Rick Perry's Desperate Plea to California Businesses State, National, International, posted by John Koegel, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm
California residents will soon be hearing radio and television advertisements from Texas Governor Rick Perry.
"Texas is poised at the brink of a new era of prosperity and we hope you'll take part. Come to Texas we're wide open for business," said Governor Perry in the ad.
"Well I think its just to make them aware of how enthusiastic Texans are for the economy here and what the advantages are," said one well-placed source. He continued: "The lower taxes, the availability of training for the work force, just the cost of doing business is much better here so we would get a lot of inquiries and those are the advantages that those companies would tell us they see in Texas."
Some Texans are not too happy, however. Since Perry has cut corporate income tax in the state, students in Texas have seen the state's contributions to education decrease by 10.4%, and this compared to a 3.7 increase nationwide.
Stated one student: "We're already the laughingstock of much of the nation. Our education system is a joke. Beyond the University of Texas in that liberal enclave called Austin, what have we got?"
One expert pointed to the plight of Perry's pitch. "Beyond appealing to taco stand proprietors, the state doesn't have much to offer. We have a terribly unskilled workforce that rivals some third world countries. Perhaps a company can pick up a loose part-time janitor or bartender, but most companies want more than that from a prospective employee, much more."
A spokesperson from Gov. Perry's office countered the criticism by emphasizing how companies that come to Texas can pollute as much as they want to. "Ever since we fought at the Alamo to become a slave-owning state, we've always shown a higher regard for which side of the bread the butter is on rather than the little ones who toil for a living."
Posted by Arroyo, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 6, 2013 at 5:43 am
This sounds like a press release from the Brown administration. John, are you a shill for the Democrats?
I know a few former Californians who have relocated to Texas over the past few years, and they're loving life in the Lone Star State. Your condescending quote about "Taco Stand proprietors" is a clever way to insert the comment without taking credit for it. I suspect your "expert" is nothing of the kind.
John, I also suspect that you've never owned a business in California. If you had experience along that line, you would understand why Governor Perry's commercials will appeal to many business owners. And, I suspect that they comprise a larger population than just the "Taco Stand proprietors".
Posted by John Koegel, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 6, 2013 at 8:10 am
Yes, Texas has an abundant number of companies which pay at or below minimum wage, which means many Texan companies can exploit Texas workers who get the luxury of working for peanuts while also being eligible for food stamps. That's the draw for companies! Pay unskilled workers a below-sustenance wage, and pollute the planet as much as you like.
Texas is a great deal for companies, provided of course they don't require skilled labor. That said, given the grammar and overall thinking skills of Arroyo and CANative, they'd surely have little trouble finding a Walmart-type job in the Lone Star State. And I bet the pollution would't bother them one bit.
Posted by Charlie Noels, a resident of the Bordeaux Estates neighborhood, on Feb 6, 2013 at 12:49 pm
Governor Rick Perry's message seems clear enough. If you are a corporation that relies primarily on an unskilled labor force, that likes living in a poor educational environment (hey, the dumber the workers the easier they are to exploit), that likes to pollute without regulatory agencies breathing down its neck, and likes a low tax rate with all the amenities that come from such (see lousy education above), then Texas may be the place for you. The corporation may be faced with a "tough sell" to any employees it may want to relocate to Texas, but, for some, living in a dumb human environment with lots of pollution may be just what the doctor ordered.
Posted by flush john, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm
Charlie, you sound like a perfect candidate to migrate to the lone star state. Then again, Texans probably don't take to kindly to elitist, know-it-all, condescending beeyatches like you. You could end up in a roadside ditch.....please go.
Posted by Charlie Noels, a resident of the Bordeaux Estates neighborhood, on Feb 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm
How in heaven's name can you deduce that I'd be a "perfect candidate to migrate to the lone star[sic] state?"
I love California. I love its world-class educational institutions. I appreciate that it is a cutting edge state regarding pollution standards, though I wish it would do more. I'm impatiently waiting for a high speed train that will connect LA and SF, as I do much travel, professional and personal, between the two cities. Relative to Texas, Californians are pretty well educated, and I take frequent advantage of the cultural benefits of living near UC Berkeley, Stanford, and SF, which I consider to be the greatest city in the US. Given the way you write, I'm going to surmise you haven't seen much of the world. Let me tell you then, truly, Texas has nothing that comes even close to what we have here.
In light of your prediction/threat(?) regarding what might happen to me were I to go to Texas, perhaps it is a place you yourself might feel more comfortable? Lots of like-minded and not very well-educated folks, like yourself, who make sure people like me end up in a roadside ditch. I guess that's why a lot of folks from Austin are afraid to leave the city's limits. But that is exactly why I would never take my company or family to Texas. Cheers!
Posted by Jenn, a resident of another community, on Feb 8, 2013 at 8:07 am
I grew up in California AND this NATIVE Californian moved to Texas in 2011. Our family is thriving! We love Texas. Governor Perry is doing what any good governor should do and promoting his state. Since last year saw over 60,000 Californians move to Texas.....the Lone Star state is doing something right, I guess.
Hey, stay in California and pay your exorbitant taxes and deal with Liberalism to the hilt. Fine with me/
Posted by liberalism is a disease, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Feb 8, 2013 at 10:56 am liberalism is a disease is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
All this fuss makes you wonder what John and Charlie are afraid of....maybe the loss of taxpayer funded social programs? Needle exchange programs, mental health funding, AIDS research, etc. All these necessities that go along with surviving the once 'Golden State'.