Lefties in the 1990′s: Bill Clinton SO deserves credit for the US economy! Lefties today: Rick Perry deserves NO credit for the TX economy!
There’s a logical fallacy known as post hoc ergo propter hoc, which means “after this, therefore because of this”. Basically, it means that it’s illogical to assume that simply because event B happens after event A, then that must mean that event B was caused by event A. Example: In 1912, the Titanic sank. In 1914, World War I broke out. Therefore, the sinking of the Titanic caused the outbreak of WW I. Absurd, right?
Well, in 1994, Republicans took control of both chambers of Congress, when Bill Clinton was as popular as a prostate exam by Dr. Edward Scissorhands. Bubba had passed, with the newly deposed Democrats controlling both chambers at the time, a massive tax increase, which caused the economy to stumble in 1993 and 1994. When the Republicans took over, they dragged Bubba away from his mistresses long enough to sign a bill that included, among other business-friendly features, a reduction in the capital gains tax. After that, the economy began to take off. So all he did was sign a bill that he didn’t want and didn’t like, constructed by those evil pro-business Republicans. That’s it. Nothing else.
So what did the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) do? “Well, Clinton got elected in 1992 and the economy took off in late 1995 and early 1996. Therefore, the economy improved because of Bill Clinton.” Interestingly, when Reagan signed tax CUTS into law in the 1980′s and the economy began to boom, the MSM paid as much attention to that inconvenient truth as Barney Frank pays to a 42DD bikini-clad blond. But I digress.
The left loved giving Bubba credit that he was not due. They could not point to a single policy position that BJ championed into law. All we were told was “the economy is great, and it’s Clinton’s doing!” No explanations were necessary. He got elected and re-elected, the economy hummed, and…well, just connect the dots, you rubes! Post hoc ergo propter hoc.
What a difference a decade (and a party affiliation later) makes, huh?
The new lefty talking point is that while the national economy sucks under ObaMao, which by the way is NOT his fault, the Texas economy is roaring along, which by the way is NOT Rick Perry’s credit to take. Apparently, the same economy that B.O. inherits and blames his ills on is NOT the same economy that Perry inherited in TX. Funny, that. So now, the left is trying to say “Well, the only reason that TX is doing better than everywhere else is because (insert excuse du jour here)!” The current talking point: TX is an oil-rich state, so that and that alone is why TX is doing well.
Slate is riding that pony for all it is worth. The trouble is that this pony is worth nothing. James Taylor at Forbes (he’s seen fire and he’s seen rain ) does a masterful job demolishing that pathetic argument, noting that Perry has had the wisdom to implement energy-friendly policies and the courage to fight the envirokooks (especially those at the federal level) who have tried and continue to try to shut down Texas’ oil industry. (Sidebar: Taylor rightly notes that it’s funny how NOW, after 2.5 years of fighting oil production under Chairman Zero, the left FINALLY acknowledges that oil production is vital to improving the economy. I don’t think that’s the argument they wanted to make, but make it they did! )
Additionally, Perry has championed business-friendly policies for a decade now, and not coincidentally, Texas is now #1 in the nation in business-friendly states (my current state of FL is #2). Reduced regulations on businesses, no crippling anti-capitalist policies, etc., have enticed many a businesses to leave less friendly states (goodbye, Cali!) and move to Texas. Those businesses have taken their tax base with them, so nice work, blue states!
Anywho, my point: the left is a bunch of mindless hypocrites who, as usual, feel before they think (apologies if the implication is that at some point they actually DO think). BJC got credit for a good economy, though the left has no idea what, if anything, he did. But these same people crediting BJ would have you believe that Rick Perry is merely a lucky recipient of a good economy, an economy that has excelled while the rest of the nation has floundered. But while BJ can’t point to anything he did to improve the economy, Rick Perry can. And my hunch is that over the next 14 months or so, Perry will have no problem telling you what he did.
Why Oprompter doesn’t want to face Rick Perry in the 2012 general election:
A full two and a half years after taking office, Team Obama still blames Bush—for everything except the fall of Adam. Well, there is one other elected chief executive who inherited a Bush economy: Rick Perry, as governor of Texas. And yet I have never once heard Perry whining that the state would be doing so much better if it hadn’t been for the policies of his predecessor.
To use a football analogy—I mean, we’re talking about Texas—it’s not who hands you the football and it’s not where the ball is handed to you, it’s what you do with the ball after you have it.
