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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What Texas gets so right.

Apparently, Charles Krauthammer tried to do a "Yes, but..." on the possibility of our governor Rick Perry entering the Presidential race and running on how well the Texas economy is doing relative to other states;  by pointing out that we have a lot of oil and those others don't.

Local trial lawyer "Beldar" calls him out on this in Beldar quibbles with Krauthammer over Perry and the Texas economy , pointing out that Texas has a lot more going for it than just oil, and that oil is not nearly the factor in our economy now that it was 30 years ago

The "money" quotes from his post...

When he is at his best, Gov. Perry — who is not a humble man by nature — is appropriately humble about his personal role in Texas' relative economic success during these hard times. Rick Perry didn't create that prosperity. No state governor has such power, and certainly not Texas' governor. No American president has such power over the country, either.

Rather, Perry has continued a long tradition that goes back to the days of Stephen F. Austin, when Texas was still part of Mexico. Texans expect government to perform some core functions competently, and then otherwise to get the hell out of their way.


That last line of Beldar's is the most succinct primer on Texas politics I've ever seen. No way can I improve on that, so I'm content with this being a public service announcement for him.
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3 comments:

Foxfier said...

Sadly timely, seeing as how everyone I know that does business stuff is in a holding pattern to see which way the feds will jump-- if they haven't already been gutted by regulations.

KarenM said...

My daughter is bicycling across Texas soon with Bike & Build; http://bikeandbuild.org/cms/ ; helping others with affordable housing. I will be curious to hear what Texas hospitality is like.

Paul_In_Houston said...

Interesting site, Karen.

I hope she has nice things to say about my state.

Assuming that it is the Southern run that she's on, I'd be very interested in her reactions to Utah.

Going from east to west, she'll be going through some beautiful parts of New Mexico and Arizona, thinking she's really seeing something and perhaps having not a clue that she's just going to be blown away by Utah.

One of my biggest regrets is the unlikelihood of ever being able to revisit that state and re-living my journey through it that I took on my driving vacation of 1995. :(
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