If you want to know where the future is headed, look where the people are going. And if you want to know where the people are going, check with U-Haul. Here's an interesting indicator, first noted by the legendary economist Arthur Laffer: Renting a 26-foot U-Haul truck to go from Austin to San Francisco this July would cost you about $900. Renting the same truck to go from San Francisco to Austin? About $3,000. In the great balance of supply and demand, California has a large supply of people who are demanding to move to Texas. There's a reason for this.
"Did the greater prosperity in low-tax states happen by chance?" asks Laffer, who studied the issue for a detailed economic report, Rich States, Poor States. "What seems obvious to us appears as right-wing science fiction to many California legislators and pundits. They claim that serious reform of the tax code is unrealistic, that a large state has many duties to fulfill, and that it is irresponsible to call for a return to a 19th century view of the role of government. . . . Not only does Texas lack a highly progressive income tax — it doesn't have one at all! We hasten to add that the last time we checked, Texas still had literate kids, navigable roads and functioning hospitals, which one would think impossible given the hysterical rhetoric coming from defenders of California's punitive tax system. In fact, the Texas success story illustrates everything we have been recommending for California all these years. How do they do that?"
Texas was among the last states to enter the recession. California is expected to be the last state to leave it. Texas has lots of jobs and not much in the way of taxes. California, the other way around. California has Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Hollywood Republican who presided over enormous expansions of spending and debt. Texas has <a href="/about">Rick Perry</a>, a classic conservative hard case who just vetoed a pre-kindergarten spending bill, adding to the record number of vetoes he's handed down as governor. And it's not just Perry — the story of Texas politics is full of Democrats who would have been too right-wing to be elected as Republicans in Connecticut or Pennsylvania. Things are a little different down south of the Red River.
Governor Perry sums up the Texas model in five words: "Don't spend all the money." Here's what a good long run of small-government, low-tax conservatism has achieved in Texas: Once a largely agricultural state, Texas today is home to 6 of the 25 largest cities in the country, more than any other state. Texas has a trillion-dollar economy that would make it the 15th-largest national economy in the world if it were, as some of its more spirited partisans sometimes idly suggest it should be, an independent country. By one estimate, 70 percent of the new jobs that were created in the United States in 2008 were created in Texas. Texas is home to America's highest-volume port, the largest medical center in the world, and the headquarters of more Fortune 500 companies than any other state, having surpassed New York in 2008. While the Rust Belt mourns the loss of manufacturing jobs, Texans are building Bell helicopters and Lockheed Martin airplanes, Dell computers and TI semiconductors. Always keeping an eye on California, Texans have started bottling wine and making movies. And there's still an automobile industry in America, but it's not headquartered in Detroit: A couple thousand Texans are employed building Toyotas, and none of them is a UAW member.
The Texans for Rick Perry 2010 campaign has a campaign manager! Welcome Rob Johnson-- currently serving as the chief of staff to Lt. Governor David Dewhurst-- to the team. We're all excited to have Rob on board. The Perry campaign is welcoming a lot of new faces, including 10 new field staff all around the Great State of Texas.
<strong>Gov. Perry Names Rob Johnson Campaign Manager
Also announces campaign team leaders including key field staff</strong>
AUSTIN – Texas Governor Rick Perry today named the key leaders on his re-election campaign staff, headed by new campaign manager, Rob Johnson. Johnson currently serves as the chief of staff to Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.
“Rob is one of the smartest and most respected political strategists in Texas,” Gov. Perry said. “Along with his innate leadership ability, his political experience and firm grasp of key Texas issues will be a huge asset to our campaign. I’m glad he is part of our team.”
Prior to serving as chief of staff, Johnson was the lieutenant governor’s deputy chief of staff and campaign manager on Dewhurst’s first successful run for the office in 2002. Prior to moving to Austin, Rob served as chief of staff to Congressman Jay Dickey.
“I’m honored Governor Perry has placed his confidence and trust in me to run his re-election campaign,” Johnson said. “Last week’s positive poll numbers and remarkable fundraising announcement show that the momentum is running in Governor Perry’s favor. I look forward to working with his seasoned team to get Governor Perry re-elected to keep Texas on its current economic winning streak.”
