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Rick Perry's presidential campaign is centered around his claimed job-creation record—after all responsibility for "40% of all of the new jobs created in America" sounds great. But as Jed Lewison wrote yesterday, Texas' unemployment rate is on par with states like New York and Massachusetts. That's not the only problem with Perry's claims, though.

Problems one and two:

[T]he number comes out differently depending on whether one compares Texas to all states or just to states that are adding jobs. Since Texas is adding jobs, and many other states are losing jobs, Texas’s gains become out-sized in a general national survey.

Texas, as a state rich in oil and national gas, has also benefited from increases in energy prices that have slowed the economy elsewhere in the country. Higher energy prices have meant more jobs in Texas.

Problem three: The Texas economy was boosted by an earlier investment in education paid for by a tax increase of the kind Perry inveighs against now.

And problem four is the kind of jobs being created in Texas:

  • Since December 2007, the average weekly wage in Texas has stayed steady at $790, while the national average has risen from $750 to $790 and the average in New York (where, remember, the unemployment rate is similar) has risen from $870 to $900. Living expenses may be different in the two states, so the crucial point is of wage stagnation vs. a modest increase.
  • Texas has more people earning the federal minimum wage or less than any other state and is tied with Mississippi for the highest percentage of minimum-wage workers. New York follows Texas and Mississippi by three percentage points.
  • Texas is also the deadliest state to work in and the one with the lowest workers' comp coverage.

So a Rick Perry economy is one in which the unemployment rate is the same as in New York, but with the rate of pay falling steadily behind and many more people stuck at (or below) minimum wage and dying on the job.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 08:37 AM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, In Support of Labor and Unions, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Also heard... (27+ / 0-)

    ...this morning on progressive radio that 1 in 4 Texans have no health care coverage.

    It's not that easy being green.

    by Giles Goat Boy on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 08:43:16 AM PDT

  •  The real "Texas Miracle" (20+ / 0-)

    is how this guy kept being reelected. He's the village idiot's understudy, now auditioning for the lead role.

    Now are the days we've been working for.

    by StrangeAnimals on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 08:46:48 AM PDT

    •  Leadership isn't his best strength (7+ / 0-)

      ...but cronyism is a stronger suit for him, and that's helped him stay in the mansion.  

      Or, er, NOT in the mansion, but the house Texas where he lives.

      'Give away to the rich and punish the poor for the extravagance.....crazy' --LaFeminista

      by MsGrin on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 09:25:45 AM PDT

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    •  No miracle. He's smart, charming, and has (2+ / 0-)
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      no scruples whatsoever. He will promise anything to anyone to get campaign funds, twists half-truths into whopping big lies, makes sure the cameras are always on him while he's praising Jesus and is more than happy to pander to the worst instincts of the voters.

      At that, we nearly got rid of him in 2004. But some "progressives" thought it would be "cool" to vote for a cigar-chomping egotist called Kinky Friedman instead of the Democratic party candidate, Chris Bell.

      The rest, sadly, is history.

      One point, a big one:
      He is not an idiot. Don't think that. Don't say that. He is smart. Sneer and snark  and dismiss him as a lightweight and you'll play right into his hands. Fail to take him seriously, and we liberals will be blindsided....again.  

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 11:38:16 AM PDT

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  •  Unemployment rate (21+ / 0-)

    Maryland  7.0
    Massachusetts 7.6
    Pennsylvania  7.6
    New York 8.0
    Texas  8.2

    What fucking miracle?  Job growth is only because of the population growth.  What matters is its percentage of the workforce.

  •  & stimulus $ filling debt holes (5+ / 0-)
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  •  To a Republican, the only good job (11+ / 0-)

    is a minimum wage job.  You can't create a disenfranchised class of wage slaves if you pay them well and offer benefits such as medical insurance and pensions.

  •  The common rejoinder I've heard to this (9+ / 0-)

    here in Texas is, "So what? They should be happy to have a job in this economy."

