to the idea that GOP policies in general don't help create jobs.

3)  Texas  Unemployment Rate Started To Climb The Month Perry Took Office

When Rick Perry was sworn in as the 47th Governor of Texas on December 21, 2000 Texas' unemployment rate was at 4.2%.  That is the lowest rate that Texas has seen during Perry's entire governorship.

When Perry's predecessor, George W. Bush took office in January, 1995, unemployment was at 6.0%.  It steadily dropped during the five years that Bush was in office, reaching the low of 4.2%.  As of today the rate has doubled to 8.4%.

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Politicians from both parties love to take credit for good news and run from the bad news and Rick Perry is no different.  Perry has assumed the mantle of being a job creator and the majority of the media has fallen in line.

However, when the entirety of the Texas employment situation is examined, Perry suddenly looks ordinary and average... two adjectives that he can't afford having attached to his name.


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Good research...good post, Roger.


I am amazed that there are intelligent Republicans who think it seemly that this group of people represents the very best the Republican Party has to offer for the highest office in the land.
Not to mention that apparently much of the job growth in Texas comes from attracting jobs from other states with higher wages and environmental standards, etc. As people have pointed out, that can't translate into national job growth...unless we steal jobs from China thru lowering our wages and conditions to unliveable standards...

The whole model of the economy has to be rethought...
Roger: I am from Canada and I am so honest eh? There is so much about this man I do not like.
Is there anyone running anywhere that will give this country a much needed boot in the derriere?
Scary times now that Stephen King could write about.
Great post Roger, but there are so many people out there unwilling to research claims like this, his followers may be blind enough to follow him, no matter what logic and rational is used. R
The sleaze and blind ambition factor with Perry is so enormous, that it's hard to believe that he could get the nomination, even from the current GOP nutjobs. Once again, the American public is paying too much attention to the GOP horse race, and not enough attention on pressuring their elected representatives to do something concrete and positive about the economy.
"While this fact doesn't contradict Perry's claims, it calls attention to the idea that GOP policies in general don't help create jobs."

you've got it backwards. this merely illustrates that ignorant, ill-educated red-necks tend to vote republican, and are also having trouble finding jobs.

if politicians invested in education, a generation from now america would be better off. politicians don't look past the next election, and regard lowering taxes as a re-election tool. this is one reason democracy is better than elective oligarchy.
Rick Perry makes me embarrassed to reveal that I'm a Texan; even more so than when G. W. Bush was president. That's quite telling. The man speaks in half-truths and Texas-sized cow manure! You have your facts correct, and Perry can't take credit for minimum wage jobs in a state filled with not only Big Oil, but many military bases (5 in San Antonio alone!).