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June 20, 2013 - 3:43 pm
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Matt Yglesias almost makes sense today. Well, he tries, anyway.

He writes about Gov. Rick Perry’s “nuclear-strength” TV ad that’s created to lure New York businesses to Texas. The thesis of the ad is that New York taxes too much and Texas taxes far less, so Texas is a better place for business. Hard to argue with that. The ad also slams Bloomberg’s soda totalitarianism, to play up Texas’ libertarian attitudes. It’s so full of Lone Star brag that it’s natural that Texans will love it and the rest of the world may be tempted to tell us to shove it. The tagline is full of what Zo might call macho sauce: “Texas is calling. Your opportunity awaits.”

Yeah. If you’re a Texan, that ought to give you chills. As someone who made the move back to Texas from blue Maryland four years ago, it warms my heart.

By every objective measure, Texas is in fact the land of opportunity among the large states. It has racked up so many business-journal accolades that we’ve stopped counting. Its unemployment rate remains below the national average and well below that of the other large states. But in the face of the facts, and in an attempt to make sense, Yglesias writes:

Now I think Perry’s basic thesis here is wrong. But when you understand what’s wrong with it, you’ll also see that the kind of dismissive liberal sneering Jon Chait directs at Texas is misguided. How do I know that Perry is wrong? It’s simple. If New York was a terrible place to live, work, and do business, then it would be cheap to live in New York.

Uh, what?

Let’s roll back a few years to the era before Rudy Giuliani was mayor. New York City was in fact a terrible place to live and work. Times Square was overrun with drug dealers and hookers. Murder rates were soaring. Unions dominated commerce and government. They still do. And it was expensive at the same time. It wasn’t expensive because so many people were clamoring to get in from outside. It was expensive and remains expensive because taxes are high,  its government is massive, and because its people tolerate that. In fact, they must positively love it. They keep voting for it year after year after year. The New York City Council is pondering making a policing decision that will bring the bad old lawless days back.

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Well,if there wasn't a Texas we would have to invent one....just to drive liberals nuts if for no other reason...y'all come see us...the weather is hot and the beer is cold
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I think Perry and Texans are going to come to regret this "Come to TX" campaign. Liberal are like locusts, they destroy thier home with horrible policies and corrupt politicians and then move to a new state and repeat the process. They are like eternal adolecents and never learn the folly of thier ways. Doubt me? Look at CO. MT is another state that is suffering from Progressives though not yet on the level of CO. They have greatly impacted both the lumber and cattle industries with the politicians and policies they support.
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Victor Davis Hanson: Lies Subvert Democracy
"Obama and his team have subverted the government they pledged to serve."
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/351488/lies-subvert-democracy-victor-davis-hanson
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If I have read correctly, the Dems are doing what they have done so well in the past - play the long game and work at the retail grassroots level to achieve their long term political gains. They are not ignoring Texas, they initiated a plan and will work it over the coming years - BattleGround Texas (http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/democrats-launch-plan-to-turn-texas-blue-86651.html).

This is what is going on under the radar. While ordinary Texans are living free and prospering in the business friendly climate that currently exists, their political adversaries and toiling to foment and organize a class and race-based opposition likely to be further fueled by Dem-favorable immigration policies with bi-partisan support. Beware Stupid Party...
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Do dem politicians believe that just being here for a couple of generations is going to transform the mostly Mexican illegal population into the kind of people that created and built this country? There’s a lot of evidence to show that the people that did were good to go from day one. And there’s even more evidence to show that Mexicans here haven’t changed much since the day their fathers and grandfathers crossed the border.

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Good questions. Let me see if I can provide an answer.


Dems don't worry too much about who lives here or what their educational level may be ( but their politics are carefully examined) because, "You didn't build that", the government did.

You see, it is the all encompassing, ever watchful government that has made America great. And Mexico? Well they never have gotten the hang of it. We are prosperous and free because of, well, we won the famous Democratic Party "Lottery of Life" and now we can't complain that the Dems want to give somebody else a turn.

See, that wasn't hard.
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Just another case of stolen identity, today's liberals are yesterdays Soviets.

For the vast majority of "liberals" having a job means working for the government. The majority of these democrat "liberal" people suffer from the teat disease, from mommy to mommy government. It must be a horrible time for these people at life's end when they look back and see --------- nothing.


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10% mob tax on construction projects in NYC.
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Liberals are right. Demographics and political correctness will work its magic. Why should liberals exert themselves? You can't even arrest an illegal alien without becoming a de facto member of the KKK.

The cisgender colonialist sexist racist white man is the enemy. Failure in the form of the Third World is automatic hero status. Law is irrelevant. Tell me how you fight that particular form of insanity when it's institutionalized in our very gov't, education system, media and pop culture?

Our own gov't is handing America over to the Third World. Short of a violent and almost unimaginable revolution, what in the world will stop them? Law? Hahahahah.
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Why is NY still so expensive, if it's so unpopular? Well, NYC is still so expensive. I do not know about the rest of the state, but since it has been losing population for decades, I suspect prices are on their way down.

NYC is expensive, because whole industries are vested in being there. There is the financial industry. There is the Media. There is also international trade and travel and immigration. Where these things are, there are the lawyers.

As soon as there are viable alternatives for these things, they will be displaced, and NYC will collapse like Detroit. If I were of the ueber-rich, I would get to work to simply set up competing organizations in another city or cities, in a more business-friendly (non-Blue) State. Costs would be lower, and I would drive my competitors in NYC out of business.
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Sadly, the Left will take over eventually, because it matters SO MUCH to them. I've never been to Texas, but I gather that the general attitude there is: If you don't want to shoot guns, ride horses, eat beef, or go to church, relax, because no one will force you to. Where I live in the People's Republic of New York, if someone else with political pull doesn't want to shoot guns, ride horses, eat beef, or go to church (unless it's approvedly gay-friendly), eventually no one will be permitted to. The Worst, who are full of passionate intensity, never rest until they force their preferences into the Official Culture.
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I'm afraid you are correct. And, much as I enjoy reading articles about the economic success here, I'd really rather fly under the radar. The more we throw the example of the success of the Texas model in their face, the more determined the leftists will be to crush it. Further, I have completely lost confidence in the SCOTUS to enforce the Constitution where states sovereignty or the limits to federal power are concerned.

I say this after a 35 year legal career. One of the things they teach you in law school is to pay attention to what is happening and not to the rhetoric that surrounds it. After the Arizona case and even the NFIB ruling, which paid lip service to states' sovereignty, there is little reason to hope individual states can stand up to a federal onslaught, no matter it's legitimacy or lack thereof.

We are West Berlin to their Eastern Europe, but we don't have the US Army to keep them out.
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This one observation of yours needs to be elaborated upon: Liberals like the opposite of what Texans like.

Our friends on the Left like such things when they don't have to live amidst them. If you don't believe me, read some of Victor Hanson's articles
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