    I work with B2B PAC, and all views and opinions in this account are my own.

    by slinkerwink on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 09:13:38 AM PDT

  •  Sad commentary on Texas jobs... (10+ / 0-)

    "yeah..he's brought more here and I'm working three to make ends meet."

    The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

    by Persiflage on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 09:24:12 AM PDT

  •  Better analysis available. (5+ / 0-)

    Instead of rehashing for the millionth time why these numbers aren't persuasive as a critique of Texas' job creation, I'll go ahead and link to a new article, which is by FAR the best analysis of Texas' job creation.

    With every goddess a let down, every idol a bring down, it gets you down / but the search for perfection, your own predilection, goes on and on and on. . .

    by cardinal on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 09:44:18 AM PDT

  •  So this is GOP heaven (11+ / 0-)

    Lots of low-wage peons enriching their masters.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 10:03:16 AM PDT

  •  Texas would have done even better, (3+ / 0-)
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    if they could just do away with that pesky minimum wage.

    I'm sure the Republicans in the Texas legislature are working on that problem.

    A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.- Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by shoeless on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 10:05:53 AM PDT

  •  Am assuming you all know by now (4+ / 0-)
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    Am assuming everyone here saw CNN this morning really emphasizing Rick Perry's nickname: "Crotch." They explained that back in younger days, he wore his pants so tight that he was assigned that name. But chyron (?) across screen said his staffers call him by that. So, unless you are being a super-serious person, lets go with that....Crotch Perry. I just really like it: Crotch Perry

    Did I mention Crotch Perry? Tee hee.

    This whole world's wild at heart and weird on top....Lula

    by anninla on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 10:08:47 AM PDT

  •  To all of you who have NOT been listening to us: (2+ / 0-)
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    WHAT do you think we've been trying to tell the rest of the country for how long now?

    Oh, but never mind: let the Texas-bashing begin.  THAT's constructive.

    I make this comment in full knowledge and disclosure of not having even read all the comments.  Just wait: it will come.

    Meanwhile, 25% of Texas children are not covered for health insurance.  And all the other evils listed.  But let's paint all 25+ million of us the same as *sshole Perry, and that'll make us feel good.

    I hope you all feel the same about it in Jan. 2013, if Rick Perry is being inaugurated to replace Barack Obama.

    Crap.

    Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 10:11:06 AM PDT

    •  I'm pretty sure the message (3+ / 0-)
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      sent is that Perry's record needs to be examined and dissected.  I really don't think that that the people who post here hold All Texans responsible for Rick Perry or his asinine policies. Keep the Faith.

      "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." - FDR

      by wesinCA on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 10:18:19 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed, not ALL the people who post here (1+ / 0-)
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        just way too many.

        Come walk a decade (or two) in our shoes here in Texas.
        ______
        Won't someone help rid us of Pete "Taliban" Sessions, TX-32?  It matters to ALL of you, too.

        Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

        by tom 47 on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 10:24:28 AM PDT

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    •  Amen! (0+ / 0-)

      The biggest danger we've got is liberal complacency.

      And the idea that anyone from Texas who wears cowboy boots is a straw-chewing hick who can be ignored or laughed it.

      Perry is no hick. He's not stupid. He's smart, ruthless and charming.  He is a superb campaigner. Look what he did with his recent "prayer and fasting" stunt, the Response.  National press coverage, positioning himself as Gods candidate and plenty of time to wrangle fat campaign contributions out of the movers and shakers who attended.  Absolutely effing brilliant.

      He never met a rich man he didn't love, he never met a poor democraphic he wasn't willing to demonize.

      Don't discount Perry. Or, when he heads for that inagural podium, you'll know the real meaning of the two saddest words in the Englis language: "If only....."

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 11:46:07 AM PDT

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  •  The REAL miracle is ... (3+ / 0-)
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    filby, wesinCA, UnionDaughter

    Texas still has a minimum wage.

    Oooh ... that must just burn the Koch Bros.

