Rick Perry Continues Taking False Credit For Texas Job Creation—Wasserman Schultz and Krugman Debunk His Myth

Rick Perry's campaign began officially this weekend as expected, and similarly predictable was his trumpeting of Texas for "creating half the new jobs in the US"—a false statement swiftly debunked by a number of pundits and politicians. Paul Krugman, for one, called his claims the "Texas unmiracle," and said Perry "offers no useful lessons on how to restore national full employment." Instead, the numbers Perry's citing reflect a faster rate of population growth thanks to a high birth rate and Mexican immigration:

In June 2011, the Texas unemployment rate was 8.2 percent. That was less than unemployment in collapsed-bubble states like California and Florida, but it was slightly higher than the unemployment rate in New York, and significantly higher than the rate in Massachusetts. By the way, one in four Texans lacks health insurance, the highest proportion in the nation, thanks largely to the state’s small-government approach. Meanwhile, Massachusetts has near-universal coverage thanks to health reform very similar to the “job-killing” Affordable Care Act. [...]

So Texas tends, in good years and bad, to have higher job growth than the rest of America. But it needs lots of new jobs just to keep up with its rising population — and as those unemployment comparisons show, recent employment growth has fallen well short of what’s needed.

If this picture doesn’t look very much like the glowing portrait Texas boosters like to paint, there’s a reason: the glowing portrait is false.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz took her criticism a step further. On "Meet the Press" Sunday, she debunked Perry's assertion that Obama was making it worse for job creation. When interim host Nora O'Donnell questioned her about Texas jobs, Wasserman Schultz scoffed and broke it down:

"It’s extremely difficult for him to deserve credit for that job creation when you have rising gas prices that created oil jobs that he had nothing to do with; when you have military spending as a result of two wars that created military jobs that he had nothing to do with; when you have the Recovery Act championed by President Obama that created jobs in Texas that he had nothing to do with, so it is way overblown to suggest that job creation in Texas is squarely on the shoulders of his policies.

Watch below, via Mediaite:


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at August 15, 2011, 5:11am

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