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April 28, 2014 - 7:45 am

Advantage, Rick Perry?

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker’s plans.

The move, creating a new North American headquarters, would put management of Toyota’s U.S. business close to where it builds most cars for this market.

North American Chief Executive Jim Lentz is expected to brief employees Monday, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Toyota declined to detail its plans. About 5,300 people work at Toyota’s Torrance complex. It is unclear how many workers will be asked to move to Texas. The move is expected to take several years.

That report is from the L.A. Times, which must have had to choke back tears while writing up Toyota’s big move. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been making a show of traveling to New York and California to convince businesses in those blue states to move to business-friendly Texas.

It’s working.

Occidental Petroleum Corp. said in February that it was relocating from Los Angeles to Houston, making it one of around 60 companies that have moved to Texas since July 2012, according to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry last month visited California to recruit companies. The group Americans for Economic Freedom also recently launched a $300,000 advertising campaign in which Perry contends 50 California companies have plans to expand or relocate in Texas because it offers a better business climate.

Like these other companies, Toyota could also save money in an environment of lower business taxes, real estate prices and cost of living.

Those moves follow Caterpillar and Facebook moving to Texas, and Apple opening a huge new hub outside Austin in the past few years.

Democrats rule California and New York, and they have sent business a message: Satisfy every possible notion that the leftwing mob dreams up, or we will hurt you.

Count Toyota among the companies that have gotten the message.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I've voted for Rick Perry every time he has run for office. He has been an excellent governor for the state of Texas. And I'd vote for him for President in a heartbeat.

But this has been my experience. I lived in Austin for several years while I attended college and graduate school in the 80s and 90s. This was when all these tech companies, like Applied Materials, relocated to the area. And all these Californians moved in. Know what happened? The apartment rent skyrocketed.

It was like these Californians were embarrassed to call home and say they found an apartment for $250/month. Prices like that don't exist in California. Next thing you know, rent was $500/month.

This is what happens when you allow these blue staters, these liberals, these progressives, or whatever you want to call them, to move in. Prices and rent go up, to the detriment of the locals.

I fully support Perry's plan for economic development in Texas. But I would rather not have Californians moving to Texas. They're just problematic, and they always vote Democrat. There's really no place for them here.

Texas is a sea of red with islands of blue. Austin is one of them. The more Californians move to Austin, the more prices and rents go up, and the bluer it becomes.
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They haven't figured out anything in the last 30 years, why do you think they will now?
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Well, that's just great. TX and large parts of the South are already chock full of coastal refugees who pooped in their own socialist utopian beds. They destroyed their own societies with moronic, leftist public policy, and now we're actually encouraging them to export their unsanitary practices to one of the last bastions of true freedom left in our country....
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Few now recall that California was once (at least occasionally) a Republican state.
Democrats are locusts that destroy prosperity in one state, then move on to other prosperous (i.e., Republican) states.
Texas, your time is coming.
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.WHILE OBAMA SLEEPS ON THE RIVER OF DENIAL, MIKE LEE AND FOLKS LIKE ME ( THE JIMMY TRAVIS BAND OF AUSTIN, TEXAS ), ARE BUILDING “THE NEW REPUBLICAN SHADOW PARTY”… NOW, IT WOULD BE EASIER FOR KARL ROVE TO SUCK A PIANO THROUGH HIS NOSE THAN TO RESCUE WHAT IS LEFT OF THE OLD REPUBLICAN PARTY…IT’S A BLEACHED OLD SHIP WRECK ON THE SANDS OF POLITICAL TIME…ITS SUN-WHITENED BONES ARE VERY MUCH LIKE THOSE OF A LONG DEAD SPERM WHALE, NO LONGER FERTILE OR IMPORTANT…ROVE AND HIS PALS HAVE KNOWN FOR QUITE A WHILE THAT TRUE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVES VIEW THEM AS “OLD AND IN THE WAY”…ROVE AND HIS FRIENDS WILL END UP A ATTENDANTS IN THE PARKING LOTS THAT USED TO BE THE BLUE STATES. PARKING LOTS FOR THE BUSINESSES IN THE RED STATES…THE BLUE STATES WILL ALL LOOK LIKE DETROIT.
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Torrance is a heavily black community. I wonder how many of these Toyota employees are black and will be left behind to slowly spin in the breezes creating by Obama's economic policies.
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Torrance, Torrance
Not a bit like Florence.
I have an abhorrence
For that city by the bay.
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Toyota stopping over in Texas before heading to Puerto Rico. Perry learned to hunt from Lockyer former Cali Treasurer.
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Proposed new state anthem for California:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8buJ2-oD02E
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I've voted for Rick Perry every time he has run for office. He has been an excellent governor for the state of Texas. And I'd vote for him for President in a heartbeat.