    I will not touch Medicare, Social Security or Medicaid - Barack Obama

    by sloopydrew on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 10:13:42 AM PDT

  •  some photos would help... (2+ / 0-)
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    My personal experience is perhaps outdated, but I vividly recall an extended visit to the Houston area about 10 years ago.

    The corporate cathedrals of downtown Houston were impressive in their richness and awesome power.

    The neighborhoods of working people that ringed the city were a study in contrast. They were rich in cultural diversity and fighting spirit, but there was little in the way of recent public or private investment.

    It seemed to me a Third World city, with a careless and cruel plutocracy and a working class facing insurmountable obstacles.

  •  "national gas"?? as in "nationalized"?? (1+ / 0-)
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    Texas, as a state rich in oil and national gas, has also benefited from increases in energy prices that have slowed the economy elsewhere in the country.

    I'm all for nationalizing energy resources and making social benefits happen out of national natural resources. Tho' I wasn't aware that such was even on the table.

  •  Maybe his baggage will finally catch up to his (4+ / 0-)

    campaign bus.  It has only been three days since his announcement, and the press has been busy admiring their shiny, new toy.

    Time for reality to set in.

  •  Aside from ?able job creation, I thought a CNN (1+ / 0-)
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    crawl I saw this moving said something like Parry said that if the Fed increases the money supply Obama would be "almost treasoness." Would any of the media ask him if that is as treasoness as suggesting seceding from the United States?

  •  Howard Dean on Maddow destroyed Perry. (9+ / 0-)

    -snip-
    DEAN: This is going to be interesting -- although the interesting thing about this, you'd think this might appeal to the Tea Party, the problem is he's got some other problems. For example, he talks a lot about the jobs created in Texas since he was governor.

    There have been a lot of jobs created, but Texas created three out of four of all the jobs increased in the state workforce, state workforce up 18 percent under Rick Perry, the supposed Tea Party candidate.

    It's really extraordinary. And this business of allowing the states to do whatever they please and if the state wants to get rid of Social Security, that's fine. But here's the record in Texas, 22 percent of all children in Texas have no health insurance-- 22 percent, one of the worst in the country. So, you know, he's got a lot to answer for. It's not just the stuff that he said he's going to get in trouble for about Social Security and Medicare, which actually most Tea Party people do not think should be cut. He's got some fundamental problems with whether he really understands what the federal government is supposed to do.

    -snip-

    Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


    •  Good for Howard, BUT....! (1+ / 0-)
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      TofG

      It's going to take a hell of a lot more than that to destroy Rich Perry.

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 11:47:33 AM PDT

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  •  We should be horrified that low quality, low pay, (10+ / 0-)

    lower class jobs created here in Texas are the bulk of our job creation.  It's not something to celebrate.  It's something to lament.

    Democracy is often an indictment of the voting populace.

    by electricgrendel on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 10:16:27 AM PDT

  •  how does the foreclosure ranking (10th) (2+ / 0-)
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    and subprime mortgage rank (13th) square with what Krugman and others have been saying, which is that the surprisingly strong consumer protections in Texas's mortgage laws insulated the state from the worst of the housing crisis, a big reason for the somewhat delayed and diminished recession in the state.

    I confused.

    •  The truth is (3+ / 0-)

      some long ago rules (before Perry, who wants to get rid of all regulations) inadvertently helped keep Texas out of much of the foreclosure mess.  Watch out for the commercial real estate problems to come, though.. There are lots and lots of empty buildings. That has to hit hard when it hits.

      Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

      by DRo on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 10:42:05 AM PDT

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    •  By what measure is the foreclosure rank 10th? (1+ / 0-)
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      If it's total foreclosures, that would imply they're doing quite well, since they're the 2nd most populous state.

      RealtyTrac's foreclosure heat map makes clear there are a lot more than 10 states with higher foreclosure rates and that the state's foreclosure rate (1 in 920 units) is lower than the national average (1 in 611).

