The “Texas Miracle” Was Government Jobs


Have you heard the one about the “Texas Miracle?”  You know, the part of presidential candidate Rick Perry’s new stump speech where the Texas governor claims that he is responsible for the fact that the state lost less jobs and had a healthier housing market than almost any other state in the country?

Maybe they need to rename it the “Big Government Miracle.”

After doing a thorough analysis of the jobs picture of the state, Jared Bernstein, fiscal policy expert at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, noticed there was a large amount of hiring in Texas.  But the jobs being filled?  Those were government jobs.  On the other hand, private sector jobs in the state shrunk by nearly 180,000.  Over all, thanks to 125,000 new public sector jobs, most of them paid for with federal stimulus dollars, Texas only shed 53,000 jobs, a small blip for a state with such an enormous population.

Enjoy your miracle, Texas.  If Perry gets elected president I doubt you’ll see that sort of stimulus again any time soon.

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Camila K.
Kamila A6 years ago

I wonder how Texas gets all these winners, wow, he is heinous beyond belief. I think Obama's win is in the bag.

Mary Jo D.
Past Member 6 years ago

To Steven B. I agree with you. And I think that Perry is now out to cut research programs at our top colleges in the state (UT Austin for one). Very scary man.

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer6 years ago

Texas standings (cont’d)
• Percent of Pregnant Women Receiving Prenatal Care in First Trimester – 50th
• Women’s Voter Turnout – 49th
• Percent of Women Living in Poverty – 6th
• Mortgage Debt as Percent of Home Value – 47th
• Median Net Worth of Households – 47th
• Average Credit Score – 49th
• Retirement Plan Participation – 47th
• Foreclosure Rates – 10th
• Amount of Carbon Dioxide Emissions – 1st
• Amount of Volatile Organic Compounds Released into Air – 1st
• Amount of Toxic Chemicals Released into Water – 1st
• Amount of Recognized Cancer-Causing Carcinogens Released into Air – 1st
• Amount of Hazardous Waste Generated – 1st
• Amount of Toxic Chemicals Released into Air – 5th
• Amount of Recognized Cancer-Causing Carcinogens Released into Water – 7th
• Number of Hazardous Waste Sites on National Priority List – 7th
• Consumption of Energy per Capita – 5th
• Income Inequality Between the Rich and the Middle Class – 5th
• Number of Executions – 1st
• Births to Unmarried Mothers – 17th
• Percent of Women with Pre-Term Birth – 9th
• Percent of Uninsured Children – 1st
• Percent of Children Living in Poverty – 4th
• Percent of Population Uninsured – 1st
• Percent of Non-Elderly Uninsured – 1st

Mary Jo D.
Past Member 6 years ago

I live in an oil town in Texas and a few years ago we had a push for jobs in our town. What we got was chain resturants and a new Walmart. The funny thing was the oil patch picked up when these jobs were hiring and no one applied for them. The drop out rate increased at our high schools because the boys were working in the patch. You can easily tell when the oil patch is hiring because the grocery stores and resturants are extremely shorthanded.
So if you need a job come on down, Walmart needs you.

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer6 years ago

Rick Perry took $6 billion in stimulus funds in 2009 and the same day he asked for them he told Texans to oppose the funds. Those stimulus funds combined with the rise in energy prices gave Perry the employment numbers he now touts as his.
Texas standings against all 50 states on a variety of issues (1st means highest ranking, 50th means lowest ranking).
• % of Population 25 and Older with High School Diploma – 50th
• State Aid Per Pupil in Average Daily Attendance – 47th
• Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Scores – 45th
• High School Graduation Rate – 43rd
• Per Capita State Spending on State Arts Agencies – 43rd
• Percent of Low Income Population Covered by Medicaid – 49th
• Percent of Population with Employer-Based Health Insurance – 48th
• Total Health Expenditures as % of the Gross State Product – 43rd
• Per Capita State Spending on Mental Health – 50th
• Per Capita State Spending on Medicaid – 49th
• Health Care Expenditures per Capita – 44th
• Teenage Birth Rate -47th
• Physicians per Capita – 42nd
• Registered Nurses per Capita – 44th
• Average Monthly Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Benefits per Person – 47th
• Percent of Population Who Visit the Dentist – 46th
• Homeowner’s Insurance Affordability – 46th
• Workers’ Compensation Coverage – 50th
• Percent of

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer6 years ago

Gene W... Robert D
Both you know that Perry took $17.4 Billion from the Obama Administration in 2009 which would have been a big shot in the arm for the Texas economy. I have no doubt that many jobs were created after Perry took those funds, I just think you are giving credit where it is not due. If Obama did not push the stimulus funds that Perry railed about even on the day he put in for them, a good percentage of those jobs would never had been created and Texas probably would be filing bankruptcy papers by now. Nationwide the stimulus created 1.3 million jobs from 1/10 to 6/11, but you keep railing against them...LMAO. Quit crowing about Perry, he is an idiot and so is anyone who wants him to be in charge of our nation.

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer6 years ago

Cutting spending on, so called, entitlements is ineffective for addressing the deficit. Cutting programs that support the low and middle class will further strain both who don’t even receive lower prices as a result of the U.S. job losses and create a disconnect that will end in another financial collapse. The justification for attacking government benefits as opposed to raising taxes is the creation of jobs. But where?

Corporations have over-powered our government which now believes that out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs is inevitable and necessary with expectations that the middle class should fall on their swords. It is the underlying cause of the financial collapse and borders on national security with the loss of our middle class tax base. Yet, this nation does nothing, not even demand it be restricted by whatever method. International businesses are doing the UN-AMERICAN activity of destroying U.S. salaries, U.S. businesses that hire in the U.S., and as an end result, destroying the U.S. marketplace while still demanding BUSINESS ENTITLEMENTS and protections for themselves.

Infrastructure spending and tax breaks will not replace enough jobs to keep up with the hemorrhaging loss of U.S. jobs from out-sourcing over seas. Neither party will do anything about it unless we begin grass roots efforts to protest out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs. If nothing is done we will deserve what we get and it will get a lot worse before it gets better

Mo Va
Mo Va6 years ago

I think Rick Perry may be qualified to be a president of Somalia !

Lyn Miller
Lyn Miller6 years ago

Molly Ivins, the late Texas journalist/humorist, kept me laughing about elections and during the Bush II era. For those who need a laugh about Rick Perry as much as I do, here's a link to some things she wrote about "Governor Goodhair":

Winn Adams
Winn Adams6 years ago

Perry is a wacko republican and don't ever forget it.