Reason No. 1,382,992 to Hate Politics

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Is there any question that if Governor Rick Perry of Texas were a Democrat that all the left-leaning editorialists, economists, bloggers, etc., would be bending over backward to praise the Texas employment picture rather than bending over backward to belittle it?

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  1. Chris Lawson says:

    Um, yes…

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    • Mike B says:

      And Republicans would be free to point out any problems with those figures. If Perry were a Democrat he probably would have used some sort of revenue increases on the oil and gas industries to pay for government jobs programmes and the Republicans could bitch and moan to their heart’s content about how those jobs were the result of communist practices that aren’t sustainable.

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      • Brian says:

        except that Stephen wasn’t talking about hypothetical policies and a hypothetical Texas. His only hypothetical was Perry’s party affiliation.

        And, Stephen, there is no question in my mind that your supposition is valid.

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  2. JBP says:

    Nope.

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  3. Wally East says:

    This is actually a reason to hate the media, isn’t it?

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  4. Timothy Faust says:

    C’mon, man. False equivalency. If Rick Perry had been a left-leaning Democrat, he wouldn’t *be* the Rick Perry currently running for president.

    This is like saying ‘if Obama had been a sociopathic conservative mass-murderer, the left-leaning press would be as quick to condemn his every move as FOX News is.”

    There are a lot of great things about Texas. Short-term economic semi-”stability” on the back of low-wage workers and a lucky energy economy ain’t one of ‘em. Not to mention Perry’s abhorrent record on: education, science, church/state, social policy, the death penalty (and its use on proven innocent people and the mentally retarded). . .

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    • M. Allen Evans says:

      as opposed to, say, a sociopathic democratic mass murderer? you know, the sort of guy who blows up civilians with predator drone strikes and authorizes extrajudicial executions of american citizens?

      because the left leaning press still sorta seems to like him pretty well under *those* circumstances.

      but then i suppose that gets to stephen’s point about hating politics: promise some nice domestic reforms at home and members of your team will turn a blind eye to however many men, women, and children you murder in a foreign country with your CIA robots.

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      • jblog says:

        Precisely.

        Say, did you hear about the massive anti-war rally in Washington last weekend? Yeah, me neither.

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      • K199 says:

        You forget to mention who started that war… But Stephen is right (of course) the way people tend to look at a certain policy haseverything to do with whose policy it is.

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      • J says:

        “Short-term economic semi-”stability” on the back of low-wage workers and a lucky energy economy ain’t one of ‘em”

        It doesn’t seem to be short term, or rest on the back of low-wage workers: http://www.politicalmathblog.com/?p=1590. If you’re going to criticize, I’d go with dependence on government (particularly military) spending.

        “education, science, church/state, social policy, the death penalty”

        Be more specific. Re the death penalty, the governor in TX has no authority over its application (apart from a 30 day reprieve); even if he bitterly opposed it, it wouldn’t matter.

        “blows up civilians with predator drone strikes”

        In fairness to Obama, our opponents in areas where drones are used tend to claim everybody attacked was a civilian whether they were or not, much as our original airstrikes in Afghanistan, regardless of day of the week or time of day, always seemed to hit weddings.

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  5. That’s a pretty silly counter factual as if he was a Democrat, not only would the unemployment picture most likely look differently, but also the policies he enacted (most specifically the labour market policies) would be very different as well. In short, you simply wouldn’t be commentating on or “judging” the same thing

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  6. Josh says:

    Stephen, it would be great to hear what you and Steven have to say about Texas’ economics under Perry’s leadership so far. When you look at Texas’ jobs numbers and economy since Perry became governor, what do you see?

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    • Steve S. says:

      Agreed. Furthermore, maybe get a bit of European commentary in this as well – is Texas the United States’ version of Germany?

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      • Eric M. Jones. says:

        …”is Texas the United States’ version of Germany?”

        NO.

        BTW: Dube,

        This marks a low point in your posts. Take heart, it will all get better from now on.

        Eric

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  7. ELH says:

    As a resident of Texas I am willing to say that no they probably wouldn’t be bending over backward to praise it. The employment numbers in Texas are buoyed by low-paying jobs most without benefits which is why 1/4 of our state has no health insurance and 1/4 of our children are living below the poverty line. I can’t imagine a left leaning publication supporting such a thing.

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  8. volatilitytrader says:

    See Felix Salmon’s Reuters post, ‘Perry’s employment record in Texas’ http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/15/perrys-employment-record-in-texas/for another perspective.

    Keep up the good work, guys.

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