Rick Perry took the ball from Bush and scored an economic touchdown for Texas. Obama took the ball from Bush and fumbled it—repeatedly—giving the other team a chance to score a touchdown.
How well does blaming Bush work when his successor in TX didn’t seem to have a problem with the transition?
He hasn’t jumped in, yet. His name’s being tossed around quite a bit, though.
What do you think?
Found in the Lone Star State. God bless Texas!
Two of the bluest states in the union, CA nd NY, have huge budget deficits and plan on addressing them by raising taxes. Not the best approach, to say the least. From WSJ:
Anyone who thinks the path to “fiscal discipline” is through higher taxes ought to look at the current budget spectacles in New York and California. The two liberal states have among the highest tax burdens in the country, yet both now find themselves with huge budget deficits and are debating still higher taxes to close the gap.
California has the highest state income tax rate in the country (10.3%), while New York State also has a high income tax rate (6.85%), with the combined state and city rate rising to 10.5% in New York City. Their overall government spending totals also happen to top the national charts. And, what do you know, California is $15 billion in the red this year while New York is trying to close a $6.4 billion 2009 budget hole, which budget expert E.J. McMahon of the Manhattan Institute expects to grow to $26 billion over three years.
California hasn’t even passed a budget yet, many weeks into the fiscal year. The Democrats in Sacramento have proposed a series of new taxes on businesses and individuals with incomes above $1 million. Their plan would raise the top income tax rate to 12%, which would be the highest in the nation. They would also repeal a tax law allowing businesses to carry forward losses against future profits.
A similar mess is playing out in Albany, where Assembly Democrats and Republicans have passed a budget with two added tax rates. Millionaires would face a one-percentage-point rate income tax hike (to 11.5% in New York City), while anyone making more than $5 million would get hit with another 0.85-point hike (to 12.35% in NYC). A new business tax of 4% would also apply to hedge fund managers.
And what happens to those vile, evil rich when you jack their taxes up even higher to fund the nanny state? Well, they don’t like it very much…go figure!
The “progressives” who dominate politics in these states target the rich on grounds that they have the ability to pay. They also have the ability to leave. From 1997-2006, New York State lost 409,000 people (not counting foreign immigrants). For every two people who move into the state, three flee. Maybe the problem for New York is merely bad weather, not high taxes.
Except that sunny California is experiencing a similar exodus. Over the past decade 1.32 million more native-born Americans left the Golden State than moved in — despite beaches, mountains and 70-degree weather. Mostly the people who have fled are the successful, the talented and the rich.
I’m sure those numbers are simply inflated due to their large populations, right? Nope.
If taxes don’t matter, then maybe someone can explain the divergent economic paths of California and New York and America’s two other most populous states, Florida and Texas. The latter two states have no personal income tax. Personal income has been growing about 50% faster in Florida and Texas than in California and New York. (See chart.) This year Texas became the No. 1 state for Fortune 500 corporate headquarters. About a dozen of those 58 corporations once called New York or California home, and taxes are one reason they departed.
Atlas is shrugging in CA and NY, and as long as the economically illiterate rubes continue running those states in the same way, the results will be the same.
Attention, liberals: The numbers don’t lie.
Recall the story of how the UN’s World Court tried to usurp American sovereignty and stop the execution of criminal alien Jose Medellin, despite the obvious fact that the World Court has no jurisdiction whatsoever. Well, TX just gave a Texas-sized “kiss my rump!” to the Court by executing Medellin’s worthless hide yesterday. Details:
Texas has executed Mexican-born condemned prisoner Jose Medellin for the rape and murder of two teenage girls 15 years ago.
The state carried out the execution late Tuesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his request for a reprieve in a split vote.
The 33-year-old Medellin had claimed he was denied treaty-guaranteed help from the Mexican consulate when he was arrested.
Texas authorities say he never invoked his consular rights until four years after he was arrested. By then, he had been convicted and condemned for participating in the attack on 16-year-old Elizabeth Pena and 14-year-old Jennifer Ertman.
Memo to the UN: Don’t mess with Texas.
Seriously. I’m not making this stuff up:
More Americans are likely to suffer from kidney stones in the coming years as a result of global warming, according to researchers at the University of Texas. Kidney stones, which are formed from dissolved minerals in the urine and can be extremely painful, are often caused by caused by dehydration, either by not drinking enough liquid or losing too much due to high heat conditions. …
Look on the bright side: at least they didn’t blame the projected increase in kidney stones on Bush.
