California Is Not Amused By Rick Perry's Open Invitation to "Come Check Out Texas"

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On February 4 a 30-second radio ad featuring none other than Governor Rick Perry started its week-long run in six California cities. The ad features the governor's voice tempting the state's businesses to relocate to Texas:

"Building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California is next to impossible," he drawls. "This is Texas Governor Rick Perry, and I have a message for California businesses: Come check out Texas."

But the Sacramento Bee took issue with the ad and had choice words in today's editorial, "Pity Rick Perry: his big state has big needs."

Yes, come check out Texas. Check out a state that ranks dead last in the percent of its population with high school diplomas. Come check out a state that is last in mental health expenditures and workers' compensation coverage. Come check out a state that ranks first in the number of executions, first in the number of uninsured, first in the amount of carbon dioxide emitted and first in the amount of toxic chemicals released into water.

As Schutze wrote back in 2011, Perry's ideas about Texas as an Eden of job creation are pretty suspect.

"All the research on economic development I'm familiar with over the last 60 years has found that state and local incentives are a fairly minor factor in the business site selection calculus," SMU's Bernard Weinstein told Schutze. "And that's understandable, because state and local taxes for a lot of companies are fairly minor costs of doing business."

The Sacramento paper is a tad more bitter, taking a jab at Perry's woeful presidential campaign and the Cowboys' prolonged absence from the Super Bowl. Truly, nothing is sacred.

Of course, the interstate spat wouldn't be complete without a reference to flatulence, which in this case is provided by California Governor Jerry Brown. Asked to comment, he said Perry's ads register as "barely a fart" and aren't a "serious story."



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75 comments
Cindy Watts
Cindy Watts

Too bad California! Did you know that our Federal Government is running Radio ads in Mexico (spanish of course) telling people how to apply for US federal aid if they cross the border? Check out all the articles from the last 12 months.... You will be enlightened!

markzero
markzero

But, Rick! Many gays and lesbians and atheists (oh, my) live and work in California. I hear one or two hispanics do, also? If any more of them move to Texas, you and all your bigoted conservative cronies will be looking for jobs!

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Every place sucks. They all just suck a little differently.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Texas is a great place for business.  Tell that to American Airlines, JC Penney, Radio Shack, and Hostess, all bankrupt or close to it.  Oops! 

Toasty Ryder
Toasty Ryder

Dear Rick Perry, if you're "retired" please get the hell out of office and shut your freakin' mouth.

suzypetrich
suzypetrich

Good article. Sorry Rick, Texas may be a great place to raise cattle, but California wins in pretty much every other category.

MattL11
MattL11

I live in Texas, but I have lived in California before. It's nice. They have their way of doing things, and it's different from here, but it largely works out for them. 

curley_darby
curley_darby


Sounds like the beginning of the second Civil War.........

xdarkridex
xdarkridex

I've lived in CA, and now I live here.

Anyone who says Rick Perry isn't 100% correct is an absolute moron.  CA is an economic hellhole due to extreme state/local taxes, regulation straight out of an insane asylum, and a general anti-business atmosphere.  

drtz
drtz

I wish California would make some commercials to lure Rick Perry away from Texas.

Amir Khalatbari
Amir Khalatbari

Whoever the Dallas Observer administrator is, I would like to thank them for removing the psychotic rant. Everybody has a right to their fair opinion and; criticism can be a golden opportunity to understand somebody else's point of view...

ruddski
ruddski

LA has done a great job of assimilating to Mexico, I'll give them that. 

Heather Buen
Heather Buen

Some people are trolls and that is exactly what Amir is. Let him have his 15 minutes of fame and feeling empowered on a Facebook post. That is so 15 minutes ago!

Heather Buen
Heather Buen

Actually I've lived in Hawaii and still own property there so I'm aware of high cost of living. Considering you actually own a business here and take advantage of our tax advantages goes to show what a prick you are.

Amir Khalatbari
Amir Khalatbari

Obviously you care and, you know it's true; otherwise you would not waste your time replying to my fair criticism. Why don't you try living in California luxury and; then come back to living the small town Coppell TX life, and see which one you prefer to keep. It's no wonder major players in the Hollywood Entertainment business refuse to spend their time and money in Dallas. It's a losing investment dealing with people like you!

EdD.
EdD.

Wait, do I have to be retroactively mad about those clever ads featuring The Governator, Betty White, and a whole passel of celebrities telling me how awesome California is compared to the rest of the country? Because I can't stay mad at Betty White.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

I don't think I would trade our legislature and governor for their state assembly and Brown.


