The Existentialist Cowboy
August 15, 2011
As a fourth generation Texan, a descendent of Texas pioneers, I deny a favorite myth among the GOP inclined. There was no ‘Texas Miracle’ –a term cooked up in a GOP focus group, fly-by-night political consultants (perhaps from Chicago). It’s BS. Fact is –not only has education dropped off the radar, Texas has run out of oil that can be pumped profitably; real jobs are as scarce as hen’s teeth.
Frankly, I am surprised to learn that –as economist Paul Krugman points out –that in June 2011 the Texas unemployment rate was ONLY 8.2 percent. I had expected that it would have been higher. About that, economist Paul Krugman asks: “…what does population growth have to do with job growth?” Krugman is right to ask and the point is made as only Krugman can make it!
But I am disappointed that Krugman has not mentioned the BUSH-PERRY scam about which I have screamed bloody murder! I believe that unemployment figures for TX would be much, much higher if those millions left behind by the Bush-Perry neglect/subversion of public education were showing up in the stats. But –they are not! And they are NOT showing up because those ‘left behind’ are finding the only long-term employment that is available to them and that is in the corporate-owned PRISONS. This is not the result of GOP incompetence. It is the result of deliberate GOP crookery at the party-leadership level. This is why the GOP is not a poltiical party; it is a crime syndicate, a kooky cult!
The only pockets lined by GOP largesse (pork) are the pockets of an increasingly tiny ruling elite now just 1 percent of the total US population. Official stats prove my assertions; those numbers can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Commerce Dept-B.E.A. Be prepared to see proof that the GOP, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry et al are lying, distorting the effects of every GOP tax cut in U.S. history.
In each case, the cuts –enriching only the upper, upper classes –are followed by recessions/depressions. ERGO: GOP tax cuts do not and have never stimulated the economy, have never created a single job! In fact, job growth has either declined or gone negative (net job loss) after every GOP tax cut. In fact, every recession/depression since 1900 has been the result of either GOP incompetence or crookedness or both.
It is for this reason primarily that BUSH-PERRY neglected education. A state that will not educate new generations deserves to pay for the privilege of neglect with much higher crimes. But even that is not the point —the point is that the GOP and the CORPORATE OWNED PRISONS benefit from the whole package: 1) LOWER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS 2) HIGHER CRIME RATES 3) HIGHER PROFITS FOR CORPORATE-OWNED PRISONS.
Given what we know about the GOP record in Texas, we should not be surprised to learn that a failed governor from a ‘gulag’ state, a failed governor with more hair than brains, an inarticulate governor challenged to spell ‘ed-joo-ka-shun’ should wish to occupy the White House, a ‘perch’ from which he might prey upon the future of an entire nation and the futures of all the people who live in it.
So when Mr. Perry presents himself as the candidate who knows how to create jobs, don’t believe him. His prescriptions for job creation would work about as well in practice as his prayer-based attempt to end Texas’s crippling drought. –Paul Krugman, The Texas Unmiracle
This article was posted: Monday, August 15, 2011 at 10:02 am