You Texas Longhorn grads ought to be ashamed of your alma mater right about now.
UPDATES AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST.
I shiite you not. From Dallas:
A special meeting about Dallas County traffic tickets turned tense and bizarre this afternoon.
County commissioners were discussing problems with the central collections office that is used to process traffic ticket payments and handle other paperwork normally done by the JP Courts.
Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections “has become a black hole” because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.
Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud “Excuse me!” He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a “white hole.”
That prompted Judge Thomas Jones, who is black, to demand an apology from Mayfield for his racially insensitive analogy.
Mayfield shot back that it was a figure of speech and a science term.
UPDATE (07/10/2008 – 01:47 PM EST): Not only is this Price buffoon not backing off his statement about how racist the term “black hole” is, he’s pushing the idiocy envelope even further: “angel’s food cake” and “devil’s food cake” are racist, too! Pure comedy gold!
Only in Liberal World would the following poll make any sense:
A recent poll in the state of Texas by The Texas Lyceum shows John McCain with a surprisingly small 5% lead over Barack Obama in the race for the presidency, 43%-38%, and also shows incumbent Republican Sen. John Cornyn with a razor-thin lead of 2% over Democratic Party challenger Rick Noriega, 38% -36%, in the race for a US Senate seat.
However, as usual, it’s important to look at the poll’s demographic break down — particularly by party affiliation.
The Texas Lyceum poll’s respondents self-identified 44% Dem and 32% Repub.
As we wrote back in April, a little historical perspective is in order:
Not only has a Democratic Party presidential nominee not carried Texas since 1976, but in the seven subsequent presidential elections since 1980, only Bill Clinton has come within 5% points of the Repubs’ presidential candidates (in 1992 and 1996). The five others lost by between 12.5% and 27.5% points.
But the Democratic Party’s weakness in Texas is not just about presidential races.
Since 1996, the Dems have not won a single statewide race in 74 tries. During that time, only nine Dem candidates received more than 45% of the vote (four in 1996, four in 1998, one in 2002); only three Dems have come within 5% points of their Repub opponents; only two have come within 2% points; only one has come within 1% point.
In the three Texas gubernatorial races since 1998, the Dems’ candidates have not received even 40% of the vote. In the three US Senate races since 2000, the Dems’ candidates have received more than 40% of the vote just once (43.32% in 2002).
To recap: Not only have Texas Dems lost their last 74 consecutive statewide races since 1996, they have fielded only three candidates who have come within 5% points of their Repub opponents in that 74-race stretch.
In light of these facts, in what world is it realistic for a pollster to assume that the Dems have a 12% advantage over the Repubs in party affiliation in the state of Texas?
Increasingly, it seems some pollsters need to put down the bong, the pipe, or that fourth martini glass before they decide to do a political poll — either that, or they need to see the doc about that fall when they hit their head perhaps much, much, much harder than they’d like to admit.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Remember the story out of Dallas back in October about the reporter who hounded a 70-year-old Army vet who blasted a home intruder? If not, here’s your refresher. She was suspended shortly after the incident.
Good news: the wench has been fired, and deservedly so. From Uncle Barky:
Rebecca Aguilar’s 14-year career as a Fox4 reporter has officially ended via a letter from an attorney representing the station.In a telephone interview Wednesday night, Aguilar, 49, said she was checking her mail at mid-afternoon that day when she noticed an envelope under her front door mat. It informed her that Fox4 was exercising an option to drop her at the halfway point of a two-year contract that began on March 6, 2007.
“No doorbell, no knock on the door,” said Aguilar, who had been on paid suspension since Oct. 16th following her controversial interview with an elderly West Dallas salvage business owner who had shot and killed two alleged burglars within three weeks time.The interview had been hotly debated in both Dallas and around the country. Some accused Aguilar of “ambushing” a feeble old man; others said she had been aggressive, but not unduly so, in getting a story that rival stations also wanted on their newscasts.
The suspension came less than two weeks after Aguilar had accepted the Broadcast Journalist of the Year award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Three other Fox4 staffers connected with the story belatedly received suspensions lasting less than a week combined.