And if you read the comments on their editorial at the Sacramento Bee, you would be in the minority on Perry.

sherilenoir
sherilenoir

Unless you want to open a medical dispensary, employ 2-5 farmers, and 5-25 people to mind the store then you better stay in Cali.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Sounds like California needs some unguent for its butthurt.

Shannon Adolph
Shannon Adolph

They should be amused. He is more likely to scare people than attract them.

Amir Khalatbari
Amir Khalatbari

Hee, hee! Controversy spreads like wildfire. Just came back to visit family, am going back already. Jeez, will take the spirit of J.R. back with me to Hollywood...

Pamela M Irwin
Pamela M Irwin

I'm old enough to remember when we had politicians here in Texas that we could be proud of - LBJ, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, etc. Since the Reps came to power - they've given us twerps like Bush & Perry - one embarrassment after another. Soon, we'll be Democratic again & be able to hold our head high instead of hanging our head in shame.

Jason Lumberg
Jason Lumberg

Am I the only one to find this whole thing hilarious? We have governors of the some of the most populous states in a public troll war! I think it is great. Hilarious.

ruddski
ruddski

@suzypetrich


According to two measures, Texas is out performing California in education:

http://www.edweek.org/ew/qc/20...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

According to the American Lung Association the 10 worst cities with ozone, California has 9, Texas 1; for year round particle pollution, California has 5, Texas 0; for short term particle pollution, California has 5, Texas 0

http://www.stateoftheair.org/2...

According to one measure, Texas has the worst health care in the nation, so that was true We definitely need some improvement That said, California's ranking isn't that stellar:

http://statesnapshots.ahrq.gov...

Currently, Texas has an unemployment rate of 6.1%, California 9.8%.

http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/la...

According to statistics from the 2010 Census, it's much more expensive to live in a city in California than live in a city in Texas

http://www.census.gov/compendi...

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@xdarkridex Texas is a moderate to high tax state.  THey're looking at budget surpluses and still have far lower property tax rates than we do here.  Your absolutist rhetoric is way overblown

ruddski
ruddski

@drtz 

They did, they're running on Texas TV now.

Hasn't worked.


kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Amir Khalatbari 



a rant.....did someone call the Kerg's?   What did I miss Amir? Did it have to do with Walmart? Global Embargo? That Facebook picture of you, looking so casual on some random street? 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Heather Buen 


look at his pic.....the guys got nothing. Except Facebook, with the other lonely and hard up FB trolls. 

blowmetone
blowmetone

@Heather Buen And Jim Shutze and others wonder why people would post anonymously? 

ruddski
ruddski

@Heather Buen


'...and we use it to pay quality entertainment industry professionals who can sell by interacting directly with the public."

Something's not adding up.

ruddski
ruddski

@Amir Khalatbari 

I can live in California luxury here in Texas for a helluva lot less than LA., and there's fewer douchebags here.

We former Southlanders now visit that polluted coast every once in a while and commiserate over beers about the good old days before every freakn' douchebag in the universe moved there, then started acting like stereotypical Southern California douchebags after two weeks.

markzero
markzero

@EdD. "oh, you poor dear." :)

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Pamela M Irwin Yeah, LBJ waving his penis around in the Oval office -- real shining light there.


Of course, we can't forget that he was waving it around to justify him sending American boys to die 9 or 10 thousand miles away doing work that Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.

notatumor
notatumor

@everlastingphelps meanwhile, here phelps is again. sitting in front of his computer, naked and soaked in sweat. coffee's empty, go make some more. lot of trolling to do all day.

ruddski
ruddski

@CogitoErgoSum @ruddski 

No, I don't have a link, but the ads appear daily in this market, trying to lure Texans to vacation in the smog, crime and traffic. 

I'm sure you could find the ad if you'd love to see it.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ruddski @TheCredibleHulk @CogitoErgoSum @kergo1spaceship 


I don't care that you don't care. Doesn't bother me in the least.


Just pointing out the fact that just because you don't feel it's racist, it doesn't matter if you display it, because it does. It still implies quite a bit about you as a person to many, if not most people that view it. That's OK if that's the image you are trying to project.


I suspect instead, though, that you see it as some meaningful sort of contrarianism. That's OK, too. Just letting you know that whatever it is you're trying to telegraph to the world, racism is the message most of us are getting.



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