Rick Perry's Texas Mirage

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Rick Perry is raising impressive amounts of cash and, even though he's stalled a biit in the polls lately, has been largely successful in promoting the storyline that he's an anti-government tax-cutter who has seen a business and job boom in his home state.

It's a record that doesn't stand up to scrutiny.

In this week's cover story "Miracle Faker," Village Voice Media writer Jim Schutze takes a close look at Perry's actual record and finds it comes up way short of the "miracle" sttus being touted.

When the Republican contenders (and the media covering them) talk about taxes, it's not a matter of if Texas's are low but how low they are -- and whether Perry played any role in making them that way. But lost in that concession is the fact that Texas's taxes are not, on the whole, among the country's lowest. At best the state's in the middle of the pack in terms of the actual tax burden on its citizens, and it's actually more expensive than most in business taxes. He's right that it's a small-government state: lots and lots of small government.

As for that government-is-the-enemy card he keeps playing: Perry's personal political biography includes episodes of naked disdain for local prerogatives, leaning instead toward a top-down governance style that at times has alienated both farm folks and city dwellers, including some Republicans.

Read this week's cover story here.

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Bergstromdd
Bergstromdd

About time someone blows the cover on this 'Texas Miracle' BS.

The reason we've added more jobs is population growth. TEXAS population has simply grown faster than elsewhere. It HAS to keep up due to added housing, streets, schools, law enforcement, and all the rest that rapid population growth implies.

When you look at unemployment rate, versus absolute number of jobs added, Texas is about the same as New York or Massachusetts. Aint no miracle. More like a disaster when you factor in all the health-uninsured residents, and poorly educated (and getting worse) residents.

Miracle is that any rational person swallows this swill!

Texas Mo
Texas Mo

You know who else had naked disdain for local prerogatives? Hitler.

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

I'll give you one thing, you libs have cornered the market on selective memory.  Seems to be you bunch voted in a president with naked disdain for national prerogatives.

Guest
Guest

what's a lib?

H_e_x
H_e_x

I say that every time I see a sticker asking people if they miss W.

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