Robert Scheer dispells the myth that Gov. Rick Perry had anything to do with Texas’s economic recovery:
Thanks to breakthroughs in oil field technology that Perry had nothing to do with, there have been controversial new drilling techniques that have vastly expanded the exploitation of gas and oil reserves, producing many of the new jobs that the Texas governor claims. For a relatively ineffectual governor, in a state in which the part-time Legislature holds the power, to take credit for this job boom is as ludicrous as a Saudi prince bragging of his entrepreneurial skills as the source of royal wealth.
Paul Krugman also points out that the states larger than average child population means the adult employment rate as a ratio to population is higher than elsewhere, nullifying the Governor’s claim that some sort of miracle occurred.
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