      Zillow's median home price trend for Texas shows the median price today is a fraction higher than it was in October 2008. It'd be nice the trend went back further, but it doesn't. Anyway, Texas' home price trend sure as heck looks better than Florida, Nevada, California, Michigan or New York... or even, say, Vermont.

      Krugman's last column didn't talk specifically about foreclosures or subprime rates - he simply stated they were "spared the worst of the housing crisis" - which the price trend shows. Playing with the timeline on CNN's foreclosure map shows that their pre-collapse foreclosure rate was already somewhat high - the rate in October 2007 exceeded that in October 2008, while the national rate jumped more than 20% over the same timescale. So, the affect of the crisis on Texas' foreclosure rate was minimal. The affect on their house prices was also minimal.

      •  the graphic in the diary - from texaswatch.org (1+ / 0-)
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        puts the foreclosure rate at 10th.

        http://www.texaswatch.org/...

        Maybe texaswatch went back further than others.  You have a very interesting point, that Texas was already foreclosing at a high rate in advance of the national crisis.

        •  Clicking through their link (1+ / 0-)
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          looks like that was a snapshot taken in September 2008. It was ranked by percentage of units in foreclosure, not total foreclosures, so my first point was irrelevant. But it was also an old datapoint.

          On the subprime side, considering the assertion that Texas ranks last in credit scores, 13th in subprime rates would seem better than expected. However, I have some problems with both assertions - their subprime claim is based on data from IBM that, when I loaded it into Excel, would seem to place Texas 17th, not 13th, and again it's an old snapshot - January 2008. Their link for the credit scores doesn't explain where it got the data from - although, the site it's from is for an Experian company, so it can't be dismissed - but also doesn't say over what time period the data was gathered. What's more, the data from which they extracted the subprime claim also includes FICO averages for the states that differ wildly from the data that places Texas last - the US average stated in the IBM data is 617, whereas Experian says the average for Texas (ranked last, don't forget) is 651 - massively contradictory. IBM ranks Texas 36th, not 50th. A conspiracy theorist might point out that it's in the interest of a company selling credit monitoring products to get people concerned that they're doing worse compared to average than is really the case.

          Anyway, this is somewhat besides the point. Texas isn't doing miraculously well. Considering the built-in advantages it has from the energy industry and population growth, maybe the hacks should be demanding to know why it isn't doing better.

  •  CNBC, of all places, questions the Texas Triumph: (6+ / 0-)

    Republishing an article from the NYT, featured in CNBC's "Headlines" section:

    But some economists as well as Perry skeptics suggest that Mr. Perry stumbled into the Texas miracle. They say that the governor has essentially put Texas on autopilot for 11 years, and it was the state’s oil and gas boom — not his political leadership — that kept the state afloat. They also doubt that the Texas model, regardless of Mr. Perry’s role in shaping it, could be effectively applied to the nation’s far more complex economic problems.

    “Because the Texas economy has been prosperous during his tenure as governor, he has not had to make the draconian choices that one would have to make in the White House,” said Bryan W. Brown, chairman of the Rice University economics department and a critic of Mr. Perry’s economic record.

    And if Mr. Perry were to win the nomination, he would face critics, among them Democrats, who have long complained that the state’s economic health came at a steep price: a long-term hollowing out of its prospects because of deep cuts to education spending, low rates of investment in research and development, and a disparity in the job market that confines many blacks and Hispanics to minimum-wage jobs without health insurance.


    http://www.cnbc.com/...

    But don't let any of this stand in the way of the Current Frontrunner Celebrity Narrative, now...

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 10:29:06 AM PDT

  •  Pretty much. (2+ / 0-)
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    Texas under Rick Perry is winning the race to the bottom, shedding middle class jobs and creating minimum wage jobs.  And it's still not gaining enough jobs to keep up with the new residents.

    27, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-07 (originally), liberal-leaning independent

    by TDDVandy on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 10:31:10 AM PDT

  •  Deadlest state? No problem. (1+ / 0-)
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    Texas is also the deadliest state to work in and the one with the lowest workers' comp coverage.