“I just think it’s really sad that I gave this company 14 years and I did about 6,000 interviews,” Aguilar said. “And now I’m out of a job because of one interview? It’s like in one swoop it ruined my reputation. It ruined my name.“
No, dumb#ss, you ruined your name! Continuing:
… Aguilar said that most street reporters are expected to “go out there and ask the hard questions. As journalists, shouldn’t we able to do the same thing on the inside? We shouldn’t live in fear. Because once you put fear into a reporter, how can you expect that person to pursue the truth, pursue the facts? We cannot as reporters be Jekyll and Hyde, one person on the inside, another person on the outside. Those plantation days are over.”
“Plantation days”? Care to elaborate, Señora? Besides, there’s a difference in “agressive reporting” and what you said to a traumatized old man: “Are you a trigger happy kind of person? Is that what you wanted to do, shoot to kill?”
Aguilar, whose husband still works at Fox4, contends that the station may have “ruined my career.”
Again: no, dumb#ss, you ruined it! Take some responsibility for your own putrid actions, you jackass!
And they were dead. Mr. Horn has not yet been charged, but a grand jury will most likely hear the case. However, “The Factor” has been investigating, and the victims or perpetrators, depending on your point of view, were both illegal aliens with criminal backgrounds. So once again, our chaotic immigration system has led to death.
Miguel Dejesus and Diego Ortiz were both from Colombia. Dejesus spent six years in a Texas prison for drug dealing, then was deported. Obviously, he came back illegally. Ortiz was arrested by Houston police on a drug charge. We don’t know much more about him, because Houston is a “Sanctuary City” and does not cooperate with Homeland Security or with the press in matters involving criminal aliens.
As you may know, Houston is one of the most crime ridden cities in America and criminal aliens have added to that problem. Mayor Bill White and Police Chief Harold Hurtt remain totally defiant in the face of all the chaos. They are supported by the far left Houston Chronicle but now they may be partly responsible for the deaths of Dejesus and Ortiz.
You see, if Mayor White and Chief Hurtt would themselves obey the law and inform Homeland Security any time an illegal alien is arrested, some of the deadly dealings might stop. But White and Hurtt refuse to do that. …
No word yet as to whether Homeland Security will charge the homeowner for blasting the criminal aliens.
I’m not a huge fan of TX Governor Rick Perry, especially since he tried mandating a vaccine (even against parental wishes) in a program that would have benefited a former crony’s…er, “associate’s”…current employer. It had “conflict of interest” written all over it. However, I’ve gotten some of that respect back. From the horse’s (spokesdude’s) mouth:
Statement by Robert Black, spokesman for Texas Governor Rick Perry, concerning the European Union’s appeal that Texas enact a moratorium on the death penalty:
“230 years ago, our forefathers fought a war to throw off the yoke of a European monarch and gain the freedom of self-determination. Texans long ago decided that the death penalty is a just and appropriate punishment for the most horrible crimes committed against our citizens. While we respect our friends in Europe, welcome their investment in our state and appreciate their interest in our laws, Texans are doing just fine governing Texas.”
Regardless of whether you agree with Texas’ policies on the death penalty, you gotta like it that the EU was told to go pound sand!
I’m wondering if this guy is so anti-Second Amendment now. Knowing the “good enough for me, but not for thee” attitude of liberal lawmakers, I suspect his views are unchanged. From FNC:
A state lawmaker who opposed a bill giving Texans stronger right to defend themselves with deadly force pulled a gun and shot a man he says was trying to steal copper wiring from a construction site, police said Monday.
Rep. Borris Miles told police he was fixing a leak on the second floor of the Houston house he’s building Sunday night when he heard a noise downstairs and saw two men trying to steal the copper. After Miles confronted the pair, one of the men threw a pocketknife at him, Houston Police spokesman Victor Senties.
Miles, a former law enforcement officer, shot the man in the left leg, police said. The wounded suspect was being treated at a Houston hospital. Police were trying to identify the other suspect.
Charges of aggravated robbery are pending against the wounded suspect, Senties said.
Police said Miles, who is in his freshman term, is licensed to carry a concealed weapon. No charges have been filed against Miles, Senties said.
Miles, a Democrat, voted against a bill that gives Texans stronger legal right to defend themselves with deadly force in their homes, vehicles, and workplaces. The so-called “castle doctrine,” passed by the Legislature this year, states that a person has no duty to retreat from an intruder before using deadly force. The law goes into effect Sept. 1.
Isn’t it beyond stupid that our politicians feel compelled to “allow” us to take on an intruder in our home? Sorry, but I don’t need some detached-from-reality legislator’s permission to defend myself, my family, or my possessions from thugs!
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