Gov. Perry today also identified key leaders on his campaign staff.
<strong>* Kevin Lindley</strong>, Campaign Director, will serve as Johnson’s deputy, wielding the experience earned in more than ten years in Texas politics. During Lindley’s tenure as Political Coordinator for the Republican Party of Texas, the party experienced some of its largest gains in local offices. The Plano native also managed Railroad Commission Chairman Victor Carrillo’s successful 2004 campaign.
<strong>* Krystle Kirchmeyer Alvarado</strong>, Finance Director, served as Deputy Finance Director for the Governor’s 2002 and 2006 campaigns and the 2002 Texas Inaugural Committee. A 2003 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Krystle is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas.
<strong>* David White</strong>, Political Director, joins Texans for Rick Perry after two years as Chief of Staff for State Representative Wayne Christian. State Chairman of the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) and an active leader at the grassroots level, David holds a degree in business from Stephen F. Austin State University.
<strong>* Sarah Floerke</strong>, Organization Director, spent the past two years as Governor Perry’s Director of Community Affairs where she maintained relations with community, trade and civic organizations across the state. The Lampasas native previously worked for the Republican Party of Texas and the Texas House of Representatives. Sarah is a graduate of Texas Tech University.
Gov. Perry also named key field staff and the regions they represent:
* Cassie Daniel</strong> served on the state board of the Young Conservatives and was a precinct chairman and party secretary for the Randall County Republican Party.
<strong>* Kim Garcia</strong> has been a conservative activist and grassroots campaigner since 2000.
* Jonathan McClellan</strong> served as legislative director for Representative Wayne Christian in the 81st Legislative Session after working on a number of local, state and national campaigns.
* Casey Christman</strong> previously served as a public liaison for Gov. Perry and a consultant for the Legacy Educational Foundation and Legacy Political Fund.
<strong>* Leonard Cash</strong> was the grassroots coordinator for Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos' successful 2008 campaign and the Houston field representative for Governor Perry's 2006 reelection effort
* Elliott Griffin</strong> graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2007, where he was an outspoken conservative activist and leader.
* Laura Elizabeth Morales</strong> is a freelance conservative columnist who previously worked in the City of McAllen’s public information office and serves as the senior vice chairman of the Young Conservatives of Texas.
* Adam Leggett</strong> previously served as a public liaison for Gov. Perry, a legislative correspondent for Senator Roger Wicker, and a legislative aide in the House of Representatives.
* Dwayne Horner</strong> is a 15 year veteran of grassroots politics who left a successful run as a conservative talk radio host, national blogger at Townhall.com, and contributing writer for Townhall Magazine to support Gov. Perry’s re-election bid.
* David Durrett’s</strong> career as a conservative activist and grassroots campaigner includes a current role on the state board of the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT).
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This morning, Governor Perry went on the Glenn Beck Radio Program-- with Joe Pags filling in for Glenn-- to discuss Sarah Palin's endorsement of Rick Perry in the 2010 Texas primary, the importance of the 10th Amendment, and the relative economic and fiscal success of the Great State of Texas.
MICHAEL GRACZYK and KELLEY SHANNON / Associated Press
Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that Sarah Palin is committed to campaigning for his re-election and that he welcomes the support of the soon-to-be-former Alaska governor.
"Sarah and I were friends well back before she became a national star," Perry told The Associated Press after a luncheon speech to a Lions Club in Conroe, just north of Houston. "She'll be here."
In his address to several hundred members of the Conroe Noon Lions Club, Perry urged the federal government to stay out of the states' business.
"We don't think government has all the answers," he said. "We don't think more government, more stimulus, is the answer.
"I don't want to get off and make a political speech here," he added, drawing laughter.
"The idea that Washington is spending money that has not been earned yet, on its face, you know that's not right," he said, reminding the crowd that he turned down hundreds of millions of dollars in federal unemployment money because of strings attached.
"Texas is going to be different, and rightfully so," he said.
In Austin, Perry's campaign said Wednesday that it raised $4.2 million over a nine-day period at the end of June and that it has $9.3 million in available cash. That amount raised is nearly twice what Perry collected in the same period four years ago as he prepared to head into his 2006 re-election bid.