    That's OK. Minimum wage workers are easy to replace.

    A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.- Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by shoeless on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 10:36:38 AM PDT

  •  lowest workers' comp coverage? (0+ / 0-)

    a little confused here (Ontario it is required)

    How can workers not be covered by some type of worker's compensation?  Isn't it required by law?  Aren't companies scared of being sued and would have some type of coverage?

    "The only person sure of himself is the man who wishes to leave things as they are, and he dreams of an impossibility" -George M. Wrong.

    by statsone on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 10:37:56 AM PDT

  •  ‘One Stage Away From Slavery’: Rangel on Perry (1+ / 0-)
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    ‘One Stage Away From Slavery’: Rangel on Rick Perry’s Job Creation

    Rep. Charlie Rangel said Governor Rick Perry’s job creation accomplishments in Texas are nothing to be proud of because they pay such low wages “it’s one stage away from slavery.”

    http://www.politickerny.com/...

  •  The true "Texas Miracle" (4+ / 0-)

    Is that folks haven't up and revolted by now.  Given the stats, it really is.

    If you don't stand for something, you will go for anything. Visit Maat's Feather

    by shanikka on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 10:44:21 AM PDT

  •  No taxes, lots of toll roads for sale (2+ / 0-)
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    If Texas is such an economic success why this about private toll roads?

    Tolls fees are a defacto tax that the rich can avoid... aka regressive. But at least the fees go to a Spanish corporation rather than a state government.  ?

    •  We Texans managed to kill that monstrosity. (0+ / 0-)

      But give him a chance and he'll build nothing but toll roads.

      Right now, to commute from one side of Dallas to the other on the George W. Bush turnpike costs nearly $20 roundtrip.

      You know many minimum wage workers who can afford a $20 a day road "tax"?

      So....nice new roads for the rich.....crumbling pot holed misery for those of us who just pay state gas taxes.

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 11:50:20 AM PDT

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  •  "How Texas Stacks Up" (0+ / 0-)

    That graphic you've put here Laura pretty much says it all.  What politician running against Perry (repub or dem) wouldn't use that against him?  It's a killer.  Just run ads showing this...showing the proof it's true...he's cooked.  

    If he wins the nomination, the Obama folks are gonna have a field day with this.

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 11:09:27 AM PDT

  •  Well Stated (1+ / 0-)
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    Oil and massive public spending are big factors in Texas's lower than average unemployment rate. Reminds me of Pawlenty's Minnesota budget miracle. Once he left office, Minnesotans realized they had been fooled.

  •  JOBS (1+ / 0-)
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    MAKE THE POINT IN A CLEAR AND SIMPLE WAY
    People have been professionally spun for so long long now they try to imitate the spin doctors when they try and make a point. I wish they would just try to be clear. The jobs issue should be easy. I like to imagine that I am talking to my dad. ...Dad, there are only two sectors that can create new jobs, the public sector and the private sector.  The public sector is the government and the private sector is the corporations. The private sector is almost completely populated by republicans. The public sector can't create jobs right now because the republicans hate the government and half of the democrats are afraid to fight them. The republicans are also purposely try to keep unemployment high to make Obama look bad. When they accuse Obama of failing to create jobs they are blaming him for something they are blocking him from doing. The private sector is sitting on 2 trillion in cash and they refuse to hire anybody until Obama is gone. The public sector can't create jobs because they fear that the republicans have convinced the voters that government intervention is bad even though we are in a recession and that is exactly what we should be doing. Remember the depression? You run a deficit to get out of a recession and you pay it off in good times. The reason they are doing the opposite right now is because they think the republican spin machine has you fooled. Write congress and tell them that it didn't work on you. Tell the government to create jobs.

