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Now for the “Lamentation of the Women”

Now for the “Lamentation of the Women”

I am still chuckling over Glenn Reynolds’ lede into a story about California:

WHAT IS GOOD IN LIFE? Dems Enraged Over Perry ‘Raids’ on Out of State Businesses. “Texas Governor Rick Perry has angered some Democrats for his high profile visits to blue states, inviting businesses to move to Texas.”

I am still cleaning the screen from the coffee I spewed, laughing as I recalled a scene by our former Governor from one of his most popular films:

But, more importantly, I follow Perry’s raids into the Golden State with amusement. It makes our representatives quite apoplectic that our beautiful natural climate is playing second fiddle to a healthy business one.

An excerpt from the piece that Reynolds cited:


Perry’s forceful recruitment campaigns, featuring radio and magazine ads as well as personal appearances, promise low-tax, pro-growth policies in Texas —and they also trash the business climate in places like California (“…I hear building a business in California is next to impossible”) and Illinois (“…an environment that, intentionally or not, is designed for you to fail.”)

Those attacks hit where it hurts and have touched off an angry political backlash against Perry outside the Texas borders, with Democrats mocking his attempts to steal jobs as clownish – and warning the Republican governor to keep his handsoff. In a memorable put-down, Gov. Jerry Brown said Perry’s incursions into California were about as effective as breaking wind.

In California, we are now hearing the “lamentation of the women”. Here is a piece by Jason Stanford, a Democratic political consultant living in Texas. He’s the co-author of “Adios, Mofo: Why Rick Perry Will Make America Miss George W. Bush” and blogs at

What Rick Perry Can Learn from California:

…California has so many successful businesses for Perry to poach thanks to its enviable higher education system. Yes, the taxes are high, the regulations burdensome, and its state government only occasionally functional. But the California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley and the other seven research universities churn out entrepreneurial geniuses faster than venture capitalists can fund them.

Stanford’s piece relies on the glories of the past to denigrate the future offered by Perry. For example, he refers to a higher education system that is on the decline and rife with institutionalized political bias.

In fact, finances California’s institutions are such that our graduates are now being hit with “graduation fees“.

In conclusion, lamentations such as Stanford’s and hard economic data means that Perry’s raiders have many successful years of poaching ahead of them in the Golden state.


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Texas A&M …. UT ….Baylor …. Texas Tech …. University of Houston …. Rice …..the last year I was at A & M …95 …a full ride was less than 1000,00 and I was living off campus in a 3 bedroom house on a double lot …. my share of rent and bills 400.00 a month

Conservatives who are irrelevant or otherwise no threat are ignored. Find out who the hornets are chasing and you see who has whacked their nest the hardest.

At least the “graduation fees” are collected as you about to graduate, instead of making all those folks who dropped out pay too.

Jason Standford names some pretty good schools there, but to the best of my knowledge there is not one on the list that requires a graduate to live and work in California.

*Stanford* not Standford.

California universities benefited from being in close proximity to the aerospace and defense industries. They also got a lot of fat federal research grants.

The areas around California’s big universities have some of the highest cost of living in the nation. While some industries are centered around the source of raw materials, high tech research can easily relocate anywhere.

Last I checked Texas has been pumping out entrepreneurs as well. Baylor, SMU, Texas Tech, etc… Oh, and the graduates of THESE schools tend to stay in Texas….You know, where there are jobs to be had…..Hmmmmmm…..

joethefatman | June 2, 2013 at 6:47 pm

While I appreciate the jobs that come here from companies that have moved into the state. Could someone please tell the people thinking about moving here about the GIANT RATS, WATER MOCCASINS, KILLER BEES and the GUN OWNING REDNECKS! Geez people need to understand just how backwards people here in Texas are!

Now for those that are of a conservative frame of mind, JUST KIDDING! I’ll put the welcome sign out for y’all. Come on and stay a while.

I don’t understand. If their states are such wonderful places, for business, why are they even the least bit concerned about Perry’s actions?

In fact, why don’t they turn the tables, and recruit businesses in Texas, for the business paradise they imagine their state to be?

