Across the nation, unemployment is sky-high, the housing market is sucking wind and recessionary fears have frozen Americans in place.
Just don’t tell that to a stream of new residents who are "voting with their feet" that Texas is the safest place to ride out the storm and the place to be when the economy recovers.
Even in the midst of a recession, economists, demographers and relocation experts believe the Lone Star State is on the cusp of becoming The New California.
Or maybe it already is.
For people seeking economic opportunity, Texas is becoming what California has been since the Great Depression, says Los Angeles urbanist and author Joel Kotkin. Texas recently "ran the table" in a recent list of "Best Cities for Jobs" prepared by Kotkin for New Geography and Forbes. Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Dallas were ranked as the top five large metro areas in the country to find a job. If that weren’t enough to get the moving van loaded, McAllen and Odessa top the mid-sized and small city categories, respectively. Among 333 metropolitan areas, Texas has a remarkable 20 in the top 100.
About a month ago, I stood with a bipartisan group of Texas legislators to speak in support of a resolution honoring the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The resolution simply restates the Constitution's principle of federalism — that powers not granted to the national government, nor prohibited to the states, are reserved to the states or the people.
At a time when the federal government is passing trillion-dollar bailouts, bullying states to increase taxes and bureaucracies, and even taking control of private companies, Americans are increasingly reconnecting with the concept of limited government in that amendment.
I can't say I was surprised that critics recast my defense of federalism and fiscal discipline into advocacy for secession from the Union. I have never advocated for secession and never will.
Thursday night, Governors Rick Perry and Mark Sanford participated with tens of thousands of their fellow patriots in a constructive conference call focused on taking back America. If you were unable to sign up for the call, take a moment to listen to these short .mp3 clips.
In this clip, Governor Perry responds to concerns from a participant that it has gotten difficult to distinguish between Republicans and Democrats, asserting in response that the answers will come from the grassroots, not Washington:
In this clip, Governor Perry speaks about his respect for the TEA party activists, noting “I don’t think there is anything more important than having this movement succeed”:
In this final clip, the Governor notes that if we advocate for proven conservative ideas, we can turn the tide and restore the principles that made our country great:
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Thursday, May 14, at 7:30 PM Central Time, Governors Rick Perry of Texas and Mark Sanford of South Carolina are participating in an important Fight for Freedom tele-townhall, and you are invited to join in!
Sign up at http://thegopcomeback.com now, and you will be invited to participate in this special tele-townhall Thursday night! There will not be a dial-in number to join the call-- you must sign up in advance to receive your call at 7:30 Thursday night, so sign up now to secure your place for what some have dubbed "Tea Party 2.0."
Medtronic Inc. announced today that the company has chosen San Antonio, TX, as the home of its new Diabetes Therapy Management and Education Center. Medtronic is expected to hire nearly 1400 people during a five‐year period to staff the new 150,000‐sq‐ft facility.
Texas Governor Rick Perry said that by expanding their diabetes division in San Antonio, Medtronic is “sending a clear message that the core strength of Texas economy, built on our low taxes, fair legal system and predictable regulatory climate make the Lone Star State the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
Based on analyses made by the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, when fully staffed, the new operation is expected to generate more than $750 million in economic benefit for San Antonio and Texas each year.