    Firewall Economics doesn't cut the legs off of capitalism. it only clips it's toenails.

    by jdp55 on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 11:27:45 AM PDT

  •  Fool us twice, shame on us? (0+ / 0-)

    Perry isn't even original.  Lest we forget:

    W claimed a "Texas miracle" based on his idiot education agenda as Texas governor.  His damage to Texas ed was more nightmare than miracle.  It morphed to NCLB worst flaws.  (We must let public know, this time BEFORE elections, about Texas billions budget shortage under Perry.)

    Meanwhile Bu$hco's Texas mafia had fooled enough Floridians to get JEB elected after his first attempt had failed.  Alias JEB "miracle" whipped our public ed with the clan's lies.   I can "voucher" they "cure"  a demon possession which did not exist.  

    It doesn't matter which pocket they pick -- their goal is to pickpocket. their miracles are myths.  Perry is farm team Bush -- having to pinch hit because their burning bush stopped looking less like a miracle than Shrub clearing brush on his fake ranch backdrop.  

    Read my lips -- no more Texas "miracle" BuShit -- please.

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 12:58:41 PM PDT

  •  Cost of living matters. (0+ / 0-)

    Well being a fact based individual with a soft spot for Texas I was alarmed to see some of the wage comparison information you provided.  But wages are only part of the equation.  One also has to consider the cost of living.

    So to explore that a bit I Googled around and came upon the following cost of living comparison calculator:

    http://www.bankrate.com/...

    So by way of making a comparison I decided to compare one of the most expensive urban areas in Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth) to New York City.  I then found the combination of Dallas/Fort Worth and New York Queens/Brooklyn/Manhattan that (a) most favored New York, and also (b) least favored New York to get an idea of what those income ranges equate to between the locations.

    For the comparison I assumed the individual was living in Texas and moving to New York.  So from your wage information the yearly income would be

    $790 * 52 = $41,080.

    Here's what I found.

    (a) Most favorable to New York.

    Location: Fort Worth - Arlington TX Metro Div. Arlington TX
    Salary: $41,080

    is equivalent to

    Location: New York (Queens), NY
    Salary: $65,680
    Increase: 59.88%

    Weekly income required: $1,263

    So even if the New York weekly income rose to the $900 per week that you state, that's still about $363 per week short of what is required just to maintain the standard of living.

    (b) Least favorable to New York

    Location: Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metro Div.  Denton TX
    Salary: $41,080

    is equivalent to

    Location: New York (Manahattan), NY
    Salary: $99,157
    Increase: 141.38%

    Weekly income required: $1,906

    Again, even if the New York weekly income rose to the $900 per week that you state, that's about $1,116 per week short of what is required just to maintain the standard of living.

    So the bottom line is that the poor in Texas are much better off than the poor in New York because of the differences in cost of living.  That $790 per week in Texas is still worth way more than the $900 in New York.  So while they're wages may be stagnant in Texas they are still way ahead of their New York counterparts even with their increases.

    (c) Now, what about the effect of Taxes?

    Let's assume that low income wage earners tend to live from pay check to pay check.  Basically spending everything they make just to get by.  In this scenario the total state tax rate becomes effectively

    StateIncomeTaxRate + StateSalesTaxRate + StatePropertyTaxRate = StateTotalTaxRate

    So, I looked up the average income and sales tax rates from here:

    New York Avg Income Tax Rate: 5.83%
    New York Sales Tax Rate: 4%
    New York Median Property Tax Rate: 1.23%
    New York Total Tax Rate: 11.06%

    Texas Avg Income Tax Rate: 0%
    Texas Sales Tax Rate: 6.25%
    Texas Median Property Tax Rate: 1.81%
    Texas Total Tax Rate: 8.06%

    So here again I am finding it hard to consider the New Yorker better off than the Texan.

    Bottom line is that I believe that your conclusions in these respects are unjustified.  Sorry.

  •  Lets get a Report Card like this for ALL STATES!!! (0+ / 0-)

    It would be awesome to show how much unions do for workers and how horrendous the "right-to-work" laws are.

  •  traitor rick (0+ / 0-)

    Sounds like the Bangladesh Miracle

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