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  •  Not really counterintuitive.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Roadbed Guy

    The argument goes like this:

    The Texas model shows how to get the country out of the jobs recession:

    1. Lower taxes (Texas has no income tax - probably the biggest factor that businesses/people are moving to Texas - a fact Jed and Krugman ignored).  This will bring jobs back from overseas.

    2. De-regulate - same argument as above - brings jobs back from overseas.

    3. Tort reform - they just passed loser pays.

    Of course, those are all pro-business policies - and one could argue, anti-consumer/anti-worker policies.  But that's what the Repubs are going to run on next year.

    It is indeed a gamble - but these are arguments that can and will work on voters who have seen several years of joblessness.    If he is the nominee, he will attack Obama on stuff like the NLRB shutdown of the Boeing plant in S.C. (he mentioned it in his kick-off speech on Saturday), etc.

    When you haven't had a job for 3-4 years, even goofy arguments like this begin to make some sense.

    •  It's basically the race to the bottom argument (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Mr MadAsHell

      with similarities to how New England's textile jobs moving to the low wage, low regulation southern states (briefly!) and then being offshored entirely in due course.

      The jobless tend not to vote all that much (unless you mean old people, who don't have jobs but aren't usually classified that way . . .) anyways.  So, they're probably not the target audience for this schtick.

      •  The jobless tend not to vote? (2+ / 0-)
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        JeffW, Victor Laslo

        You sound like one of those "The unemployed need not apply" types.

        By that I mean you have a notion of the jobless formed in a different time and economy.

        I'll bet that jobless people -- and the wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, worried former co-workers, etc, of the jobless will get out and vote in the coming elections.  Might as well throw in all of the frustrated under-employed and uncounted unemployed who have simply given up looking.

        They might not vote in quite the same percentages as others, but there are a lot of them and elections in this country are not decided by huge margins.  Obama's landslide victory came with 53% of the popular vote.

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        by dinotrac on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 09:17:11 AM PDT

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        •  I wasn't trying to smear anyone (1+ / 0-)
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          just pointing out the statistics . .  

          •  I know. Statistics are sometimes useful, (2+ / 0-)
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            JeffW, Victor Laslo

            sometimes not.

            When there are so many unemployed as we have now, especially when so many are people who held decent jobs for a long time, or are college grads who can't find those elusive first good jobs, statistics based on more normal economies can be thrown out the window.

            It's like the bias against hiring the unemployed.  It's always stupid and unfair, but, in a good economy, you can at least understand the reasoning that somebody who's out of work is somehow a problem, inferior, a slacker, what-have-you.
            In today's economy, those assumptions are idiotic.

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            by dinotrac on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 09:22:47 AM PDT

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