A recent Wall Street Journal article titled "The Lone Star Jobs Surge" reported that "The Texas model added 37% of all net U.S. jobs since the recovery began."
The article shows how striking these number are by looking at the other two most populated states.
"What explains this Lone Star success? Texas is a big state, but its population of 24.7 million isn't that much bigger than the Empire State, about 19.5 million. California is a large state too—36.9 million—and yet it's down 11,400 jobs."
Read the full story here.
It was unstated in the article who the governor was during this time period. However, it was not missed by political pundits that these numbers beg for a Texas Gov. Rick Perry presidential candidacy in 2012. Today, I watched a discussion of this on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.
Add to this that conservative Newt Gingrich's fortunes seem to be tanking after a mass exodus of his senior staff, and a Rick Perry run looks like a real possibility.
If Perry tosses his hat in the ring, Tea Party activists will no doubt jump for joy, but Perry's opponents will surely call him out for extreme statements like suggesting that Texas could secede from the union.
"But, before folks outside Texas (which is still a state, although Perry has threatened secession) get too excited, perhaps we should let them know just what might be in store for them if Perry ends up in the race for president or, God forbid, actually becomes president."
Read the full "kind of" snarky article here.
A Perry candidacy would add some sizzle to the Republican primary race that so far has left many yawning. I hope he gets in.