But this has been my experience. I lived in Austin for several years while I attended college and graduate school in the 80s and 90s. This was when all these tech companies, like Applied Materials, relocated to the area. And all these Californians moved in. Know what happened? The apartment rent skyrocketed.

It was like these Californians were embarrassed to call home and say they found an apartment for $250/month. Prices like that don't exist in California. Next thing you know, rent was $500/month.

This is what happens when you allow these blue staters, these liberals, these progressives, or whatever you want to call them, to move in. Prices and rent go up, to the detriment of the locals.

I fully support Perry's plan for economic development in Texas. But I would rather not have Californians moving to Texas. They're just problematic, and they always vote Democrat. There's really no place for them here.

Texas is a sea of red with islands of blue. Austin is one of them. The more Californians move to Austin, the more prices and rents go up, and the bluer it becomes.
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Texas didn't poach anyone, they offer a place where business can be more profitable, and successful.

Seems NY is getting the idea as one can see their ads telling business that they will get 10 years of no taxes if they move there.

Funny how states when they want business and money, LOWER taxes for those people, whether it is a company or a movie production.
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Don't be so convinced that every Blue State citizen who would move to Texas is by definition a Blue Footed Booby. However, if you must persist, develop a "Welcome Package" for them. When my Mother joined me and we moved to a Baltimore suburb, we were greeted with "Welcome Visit and Package." There's no reason clever locals can't come up with "Educational materials and a pitch" to at least teach the local philosophy and why it makes the most sense. If Cuomo got the message and fled, there's no reason you can't develop a message that gets through to your coastal migrants! The "Texas Model" is what it takes to win prizes.
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I agree, we should offer every newcomer a free box of ammo (caliber of your choice) and a 2 hour session at the local shooting range, and a coupon towards your first CCP, if you don't have one already.

You gotta get your own gun, though, we gotta draw the line somewhere.

Oh, and tacos too! A box of ammo and free tacos! Who could turn that down???
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How about an invitation to church? That's where the real strength of the red states lie vs. the blue ones.
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That's gonna leave a mark. Toyota has been in Torrance for.... 30 years at least? 40? or more?


The last time I remember Toyota's HQ in Torrance being in the news was during one of Jesse Jackson's shakedowns.

Toyota caved in, of course.


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Moving jobs is not the same as moving employees. I don't know what Toyota plans to do but I have seen other cases where the jobs move and the employees are told they get to reapply for a new job with new terms and conditions.

"The old job had a pension you say, that's too bad the new only has 401k matching. Oh and no-relo either. Get yourself there on your own dime."
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make the business climate that bad and companies more.

So think about it,

California gets to keep all the people that get handouts, but just lost 5000 people that were paying those bills. Bet that puts a dent in the budget.

Guess where politicians are going to look to make it up, yup on those that are still here.

Guess what other companies will soon think about moving. yup you got it and the tax base keeps getting smaller, and poltiicans are shown to be ignorant, malicious or stupid, but they aren't smart enough to see their policies hurting others.
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Let's hope that's the case here. Let the liberal locusts stay in California.
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How can you be certain that every single employee at Toyota is a Prog?
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Long response but you struck a nerve:

How can I be sure they’re all Progs?

