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Keep Your Guns. Move to Texas

As if we needed any more reasons to thank God for Texas, this very day has produced two new ones:

By the governor of Texas, Rick Perry, a statement:

The piling on by the political left, and their cohorts in the media, to use the massacre of little children to advance a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved those children, disgusts me, personally. The second amendment to the Constitution is a basic right of free people and cannot be nor will it be abridged by the executive power of this or any other president.

By the attorney general of Texas, Greg Abbott, an invitation:

Keep your guns.  Come to Texas.

imgres-1.jpgHere in Texas, you will have the liberty and the opportunity to achieve your dreams. On top of that, we have no income tax, yet still manage to have a multi-billion dollar budget surplus.

We have right to work laws and a reasonable regulatory environment. Texas has created more than 275,000 jobs in the last year alone! And we’ll fight like hell to protect your rights.

You’ll also get to keep more of what you earn and use some of that extra money to buy more ammo.

On a day when Republicans in 49 states are sounding overwhelmingly apologetic and defensive, thank God for the two leading Republicans in the fiftieth.

  1. SooperMexican

    As much as I’d like to praise Texas as a conservative, I have to say that governor moonbeam Jerry Brown had a very good response to reporters asking him about Texas beating California economically. He said that while Texas had a lower unemployment rate, the percentage of people working at or below the poverty level was much higher in Texas. I investigated this and saw that he’s right. There’s some employment cannibalism that conservatives don’t address as well as I’d wish.

    But on the other hand, in so many ways, including gun ownership, Texas just simply beats out California.

  2. jhimmi
    SooperMexican: As much as I’d like to praise Texas as a conservative, I have to say that governor moonbeam Jerry Brown had a very good response to reporters asking him about Texas beating California economically. He said that while Texas had a lower unemployment rate, the percentage of people working at or below the poverty level was much higher in Texas. I investigated this and saw that he’s right.  · 48 minutes ago

    The cost of living in California is much higher – over 40% higher.

    After adjusted for COL, the average Texan makes more than the average Californian, as of 2009. 

    I’m not finding any stats for 2012 yet, but between 2006 and 2010, Texas per capita income increased by over 12%, California per capita income increased by less than 9%.

  3. Indaba

    These leaders show what is possible and what a surprise, people move there!

  4. SooperMexican

    I don’t have a problem with any of those stats, and they don’t answer my objection. You can still have a vast percentage of people living below poverty levels and have the average higher, if those at the other end make a lot more than most people, which is true in the overall economy of America.

    Further, of course you’d expect that to 2010… California experienced an enormous loss of income because of the collapse of the housing market. None of these stats answer the objection about the cannibalization of jobs from one state to another.

    jhimmi

    The cost of living in California is much higher – over 40% higher.

    After adjusted for COL, the average Texan makes more than the average Californian, as of 2009. 

    I’m not finding any stats for 2012 yet, but between 2006 and 2010, Texas per capita income increased by over 12%, California per capita income increased by less than 9%. · 0 minutes ago

  5. BlueAnt

    Now find a Republican leader to pitch the exact same message as the Texas attorney general, with the same brashness, and the same simplicity… but on the national level… and you have your 2016 Presidential nominee.

  6. Peter Robinson
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    BlueAnt: Now find a Republican leader to pitch the exact same message as the Texas attorney general, with the same brashness, and the same simplicity… but on the national level… and you have your 2016 Presidential nominee. · 7 minutes ago

    Amen, BlueAnt, amen.

  7. dittoheadadt
    “When I die, I may not go to heaven. I don’t know if they let cowboys in. If they don’t, just a-let me go to Texas. ‘Cuz Texas is as close as I’ve been.” ~ Tanya Tucker

    Download here.

  8. Aaron Miller

    How does that song go? “My heart’s in Texas, but my butt’s in California…” ;)

  9. Jan-Michael Rives

    My own situation (med school applicant) makes their residency requirements particularly onerous.

  10. Pseudodionysius

    Like Pamela Ewing, I’m hoping that Rick Perry’s Presidential primary run was a Vicodin induced bad dream.

  11. Pseudodionysius
    Aaron Miller: How does that song go? “My heart’s in Texas, but my butt’s in California…” ;) · 7 minutes ago

    With my wallet in Vegas.

  12. Jeff

    I’m a native Texan, andI love it here.

    A rather famous fellow once said, “You can all go to hell. I’m going to Texas.”

  13. Jan-Michael Rives

    I would go if you’d have me, Texas. Drop your residency requirements!

  14. Hartmann von Aue

    We moved here from Indiana about seven years ago when I was hired by UT. Then I got tired of teaching 20-year-old nitwits who saw no irony in wearing Che Guevara T-shirts to protests against the death penalty and left the academic world. Since then I have started a consulting business that has thrived in the Texan business environment. These represent several of the smartest decisions I have ever made. Best part: In many of the down ballot races there are L’s and R’s but not a D in sight. 

  15. Foxman

    Remember the last time a bunch of gun toting Americans moved to Texas? They had a revolution and became an independant country.

  16. TheSophist

    Sooper, I’m not sure I understand the objection on employment cannibalism. You mean Texas taking jobs away from California?Also, what’s wrong with poor people working, exactly?

  17. Seawriter

    Well, I was born in Michigan, but I moved to Texas 30 years ago my home is now in Texas.

    To quote Judge Roy Bean, “For Texas and Miss Lillie!”

    Mark

  18. Curtis Edmonds

    I don’t think either Texans or Hawaiians would much like you calling Texas the fiftieth state. (I know what you were trying to say, but still.)

  19. CowboyShepherd

    I’m quite relieved to see these statements from Texas politicians. I have been increasingly discouraged recently regarding the direction of basic human liberty in America. I swore an oath to God that I would support and defend the Constitution against all enemies. I spent over 20 years doing just that all over the world. Lately, I have been unable to shake the thought that I might have to continue that defense here at home. I’m encouraged to live in a state where I might actually have allies in the halls of power. Still, even if politicians in Texas grow wobbly in the face of national pressure…Molon Labe!

  20. Franciscus

    God bless Texas!

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