The Perry Post

Reporting from Washington— Texas Gov. Rick Perry has powered his political career on the largesse of donors like Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons, who gave the governor $1.12 million in recent years.

And donors like Simmons have found the rewards to be mutual, reaping benefits from Texas during Perry’s tenure.

Perry has received a total of $37 million over the last decade from just 150 individuals and couples, who are likely to form the backbone of his new effort to win the Republican presidential nomination. The tally represented more than a third of the $102 million he had raised as governor through December, according to data compiled by the watchdog group Texans for Public Justice.

Nearly half of those mega-donors received hefty business contracts, tax breaks or appointments under Perry, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis.

Ten reasons why the Texas economy is growing that have nothing to do with Rick Perry

Rick Perry may credit much of Texas’ recent economic success  to the low-regulation, small-government philosophy he has espoused, but some economists say that the governor’s policies aren’t  the only (or even the primary) reason for  Texas’  economic  health.

On the plus side, the Dallas Federal Reserve notes that Texas entered the Great Recession late and came out of it early,  with job growth standing at 2 percent for 2010 and an expected 3 to 4 percent for 2011. And of the 496,000 jobs added to the U.S. economy between fall 2009 and spring 2011, more than half of that job growth came from Texas — a finding Perry has bragged about recently.

Rick Perry has credited Texas’ job growth and economic success to its business-friendly policies, but economists say cyclical factors could also account for the state’s successes. (AP photo)

On the other hand, Texas’ unemployment has remained stubbornly high. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the state’s jobless rate increased from 8.1 percent in 2010 to 8.2 percentin June, while the unemployment rate in nearby states remained lower or dropped. And many of the new jobs in Texas have been government and low-wage  positions.

David Frum of CNN

Texas is a fast-growing state, so many jobs are being added even as the unemployment rate is not moving. And those are the numbers that are helping Gov. Rick Perry as he moves toward a presidential campaign. From the Washington Times this morning: “The former governors in the GOP presidential field tout their political accomplishments as proof they can lead the nation out of the economic doldrums, but when it comes to actual job numbers, the trio doesn’t hold a candle to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has emerged in recent polls as a strong conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. On Mr. Perry’s watch, which stretches back to December 2000 when he took the reins from then-President-elect George W. Bush, the Lone Star State has enjoyed a 11 percent increase in overall employment, adding more than 1 million jobs, according to an analysis by The Washington Times of seasonally adjusted employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

When (not if, but when) Rick Perry declares his candidacy for President, he will try to run on his jobs record. He will position himself as the state executive who created more jobs in his state than any other governor. His record will be indisputable in terms of numbers. It’s only when you look closer at how those jobs were created, and under what conditions, that the entire argument falls apart.

Perry’s “Miracle” numbers rely on a few factors:

o More people (17.6% vs 16.9%) work for the government in Texas than at the Federal level.

Texas added 25% more government jobs in the month of May than the prior 12 months combined.

o When you eliminate “migrant farm workers” and kids working Summer jobs (ie: short term employment) jobs from Perry’s “miracle”, his percentage plummets to under 20%.

o When you break that percentage down, close to 40% of the jobs added in the past two years have been minimum wage with no benefits.

o Texas leads the nation in the number of uninsured workers.

Thank you. – Mugsy.)

In 2000, “The Texas Miracle” was what the GOP called Governor George W. Bush’s (false) record on education, claiming that increased testing led to higher test scores and lower dropout rates. In 2011, the GOP has pulled the phrase out of mothballs, applying it this time to Gov. Rick Perry’s “job creation record”, priming the pump for a possible Presidential run, only this time, “the miracle” isn’t “education”, it’s a claim that “37% of all new jobs created in the U.S. over the past two years were created in Texas.” Fox ”news” Sunday repeated the claim on their show yesterday:

In 1988 Perry was Al Gore’s Democrat Chairman in Texas. He was a Democrat until 1989.

Read more: Washington Times

Rick Perry’s Gardisil Problem

Redstate: Rick Perry’s Highway to Hell

14 Reasons Rick Perry Would Be a Really Bad President

Update: Regarding Perry, please see this email received from Texas just this morning 6/30/2011.
It is a testimony to what is being said about Rick Perry.

Dear friends,

I am notifying you all of a very serious situation. I have forwarded you a message (and link to a video) below that we have sent out to our Texas friends, and I am asking you to inform your grassroots groups of the blatant and intentional political game playing shenanigans that occured in the Texas Legislature. The tricks that were played were unbeliveable. If I had not seen them my own eyes I wouldn’t believe it. Bottom line:

Rick Perry has been flirting with the possibility of running for president. How can he lead America if he cannot lead Texas?

Supporters of Texas Governor Rick Perry are not going to like this article at all. Right now, Republicans all over the United States are touting Rick Perry as the “Republican messiah” that is going to come charging in to save America from the presidency of Barack Obama. Many believe that if Rick Perry enters the race, he will instantly become the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. 

Perry certainly looks the part and he knows how to give a good speech, but when ordinary Americans all over the country take a hard look at his record, they may not like what they see. The truth is that Rick Perry is a big-time globalist, he has raised taxes and fees in Texas numerous times, he has massively increased the size of government spending and government debt in Texas, he has been trying to ram the Trans-Texas Corridor down the throats of the Texas people and he tried to force young women all over Texas to be injected with the Gardasil vaccine. No, Rick Perry is not going to save America. In fact, he would likely be very, very similar to both Bush and Obama in a lot of ways.

Why doesn’t Rick Perry respect the Second Amendment rights of his constituents? The Texas governor and possible 2012 candidate is having a huge prayer-and-fasting party at Reliant Stadium in Houston, and despite the governor’s avowed support for the right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves with firearms, guns will not be allowed at “The Response.” Reliant Stadium apparently has a blanket ban on “weapons,” as if a handgun were a common cigarette or outside beverage. A Perry constituent asked about bringing his licensed concealed weapon to the prayer festival, and received this response from event organizers:

Life as a candidate-in-waiting has been pretty good to Gov. Rick Perry over the past couple of weeks.

Just about every sign points toward a Perry campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, but his advisers say he is still weighing whether to run, so let’s assume for now that he actually is undecided. Several stories and trends over the past couple of weeks have shown just how much space there is for Perry in the race.