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Texas Trumps Governor Moonbeam

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Governor Perry goes on a recruiting tour in California.

Texas governor Rick Perry knows how to start a rumble. Last week, he spent a mere $24,000 on radio ads in California, urging firms there to move to Texas, with its “zero state income tax, low overall tax burden, sensible regulations, and fair legal system.” The ad goaded Governor Jerry Brown into telling reporters that Perry’s effort wasn’t news. “It’s not a burp,” he sneered. “It’s barely a fart.”

But his insult generated dozens of stories about the differences between Texas and California, playing into Perry’s hands. He begins a four-day barnstorming tour of California today, touting Texas’s virtues to business owners.

The Sacramento Bee, the leading paper in California’s state capital, went beyond Governor Moonbeam’s sneer by running a long editorial that roundly trashed Texas and Perry: “Actually, we think it’s more than a fart. It’s a cry for help. Perry can’t create jobs, he can only steal them from other states. His campaign for the Republican presidential nomination was a joke. His beloved Dallas Cowboys haven’t been in the Super Bowl since 1996.” The liberal Bee then offered to organize a “book drive” to help Texans graduate more high-school students, suggested that the Lone Star State could spend more on “mental health services,” and quoted the late Texas liberal Molly Ivins’s put-down of her native state as “a low-tax, low-service state.” “We can afford to do better,” the Bee quotes Ivins as saying. “We just don’t.”

But several observers acknowledged that Perry has gotten the better of the battle.

“Perry’s getting exactly what he wanted,” Gavin Newsom, the former Democratic mayor of San Francisco and now the state’s lieutenant governor, told radio station KQED. “He’s getting all kinds of press up and down the state, and why? Well, because he’s leaning in. He’s in the game. He’s getting in our heads.” Newsom ought to know. In 2011, he accompanied a group of state legislators on a fact-finding trip to Texas to interview former California business owners about their reasons for moving. Newsom told me at the time: “I am impressed with the focus on job creation I’ve seen here. We need to have a more balanced business climate in California.”

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» 9 Comments

  1. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 12th, 2013

    I surely hope his back is healed in time for the 2016 White House race.

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  2. Stirrin the B.S.

    February 12th, 2013

    It’s called competition Governor Moonbeam. I know that concept is antithetical to lib like you, but if your state is so great, start recruiting businesses from Texas. May the best state win. Heh heh

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  3. Czar of Defenestration

    February 12th, 2013

    Let Brown try to stick it to all the wealthy Californians who put up with his greed. Financially punishing those who leave the state is little different from the East German government erecting The Wall around East Berlin.

    Best wishes for much success to Perry.

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  4. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 12th, 2013

    Doesn’t this go back to the column by Victor Davis Hanson?

    These libtards actually believe that Governor Perry is taking jobs and businesses. What they don’t get is that their socialist policies are driving businesses and jobs away. But they’re too stupid to understand that.

    I hope I can survive another year and a half. My youngest son graduates high school in 2014. Then we’re out of The People’s Socialist Quagmire of California.

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  5. Poonces

    February 12th, 2013

    “Actually, we think it’s more than a fart. It’s a cry for help…”

    I had no idea that Baghdad Bob was now writing for the Sacramento Bee.

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  6. southernsue

    February 12th, 2013

    california only wants rich people to live there, the rest of the people can be their servants!

    i can think of no other explanation for running your state the way the dems do!

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  7. Johnny Pickleduster

    February 12th, 2013

    Gavin Newsome is part of the democrat party communist scum who has destroyed California. Remember he was the mayor of San Francisco and you have to be a hard core dyed in the wall communist to be elected in that shit hole.

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  8. Paul Moore

    February 12th, 2013

    Had to snort at the “Can’t create jobs”. Lowering taxes and easing regulation to attract business is the only way government CAN create jobs. It’s a sort of Zen concept- not doing. Californians ought to be able to Grok that.

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  9. Carlos The Jackal

    February 12th, 2013

    “suggested that the Lone Star State could spend more on “mental health services,”

    I suggest y’all do something about that open-air insane asylum called san francisco before you go saying stupid shit like that.

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