In case you missed it, Rick Perry is running radio ads exhorting California companies to relocate to Texas, because our shredded social safety net, recently-ruled-unconstitutional education funding, public health crisis, and lackluster water infrastructure apparently make for a swell business climate.
The radio ad drives people to visit www.TexasWideOpenForBusiness.com, a site paid for by the Texas Economic Development Division within the Office of the Governor. Yep, our precious state revenue is being spent by Rick Perry to advertise in California rather than solve any problems in Texas. But we're hardly surprised at this point. At least for once state funds aren't being shoveled to Perry's cronies.
California Governor Jerry Brown called Perry's utterances “not a burp. It's barely a fart.”
The Sacramento Bee editorial page fired back with a more substantive take-down of Governor Oops, entitled “Pity Rick Perry; his big state has big needs,” which reads in part:
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.
It's a pretty solid burn, and every word of it rings true. The worst part is that Rick Perry and the Republican legislature seem to have little interest in reversing much of what California finds lacking in Texas. In the meantime, other states will fund education, health and human services, and basic infrastructure. Perry's creating one hell of a mess with the future of Texas, and when we finally elect some Democrats they're going to have a lot of work to do to clean it all up.