Hint number one: They Build The Pious...the most overly complex and ecologically unsustainable engineering project known to man, sold as a (wait for it!) "green-friendly alternative" to those eeeevil SUVS… that are better, safer, easier on the environment, and in the long run, much MUCH cheaper to operate....who but a Prog would ever dream up such a scam?

Hint number two: Its their HEADQUARTERS that’s moving, not a Factory....Its the Fluff and the Fat of any Manufacturing Organization, full of make-work, busy-body, nonsense jobs ...even a "lean" organization like Toyota has a lot of that.

Thats whats coming to Texas…Over-educated California Lefties with Progressive, make-work jobs. I know the type….

I work for a "traditional”, lean MFG Corporation with a “global presence” that prides itself on competitiveness and no-nonsense pragmatism...we are very, VERY Lean and Stingy compared to other organizations, and the number of useless Prog-types everywhere but in Engineering and the Lab, is just staggering....

HR Diversity Coordinator? Global Ethics and Harassment Training Compliance Officer? Check.

Plus a fully staffed “Support and Implementation Team” to make sure we’ve all “complied” by logging on to watch these training videos…..

...where all the “simulated” tisk-tisk behaviors are committed by low-ranking Blue-Collar, Middle American White People, properly rectified by pretend “managers” who are all portrayed by actors who JUST HAPPEN TO BE Hip Metrosexual men of decidedly NON Northern European stock, or Asian or Black Women of the “wise elder” variety ?)

In other words these actors resemble no one we REALLY work with in the Engineering Group, , but probably “should”.

The Screen shots I’ve saved of the “news ticker” scrolling at the bottom of the screen, complete with faux-reporting on “breaking trends” such as “ harassment of Muslims, other minorities still on the rise, more outreach needed” is classic Prog-thought control.

We also have an “Internal Publications Team” who produce the Electronic BI-MONTHLY “Corporate News Letter”, full of “helpful” Prog-o-ganda about “eating right” and “staying healthy” (less meat, more veggies! Milk is actually BAD! Wear Sunscreen because Global Warming=skin cancer! )...

AND, Media Outreach Team that sponsors "activities" and “volunteer” initiatives... like cleaning City parks and donating food to urban soup kitchens, but, funny, nothing ever for Wounded Warriors?

My favorites are the Corporate Six Sigma/Lean Specialists.
Traveling Auditors who monitoring the OFFICE workspaces for “efficiency and Six-S compliance” (but not our manufacturing or engineering areas, where our PRODUCTS are made!?).....

Forcing us to invest time and effort maintaining such Gems of Productivity as the all-important “DESK MAP”, A.K.A. a picture OF your desk, ON your desk….because, in an emergency, someone filling in for me needs a rapid visual cue to find my keyboard, pencil cup, or phone?

Yes, the wrong color HIGHLIGHTER on an Engineering document could cost us millions. Are you SURE thats a KEYBOARD in front of that monitor? What how are we doing in the WEEKLY METRIC of Desk-Map Compliance!?!

Yeah, we have all that. Young Corporate types…Chris Hays and Rachel Maddow clones …. travelling from site to site for meetings, power-point presentations, lunch, after evening get-togethers…Lots of time “up front” spent on measuring and "metric-ing" everything EXCEPT:

Manufacturing, Engineering, and PRODUCT Technology.,. (They do bring lots of I/T guys along to keep their pie charts running though the presentations though)

THAT’S whats moving to Texas, from California.

More Corporate Progs.

Last thing they actually need, but take their taxes I suppose..


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Enough material for a year's worth of 'Dilbert.' Funny, sad, true.

Well done. T
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Valid question. But they don't ALL have to be. As a matter of fact, most of them are probably just well meaning people who have no idea how their stupid voting patterns have put their own home state on a road to third world oblivion. Whether they mean to or not though, their lifestyles and expectations of government lead to the same end.

I've witnessed it personally for more years now than I care to think about. They move in to nice, prosperous communities like hordes of locusts, and begin to eat them alive piece by piece because they don't get it: that they were why they had to leave their old homes.
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Texans are not too shy to tell the newcomers how the hog ate the cabbage.
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