Henry Hawkins | June 2, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Heh, all that progressive campaign happy talk is a lot harder to sell to business people who can, you know, add and subtract and stuff. Having knowingly created it, California is stuck with selling a hostile business environment to its greatest victims.

Blue state government business tax & regulation policy:


Now our own Guvner Scott here in Floriduh unnerstands that our universities tain’t very good we have been able to attract just a couple of them Kalifornia companies to our state like Scripps. Why just th’other day MaxPlank moved in to. Right next door. Seems Scripps, who likes to spin off technology companies, got a we bit tired of trying to start technology manufacturing in Kali. They said it took more than five years to get approvals for cutting edge tech manufacturing to start to build in Kali. As a solution they were spinning off companies in Arizona a bit far from their San Diego locale.
I do find it a bit amusing that Scott and Perry have a bet regarding which state can poach the greater number of Kali businesses. Oranges or Long Horns I believe the bet is about. Which is kind of amusing, as only Texas has more cattle on the hoof than Floriduh.
As further development it come as no surprise to this PB County resident that our local Rep race last go round has come a bit more interesting (Murphy came from behind and “stole” the election from Alan West) when a campaign, and oh quite former chief of staff for a west coast Rep., got caught stuffing absentee ballots for his boss. Seems he was also a “consultant” for Murphy. True the Vote has just recently started to look into the shenanigans of Librl Florida voting behavior. This has be ongoing as we witnessed in the Algore (ManBearPig) W election kerfuffle back in the days.

When this first came up, I recall seeing a comment in the San Diego Union-Tribune saying that California would be fine: because California gets an out-sized share of US government grant money for research.

Texas has been recruiting researchers (and their programs), too.

It will take about 2 decades, but my prediction is California loses to much of it’s tech and industrial base to continue with their programs and that such huge levels of unemployment happen.

Mass migration then… which ironically suddenly makes me wish California could be subsidized to continue existing (Sadly to expensive for even the whole world to afford)… Perhaps that earthquake will save us?

And soon the libs who left Kali for greener pastures in the job market will vote to make Texas and Florida just as liberal and unaffordable as Kali is. Then some other state can recruit those same businesses from Texas and Florida and the whole thing starts over again.
Libs just ain’t too bright.

    joethefatman in reply to trlbasser. | June 3, 2013 at 10:09 am

    That’s why you have to spread the word about the killer bees, snakes, tarantulas, giant rats and gun toting rednecks!

curmedgeonincharge | June 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

If there was nothing to this, we would be hearing nothing from the Donks, especially in California, and Perry would have stopped his campaign. The fact that there is this much screaming tells you everything. By the way, graduates of CalTech, Stanford, UC San Diego (my alma mater), and other fine institutions of higher indoctrination don’t have to stay in The Golden State after they graduate. And most don’t.

    By the way, graduates of CalTech, Stanford, UC San Diego (my alma mater), and other fine institutions of higher indoctrination don’t have to stay in The Golden State after they graduate. And most don’t.

    That rather obvious point seems to be lost on Mr. Stanford.

Hey Californians, I’ve got a deal for you: You send us your businesses and we’ll send you our illegals.

joethefatman has identified the biggest negative to Perry’s actions…liberals race away from the clustermuck they create only to re-start the process in the location they land.

In the 1970s, we’d see the bumper sticker, “Don’t Californicate Colorado”, a poke at the liberal activities that we could see happening in our well-run, conservative state, usually around the Olympics when the elitist clique in Colorado wanted to be ‘world class’. The rejection of the Olympics hurt the feelings of the elitists and they prompted began to import California politics into Colorado….and it’s been downhill every since. Our government workers have a pension system (PERA) that is corrupt and underfunded, our lands are being overrun with Historical and Federal lands designations that are keeping our citizens from using their land as they see fit, and, of course, the mass-transit boondoggle has found a foothold and works just as well as the bullet train in CA is currently running…

So be careful, Texas, the Democrat/progressive/socialist/communist cabal has you in their sites….

2nd Ammendment Mother | June 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Didn’t I recently read that California wouldn’t be accepting in state students for their Masters and Doctoral programs, because they needed the higher tuitions generated by the out of state tuition rates?

Is it bad tat I read this as ‘Panty raid?’