The promise and potential I normally greet each New Year with is, this year, being tested by a great sense of peril as Americans face the full brunt of the disastrous impacts of Obamacare in 2014. The delays, deceit and debacles that marked Obamacare’s rollout in 2013 show no signs of slowing in the new year.
As the Texas Department of Insurance develops rules for Obamacare navigators, the Obama administration is resorting to a tried-and-true political tactic: pointing fingers. According to some, like Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Obamacare would be going along swimmingly if it weren’t for all those pesky Texans getting in the way.
The Republican Party will have to be more than the “anti-Obama party” if it expects to regain power in Washington, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said in Greenville today.
“We can’t be the anti-Obama party. That’s not a vision. It’s a message, but I don’t think it’s a wining message,” Perry told GreenvilleOnline.com after speaking at the downtown Hyatt during the annual meeting of the Electric Co-Ops of South Carolina.
With the social media frenzy at a fever pitch, people may be excused for thinking that Silicon Valley is still the main engine for growth in the technology sector. But a close look at employment data over time shows that tech jobs are dispersing beyond the Valley and its much-celebrated urban annex of San Francisco.
Where are Americans moving, and why? Timothy Noah, writing in the Washington Monthly, professes to be puzzled. He points out that people have been moving out of states with high per capita incomes -- Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland -- to states with lower income levels.
How do you create opportunity? As governor of the state that has created three out of every 10 jobs in America over the last 10 years, that's what I get asked most often. My reply is simple: It's not a trade secret, it's common sense. We maintain low taxes, smart regulations and fair courts.
The results are indisputable; despite a population surging by 1,000 people a day, our unemployment rate is consistently below the national average, dropping to 6.4% just last month.
No doubt our record of success makes states that overtax, overregulate and overlitigate nervous. It should.
If “stealing jobs” were as bad as – and essentially no different than – stealing cars or stealing horses, Texas Gov. Rick Perry might expect to wind up at the end of a rope – the traditional fate in cowboy movies for horse thieves and cattle rustlers in the Lone Star state.
Almost half the jobs created during the Obama recovery have been created in Texas. Which perhaps means it should be called the Obama-Perry recovery. Or the Perry-Obama recovery – it's not clear who should get top billing, though outgoing Texas Gov. Rick Perry certainly has pushed a better pro-growth agenda than the president.